by Lorelle Marinello
December 1, 2010
Description: Gracie Lynne Calloway-once left on a coal bucket on a front porch in a small Southern Alabama town-discovers on her 25th birthday that she is the kidnapped daughter of a late New England financier and Heiress to a fortune.
When the tabloid press and her unwanted greedy relatives descend on her, she has to admit the quiet secure life she's known and loved is gone for good. As Gracie struggles to stabilize her world and come to terms with her new identity, she learns that belonging is not about where you came from but who you are.
The Good Stuff
- A sweet charming, beautiful and wise book
- Don't let the slowness of it make you put the book down, the characters slowly grow on you and you realize how much you have grown to care about them
- Bloody brilliant and realistic character development
- It's the perfect book for a cold winter's night. You want to curl up, grab a tea (or a nice Australian red wine) and lose yourself in a delightful small town full of quirky and all too real characters
- Some nice humour and fun dialogue
- Great starting chapter - but I warn you it slows down a little after that, but please don't give up
- Lovely messages about truth, money, forgiveness,family, love and being human
- It was very slow at times and I had a hard time getting into it, but it really grew on me so don't let the slowness get to you
- Gracie irritated me at times because she was so stubborn and I didn't always understand her choices
"Gracie was convinced God had invented Jeans to make up for his mistake of letting Eve into the Garden of Eden naked as a jaybird."
"She had to be all of one hundred and ten pounds - what Alice's Hollywood magazines called fashionably thin, a polite word for anorexic."
"Happiness was something that came from having the freedom to be who you really were - not someone else's version of your ideal self, but the deep down you, with all the good and bad mixed up thick."
What I Learned
- That I secretly hope that I am some kidnapped heiress and one day someone will come along with 6 million dollars for me to do with as I please.
- Books like this make me glad that I decided to become a book reviewer and jump out of my reading comfort zone
- Fans of Fannie Flagg and Debbie Macomber will probably enjoy
- Those who enjoy Southern fiction
- Not for those who like tons of action and/or hot steamy sex
I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review -- thank you once again HarperCollins for sending me a book that I probably never would have picked out, but am glad I read