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Gracie (Women & War Book 1) by [Keaton, Ellie]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 533 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Women & War (3 Book Series)

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About the Author

Ellie Keaton is Irish and lives in Dublin with her three children; two boys and a girl. She moved her family from London back to the Emerald Isle in 2012 to give them more freedom to explore and play outside. Her husband remains employed in London and visits the family as often as possible. Ellie loves to read and when she was young, her mother often caught her reading under the covers with a flashlight late at night. She encourages her children to read and explains to them it’s the easiest way to escape into different worlds. Ellie began her career writing non-fiction pieces that were published in trade magazines and newspapers and in 2012, she decided to turn her attention to fiction. She began a new series titled The Survivor’s Club and the first book in the series, The Wedding Dress, is a short story about a couple who lost everything on 9/11. She was inspired to write it after the July 7th bombings in London, as she knew people who died in both events. She published two additional books in the series, Red, and The Fireman’s Daughter, and is currently working on the final book – Tears, Love and Laughter. Having written shorts works, Ellie decided to focus on writing longer novels. Her love of historical fiction is the inspiration behind her current series, Women & War. The novels are romantic stories about strong women and their contributions to the war effort during World War Two. You can read more about Ellie Keaton by visiting her website at www.EllieKeaton.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511694238
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JOWF2GW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 533 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed the love story conveyed through this book, it was beautifully respectable and hopeful.
In that, the two young lovers were willing to declare their love and believe in it despite the inevitability of the second world war. It was inspirational in presenting this young couple, almost to represent that not everyone had been defeated or willing to admit defeat, just because of the war. The simplicity of this message only developed its beauty and value.

The only real problem I had with this novel was the lack of depth, both in regard to the characters as well as, the storyline: we never did find out much about Stan and his recovery, nor about the mysterious Alice. Or even, what Stan thought of Charlie's relationship with his twin sister.

In terms of the storyline, I disliked the ending it was very fast. Throughout the novel, Charlie and Gracie lack their parents' blessings, this formulates as the main obstacle (alongside the war, obviously). However, at the end, this is no longer a problem: they make love despite the immorality. It is probably apparent that I disliked this, I'd have preferred that they'd have waited. Surely, that is what Gracie's father wanted: he wanted to ensure that their love could endure obstacles (the war), and be patient. They, apparently, failed.

The speed, I suppose, is understandable in that the war heightened the desperation and urgency of Gracie's relationship.

Not only this, but at the end they get married anyway (still without the parents' blessings). If anything, this made the plotline rather pointless. This was only enhanced when the reader recalls that Gracie's parents were actually not against the marriage- they just wanted to wait for Gracie's 21st birthday. Therefore, they were going to get married anyway.
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I feel a bit mean, being so harsh about someone's pride and joy, but this story was poor in several areas. The American phrases and spellings stood out like an air raid siren - I was surprised to see Ellie Keaton is actually Irish, not American. The anachronisms were glaring (sci-if movies! Ms. Penny to quote just 2) and the London based family had more of a Lancashire accent than a southern one. The dialogue is poor and clunky, the narrative slow and boring. I'm afraid I was so exasperated with this book I could not finish it, which is a shame because I enjoy (well researched, well written) historical fiction. I am really surprised to see how many 4 and 5 star ratings this book has, because Ms Keaton needs an editor!
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Story of hardship, humour and love in troubled times. A battle of wills between a couple that finally ends in forgiveness and love. Delightful book.
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I loved this book. I do think that some things have been a little toned down so not as graphic as things perhaps were around this time, but in the form of a story it is very addictive as well as interesting. I really fell in love with the main character. Very well written
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Fantastic read, loved reading this. Extremely well written.
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Very good read, thoroughly enjoyed it
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Ellie Keaton’s Gracie is a good story and I really enjoyed reading it.

Jasmine Sparks
Author of the Dolly Series of books
Dolly: Dolly Series: Book 1
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wonderful couldnt put this book down
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