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Gracie's War (War Drama Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Everest
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gracie has her life before her as the dark clouds of the Second World War gather. One night, one mistake and she is carrying the wrong man's child. Must she pay for it for the rest of her life?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pulse (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G475C3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi, welcome to my author page. I'm excited to present my novel, Gracie's War (Pulse Romance)and hope you enjoy reading it. Gracie's War is set in NW Kent and starts at the outbreak of WW2. I know the area well as I was born in Erith and grew up in Slade Green. Stories of the area, that I learned from my family, have been woven into Gracie's story, bringing her world to life and resurrecting memories for those who look back to that time with fondness.

Do our actions and decisions mark us and stay with us for the rest of our lives? Gracie has her life before her as the dark clouds of the Second World War gather.
Though she and her family cope well with the stresses on the home front, Gracie's transformation to adulthood is swifter and more brutal than she could have ever imagined.
Gracie meets Tony, who arouses such feelings in her that she has never experienced before - not with Joe her regular beau who considers her his girl. Then, one night, one mistake, and she realises she is carrying Joe's child.
And now Tony has gone to war.

This is my first published novel although its not my first book having been commissioned to write three non fiction books for How To Books Ltd in recent years. I'm a member of the Romantic Novelist Association and a graduate of their New Writers Scheme. Gracie's War has been short-listed for their prestigious 2014 Joan Hessayon Award.

Since Gracie was published I've had the good fortune to be taken on by a lovely literary agent and am looking forward to a future writing Sagas.

I've sold over sixty short stories to publications worldwide as well as features to newspapers such as The Guardian, Daily Mail and Daily Express. As a journalist I've written about most canine matters, although I specialise in the pedigree dog show world. My features have appeared regularly in many canine publications. I was a columnist for some time for the weekly publication Our Dogs.

My three non-fiction books for dog owners (How To Books Ltd) have been well received and brought opportunites to make many radio broadcasts both on local and national radio stations.

I've been fortunate to win a few major writing competitions:
2003 BBC Radio Kent Short Story Writer of the year
2012 Shortlisted, The Harry Bowling Prize
2012 Shortlisted, The Festival of Romance New Novelist Competition
2013 Winner, Pulse Romance (Myrmidon Books) Write for us Competition

When I'm not writing sagas I'm teaching creative writing at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford, Kent where I run The Write Place Creative Writing School. I have some fabulous students who are also carving their own careers in the writing world.

Twitter: @elaineeverest
Blog: WriteMindsWritePlace

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated from beginning to end 28 Oct. 2013
By Rachel
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Well done Elaine for writing a novel that brought me into the world of Gracie's life. So much of the detailed descriptions of the clothes, food and smells reminded me of my grandparents when I used to visit them in my younger days and brought back fond memories. I fully recommend this book for anyone looking for romance combined with deceit and crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a romance 24 Oct. 2013
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The story begins as WW2 is declared and Gracie's family prepare to face hardships in the village of Slade Green. As Hitler's bombs descend, her father realises it may mean the end for the family's paddle steamer, The Kentish Queen, which, filled with day trippers regularly sails down to Margate.

Joe, handsome in his army uniform, has been a friend since he and Gracie were kids and it seems he has designs on making her his wife. Another soldier, Tony Banks, turns up at the church social and after just one dance all thoughts of war, and Joe, fade from her mind. She is smitten. But as far as Joe's concerned, he always gets his way and Gracie will be his.

On Gracie's 21st birthday, Joe bestows expensive gifts on her then later gets her drunk and though not entirely against her will, he has his wicked way.

Before long, Gracie realises she's pregnant but Joe is back overseas. When he returns and hears the news he seems thrilled. He will marry her and they'll move into a big house in the poshest street. How does Joe afford this lifestyle? As her life spirals out of control, Gracie wishes she'd pursued Tony instead.

