Title and Author: Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she’s unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy. When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace avows the sexless Shaker ways. Resolved to stick to her new plan – dubbed the Shaker Plan – despite ovaries ticking like time bombs, she returns to her life in Pennsylvania. Almost immediately, she's juggling two eligible bachelors: Addison, a young beat reporter; and True, a venerable anthropology professor. Both men have ample charms and soul mate potential to test her newfound Shaker-style self-control, and Grace appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal… until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan..
I have received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.
Looking for a respite from her job, Grace decides to visit a Shaker Village in New Hampshire with her pregnant sister and a friend. She is appalled by the fact the men and women in the village lived and worked side by side in celibacy.
When her boyfriend breaks her up her, though, Grace decides to give the Shaker lifestyle a try and be celibate. Almost immediately two charming men show up in her life, making it almost impossible for Grace to stick to her plan.
I really liked the characters in this book. Grace is a great, extremely well-written main character and so are all the other characters. They all bring something to the story. They all seem real and the reader is able to connect with them.
This book deals, in an honest, intelligent and often funny way, with some interesting subjects like a few of the problems women face in their dating lives and in their workplace.
As the story develops there are some interesting twists and turns that add a lot to the plot.
The author was able to create an engaging story with well-developed characters and funny situations.
All in all, Grace Unexpected is a well-written and witty story with great characters and an interesting plot.
If you like Contemporary Romance, give this book a try!
Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)