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Grace Unexpected [Kindle Edition]

Gale Martin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she’s unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy.

When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace avows the sexless Shaker ways. Resolved to stick to her new plan – dubbed the Shaker Plan – despite ovaries ticking like time bombs, she returns to her life in Pennsylvania. Almost immediately, she's juggling two eligible bachelors: Addison, a young beat reporter; and True, a venerable anthropology professor. Both men have ample charms and soul mate potential to test her newfound Shaker-style self-control, and Grace appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal… until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan.


Editorial Reviews

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"Martin delivers an engaging plot, with witty banter, comedic elements that border on farce and cleverly titled chapters . . . its ending contains a welcome twist. An entertaining light read." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This is Gale Martin's second novel and I can't wait to see what she does next. Not many authors can be intelligent, witty and funny with such ease. Five out of five huge stars." -- Book Evolution

"I absolutely LOVED Gale Martin's 'Grace Unexpected' and recommend it to anyone who loves chick lit." -- Endless Days of Literary Ecstacy

"GRACE UNEXPECTED is chick-lit at its finest. Wit, drama and surprise fill every page. A 5-star read. 273 pages of fun!" -- Literary R&R

From the Author

"I like characters who aren't perfect, who are flawed. They don't all have to be uncommonly quirky, though selected ones are in each book I write because most people have no idea how funny and quirky they are in real life. But if my characters are smart or intellectual, then they have to lack common sense or be dorky in some other way. If they are beautiful, they have to be clumsy, that sort of thing. Subconsciously, I always feel in competition with characters I read in fiction and I'm a sore loser. I guess I just figured my readers don't want to stack up against a character and measure themselves sorely lacking either." -- Gale Martin

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961616
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (July 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LE4CMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiesty Female Heorine August 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
If you've ever been let down by modern love, then you will relate to the sardonic protagonist of this novel, Grace. She's caught in the age old dilemma of a boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her and several strangers who might have lots of potential. Does she choose the good guy or the one who makes her goods melt? You will be turning the pages to find out the answer. A nice cast of supporting characters, and the unexpected details of the Shaker community add extra color to this romantic comedy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing September 9, 2012
By SusanCH
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disappointed, it was easy to guess the plot. The writing seemed to get lost in places and just pick up the story any where. It was listed under christian fiction, but I would say that is incorrect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read!!! February 28, 2013
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of GRACE UNEXPECTED by Gale Martin in exchange for an honest review.

In a cleverly plotted romantic comedy, GRACE UNEXPECTED features thirty-something Grace Savage, who has made her way through terrible job after terrible job and gone through a muddy puddle of bad men who had commitment phobia. In an effort to shake things up, she visits her mother, who conveniently lives in Shaker Village in New Hampshire, and there she finds something completely unexpected. In Shaker Village, she learns that men and women live side by side and work together in complete celibacy. She is intrigued to say the least, but when her boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace adopts the Shaker way of life. She vows to stick it out with her new lifestyle, but when she returns to her old life, she struggles when begins juggling two bachelors. They test her will but she stays strong. Will Grace finally find the man of her dreams? Or will she crack before then?

I had so much fun reading GRACE UNEXPECTED and was completely surprised by the ending of the book (no spoilers here please). Gale does such an amazing job at crafting realistic characters but adding a fun little flair to each of them. I loved the time that Grace spent in the Shaker village and I found the idea quite interesting and unique - definitely something I've never read in a book before. Overall, this book is really fun and quite funny and heartwarming. I think that if you are looking for a contemporary romantic comedy, then this book is for you.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've read Gale Martin's debut novel Don Juan in Hankey, PA then you know that Gale knows how to bring well drawn characters to life who are fun, funny, and feisty and she's done it again with her newest novel, Grace Unexpected. Grace Savage, the book's title character, bears a lot of similarities to Don Juan's main female character - Deanna Lundquist - in that they both face the challenge of being strong and independent single women (Deanna is divorced whereas Grace has never married but that matters not) who are very capable of standing on their own two feet without needing any male support but who would love to have the right male support come along.