It would be difficult to add much more without giving away spoilers. Needless to say, this story is not just a sweet romance. There's a real touch of drama as the navy commandeers The Kentish Queen. There's a mystery surrounding Tony. Is he betrothed to be married or not? Does he have criminal dealings possibly with Joe? Who is the good guy and who isn't? It certainly had me 'oohing' and 'aahing'!

The characters all felt real, the settings too, the latter no surprise as they're based on the author's home town. A good, quick read that will draw you in.

Some small problems with the formatting but I doubt that's the author's fault. Could even be my Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gracie' s War 27 Oct. 2013
By Pam
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I just couldn't put it down. The characters are so well defined. The book has a little bit of everything, romance, danger, and intrigue. I haven't enjoyed a book so much for a long time!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gracie's War 19 May 2014
By Ginny
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Loved it. As I too lived in Slade Green. My dad was a regular at The Lord Raglan. I was a Sunday school teacher and married at St Augustines. Is this story in print as I would love to share it with a cousin who does not have Kindle access.?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rattling read! 14 Nov. 2013
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I rattled through Gracie's War and I don't read many war romances. But this gives the regular reader of the genre exactly what they are looking for. If wartime romance isn't your thing, still read it! Not only do we follow Gracie as she lives through the war but we also follow her own private battles as she negotiates a life torn between two men and something more sinister. Brimming with period detail, Gracie is very much a woman of her time. The pace is a perfect balance between hooking you with every turn of the page but allowing you to get to know the characters really well. The mark of a good book is whether you think about it during 'real life' so when I found myself wondering if Gracie would get her man while I was doing the ironing, I knew this book was a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and enthralling 14 Nov. 2013
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A well written nostalgic story of love, family life and the uncertainty of living through a war. Thoroughly enjoyable to read. I particularly liked the historical references and felt I could empathise with Gracie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 2 Nov. 2013
By Jo
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It didn't take me long to read this book because I just couldn't put it down. I hope the Author writes more books like this, it was brilliant....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gracie's war - a heartwarming wartime tale 1 Nov. 2013
By Karen
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Gracie is immediately loveable - brave, hardworking but as vulnerable as the next person which makes her so real. There was a good contrast between the men in her life and she so deserved happiness. I also particularly liked the unusual setting which showed a glimpse of the Thames estuary life and its community around the war period. A lovely tale, well paced and a joy to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very,very good
As I love war drama romances, this one was not a disappointment. Very well written and very good.
Published 8 months ago by Taglet
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete let down.
I was expecting a lot from this book after reading the other reviews but I was left sadly disappointed. Perhaps they were all left by her students? Read more
Published 11 months ago by divagirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
The book is set just before the beginning of World War II and follows the life of Gracie.

Gracie is an instantly loveable leading lady, it follows her as she makes the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Comet Babes Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Gracie's war
Excellent easy read , short story didn't want to put it down .
Also related to local places in Kent
Published 14 months ago by Cynthia elgar
5.0 out of 5 stars Gracies war
Bit wishy washy to start. Nice story with a believable story line. Was funny seeing roads and places I'd grown up with talked about!
Published 15 months ago by louisewilson25
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment!
I had my kindle bought for Xmas and I chose this book because I know it's author, I was delighted with the lovely storyline and once I had started to read I had to go on and find... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs I A Duplock
5.0 out of 5 stars Evoking the war years
I love the way the small details and the setting in this book evoke war torn north Kent, the nearest thing to getting on a time machine and travelling back to that era. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charlotte Perilli
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Elaine took me back to the time I grew up in Erith next door to the house my mother and grandparents lived in during the war. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs J Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of desperation, great friendships and a fight for true love
Gracie's War is a story set during World War II about the life of Gracie and the struggles and fears she faces as a result of one mistake she made on her 21st birthday. Read more
Published 16 months ago by @jessbickerton_x from A Novel Thought
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Gracie's War
I was fortunate to get an ARC of `Gracie's War' and found it an absorbing read.
The story is set in South-east London at the beginning of the Second World War, as Gracie is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Julie Ryan
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