Grace Grows Paperback – 1 Mar 2013
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A charming debut of mismatched people finding happiness. It's a well-trodden path beautifully executed. --The Bookseller
Shelle Sumners' Grace Grows is the literary version of a Nora Ephron rom-com; a 21st century When Harry Met Sally. --The Hoopla
Like a favourite box of chocolates, it's easy to devour. --Herald Sun
This is a book that is fun to read, rewarding to finish, inspiring to remember. --Newcastle Herald
About the Author
Shelle Sumners has worked as a waitress, actress, copy editor, bookseller, and wedding chapel receptionist. Sometimes she only pretended to do these things while furtively scribbling notes for screenplays and novels. Sumners lives with her husband, Lee, and their daughter in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
I started off liking this book but gradually I became irritated by how self-consciously cute it is - it even comes with a soundtrack! (Written and performed by the author's husband). Grace is a hugely self-centered character who behaves in the most unlikely of ways - putting barriers up without reason and then throwing herself a pity party when they keep people at an arm's length. And Tyler is kind of charming enough because - well, how can he not be? All he does is exude sexual energy, grin goofily a lot and write lots of songs about Grace. I didn't believe that a relationship between them could ever work and I didn't particularly care if they were going to get together or not. The title suggests that Grace will mature and change over the course of the book but truly? I didn't feel it.
Having said that, it's a quirky read and is genuinely funny in parts. Shelle Sumners has a highly readable, very present writing style which genuinely feels like you're reading updates from a good friend with a witty turn of phrase. Amazon like to classify a three star review as a "negative" review, but to me it isn't: it's my way of saying that I'm on the fence, there were many things that I liked but there were just as many things that I didn't like. I expected more from the glowing reviews, put it that way.
Throughout the book we get to see some of Tyler's lyrics to the songs he writes for Grace, and at the end of the book you find the web link so you can listen to the songs performed by Lee Morgan who wrote them. Loved it!
This book was AMAZING! I started it early one evening and I actually stayed up until 3am just so that I could finish it, I continually just had to keep knowing what was going to happen next, and despite me thinking "just one more chapter", I couldn't put it down! Wow.
Shelle Sumners has an exceptional talent for writing, her words flow so easily and within a few pages I lost myself in the world of Grace and Tyler for many wonderful hours!
The characters are fantastic, I cannot fault a single one! Grace in particular is brilliant - as the story is told from her perspective she is easy to like and to get to know. I laughed with her, I cringed with her, I felt myself go on a rollercoaster of emotions with her and I loved every moment that I spent with her. Tyler...Wow! Is he available in real life?! He is HANDSOME, and charming, and he writes songs! Their journey together is one that you won't want to miss!
One thing I especially liked about the characters is that they are very real. I think it is important in a book not only to have relateable characters but ones that are true to life, and Shelle has excelled in this. They were all very realistic, it was like they stepped out of the pages and into everyday life. Their personalities were very real, the emotions were raw and real and this was so well-written that I could feel their emotions just from what I was reading.
Grace Grows is funny, romantic and full of emotion - a perfectly written story that will captivate you and have you constantly wanting to know more!
Seems typical Jewish American dribble, all flustered all the time, no idea of what's normal.
But hey like I say, maybe it's because I'm not a girl.
The book is written from Grace's perspective so it feels very personal and as the title suggests, Grace Grows, she changes so much throughout the book. Tyler loves her as she is as he can see the true Grace, she just needs to see this for herself.
Tyler Wilkie is a fantastic character who I completely fell in love with! I loved the songs he writes for Grace which are included throughout. He has nothing to hide and no agenda; he loves Grace and has never hidden that fact. He cannot understand why Grace puts up so many barriers but he will not give up on her.
Shelle Sumners has a fantastic writing style, I found her characters entirely believable and at the end of every chapter I wanted to know more. The intensity of Grace and Tyler's relationship makes for a great story, it is romantic without being cliched which I think is very difficult to achieve.
I highly recommend Grace Grows, the story will capture you and you may just fall in love with Tyler too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first book iv'e had on the kindle that I couldn't get into I found it very hard going and gave up so never finished it.Published on 18 Sept. 2013 by Mrs Janet Foster
great, loved this book, already read it twice!!I'm sure I will read it again in the future!
definitely recommend it!
A friend download this on my kindle, I read from cover to cover in one read & then downloaded the soundtrack! Fabulous 'read for a relaxing afternoon.Published on 27 July 2013 by Denny
Didn't think it was my type of book to start with but was I wrong !! It made delicious reading and didn't want to put it down which is a sign of a very good book I believe.Published on 24 July 2013 by margaret compton
This is ok as quick read. However, the characters don't really develop, I could not warm to Grace and found the general story rather trite.Published on 22 July 2013 by semzw
I kept on wanting to read. Got frustrated at times but won't say why as I don't want to give anything away. Such a refreshing approach to writing a 'complete' story. Rare .Published on 21 July 2013 by J. Barczewska
Entertaining,funny and sad at times but ultimately a good read. I really enjoyed it. Would be a good holiday readPublished on 21 July 2013 by chrissie
If you're looking for a simple, light, and slightly far fetched romance - this is for you. In places I felt I could relate to the main character and then a few pages further on I... Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Amazon Customer