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Playing Grace by [Osmond, Hazel]
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Grace is thoroughly in control of everything . . . until her boss hires Tate Saunders, a brash American, to spice up the gallery where she works. But is there a place for love in Grace's carefully ordered world? Discover Hazel Osmond's other novels, Who's Afraid of Mr Wolfe?, The Mysterious Miss Mayhew and The First Time I Saw Your Face.

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Grace Surtees has everything carefully under control - her work life, her home life and her love life - especially her love life. But then her boss hires Tate Jefferson, a brash American, to spice up the gallery tours his company provides. Messy and fond of breaking rules, Tate explodes into her tidy existence like a paintball, and Grace hates everything about him... ... doesn't she? Because, for Grace, the alternative would be simply too terrifying to contemplate: to love Tate rather than hate him would mean leaping out of her comfort zone, and Grace's devotion to order hides some long-kept secrets... secrets that she's sure someone like Tate Jefferson could never accept or understand.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2080 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B83PLHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grace is a woman who likes to have everything under control - she likes her little home life and having everything in its place. She works in an art gallery providing tours to customers, a job she is ever so passionate about, and in her spare time at work, organises her boss and all of his paperwork or daily problems. Everything is great - that is, until her boss Alistair hires Tate, a lively American man to shake things up a bit and provide a more modern and upbeat side to the tours. But Tate is messy, humorous and full of mischief - leaving Grace less than pleased about his arrival. Grace tells herself that she hates everything about him...but does she?

I absolutely LOVED this book! I started it at the weekend and I could not put it down - I was completely gripped from the first page and I spent many wonderful hours engrossed in this novel.

I particularly liked the setting of the novel, and especially where Grace worked. I studied Art at school and so I was very interested in Grace's work and the tours that she does. I loved her passion for art and the items that she was surrounded by, I loved the way that she talked about everything with so much enthusiasm and it was infectious, I too became excited by what she was talking about and I felt as though I was on the tours with her.

Tate was like a gust of air, he came into Grace's life like a whirlwind and shook it up, but he had a playful way about him. I really enjoyed the jokes and the chatter between Tate and Grace, even though Grace was determined to hate him at first, I was certain that they went well together. They had me laughing, smiling and eagerly reading on to find out what would happen next to them!
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Took a while to get going but glad I stuck with it. A beautiful story about letting go of the past and falling headlong into the future. Loved it.
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I absolutely loved Hazel Osmond's two previous books, they have left a lasting impression on me and I often recommend both Who's Afraid of Mr Wolfe and The First Time I saw Your Face to people who are looking for a fantastic read. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Playing Grace so as soon as it arrived on my door step I couldn't wait to get started.

Grace has everything in order, she likes her routines and feels settled when things are going smooth, but when her boss employs Tate who is polar opposite to Grace he comes in like a whirlwind and puts Grace on edge. With conflicting emotions her heart was falling for live wire Tate but her head was screaming at her to keep to her calm and stable ways something that doesn't seem possible with Tate around.

Grace was like a delicate wall flower and I think me and her have more in come than I would like to admit there were a couple of times during the book where her barriers began to crumble and one particular time involving the office chair did show a more fun loving side to her. Tate was an entertaining and slightly mysterious character who I loved. The supporting characters in this book were fantastic and a little quirky, and the shocking twist surrounding Alistair was unpredictable and was a great part of the book. My favourite part of the book though was when the story turned to Violet who was only a small character in this book but an intriguing character none the less and I was left wanting to know more about her story.

The story is based around the art world which is not an interest of mine so when the book began I was unsure how I was going to find this book but I was determined to keep reading. I did enjoy this book but I wasn't blown away with Playing Grace like I was with the previous two books.
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As I had enjoyed 'Mr Wolfe', I thought I'd give another of the author's books a go. I was thoroughly engaged throughout and was desperate to know how all the plot lines were resolved. At first, I wasn't too keen on Tate -I thought he was bit too flash for Grace. But as the novel progressed I started to like him; really like him and I was happy how their relationship worked out. I enjoyed the sub plot of Grace's father and his gang of amateur sleuths, her co-workers and their tangled lives. In all, I would recommend Playing Grace to you if you want to read 'something different'.
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I loved this book. Hazel has done it again. The thing that Hazel does so well is the wonderful, endearing, true to life characters. They almost jump straight off the page and every one is so lovely. I loved Gilbert, Violet and Alistair. Tate was a fantastic addition as the male lead, so different to any other male leads in other books I've read. I loved the build up of his relationship with Grace and how he took care of her. I loved the moment that they finally got together, that impetuous moment of realising they both wanted the same thing. But this wasn't the end. There was stolen paintings and a hidden past to contend with too. There was brilliant humour, some great emotional moments and a wonderful love story too. Did I mention I loved it!!!
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Never thought that the emotions of Grace were so strong and so sad. Tate came through in the end. She led such a sedentary life to keep her organised. and on the straight and narrow path in life. Surprised by how she managed to rise above her awful parents.
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