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Gracie (Women & War Book 1)

Gracie (Women & War Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ellie Keaton
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London 1938 - Gracie Thompson has a job, a loving family, a twin brother who drives her insane and a great friend. A chance meeting introduces her to the love of her life. But the storm clouds are gathering, Europe is teetering on the verge of war and threatening to destroy everything Gracie holds dear. When war arrives her family are split up, her lover is in daily danger and her life is threatened. Her father and boyfriend believe a womans place is in the home but she is equally determined to do her duty for King and Country.
She succeeds in her ambition to do her bit but at what cost? Will she ever see her twin again? And can she live with the knowledge her actions may have led to the loss of the one man she loves. Not only could he die, but he may do so believing she never loved him. Is she brave enough to pull the life she wants back from the abyss?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4841 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Hi, I'm Ellie.

I am Irish, living in Dublin with my three children, two boys and a girl. We used to live in London but moved back home to the Emerald Isle in 2012. The kids love it, they get so much more freedom to explore and play outside. They also get to see their Grandpa, aunts and uncles as well as tons of cousins.

Their father still lives and works in London and will continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Having a father working abroad isn't unusual for Irish kids. Our country grew up on emigration - ever listened to the lyrics of the old Irish songs.

I love to read. As I tell my kids, it is the easiest way to escape into a whole different world. You can go to absolutely any country or world you wish without leaving home. My mom used to tell me that she would regularly have to take away a flash light when I was younger so that I would go to sleep on a school night. I read everything from Enid Blyton to Sweet Valley High. My childhood favorites were The Secret Garden and later To Kill a Mockingbird. I nearly burnt the house down on more than one occasion trying to read under the bed covers.

I spent a part of my childhood stuck in bed with a recurring illness. My Dad used to read to me when I didn't have the energy to read myself. He still goes to sleep with a pile of books by his bed. My fantastic mom (who died in 2009 of cancer) used to say that if we were going on holidays, the first thing in my suitcase were my books. That was a long time before ebook readers lol.

I read a lot of books, although less than I did before I had the children. I love reading historical fiction set in the 20th century. I also read non fiction and autobiographies of people.

I love to write but it took me a long time to start publishing. I had written various non fiction bits and pieces over the years - published in trade magazines and newspapers but it was only in 2012 that I finally published my first short story. The Wedding Dress is about a couple who lost everything on 9/11. I was inspired to write it following the July 7th bombings in London. People I knew died in both events. I then wrote two more books in the Survivors Club series, Red followed by The Fireman's Daughter. I am currently working on my fourth and probably the last book Tears, Love and Laughter.

Having written shorter works, I decided late last year to write a longer book. As I love reading historical fiction inspired by true events, that became the focus of my new book. Gracie. It's the story of a teenager coming of age in London during World War II. She is desperate to do her bit to help the war effort but with a father and boyfriend who believe women should stay at home, will she get her way? And what will it cost her? Gracie was fun to write but while writing it, Penny (her friend in the book) kept taking over the story. Finally after a consultation with my editor I had to start over stripping out Penny's story with the promise to give her a book of her own. She agreed :-) lol and Penny is currently a work in progress.
You can read more about me at my website

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feisty and Heart-warming 3 Jun 2014
By Corazie
Format:Kindle Edition
5 Words: Heartbreaking, war, conflict, love, misunderstanding.

This was a great read, and I enjoyed every second of it. It was an interesting interpretation of World War Two from a young woman's perspective.

I loved Gracie, even if she was a little hot headed and I didn't like her at times. She was also quite stereotypical for her type of character, but I think that's probably why I loved her so much. She was comfortable to read and I kinda knew what to expect. Charlie was just as stubborn and hot headed, and I thought they were a great match.

This book made me laugh and cry in equal measure, and although I sobbed my heart out with the whole Pat thing, I came out with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. It's a story about love in a time of uncertainty.

I'd recommend this book for fans of Annie Groves, as Gracie has those same qualities which I love.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At War 27 May 2014
By brownie
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I grew up in this era ,this story was very true about what happened.The way people had to adjust to living under the treat of bombings. Their loved ones going to war, children being evacuated. I could not put it down once I started reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taken at face value, a good read 13 Sep 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Whilst I wouldn't necessarily think of this as a great insight into the lives of women during WW2, it was a good story set amongst the difficulties faced by many people at that time. I particularly liked the interactions between Gracie and Charlie as they struggle to manage the damage wrought on relationships by the tensions of enforced separations, and constant danger. This is a decent story but much of the background has to be taken as it is written. A great deal of the social hierarchy of the preceding years had begun to break down by the outbreak of war but relationships between the classes were not yet as informal as they are presented here. That they are presented in such a way is acceptable under poetic licence to allow the story to be told as otherwise it just would not be possible.

I am not entirely put off by the above, nor by the need of a good proofreader to route out the odd anachronism and the more numerous stray apostrophes, indeed, I am contemplating buying the next book in the series to see what happened to Penny.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I love historical fiction books that are set in WWII and I'm always looking for new authors. I've read all of Annie Groves, Elizabeth Elgin, Lily Baxter ..etc so I was really pleased to find Ellie Keaton's book Gracie. Ellie has a way of writing about characters that really draws you into the story, so once I started reading I had to keep going to the end to find out what happened to Gracie and her friends! If you like books by Annie Groves then you should definitely pick up this one too.. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love conquers all. 21 Jun 2014
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An insight into life during WW2 and the impact it would have had on the life of those who were young and in love. The action of the parents in refusing permission for
Grace to marry before her 21st birthday could so easily have resulted in a very different outcome. However Grace's spirit and sheer determination saved the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 19 Jun 2014
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This is a great read you won't want to put the book down nothing else matters while you are reading it.
Looking forward to the next one.
Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime 20 Jun 2014
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Excellent and written from a woman's point of view. Well written and very interesting - sounding as based on fact and not entirely fiction. Only criticism I would say there were a few American slang ie 'gotten' and American words
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winsome step back in time 30 May 2014
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World War II stories always catch my attention so I couldn’t pass Gracie by. The novel is an entertaining read and it would be impossible not to like and root for the feisty, fresh-faced Gracie. This book is a winsome step back in time to an exciting and dangerous era. It doesn’t stint on the horrors of war but it’s full of heartwarming human triumphs and a strong love story.
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