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Aging with Gracie (Welcome to Manhattan Book 1) by [Hunt, Heather]
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Length: 207 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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I am usually wary of self published books.

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.
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I picked this book up as a free download, not realizing that it was self-published. It's okay, but it could have done with some more editing.

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.
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By mireille on January 14, 2013
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Living in Atlanta, I enjoyed the setting of the story which was the North Georgia mountains. The story was sweet and romantic with a nice dose of humor brought on by the residents of the retirement community. I would recommend this book for a fun afternoon with a book.
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Grace Woodhouse was ecstatic when she finds out she is going to be working in Manhattan. Until her father tells her it Manhattan, Georgia... and it's managing a retirement home. Her job is to fix the place up, and to make it safe environment for all the residents. Grace doesn't make the greatest first impression, and by the end of the day has already been seen by a doctor, and is required to use a cane (talk about a bad day).But the day is not a total loss, she also meets an overly sexy Contractor named Jack.

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.
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This is a fun one! Right from the beginning the interactions between Grace and Jack were entertaining, with a fun flirty vibe woven in amid their frustrations with each other. I really liked the speed of their relationship; they let a friendship blossom before proceeding any further, even though it was fairly obvious to both that things could and would turn more serious. Jack's habit of calling Grace by the nickname of "Gracie"--despite her protests--was cute, and always brought me a smile.

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!
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