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All The Little Graces [Kindle Edition]

Eleanore MacDonald
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Book Description

Life is not easy for a stray. Dodging traffic, unfriendly feet and thrown bottles, a frightened and weary little dog scrambles to find nourishment where she can and fights to keep her new litter of vulnerable pups safe from the many perils that linger in Greece's shadows. There is little mercy here. It's a very hard life for a street dog, especially for one who once knew the caring of a Human. Fierce and unforgiving, she barks endlessly at the day's many dangers and keens to the empty darkness of the night, but just as she begins to sink into a despair that only a dog can feel, the red haired girl appears and life begins to change.

It is the spring of 1990. The young American family boards a ferry, traversing the vast Aegean blue into the Greek archipelago in pursuit of four months of sun, sea and adventure ... but just as they begin to settle on an idyllic whitewashed island Eleni, Harry and 12 year old Lily come face to face with the loud, scruffy stray who shatters their peace – and their plans! Of course, tender Lily is drawn to the wild little dog boldly protecting three young pups, and it's in the wake of their very first meeting that trust begins to take the place of fear. The dog, Margarita, claims the family as her own and in turning their attentions to her life on the streets, the plight of the island's cast-off animals comes into a finely tuned focus.

Wedged between the welcoming beauty of sun, sea and antiquity and their ignorance of a culture just recently coming up for air after years of oppression, is the family's love for all animals – and it's their caring for the desperate strays that imposes an unexpected turn on their blissful holiday. While Eleni, Harry and Lily come to lasting friendships with locals and an intimacy with the peace and beauty of their island, they also come face to face with some of the country's darker secrets. Both the light and the dark get distilled down into one grand odyssey – several years along a Grecian path cobbled with utter delight, worries and sorrows and ultimately, with redemption. Along the way they fall deeply in love, with little Margarita ... with the sea and it's gorgeous island cloaked in myth and mystery ... with the people and their vibrant and enigmatic culture ... and with a fisherman, Vassili, who shelters his own secrets and a potent sadness. In the end, favored by all of Margarita's little graces, the beautifully revealing and sometimes painful journey leads not only to the rescue of human hearts, but also toward recognizing and rectifying the lives of the homeless animals of Greece’s streets.

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About the Author

Eleanore MacDonald is a California native ... a musician, an animal advocate, a writer ... who lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a small farm graced with a host of furred and hooved creatures. She is also part of an award winning songwriting team with her husband Paul Kamm and has been a performing artist for 32 years. You are invited to their music site - 'Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald' at http://www.kammmac.com as well as Eleanore's blog, 'Notes From An Endless Sea' at http://eleanoremacdonald.wordpress.com. She is presently working on her 2nd novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615640206
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (January 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073O530I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty and Grace of "All The Little Graces" March 24, 2012
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On my first visit to Italy, everything about it tantalized my senses; the beautiful olive tree and vineyard studded hills, the narrow winding cobbled streets of cities and ancient hill towns, the paintings, sculptures, architecture, and oh the food. It was mid October, and my husband and I were staying at a lovely hotel overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and the island of Giannutri. It was that perfect off-season time: the weather still balmy, and few other guests. In fact, that week the guests were outnumbered by the resident kittens, eight or nine of them, looking to be around twelve weeks old. Being animal lovers, we delighted in having the kittens frolicking around us, purring on our laps, and feeding them little bits of fish and meat. The hotel staff also seemed fond of the kittens and their calico mother, placing bowls of milk and scraps outside the kitchen door for them each day.

On the morning of our departure, preparations were under way for the arrival of a large wedding party: the lawn was being mowed, flowers deadheaded, a large tent was raised, white tables and chairs were being set up on the lawn. What was lacking amidst all this bustle was any sign of the kittens. The calico mother cat was about, but no kittens. When I asked the concierge, he replied that the kittens had been--removed. The wedding party would not appreciate the kittens, no, not at all. But where did they go, I asked. He said they've been taken, you know? We have so many every year. Think what would happen if they all stayed. We can't do that. The guests don't like it.

