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Greta's Grace [Kindle Edition]

Virginia McCullough
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amazon Bestseller!!

Great beach read from award-winning author, Virginia McCullough!

Professional speaker, Lindsey Foster is faced with losing her only child, Greta, when Greta is diagnosed with cancer. Desperate to be closer to her during this crisis, Lindsey heads to Simon’s Point, Wisconsin, where Greta lives. Although Lindsey finds her greatest joy from inspiring her audiences with the healing power of women’s stories, her heart aches over her inability to heal her emotionally distant relationship with her daughter.

Divorced from Greta’s blustery dad, Brian, Lindsey is drawn to him now as they share their fears about Greta. She never expects to experience the drama of becoming involved with her ex-husband or to confront the dilemma of another man falling for her, especially Sam, her son-in-law’s widowed father. But Sam, quiet and reflective, offers more than friendship and becomes her refuge in this time of crisis.

With her willingness to do anything to make her daughter happy, Lindsey makes questionable decisions and keeps secrets from Greta, causing more heartbreak. Feeling exiled once again, Lindsey faces choices that will define her future—and her relationship with her daughter. But will Lindsey ever receive Greta’s Grace?

Scroll up and buy now to experience the page-turning, heart-warming story of mother-daughter connection, surviving cancer, and romance. One of the top women's fiction beach reads 2014! If you like books like, "The Fault In Our Stars" or "Mother Daughter Me", you will love this book!

Product Details

  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149961621X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rooting interest galore! June 11, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reality of Life! June 29, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! June 11, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An all-nighter June 10, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Greata's Grace June 10, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Greta's Grace - loved it! September 12, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed Greta's Grace. Virginia McCullough captured so wonderfully a family dealing with an awful disease. I was a little apprehensive to read a book with a character dealing with cancer but the story is about love and relationships and how precious life is and not to be taken for granted and most importantly second chances. As a cancer survivor, I was able to relate to what Greta was feeling emotionally. I was so engulfed by the wonderful characters and heart-warming story line that I didn't want the story to end. I am now a fan of Virginia McCullough and can't wait to read her other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up to McCullough for another great read. June 17, 2014
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In Greta’s Grace, McCullough explores the effect that a critical illness of an adult child has on a family. We meet Greta, newly diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, as she begins chemotherapy. Her divorced parents and maternal grandmother have come to add their support to that of Greta’s husband and his father and paternal grandmother. McCullough explores how the two families struggle to come to terms, sometimes explosively, with their fears for this young woman they all love, and how these struggles expose their vulnerabilities and closely guarded secrets.

McCullough’s writing is dexterous, providing us with clear characterizations while avoiding the sentimentality and easy answers that often imbue stories of death and family trauma. Although you may want tissues to hand at times, this is a satisfying tale of hope and resilience you can read on the beach or the plane. Having enjoyed Island Healing, I was looking forward to this book and wasn't disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a page turner
This is an easy read that keeps you hooked and wanting to find out what happens next
An emotional story
Published 6 hours ago by Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice story with good character development
Nice story with good character development. I would read more titles by this author.
Published 11 hours ago by Cheril L Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star
Inciteful, well-written story about a family and it's struggles to finally come home. Recommended for those who enjoy challenge in adversity.
Published 5 days ago by Charlotte E. McDowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, slow at first
A little slow at first but I think that draws you in. I love a happy ending.
Yeah for Sam
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Loved this book! It was so easy to get lost in it, like you were actually a part of the book. I was hooked from the first page!
Published 9 days ago by Arleen Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book
I really enjoyed the book. Good storyline with a surprise ending. I read a lot and would recommend this book to others. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Published 9 days ago by Brenda S Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Greta's Grace...Incredible!
I wish Greta's outcome for my daughter who has leukemia. I was hesitant to read this story for obvious reasons but I am so glad I did. This book has given me hope again. Read more
Published 13 days ago by minimama
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I enjoyed the characters, so real.
I would suggest this book to Murphy

And many friends. I loved the location it became real to me.
Published 15 days ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 16 days ago by Kathleen C. Krajicek
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace
escapism using somewhat normal type people...not super glamorous characters. there were moments that brought tears to my eyes thinking about fears one has for their children and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Steve Krug
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