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Grace Unexpected

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  206 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say "I do." In search of respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she's unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy. When her longtime boyfrien ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Booktrope Editions
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Aug 03, 2014 Carol [Goodreads Addict] rated it really liked it
Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin is the second book I have read by Ms. Martin. Her books are so much fun to read, her characters are real, easy to relate to and oh so fun to share part of my day with. Grace Savage was no exception.

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Grace and her sister in law are on vacation and they are visiting Shaker Village. It is a tourist attraction of a village where the members lived and worshiped, living a simple life sworn to celibacy. After returning home, Grace celebrates her thirty fifth birthday w
"Don't make something unless it is both made necessary and useful;
but if it is both necessary and useful,
don't hesitate to make it beautiful."

---- Shaker dictum

According to Wikipedia, The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing is a religious sect, also known as the Shakers, founded in the 18th century in England, having branched off from a Quaker community. They were known as "Shaking Quakers" because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services.

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Best core workout, EVER! I laughed so hard throughout Grace Unexpected, my abs are killing me now! What goes on inside the mind of author Gale Martin, whatever it is, it calls to my inner snark monster perfectly! Never thought the often overwhelming singles life could be so hysterical, in spite of its pitfalls, break ups and ticking biological clocks.

From almost engaged to suddenly single to having TWO amaz
Jul 12, 2012 Litonya rated it it was amazing
In, Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin. Grace is on vacation from her job as Communications director at a local University in PA. Grace visits Shaker Village with her gal-pal/ sister-in-law Rae Ann. Grace is literally shaken by how Shaker men and woman live celibate. Grace Savage is thirty-five and her clock is-a-tickin' really loud. She has dated Christian Jorgensen for two and a half years. Christian has no back bone when he tells Grace on her birthday, in her birthday suit that she isn't 'the on ...more
Marilou George
Aug 06, 2012 Marilou George rated it it was amazing
Grace Savage along with her pregnant sister-in-law and best friend Rae Ann are visiting a Shaker Village in New Hampshire. While touring the Village and learning about Shaker life Grace is appalled by the notion that celibacy is at the root of the Shaker lifestyle. She has a rather strange encounter with a portrait of a Shaker woman taken around 1880 and decides her tour is over. Upon returning home her boyfriend Christian breaks up with her on her birthday while taking a shower in her bathroom ...more
Ali Crean
Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin is a smart and funny story about a thirty-something woman who is faced to cry uncle when she calls down the ire of the Shaker ancestors by smart mouthing a dower Shaker maiden while on a visit to one of their Historical sites in New Hampshire. Once returned to Pennsylvania, the wild nightlife and wanderlust life Grace has lived is shelved as she enacts what she calls ‘The Plan’, which dictates a new Grace, one who represses her libidinous urges and earthly indulge ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Candace rated it really liked it
Gale Martin's Grace Unexpected is a quick and hilarious contemporary read that left me wanting more. Revolving around Grace Savage's love and professional life, Grace Unexpected shows readers what a newly single, 'cougar' goes through when trying to find the perfect man to settle down with.

Grace's world is turned upside down on her 35th birthday by none other than her love. Expecting an engagement ring from her boyfriend, she instead gets the boot in a very unconventional way (my mouth was hang
Meredith Schorr
Sep 23, 2012 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing
Grace Savage expects her boyfriend of two years to propose to her on her 35th birthday. Instead, he breaks up with her from behind a shower curtain and tells her she's not "long-term material." Deciding she's clearly not doing something right when it comes to her relationships with men, Grace decides to take a lesson from the Shakers, who in the late 1700s lived a life of celibacy, and give up sex. Suddenly two of the sexiest men on the college campus where she works take an interest in Grace, m ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Literary rated it it was amazing
Charlene's Review:

After visiting a Shaker Village where celibacy was historically practiced, and reeling after an unexpected break-up, Grace decides that she, too, will follow the celibacy path and play "hard to get" in hopes of finally snagging a worthwhile man. All too soon, her resolve is tested as Addison and True both begin to compete for her affections. When the truth about both men comes out, Grace is faced with more drama than any woman ever needed. As she so eloquently puts it; "Imagine
May 30, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, 2014
Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she’s unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy.

