- File Size: 556 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007PH8JAE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#651,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #6855 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Romance
- #9178 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Romance
- #13147 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance
Aging with Gracie (Welcome to Manhattan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As a book-blogger I usually write reviews for traditionally published books. This week I had a little extra time and this book, which was being offered for free at the time, looked like just the kind of book I was in the mood for. That being said, I wasn't expecting such a delightful read.
There is a great plot & structure, a bunch of quirky characters and has been edited quite well for a self-pub. With a little polishing and some smoothing out of the initial encounter between the protagonists this book could have jumped to a 5 star.
I believe the author has the potential develop into an excellent author. I would love to see what she could do with a publishing house behind her.
To my knowledge I have no connection to this author. I have not been asked to review this book.
It was a fun, enjoyable read and I recommend that you give it a chance.
The concept has potential--up and coming career girl takes on rehabbing a small-town nursing home. You could do a lot with that in the inspirational chick-lit genre. The book has some good moments, but not enough that I would recommend it. Here are a few of the problems I noted:
1) Too much telling, not enough showing. We're told that the mean nurse character is mean and that the nursing home manager is incompetent, but we never really get to see that in action. Gracie's first interaction with the nurse shows that they started off on the wrong foot, but other than that we never really see her in action mistreating patients, etc. Same thing with the nursing home manager. Obviously the guy needs some help decorating his office, but we never get to see exactly what the issues with his job performance are. A scene where Gracie uncovers embezzelement or missing medications or something would have set up the conflict better--and made the climax of the novel more believable. As it is, the book doesn't lay the foundation to support the climactic scene. It comes out of left field.
2) Inconsistency in characters and setting. We're told that Gracie is nerdy, but that doesn't come across to the reader. She comes off more cute and perky than nerdy and geeky. Her internal dialogue is more about waxing and pedicures than bookish and intellectual. Also, the nursing home setting doesn't seem to have been well-researched. Is it a nursing home or an assisted living center? Seniors who can outdo twenty-something-year old women on treadmills don't move into nursing homes, even if their husbands need care.Read more ›
As the story progresses so does Grace, she develops lasting friends, enters into a relationship with Jack, and really discovers herself and what she wants out of life.
"Aging with Gracie" is such a fun, sweet, romantic comedy.
Pros: great characters and not just the hero and heroine, but the supporting cast as well. Decent length, 181 pages (What I call a book), and a solid plot.
Cons: Couple of minor errors, nothing drastic.
I got this book during one of the free promotional days, but I would have easily paid the regular price.
The seniors at the retirement home added some nice dynamics to the story, and I enjoyed seeing Grace mature in her attitude towards them as she discovered their worth as people, despite her original reservations and a less than graceful first impression. Mixing a younger person with a group of seniors is often a sure-fire plot for a great story, and that certainly holds true here.
The one thing that put a slight damper on my enjoyment was towards the end, when the "required" conflict popped up to push Grace and Jack apart. Grace's reaction to it seemed a bit over the top, and it frustrated me that she wouldn't let Jack explain his side of the situation. Things went unresolved a bit too long for my taste, and then when the issue was cleared up, it seemed just a bit too easy.... especially after the way Grace had been acting about it.
Overall, I did very much enjoy the story, despite my nitpicking of the events near the end. The characters were quite likeable, and the dialogue and writing was good. Honestly, the book reads more like a novel from a larger publisher, rather than the kindle-only novel that it is. In my opinion, Aging With Gracie is a rare find, a jewel in the flooded market of kindle novels!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a sweet coming of age romance. Loved every moment of this book. I love when the young and old get to interact.Published 20 months ago by mathmom
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I enjoyed this book. It was like a breath of fresh air.. The story was sweet and made me ponder the innocence of love, long time friendships and God's special people He places in... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Donna Wittke
It began poorly and I just couldn't continue. In order for this genre to work, the characters have to stand out as individuals. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Characters were well thought out
Story kept my attention
Loved the main characters well described
Would read more from Heather Hunt
Really enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging but the story was so sweet it outshine any .
one part of the whole. Read more
There were quite a few bits I enjoyed in this book not least,as someone who worked with the elderly for many years,the mere fact that the story was set in a home for the... Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Alison
A good book for those who want a Faith based read with innocent romance. This is a book mostly for women - most definitely. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Ila A. Miller