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Grace Barnum’s life is precariously balanced on sensible choices and uncomfortable compromise.She dutifully edits textbooks that, shefears, may be more harmful than helpful to kids. She is engaged to a patent attorney who is steady and reliable.She has a cautious relationship with herfascinating father, a renowned New York painter, and she prefers her mom slightly drunk.

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Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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♥Rachel♥
4.5 Stars

Oh the heartache! The swoony, achy feel this story gave me! I felt LOVESICK over a freaking book!! I couldn’t stop reading. I was so bowled over with angsty feelings and I just had to know how it ended. This was another one of those books that I read long into the night. I peeked at the clock at my bedside after I finished and it was 5:30 IN THE MORNING! Even when I closed the book and my eyes I still couldn’t fall asleep because the scenes kept replaying over and over again in my head....more
Angie
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I received a pitch for this book a few months back and dithered around on it a bit before deciding to give it a shot. But I had to wait, of course, for the right moment. And that moment came the other night after putting everyone to bed and coming off a rather unsatisfying read the night before. It helped that I haven't really read any true chick lit for awhile. What didn't help was the cover and the title. Nope. Not representative of the book at all, as far...more
Aryn
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways and found myself thoroughly enjoying it. I started out intrigued by the style choices when reading from Grace's point of view. She may have been 27, but she didn't curse, didn't smoke, didn't "talk dirty," was an all around innocent. It made reading her character feel a lot more like this book was a Young Adult novel rather than an Adult Romance. In fact, for the first quarter of the novel, Grace annoyed the bejeezus out of me: she was just too perfectly...more
Jenny
*I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway*

Robyn
I won this book on goodreads and was super excited to read it. I was not disappointed!

Grace Grows grabbed me right from the beginning, and spun me through a roller coaster of emotions. Grace is an editor and writer for a text book publisher, and lives with her long-term boyfriend Steven. As Steven is out of town a lot on business, Grace befriends the neighbors dog walker, Tyler Wilkie, who has just moved to the city in hopes of busting into the music business. Grace, and her best friend Peg, ha...more
Kaylie Austen
Five stars? Can I say six? I don't read contemporary literature often, but the synopsis for Grace Grows was cute, so I tried it. I read the entire 320 pages in one day, and I can't shake off the story. Aside from the cursing, I was blown away by Grace Grows, a beautiful, poignant, painfully real story about a young woman who is set in life in all her plans, but stumbles across an aspiring musician who "wrecks her life".
Enter Tyler, a charming, believable, flawed, sexy guy who patiently (and some...more
Megan
I received this book in advance through a Goodreads, first-reads, giveaway. It does not go on sale until October.

Very rarely do I give a book 5/5 stars. I've also never been a person that is drawn to stories of love. However, this book deserved 5 stars as it truly was amazing. From the moment I opened it I could not put it down. When I wasn't reading it all I was thinking about was reading it.

It is the story of the ups and downs and the growth of a relationship (and a woman). One that many wil...more
Leah
Grace Grows is a novel that interested me as soon as I saw it. I loved the cover, most of all, that’s what drew me to it originally – the two dogs with the man and woman holding on to them. I love dogs, so y’know, I loved the cover. I also like novels where characters crash into people’s lives. I live the spontaneity that Tyler and Grace only met because he came to walk her neighbour’s dogs one morning. It’s a brilliant idea for a novel. I loved how Tyler and Grace just seemed to spark off each...more
Antoinette
I was lucky to win this book through Goodreads' First Reads giveaways, and it was one of the novels that I couldn't wait to read, so began as soon as it arrived in the mail.

The beginning started a bit slow, but it quickly picked up and kept me from putting the book down. Tyler and Grace's characters are two you grow fond of throughout the chapters, although at times I wanted to make each of them realize the obvious. I felt for both of the character's, especially in the middle of the book when t...more
Staci
I started reading this book thinking that it would be a light, fun read, but I was only half right. This book was a fun one, but it had a lot more depth than I thought when I first set out reading the first few sections. I read the last 2/3rds of this book in one afternoon and into the evening because I just couldn’t put it down. The emotion in this book touched me so deeply that I was stunned by the end of it and I loved it. Very few books can really reach inside me so easily and with such litt...more
Stacy
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Rosary
I absolutely loved this book. I just finished and want to read it again! Ty is such a loveable character and I found myself hurting for him through half the book. I wanted to jump into the story and tell Grace to wake up and see how incredible Ty was and how lucky she was to have something so special. I also really appreciated the family support that Ty and Grace had throughout the story. I appreciated the growth in Grace's relationship with her father and the support she gained from her mom. Ty...more
Keertana
Ah, Contemporary Romance novel which sucks me in from page one, completely taking over both my mind and my time until it just...doesn't hold my interest any more. We meet again.