Once again I'm hooked by Gale Martin's humor!

Grace Unexpected is the overly sexualized humor novel by Gale Martin, also the author of Who Killed Tom Jo
Sep 12, 2012 jgyweniverel marked it as to-read
Shelves: wish-list-book
I am currently searching to see if this author has put any bugs or hidden cameras in my abode.
How can this author know that this is my exact life (at least everything I have read in the blurb points to it).
I think reading this book would be like reading my diary...........stepped away to make sure that my diary hadn't been tampered with.
If I win this book , it would be like reading my biography...........coooool!
Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
If you are need of a giggle then this is the book you must pick up and read. I spent most of this book in stitches with (happy) tears running down my face! I have never before this book read any Gale Martin, but she is now going to be one of the first authors I reach for if I’m in need of a good chuckle.

After being broken up with by her long term boyfriend on her birthday (seriously, who does that?!) Grace decides to go on ‘The Shaker Plan’, aka go celibate. It isn’t long after she has made this
Sep 20, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I loved the humor. This is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I'll be looking for more books by Gale Martin.
Diana Hockley
Dec 22, 2012 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing
Who amongst us has not been in the same position as Grace Savage, beset by dead end jobs and crummy men in whom we invest too much of ourselves too soon? At least 90% of womanhood I would wager, if everyone is being honest!

Gale Martin's character, Grace, is determined to change her life, which involves allowing men to chase and catch her rather than the other way around. After her of "two-years-standing" boyfriend, Christian, breaks off their relationship not only on her 35th birthday (there's a
Sep 11, 2012 Staci rated it really liked it
The only reason Grace Unexpected is receiving 4 stars and not 5 is that it was slow to get into....but once I out! My husband was not so appreciative of Gale Martin's writing style as I was laughing out loud in the middle of the night while reading! Grace is such a wonderfully fun character, I want her for my best friend! I seriously need to check out the author's other book as this one left me wanting more!

My rating system is as follows:

5 stars - Excellent, Worth Every Penny, Made
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
When I first started reading Grace Unexpected I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled – religion and celibacy are not usually what readers look for in a book and it started kind of slow. Then somewhere around the third chapter the book kicked into action and the real story of Grace Unexpected, a 35-year-old PR woman dealing with the highs and lows of trying to find Mr Right, began.

The reader is endeared to Grace by the horrible break up she endures at the beginning of the novel and the boredom of her
Jan 25, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
After years of Grace being unhappy with her never ending jobs and boyfriends she has got a plan. Granted a stolen plan, but a plan never the less. She calls it the Shaker plan. After a trip with her best friend/sister in law to New England she learned how the Shakers lived and worked side by side in celibacy. Grace thought this to be a brilliant idea - not forever, but until she got her life straightened out. So far Grace was doing great, except for the fact that not only was she falling for one ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Amye rated it it was amazing
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Kris Pittman
Oct 01, 2012 Kris Pittman rated it really liked it
Not my usual read, but I was feeling adventurous. And I actually ended up really enjoying this book! It kept me interested, I finished it in one sitting.

After an unexpected break up with long time boyfriend, Grace declares herself on the Shakers Plan. So of course two men come along threatening to disrupt her sexless existence. They both have vastly different ages and personalities, which only adds to the confusion.

There is a twist I honestly saw coming, but I found that didn't really take away
Nicole Walters
Jan 13, 2013 Nicole Walters rated it really liked it
Grace Unexpected is simply delightful. The protagonist is sassy, confident, and yet constantly seeking to improve and challenge her life, her thoughts, her relationships. The action takes place in outrageous but absolutely possible scenarios in which I found myself vacillating in what I wanted or didn't want for Grace.

I was deeply satisfied with the ending of the book because everything and I mean EVERYTHING wrapped up in a way that felt good to me.