He looked both sadly and kindly into my eyes--and I let the matter drop. I didn't ask what he meant by "removed", or "taken". But I knew.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing February 2, 2012
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This little book captures you from the beginning with its warmth ,human insight and wisdom.
It paints pictures,that r unlikely to vanish from your brain ,ever!!
Smart writing,witty ,deep and ,yes ,full of humour!Spares out esoteric BS and makes u want to book for Greece at once and look alittle more on the animals side of life!
Dont miss it,this woman must be supported,i dare everyone ,who is interested in literature,Greek Island,humans + animals and a fulfilling life.Hooked!Richard Cervinka
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love 'All The Little Graces' February 3, 2012
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Eleanore MacDonald's new book 'All The Little Graces' warmed my heart and stirred my emotions! She walked me through a world of hard stories with grace and redemption, planting seeds of hope. The richness of her protagonists, both four legged and two, made me feel more than I thought I could about stray animals and the lives they lead, and her loving and respectful telling of modern Greece and its people made me not be able to set this book down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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What a lovely book. I was immediately swept up into Eleni and her family's (human and other critters) world. I found it so well written - carrying me along with vivid pictures in my mind. With so many tears and so much laughter - I only wish this could be a book that I could hand to someone and say "here is a book that you need to read". Thank you Eleanore MacDonald for helping readers to see the plight of so many creatures. Your writing is truly an inspiration. I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn't reading - it stayed with me throughout the day, consuming my thoughts. Please continue to write - you have the gift of a talented writer as well as one who inspires beyond the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "All The Little Graces" - LOVED IT! May 9, 2012
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When I read a book & I don't even want to pack a bag, I just want to stick out my thumb & hop the next plane bound for the magical place I can already vividly taste & smell & feel on my skin... I know it's a very special book!

Eleanore MacDonald's "All The Little Graces" has me longing... for Greece, & fishing boats bobbing in blue green waters, & wine & feta & winding cobblestone streets, for letting go & dancing under a moon that always seemed to look back, & for the sweet little brown dog Margerita whom I could picture gazing into my eyes & grinning while her tail wagged like a pendulum!

Eleanore has a gift. For painting life with words. I found myself loving the way she described every scene. Until I could literally smell & see & taste & feel & hear... everything! I fell in love with the people of Greece & the American family who became part of their world through "little graces", little gifts, of hope & life's blessings. I felt the joy & the pain, the struggles & the want to help make a difference. I felt the celebration. I was there!

For those who love life & travel, animals & people who live life until it bursts, "All The Little Graces" is the perfect journey... into grace... & hope... & joy! GET IT, read it, dance it, love it, live it! All The Little Graces
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem in a vast ocean! March 26, 2012
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All the Little Graces is an enchanting, engaging story of an American family on vacation on a Greek island. This is no ordinary family! This year they bring their young daughter Lily who embodies the endearing magical presence and essence that inhabit innocent children with eyes of wonder and a heart so pure. Life will never be the same in this little fishing village!
With her mother Eleni, they set out to inform and open the minds and hearts of the people in their attitude and treatment of the island's stray dogs and cats. Margarita is the story's protagonist, a feisty little stray that has endured despite desperate conditions.
Written with raw emotion and intelligence; at times earth shattering and heartbreaking, this story engages all the senses. MacDonald writes about the conflicts and complexities of the human spirit governed by tradition and the need to survive, being inspired and stretched through new friendships, and finding the strength and courage to change. MacDonald's lyrical prose awakens the shackles of ignorance, apathy and prejudice and offers not only hope, but also concrete solutions to the plight of our four legged friends. A must read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Honest Book
Wonderful story. Amazing writer. So glad I found this little book.
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleanore MacDonald brings you into the story.
”All The Little Grace’s" by Eleanore MacDonald was exactly what I was looking for in a book. I don’t always take the time to read, so when I do, I want to be able to escape the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tabberz3
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Nice story, but overly and unnecessarily long, and very poorly written. Ms. MacDonald would do well to hire an editor next time.
Published 15 months ago by Susan Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Little Graces
It was difficult for me to read this book, because I have a very hard time dealing with the suffering of animals, especially dogs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephanie Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop thinking about it
This book is so evocative, I want to fly to the islands of Greece today and walk animals at the shelters that exists there now. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Joan Keyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!
All the Little Graces kept me turning the pages until the very end. Eleanore MacDonald beautifully describes the Greek island and the wonders and agonies of the animals there. Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by Peggy Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Carried Away
Eleanore MacDonald's inspiring book, "All The Little Graces", quitely took me on a moving voyage to Greece and into the soul of a small island,it's people and animals. Read more
Published on December 14, 2012 by Lisa C. Cowden
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful book!
Such a beautiful and thought provoking book. It shares the lives and stories of fisherman and of Greece. So well written. Loved it.
Published on December 8, 2012 by Jenai
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring message.
This story brings the reader into an awareness of another world. The depictions of Greece are so vivid and alive, the family dynamics so real, the struggles of the characters so... Read more
Published on November 16, 2012 by KDiggs
5.0 out of 5 stars On the crest of a wave.....
This heart-warming (and alas, all too often 'heart-wrenching') tale of the life of a stray dog on a Greek island is, quite simply, wonderful read! Read more
Published on November 16, 2012 by Yvonne Ayoub
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