Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Review: Good Gracie by Ines Saint

Spinning Hills, Ohio, home of the third most haunted street in the state, is the perfect place for three sisters to banish the unhappy specters of their pasts—and to let romance cast its spell . . .
Gracie Piper is good at being invisible, and she likes it that way. At just seventeen, she took a very public stand against the boy who passed a revealing video of her all over school. Ever since, she’s staked her life on staying out of the limelight. But when she moves back to Spinning Hills, she comes face to face with her painful past. In the same historic building Gracie’s boss has assigned her to supervise renovating works the man who helped her find justice nine years ago, and nearly lost his own career in the process. A man who suddenly arouses feelings that make Gracie weak in the knees . . .

Josh Goodwin is sure he’s seeing a ghost when he spots Gracie in the halls of his office building. Taking her case was a professional risk that became all too personal when a bitter ex accused him of getting involved with teenage Gracie. Seeing her again is opening old wounds, and threatening brand-new ones—his campaign for County Prosecutor won’t withstand a brand-new scandal. But there’s something about sweet, gorgeous Gracie that brings out the crusader in him—and the thing he’ll fight hardest for is her love . . .

Expected publication: April 11th 2017

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for providing an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is April 11th, 2017.

This is the second story in the Piper sisters series, following Perfect Paige, featuring you guessed it. Paige.  This one focuses on telling the story of Gracie.  This could easily be read as a stand alone however reading the series in order will give a little bit of context to some of the supporting characters.

I have to admit that I preferred the first story over this one.  It is hard for me to pinpoint why, but if I really have to come up with something is that both Josh and Gracie read (to me) a little juvenile.  While I realize that Josh was treating Gracie with kid gloves because she was just a kid the last time they met, it still felt awkward at times.  Gracie in particular seemed like her entire emotional development was stunted but I think it was meant to come across that way.  I should be too harsh or lay too much judgement as the whole moral of the story is standing up against bullying and standing up for yourself.  All in all the whole romance aspect was just a little uncomfortable for me.

What saved the story for me was the supporting cast of characters.  The dynamic between Gracie and her sisters was touching in how they fiercely defended her.  Then there is her grandmother and two sidekicks who stole the show with their unique brand of meddling and love.  I loved this threesome since the first story.

It appears that there is now just Hope's story left to tell.  I look forward to seeing what her story has to offer.  I am hoping that her scars are not as awkward as Gracie's were and that we will get too see more of the humour that present in the first two stories.

Completely off topic and I normally don't do this but as I was reading, the following quote really stuck true to me.  I felt that it was really relevant with everything going on in the world today so I am including it simply because it spoke to me.

"The trick to blinding people to what's happening right in front of them is to place something even more scandalous, and more exciting to talk about, right under their nose"

About the Author

(from her Goodreads profile)

A little bit about me: I was born in Zaragoza, Spain, though my parents are from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, I've moved more than twenty times. I went to school in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico and I'm bilingual and bicultural. I've spent the last thirteen years raising my fun, inspiring boys while working from home. My greatest joys are spending time with family and close friends and coming up with characters and interesting situations.


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