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Friday, July 21, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FALLING FOR GRACIE by Susan Mallery

Falling For Gracie by [Mallery, Susan]
First comes love, then comes marriage…
At least, that was Gracie's plan at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush.
And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The onetime bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability—but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around.  AMAZON 5 STARS

I enjoyed every minute of this book. Gracie was a hoot!  At age 14 she was one ingenious, creative child in love.  But she sure paid dearly for that "love".   She "lost" her family and her home for years because of it.   She did end up with other family members (her aunt and uncle who sound like they loved her dearly and showed it.)  So that was one good thing that came out of it.   It was hard for her to come back to her hometown but she did have high hopes that she would be able to find her place back in her family.  That was one huge disappointment many times over.   I could really feel for her, they might not approve of her but they sure didn't mind using her.  Ugh.
Her mother and her 2 sisters are one group of selfish people.  Will that ever change?  You'll have to read the story to find out.   Of course, they aren't the only ones in the town who are selfish AND scheming either.
Riley was an interesting mix of good looking, hard working guy, with daddy and uncle issues.  Gracie scared him to death with her determined pursuit when she was 14.  When he saw her again, he felt that again.  But things began to develop as he reluctantly spent time with her.  He began to see things about her that he liked and he was intrigued by her.  Gracie began to see that when she was 14 she was in love with a cardboard cutout of the man, she really didn't know him.   But she does begin to see him as a man with flaws as well as goodness too.
I absolutely loved the writing style and conversations.  Some of her mutterings made me laugh.  I could easily see her as a person that I could be friends with.  Just the humor alone; she was so quirky but someone you could still relate to. I like one of Riley's observations after she was leaving his office, "he had the sense of having been visited by a larger-than-life force."  Well put.
The whole town's involvement in the Riley-Gracie situation was something else.  You would think that this was a story about romance only but you would be wrong.  It's so much more with some unexpected twists and turns as well.
I'm glad that there was an Epilogue as well.   

The picture above was the cover on the eBook that I read but I see that there is a new cover and link for this book.  That one is shown below:






Falling for Gracie: A Romance Novel (Hqn) by [Mallery, Susan]  AMAZON



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