Grace Grows is rather endearing, a charming romantic tale that, in my opinion, had a few too many misunderstandings to completely win over my heart. Sumners has a unique writing style, though, and if nothing else, she managed to have me emotionally involved in her characters. When we first meet Grace, she is living with...more
Jeannette
I won this novel through Goodreads First Reads.

It was fantastic, comical, and realistic. I fell in love with the characters and found myself laughing at Tyler's persistence - he does not give up if he finds someone attractive! This was a perfect read for the quiet weekend that I've been needing recently.
Lynn
Loved this book -- it is warm and funny and insightful, a realistic love story!
Fox
Jul 20, 2012 Fox rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Megan
I won this book through the first-reads program, and am quite looking forward to listening to the songs that Ty wrote in the book.

Grace Grows is a story of... growth, as one would expect. The book is a romance, but one often thwarted. Grace, the protagonist, fights her burgeoning love for the spontaneous Tyler Wilkie. Tyler is a musician, newly becoming famous; Grace is more far-sighted, more pragmatic - yet she can't fight these feelings.

While the book is your typical romantic fare, it is wri...more
Honour
Grace is in a relationship. She thinks she's content. She meets a young man who walks her neighbour's dogs and is new in the city. After a small kindness from her he starts considering her a friend and invites her to a bar where he'll be singing. Grace takes a friend along and they both realize this guy - Tyler - is enormously talented. Not much time passes by before this becomes apparent to a lot of other people and soon Tyler has a small but loyal following and then he gets an agent. While Tyl...more
Dale Harcombe
I was looking forward to reading this after all the endorsements and comments on the book telling me what a ‘gorgeous love story,’ and ‘compulsive read’ it was, ‘sweet as apple pie.’ etc. So I set out with high hopes. After a while I was left wondering if I could possibly be reading the same book, as I didn’t see what these fans of the book did. What I found instead were two characters that annoyed me from the start till I eventually gave up, more than half way through.
It was a case of opposite...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I picked up Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners not sure what to expect. I normally stick to contemporary romance and steer clear of books classified as “chick lit.” After reading this synopsis, I decided to make an exception. AHH I AM SO GLAD I DID. I have some CAPSLOCK ENTHUSIASM for this read, y’all.

First of all: Grace Grows has an original soundtrack. Could things get any better? Tyler Wilkie, the male MC, is a musician. The songs he writes and sings in the book have actually been recorded. Plus,...more
Kimberly
I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This was an enjoyable debut novel. The book traces the transformation which comes over Grace Barnum once she meets Tyler Wilkie. Her organized, planned life as a textbook editor in New York City gets thrown out the window when she meets a newly arrived musician who's trying to get his talent noticed. Grace can't explain what happens to her but her life is turned upside down. Her boyfriend proposes, and she agrees to marry him, and tried...more
Beth
Grace Grows by debut novelist Shelle Sumners proves once again that opposites attract. After growing up in the wake of her parents’ ugly divorce, sensible Grace Barnum has worked hard to create an ordered world for herself. She knows that her life is on the right track. She has a safe job editing textbooks. Grace lives with her boyfriend Steven, a reliable patent attorney who she is comfortable with but isn’t certain she truly loves. She carries anything that she could possibly need throughout t...more
Laurel-Rain
In the lilting narrative voice of Grace Barnum, we follow her journey to love.

We meet her first when she is an editor for a textbook company: boring, predictable, responsible. Living with her equally predictable boyfriend Steven. Her life is pretty much all figured out.

And then she meets handsome, charming, responsibility-challenged Tyler Wilkie when he is walking the neighbor's dogs. And something subtly begins to change for Grace.