Oh, and if this is ever on the big screen, I se
Stacy Sabala
Jul 12, 2016 Stacy Sabala rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
Book Review- Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin

Grace and her sister-in-law Rae take a vacation to visit the Shaker settlements. Grace can’t believe they led a celibate life. She could never do that. In fact she is expecting her boyfriend Christian to propose. Unfortunately her expectations didn’t come to fruition. Plus she had to respond to an emergency at the university she works at. Being the media director is quite the job. She is confronted by a reporter named Addison. She doesn’t want to talk
Donna Murray
Nov 10, 2012 Donna Murray rated it really liked it
A college PR maven loses her lover and decides to try celibacy to improve her luck. She immediately attracts the attention of two men--one younger, one older. Work also becomes a competition with a brash new employee over a promotion. Grace has a winning personality, however, and I found myself enjoying her humor and upbeat attitude. At times a bit too jokey the book was still a welcome distraction that I would especially recommend to fans of chic lit.
Apr 26, 2014 Tuppence rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
What I thought I would read: a woman visits a Shaker village to find herself and is inspired by their vow of celibacy to live her life in much the same way. She is desperate to get married and her new-found lifestyle stops her from giving away the milk for free so future husband has to buy the cow instead. Almost immediately she finds two dream men, is torn making the ultimate decision, and at some point will live happily ever after and make lots of babies. She will learn some deep meaning of li ...more
Ambur B.
Sep 26, 2012 Ambur B. rated it it was amazing
Reading Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin was like having a conversation with a favorite friend, funny, engaging and worth your time. I purposely read it one chapter per sitting because I didn't want it to end. The characters, especially Grace were well developed and I felt as though I might see them walking down the street at any minute. This book along with her first Don Juan In Hankey, PA are a wonderful addition to any book lovers collection.
Apr 18, 2013 Toddie rated it really liked it
For readers who enjoy romance/chick lit with more than a dash of brains and humor, this book will be right up your alley. As much as I enjoyed the primary character of Grace and her main co-horts (Goody, Addison and True), I even more got a kick out of some of the secondary characters, especially Les, the Shakespeare-loving president of the college. A fun, fast-paced read.
Patricia Florio
Sep 29, 2012 Patricia Florio rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: most women
Recommended to Patricia by: Gale's publisher BookTroupe
Grace Savage rocks! Grace is the star character in Gale Martin's newest chick-lit, Grace Unexpected. I really liked Grace, antics with her receptionist Goody, her love life with (spoiler alert)Addison and True. Gale puts faces on this great cast of characters who will have you chuckle out loud. BTW: the Shaker plan, it doesn't work!
Feb 12, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I really loved reading this book. It is a wonderful coming of age story. From the losing of a love to working her way through her thirties without repeating too much heartbreak. This story could be about any young girl just trying to fit in.

This was given to me as part of first reads.
Mary Roya
Sep 21, 2012 Mary Roya rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing and smiling with each page. Grace decides to follow the 'Shakers plan' and then she has an evil co-worker. Read the book to find out what the 'Shakers' plan' is....

Great characters, wonderful story and a great HEA ending. I highly recommend this book.
Sep 15, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
A cute book, very well written. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I thought--honestly, the plot seemed a little weak, but the execution was excellent.

I enjoyed everything until the ending, which seemed a bit...rushed and forced.

Great, light summer read.
Jun 19, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I won this book in a good reads giveaway! This was a good quick, funny read. Had me nodding my head, thinking, "I've been there" and giggling uncontrollably.

I don't normally read these chick-lit/ easy reads but this was a nice change of pace.

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Gale Martin is an award-winning writer of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for lying into a legitimate literary pursuit during midlife. She began writing her first novel at age eleven, finally finishing one three decades later.

She'd commit a misdemeanor to score some Babybel cheese and goes weak-kneed for hummingbirds. She is a wife and mother of one and a communications direc
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“For a woman to be taken as seriously as a man she must be three times as effective. Happily, this is not difficult.--Simone de Beauvoir” 5 likes
“If you’ve ever grown zucchini, you know they all ripen the same day. You wait all of June and July for zucchini. August rolls around, and one day—bam! You have more zucchini than you know what to do with. You start handing them out to your neighbors and friends at work because there’s no way any single person can handle all that zucchini. Not even if you’re smart and resourceful and have accumulated dozens of good recipes, not even a person who likes zucchini as much as I do.--Grace Savage” 2 likes
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