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The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore

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List Price: £14.99


Hardcover: 416 Pages.

Published: 12 July 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK

ISBN: 1471169588

EAN: 9781471169588

Gracie Burton is a grandmother, living quietly in Devon. She has rarely left the village over the past forty years. Her daughter, Carina, is immensely high-powered with her own fast-paced business in London. She has very little time for her 17-year-old daughter, Anastasia, away at boarding school, and even less time for her aging mother. In many ways, the three of them barely know each other. Then Gracie stumbles upon an advertisement for a weeklong cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. She cannot resist and ploughs her life savings into the trip. Carina and Anastasia accompany her. They have no idea why Gracie has been drawn to this venture. They have no sense of her past; she has never spoken about it. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them . . .


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A Great Read

Gracie is a mousey & quite woman who is actually very efficient. In her Devon village she is greatly overlooked but in reality she enables many events to run smoothly. It comes as an enormous surprise (and great inconvenience) when the village discover Gracie is planning to go away for a holiday - to Italy on a cookery course of all things! It comes as a shock to her excessively busy daughter & teenage grand-daughter as well though they finally join her on the trip. Here the real Gracie unfurls to show her true self and reveal her exciting past. Her daughter and grand-daughter also discover themselves and their relationship  as a family starts to blossom.

I really enjoyed this book. It is essentially a feel-good story where the reader has a feeling from the start that all will end happily ever after, they are just not sure how. It is a light and easy read though  not trivial. There is a good plot that works well and great characters many of which I recognise from life! I raced through this book as it had all the ingredients for a good read - good characters, a sound plot, a bit of history, some light amusing bits and an ending that worked well.

I don't remember the last time I read a Santa Montefiore book but I suspect that there are many out there that I should investigate. I really enjoyed the read and struggled to put it down. I can heartily recommend - perfect for a summer read though beware, you may end up engrossed and get sunburnt. Stock up on wine & chocolate before you start - you won't want to stop!

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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