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Greta's Grace: A Simon's Point Novel Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 4619 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: VEM Books (June 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KUXMVFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia started her writing career when her family moved to the coast of Maine and she began writing articles on many topics, including family living, children's literature, business, and women's issues. Her work appeared in a variety of magazines including Baby Talk and Marriage & Family Living. During the years her family lived aboard a sailboat, she wrote about boating and cruising and her articles appeared in magazines such as Cruising World and Sail.

Virginia broke into book publishing with her first coauthored books, TMJ Syndrome: The Overlooked Diagnosis, with A. Richard Goldman, DDS and Touch: A Personal Workbook (Open Arms Press), with Greg Risberg, M.S.W. Many more coauthored books followed over the next 25 years. She is now the author of several independently published fiction books. Her fiction explores themes of love, healing and second chances.

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“Greta’s Grace” grabs you with powerful plots and beautifully honed writing. From family and romantic relationships to serious personal issues, McCullough develops her characters in ways that create rooting interest galore! I don’t know anyone who does a better job with dialogue, making every word count and moving the story forward. But my favorite feature is the evocative setting of cabins on a lake—McCullough awakens my own memories in such peaceful, natural settings and transports me to hers. What a wonderful journey.
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Just like any other normal family, author Virginia McCullough brings to life the changes that can occur when a family is stricken with a diagnosis of cancer. You will hear and feel the fear, guilt, promises and refusal of acceptance to the fact that a loved one is at death's door. The old familiar phrase "It can't happen to my family, and yet it does" rings loudly in my ears.

Greta is happily married and now has to face the challenge of a lifetime, terminal cancer. When family members from both sides of her family come to support her new old feelings emerge.

Greta has good days and many bad days, questioning her resolve if she has the will to survive. Her mother, Lindsey holds to the hope that she will be able to rebuild her relationship with her daughter as she questions her own life's existence if her daughter dies. Lindsey finds herself reliving many past memories of Greta growing up with her mother and ex-husband.

Author Virginia McCullough had created characters that are very believable. Her writing style allowed me to connect with each character as they entered into the story. This story is like a tapestry of love and support weaved together with raw yet powerful emotion.

I do recommend this book!
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I read until midnight last night and then got up at 4:00 this morning so I could finish Greta’s Grace before going to work. It’s that good.

I love Lindsey, Greta’s mom and the real protagonist of the book. She means well, thinks she can fix everything and talks too much. Mostly she struggles with what all parents of grown children struggle with — how to continue her old role as a supportive parent while at the same time developing a new role, that of a woman whose emotional well-being is not totally dependent on the well-being of her now-adult child.

As with her first book, Island Healing, McCullough’s strengths are in creating characters who are both believable and likeable and in evoking a place that is almost a character in itself. I’ve been to Door County, and McCullough describes it well – from Greta’s photographs to Al Johnson’s goat-grazing restaurant and the wonderful stave church in the forest.

Are we going to meet these characters again in a future book? I hope so.
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Once again, I couldn't put a McCullough book down. This one is a tapestry of love stories that weave together creating emotions that are real and powerful. Lindsey evolved beautifully as she sorted through her past, the awful present, and toward a future she couldn't even begin to contemplate. And Greta herself, courageous and vulnerable as she brushed against death and searched for meaning in her life and family. Nicely done.
If you want a rich read that you become totally absorbed in, this will fit the bill. The dinner can burn, the phone can ring, the cat can claw the furniture, and you'll remain glued to these pages. McCullough is an author to follow for sure.
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From the first page, I had an instant connection with the characters and story. It's easy to get hooked on Virginia McCullough's style of writing, she has me hooked instantly. Loved the descriptions of Wisconsin and Lake Michigan, made me hungry for Swedish pancakes. Looking forward to her next book in the Island Healing series too!
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I normally don't go for books that I know are going to be sad or have a "downer" main storyline. But I was sent this book to rate in a romance author contest and after the first 30 pages (which is all I was judging), I knew I wanted to finish it. I was in a mood for an emotional read.
It ended up being the emotional book I thought it would be, and the author handled Greta's cancer in an authentic way--the ups and downs of emotions of everyone affected by what Greta was going through...without being too depressing. It told the story of two families coming together to support their daughter/daughter-in-law--as well as one another--as she went through her chemo treatments.
I liked Lindsey overall as a character, but I didn't love the love triangle between her and Brian/Sam. I understood her dilemma/struggle because of the difficult time they were going through and both men meant something to her in different ways...and even though it all ended happily and was tied up with a nice bow, I still think she should have been more upfront and honest with both men. But I'm glad she ended up with the one she ended up with.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and thought it was well-written. I thought there was a lot of growth with the characters throughout the book...both individually and with each other. Fans of women's fiction and more emotional romance will definitely enjoy this one.
As for content, I think I remember a few swear words somewhere in the middle of the book, but the language wasn't throughout the whole book. And there were a couple of fade to black/implied scenes.
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