But she fights it. How can she possibly feel what she's feeling...more
Kate
Grace Barnum has her life perfectly planned out. From her steady and dependable boyfriend, Steven, to her job editing text books and her big green leather shoulder bag containing anything she might need to survive any situation – I think Grace would even be able to withstand a zombie apocalypse with the contents of Big Green. And then she meets Tyler Wilkie. Tyler is everything Steven is not. He’s seemingly young, spontaneous and perpetually late – much to Grace’s displeasure.


These two character...more
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My " in a nutshell" summary...

Grace appears to have fallen in love with the "wrong" man. Or has she?

My thoughts after reading this book...

I found this to be a really sweet and lovely book. I loved Grace...was not so much in love with Ty...at first...but that is because the good girl in me wanted her to keep the great apartment, the wealthy boyfriend and the three diamond engagement ring. Grace was funny even while she was a little bit damaged. I love a cool story in a...more
Randi
I got this ARC through Goodreads Firsts. I am so glad that I won this book because I enjoyed the humorous aspect of the book. I even got so frustrated with the main character Gracie and didn't understand why she thought the way it was. Maybe it was her self-esteem issues, but I definitely love the story, especially with Ty barging into her life when she helped him bagging the dogs' paws for a walk as a part of his job.

The book - I love it. I laughed at some scenes and some others I want to thro...more
Joanna
Won this through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway! Thanks, Goodreads.

I read this while on vacaction and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. The pace of this book is so relaxed and the characters so familiar that it was the ideal read while taking a break from reality.

What the plot lacked in intricacy it made up for in endearment. I loved Tyler and Grace and their relationship. I loved how it realistically spanned years, because not all relationships go through all the ups and downs in s...more
Crystal
First thoughts
I won this from the Goodreads first-read program and I was super excited because, I entered hundreds of those contest and didn’t think it was possible to win. So now I have proof that real people do win, and I’m one of them.

My thoughts
Grace grows is a great debut for Author Shelle Sumners. I loved this book from the very first page until the very last. In all honesty I wanted the story of Ty and Grace to continue past the pages provided. This book had a lot of plus for me and one n...more
Samantha
I won this book as a giveaway through Goodreads First Reads. I was really excited, the synopsis sounded good, and I really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, I can't say that I did like it. It ended up boring me and I was in a rush for it to be over.

Grace Barnum is a practical, somewhat dull textbook editor, living in New York City with her dull, practical fiance. She hates her job, doesn't know how to navigate her relationships with her famous artist father and tough-as-nails mom but she has a...more
Carolane Vallée
Sep 10, 2012 Carolane Vallée rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Woman et teenagers
Recommended to Carolane by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of Grace Grows in a Goodreads giveaway. Let’s say the book was really… beautiful!
Let’s start with the résumé. Susannah Grace Barnum is a woman who works for a school book editor. She lives in New York and also with her boyfriend, Steven. She wants to marry him. Steven travels a lot for his work. So she spends a lot of time with her friend Peg. Also, she meets someone else. A man, Tyler, who takes care of the neighbor’s dogs. He is a singer, kind and cute. They become really good fri...more
MaryKay
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

When I saw the title for the book, I was intrigued. Who is Grace, and how does she grow? Then, I read the start of the book summary, and I thought..."I need to read this book." You see, Grace is a planner. I'm a planner. Grace is a textbook editor. I edit textbooks. Granted, that's really where our similarities end, but I was excited to read anyway. I think I held out hopes that this overly responsible, overly-planning bookworm would be swept away by fa...more
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Shelle Sumners has held many jobs, among them waitress, actress, administrative assistant, copy editor, educational writer, bookseller, and wedding chapel receptionist. Her debut novel Grace Grows , published by St. Martin’s Press, is a Random House audio book, a Featured Alternate selection for Doubleday, Literary Guild and Rhapsody Book Clubs, and is published internationally. It has a companion...more
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“Look at this, Grace," Peg's e-mail said. "He's entrancing those people. I just realized. Taking them out of themselves. Ty is sort of like a medicine man. A shaman.
P.S. Have you called him?”
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“Just be real, Grace. That's all I'm saying. Try to be real.” 0 likes
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