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Greta's Grace [Kindle Edition]

Virginia McCullough
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 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!


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  • File Size: 4614 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KUXMVFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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 An all-nighter June 10, 2014
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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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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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read March 25, 2015
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Real Life Story!
What a great experience of forgiveness and reconciliation! This book challenges one to let go of grudges, hurts and pain and focus on what's necessary to live life to the fullest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Delia
5.0 out of 5 stars TOUCHING!
This is a very well written poignant book about family relationships and how they cope and change with illness. The mother daughter relationships were particularl touching. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoy reading stories about families and how they grow and change. Greta' s Grace brought out a lifetime of hurts and how two families came together to heal.
Published 3 months ago by Robin Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story!
I love a story that touches my heart and all my emotions. This one has it all! I cried happy and sad tears, all while feeling empathy with each character throughout the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue Beer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book makes you realize its never to late
Published 4 months ago by eflyglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading Greta's Grace
I enjoyed reading Greta's Grace. It was a great read!!! I would definitely recommend reading this book if you like love stories, mother/daughter relationships, and dealing with a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sherrie Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book!
Greta's Grace is so well-written that I felt the characters were friends of mine and I was sharing a difficult period in their lives, hurting for them but also rejoicing as moments... Read more
Published 4 months ago by andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but got a little long winded describing the mother's ...
Not bad but got a little long winded describing the mother's high maintenance personality in the middle of the book
Published 5 months ago by T. Bleich
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 5 months ago by kathy pennypacker
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More About the Author

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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