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Aging with Gracie (Welcome to Manhattan Book 1) by [Hunt, Heather]
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Nerdy Emma Grace Woodhouse has struggled with her weight and her mother’s meddling for years. When she is assigned to manage her father’s corporation’s latest acquisition in Manhattan, she is ecstatic that she will finally have a chance to prove herself. Unfortunately, Grace’s joy takes a sudden downward spiral when she discovers that the assignment is the overhaul of a retirement home in Manhattan…Manhattan, Georgia, of all places.

Grace resigns herself to tackling the overwhelming task of turning the retirement home into a welcoming and safe place for its elderly residents...a task made even more difficult by the destructive presence of a vindictive pair of former workers. Armed with a newfound sense of God's grace, the friendship of a pair of feisty elderly residents, and a blossoming relationship with handsome general contractor, Jackson Ellis, Grace discovers that God's plans for her life are not necessarily the ones she would have imagined…they are so much more amazing!

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There was nothing to dislike. I could not put it down. I nice clean Romance. I suggest everyone read it. Eileen
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa07115f4) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b04054) out of 5 stars Surprisingly good for a self published book May 20 2012
By Kristen Lowery - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b042a0) out of 5 stars Fun read Jan. 14 2013
By mireille - Published on
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b04264) out of 5 stars Needs Work June 7 2012
By Leigh - Published on
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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. I've also never seen a nursing home with locks on the doors of patient rooms--and there are probably good reasons for that. Little things like not having a nursing home administrator's license don't seem to get in Gracie's way either.

3) Lack of driving conflict. Things seem to go really easily for Gracie. Once she lands at the nursing home, her renovations and improvements seem to go off without a hitch. Her romance also goes easily almost from the beginning. The delusional fiance that appears halfway through the book would have been better played for humor than a serious wedge between the hero and heroine--and it would have worked better if at least some hints of her existence had been dropped earlier. Books need a little tension to keep things interesting--something this title lacked.

4) Overly preachy dialogue. I primarily read and review Christian fiction. I like seeing discussions about faith and life woven into a novel, but it's possible to write those conversations in a way that reads more naturally. Every time the hero and heroine started talking about their relationships with God, I started rolling my eyes--people just don't talk like that.

Overall, the idea has potential and there are some cute moments, but the book just doesn't live up to it's potential. I'd actually give this one 2.5 stars, but I'm rounding up to three. I'd encourage the author to keep writing, but maybe check out ACFW or Christian Writer's Guild and take advantage of their editing services or workshops before publishing another title. With some more writing experience and a good editor, I could see a rewrite of this getting picked up by a publisher.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b04558) out of 5 stars Great book Aug. 24 2012
By Kelbabe - Published on
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I loved this book. It was an easy and enjoyable read. It had great characters and an interesting plot. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b045b8) out of 5 stars "Manhattan: A Little apple in the big south May 21 2012
By Crystal Burns - Published on
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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.