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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Everyone around her knows. Everyone she trusts has lied. And the one man who held the key to Jessica McCabe's past is dead. Welcome to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Lives are peaceful, streets are quiet, but behind the tranquility is many a tale to be told. Veterinarian Jessica McCabe has returned, but it is not the homecoming she had ...more
Paperback, 1, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Boone River Publishing, LLC
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May 26, 2013 Steffi rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Reading the blurb of Gracier by Milissa R. Bailey, it reminded me of Ella Grace’s Wildfire series. I am a huge fan of romantic suspense and when a whole suspense series is set in the same small town, nothing will hold me back from reading it. The idea that the trusted neighbor or a waitress from the local diner could be evil is just too tempting.

When Jessica returns to Gracier, she not only returns to her grandfather’s practice but to long buried memories, old loves and hurts and new fr
Sadie Forsythe
Jul 14, 2013 Sadie Forsythe rated it really liked it
Gracier brings small town Iowa to life. I hope there are still towns out there like that. If so, I want to move there. The book is beautifully written as everything is meticulously described in lovely language. Unfortunately, that flowery prose also slowed the book down a lot. It often came in the middle of some other event or character's internal monologue and I frequently wanted to rush it along to get back to the meat of the problem.

About half way through chapter two I decided I knew where t
Jul 14, 2012 Cherise rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Jessica McCabe comes home to Gracier, Iowa, to bury her grandfather, Jonas. Jonas is the man who raised her and as she lays him to rest she finds out a few things that he has kept hidden from her. The more answers she gets the more questions she has.

Matthew was once Jessica’s boyfriend. They had big plans and then one day Matthew walked away. Jessica never understood and never forgave Matthew. But now he seems to be wrapped up in some o
Emily Jensen
May 07, 2013 Emily Jensen rated it really liked it
I chose this book to read for our book club because the author is from a neighboring town and I think we should try to support our local artists. I wasn't disappointed. It took me a few chapters to get into it because at first I felt it had too many characters and too much back story for each...but most of it became important and tied together pretty well at the end. There were some things of the book I wasn't thrilled with.The character development was a little amateurish(but this is her first ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Gracier is an intriguing romantic suspense story of long-held secrets, drama and romance set in the small town of Gracier, Iowa. Jessica McCabe returns home to Gracier to attend her grandfather Jonas McCabe's funeral. Jonas was the town's longtime beloved veterinarian, and it had been his and Jessica's dream to one day share the practice, but his sudden fatal stroke left it up to Jessica to pick up the pieces. Her homecoming brings revelations of long-held secrets that her grandfather had kept h ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Jessica McCabe returns to Gracier, a small town in Iowa, after her grandfather’s death. In addition to this tragic event, Jessica has to discover that virtually everyone has lied to her as she discovers step by step the secrets her grandfather has left her with.

I absolutely loved the description of Gracier. This small town sounds truly amazing (it reminded me a lot of the life in Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls). Milissa created such a lovely and adorable setting for her novel. I loved this tigh
Jun 10, 2013 OrchardBookClub rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous read from start to finish. This story was full of twists and a few OMG moments thrown in for good measures :-)

It all starts when Jessica's Grandfather Jonus dies and Jess discovers a lot of things that her Grandfather had kept from her. Jess agrees to move back to her home town of Gracier and take over the veterinarian practice her Grandfather used to run. After much digging, Jess finally discovers the secrets that have been kept from her since she was born. Can Jess recover
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down! I loved the town of Gracier and all it's townspeople. This is an intriguing love story/mystery with lots of suspense. Everyone in this town has secrets and are somehow connected to the main character Jessica and her past. I had all sorts of theories while reading this book, but every time I thought I had it figured out, another curve or clue came my way. I can't wait to revisit Gracier again!!!

*Won on Goodreads*

Mandy Jones
Jul 29, 2013 Mandy Jones rated it really liked it
This a great book to read. Bailey does an awesome job of writing her debut novel. It is full of mystery, love and heartache. Past secrets are revealed that could shatter the lives of some in the town of Gracier, Iowa. This book kept me captivated until the very end; I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend this book. I give it 4 stars.
Aug 14, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a first-reads giveaway. Gracier grabbed me from the first page and kept me guessing all the way to the end. I couldn't put the book down and manage to read it in a days time. Needless to say I will definitely be getting the next installment in the series when it comes out.
Linda Moenck
May 20, 2012 Linda Moenck rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was one that grabbed your attention from the opening page. It is easy to read, and fun reading it, knowing the author came from my home town. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
Lara Polk
Dec 20, 2012 Lara Polk rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing I highly recommend it to everyone. While reading the book, I felt like I was right there and part of the town. Milissa R. Bailey did a great job. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Jul 07, 2012 Gail rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
To call this a mystery is far fetched. This was a completely frustrating read. Very melodramatic without any true depth. I found it and the main characters quite silly to be honest...
Feb 24, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. Thank you for bringing to life small town Iowa. Brought back memories of growing up.
Congratulations on your first book. I look forward to your next novel.
Jul 02, 2013 Candice rated it it was amazing
I just returned from my trip to Gracier where I met the most amazing people. Read more about it at
Apr 07, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Good story, but....get an editor! Please!
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Milissa Bailey grew up among the rolling fields of rural Iowa, where she continues to live with her husband, and three children. In her debut novel she draws upon her rich knowledge of the Midwest as she welcomes us to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Readers are introduced to a cast of characters they will come to know, love and hate. Vivid descriptions, palatab ...more
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