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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743314256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743314258
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,422,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Grace is a slightly uptight textbook editor, leading a very controlled life and living with her seemingly perfect boyfriend. Into her life stumbles Tyler Wilkie, a struggling musician who walks her neighbour's dogs for extra income. He's like a puppy himself, slightly ungainly and cute as can be. They strike up a friendship. Tyler is keen on Grace from the outset and isn't afraid to tell her so repeatedly, although she rebuffs his attentions. Gradually she is forced to admit to herself that her feelings for him strong, but as his music career takes off it appears that their worlds can never come together.

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.
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So enjoyed this book. A wonderfully upbeat and quirky romance about a young textbook editor in New York, Grace, who takes herself a little too seriously, and then falls for a singer-songwriter who appears to take nothing at all seriously . . .Tyler.
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!
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Grace Grows centers around Grace Barnum, who is very organised and has things in her life planned out. That is, until Tyler Wilkie shows up, a good-looking musician who is trying to make it in the city, and he's completely the opposite of organised. But there's something about him that Grace is drawn to...

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!
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Got it for my wife to read, but gave it a go myself, she had had enough after a few chapters.
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.
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38% into this and I'm giving up. Very shallow, mediocre writing. Nothing much has happened yet and I haven't found the characters particularly engaging. It isn't that the style of writing is bad, just the author doesn't seem to have anything to say worth listening to. I bought this as a kindle daily deal for 99p - a waste of my money and time. I shall avoid this author in future.
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Grace is a great character and this book follows her ups and downs. The inclusion of lyrics from the songs (you will inderstand when you read the book!) adds a bit of extra warmth to the love story. Great holiday read.
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Wow! I loved this book! Grace Grows is a love story about Grace Barnum and Taylor Wilkie. After watching her parents divorce, Grace wants nothing more than a reliable, dependable man who will give her a safe and surprise free relationship. That is until she meets Tyler Wilkie; he's a musician and about as unreliable as you can get. But Grace cannot ignore him, she finds him intriguing and it seems that she really opens up when she spends time with him. They start off as friends but it soon becomes obvious that they could have more than that. However, this goes against everything that Grace has ever wanted, she has to face up to the person she is and the person she could be or she could risk losing the one man who can truly love her.
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!
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