When Grace gets dumped on her birthday through a shower curtain in her own home by Christian, the guy she thought for sure would be giving her an engagement ring instead, the fun really begins in a book that starts out in one of the most unlikely places for a romance - the Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire. On a short vacation, Grace and her very-pregnant sister-in-law Rae Ann take a tour of the former home of a religious group that lived separate but equal lives and performed wonders through the joys of celibacy - an idea that Grace totally scoffs at but soon finds herself adopting as "The Shaker Plan" while she attempts to embrace her own life of celibacy leading to all sorts of unexpected and madcap escapades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever writing and loveable characters! September 5, 2012
By Sarah
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I absolutely adored this book (and now can't believe it was listed for free on amazon). The characters were fun, plot engaging and with just the right balance between pace and description. "Grace Unexpected" was my first work by the author, but now...certainly not my last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun! November 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In order to find true love, the central character in Gale Martin's novel, must control her lustful urges and deny herself the pleasures of the body. By turning the female stereotype on its head, Grace Unexpected is funny and wonderful in the extreme. In fast-paced prose and a plot with many twists, Martin gives us a modern, female Tom Jones, who's resisting the romp. Martin's characters, especially Grace, are lively, authentic and engaging. For anyone who wants a fun read with some pretty hi-brow humor, this is the novel to pick up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Canterbury Tale Chaucer didn't write. September 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
Humor, excellent pacing of story, characters you root for and against and some real belly laughs. The answer to the oft asked question,"Are we having Fun yet?", is yes when you are reading "Grace Unexpected."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally charming and great fun to read July 21, 2012
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Who amongst us has not been in the same position as Grace Savage, beset by dead end jobs and crummy men in whom we invest too much of ourselves too soon? At least 90% of womanhood I would wager, if everyone is being honest!

Gale Martin's character, Grace, is determined to change her life, which involves allowing men to chase and catch her rather than the other way around. After her of "two-years-standing" boyfriend, Christian, breaks off their relationship not only on her 35th birthday (there's a clock ticking, can you hear it?) but while he is in the shower at her apartment, Grace swears she will be in "pole position" next time.

This book is marvellous fun to read, littered with "Gracisms" - should I say, "Martinisms"? Two early in the story from the main character made me roar with laughter: "I dug into my handbag like a cat in a sandbox..." (Don't we all do that?) and: "I wanted to knee Christian in his codpiece." Oh yes, there has undoubtedly been a Christian or two in most women's lives!

One of the nicest aspects of this book for me - and there are lots - is the use of titles for chapters. This method makes the book more interesting, because when I open it and read the titles there is a great sense of anticipation. I know it's going to be a terrific read because the author has taken time to think about what she - or he - is producing for the discerning reader.

All in all, a masterful novel, highly recommended :) Go for it, folks, you will love this well-written and finely-paced story by Gale Martin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Unexpected Book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a good read, and it kept your attention. I would recommend to others.
Published 7 days ago by L. Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't wait to find out the ending
Light recreational reading. Fun and quirky. I enjoyed the main character and the twists in the romance part of the story as well as the sub plot.
Published 29 days ago by Susan B. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Tongue Wagger - Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin
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Published 3 months ago by Ali Crean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Wonderful book, so many interesting and funny characters. Lots of unexpected events and some hilarious moments throughout. Very well written, you won't want to put it down.
Published 5 months ago by LovetoRead Lou
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but a bit predictable
Grace Unexpected is a light, fluffy tale of a young woman working for a small college, struggling with a clueless supervisor, a useless and demanding President, and the joys and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R.H. Packer
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.....
This was a good book. There were two "boyfriend's" involved in the plot. One was 10 years younger than the girl and the other was 27 years older. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heidi Schoolman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy romance
This is a cozy romance book - somewhat predictable, but that's what I was looking for! - nothing too risqué... If you like romance novels, I think you'll enjoy it!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Madcap Chick Lit
In Grace Unexpected, Gale Martin has written a funny, crazy, off the wall story of love not quite requited. A page turner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Unexpected
Grace unexpected was a fabulous book. It was really entertaining and funny, while still having a great message. I look forward to reading more books by Gale Martin!
Published 7 months ago by Laura Ladlow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Fun Read!
As they say in New Hampshire, this romantic comedy by Gale Marin is "wicked fun"! When I found out that this story had a Canterbury Shaker Village tie-in I had to pick it up (CSV... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Website: http://galemartin.me
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gale_Martin (@Gale_Martin)
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Email: galemartin.writer@gmail.com

Gale Martin is an award-winning writer of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for telling tall tales into a legitimate literary pursuit once she hit midlife. She began writing her first novel at age eleven, finishing it three and a half decades later.

Her newest novel is a murder mystery called WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'?, a rollicking romp into the cutthroat world of Tom Jones tribute artists (Booktrope 2014).

Her debut novel, DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, (Booktrope 2011)is a humorous homage to Don Giovanni, Mozart's famous tragicomic opera about the last two days of Don Juan's life. It was named a 2013 Best Kindle Book by Digital Book Today and a Finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards for New Fiction. Her second novel GRACE UNEXPECTED (Booktrope 2012) is wryly witty women's fiction featuring Grace Savage, a 30-something protagonist with a heart of gold, wrapped in lead.

Gale would commit a misdemeanor to score some Babybel cheese and goes weak-kneed for hummingbirds. She is a wife and mother of one and a communications director by profession.

She blogs about opera--the art form, not the platform and is an opera reviewer for Bachtrack, an online site featuring classical performance worldwide. She can name any aria in three notes. Okay, five notes, perfectly sung, with full orchestration.

She has a master of arts in creative writing from Wilkes University. She lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which serves as a rich source of inspiration for her writing.

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