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Grace Unexpected [Kindle Edition]

Gale Martin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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


"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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,064 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
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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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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read!!! February 28, 2013
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 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Romance with Attitude! May 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Best core workout, EVER! I laughed so hard throughout Grace Unexpected, my abs are killing me now! What goes on inside the mind of author Gale Martin, whatever it is, it calls to my inner snark monster perfectly! Never thought the often overwhelming singles life could be so hysterical, in spite of its pitfalls, break ups and ticking biological clocks.

From almost engaged to suddenly single to having TWO amazingly hot, totally different men lusting for her, Grace’s head and heart are both spinning. Too bad she made a vow to remain celibate until there is a commitment. Meanwhile, she is getting blasted from all directions, set up for failure at work, her cougar mother is horning in on one of her men and her “clock” is starting to sound like a time bomb.

Gale Martin knows how to take one of life’s trials and turn it into a three ring circus of love, loss and attitude. As ringmaster, Ms. Martin totally rocks the show with her main character, Grace, although I have to say, this is probably one of the best cast of characters ,EVER for a humorous romance with snark. We have the evil co-worker, the charming older man, the electrifying younger man, and the gay assistant/friend who isn’t quite sure if he’s gay, bi or what. I tend to believe that Gale Martin may be the best cure for the blues, ever and I’d pay for tickets to a journey through her mind!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 1 month ago by Nancy L Elkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin is the second book I have read by Ms. Martin. Her books are so much fun to read, her characters are real, easy to relate to and oh so fun to share... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected is right.
A fun read.
Published 3 months ago by Clara
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Closed the Cover
Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ashley LaMar
1.0 out of 5 stars I just wanted to slap Grace silly.
I do not find mean girl, high school shenanigans in an adult, professional setting or a heroine who can't keep her pants on to be engaging, witty, comedic or entertaining. Read more
Published 4 months ago by pullsnopunches
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
The beginning was incredibly slow. While I felt sorry for Grace's problems at work, there was little to recommend here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by janet harman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Lively Book!
Full disclosure: I'm a writer. However, being a writer also means that I'm a reader. I picked up this book after seeing it advertised online. Boy, am I glad that I did! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Price
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
Pretty predictable all the way through. I couldn't believe it was so long. Story could have been told in half the time
Published 6 months ago by Carolyn S Stanley
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 6 months 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 7 months ago by Susan B. White
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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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