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Restoring Grace

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,149 ratings  ·  117 reviews
In an irresistible new story by the bestselling author of Paradise Fields, pregnant Ellie needs
a place to stay and Grace, abandoned by her husband, needs a lodger in the wonderful but dilapidated house she has inherited. Both of them need a friend.
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Published April 26th 2005 by Audiobooks (first published February 25th 2004)
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Garnette
Please only read Katie Fforde in the summer and two years apart. She can write at a good pace, the plots are ok, the settings great - the Cotswolds. Some of the author's ethical decisions are admirable. In Grace the restoration of the gardens, the mockery of the millionaire and model terrific, the resolution just right -- but too much like a lemon souffle. I think there's an old word that applies 'air headed' -- Not terrrible, but surfacey. I'm not being crabby, I enjoyed Restoring Grace, just d...more
Tory
Cheesy but kind of endearing all the same, this book.

It seems a recurring theme with this author, women who are sweet and complete push-overs meet someone they want to tell off all the time (but can’t figure out why they are acting like this! It's so out of character!) and that’s it, they are in love. They have come upon their soul-mate! And are living happily ever after.

If this author was on to something, and being in love is just the ability to give the other person a good bollocking, then s...more
Charlotte
Restoring Grace was the first book by Katie Fforde that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms. Fforde wrote a charming novel set in a quiet England village. Her main characters, Grace, Ellie & Remi are all charming, sweet characters that have noticeable personal growth. Some of the peripheral characters are written in such a way that I wanted to reach through the pages and kick her butt (Allegra, I *am* talking about you).


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Fiona
Ellie discovering she is pregnant and living with a no hoper of a boyfriend manages to befriend Grace. Grace has got divorced and is living in a mansion falling apart that was bequeathed to her from her Godmother. It makes sense that Ellie moves in with Grace and despite little furnishing or heat for that matter they form a great friendship. On discovering some old paintings in the house and a lot of dry rot the friends decide to see if the paintings are worth anything in order to pay for the tr...more
Liz
Fford was the bookclub selection last month, and we each picked titles that we thought we might like. Unbelievably, we each picked a different title. When we discussed the books, we learned that they have similarities despite their differences. Some were nodding more to younger readers, other to older readers. but they all had engaging female characters and at least one love interest brewing in the background. I picked this one because of the house restoration angle. turns out, there isn't a who...more
Priya Kamlesh
The story revolves around Grace Soudners and Ellie Summers, both of whom discover a new friendship pretty much by chance and out of dire need for a friend. While Grace is broke and needs a lodger, Ellie who is pregnant from an ex-boyfriend, moves in with her. When the curtains fall down, Grace and Ellie discover some valuable paintings that can help Grace. But ofcourse, there are a lot of other people and issues that threaten this from happening.

That's it. It is all about their life. But the pro...more
Cara
Enjoyable fluff reading. For this book, the main escapist fantasy was of men swooping in with a gentle, adoring "please let me help you, darling," taking care of the women, and solving all their problems. Want!!!

The one guy was a bit too heavy-handed with this, treating Grace like a child and taking over her shit despite her loud objections because He Knows What's Best. That's not cool, no matter how stupid she was being. But otherwise, yes, want want want.
Kate Millin
I really enjoyed this light read about how Ellie meets and befriends Grace. They meet when Ellie knocks on the door of Grace's beautiful ok house offering to do a painting of it. Grace is living very minimally after her divorce in the house she loves but which needs a lot of care. They each find men who help them and the process of improving the house and dealing with Grace's difficult relatives.
Erin
This book was mildly enjoyable. For a book I just randomly picked up at the library, it was adequate. There were definitely some touching, enjoyable moments and satisfaction in the outcome of things...HOWEVER, there was also lot boring to get through. It all seemed a bit drug out to me, especially those extra darn paintings!!! ugh, just no.
Karen
I have nearly read all of Katie Fforde's books. This one I did enjoy but not as much as some of her others.

Grace has just recently been divorced and lives in an old mansion that was left to her by her anut/godmother. She makes friends with Ellie who is an artist who paints buildings then trys to sell them to the own of the building. Ellie is pregent and has left her boyfriend and has nowhere to live so she moves on with Grace.

Grace holds a wine tasting evening and one of her guests she brings wi...more
Limau Nipis
Hmm, I used to love Katie Fforde's writings.

But this one, this one, it makes me feel draggy all over. I was thinking, when would the action happens? When will be the climax?

None.
Because the author keep writing and writing at a snail pace rate, that I was like.. OK, Grace's story is like THISSSSSSSSSSS, and Ellie's story is like THATTTTTTTTT.. Notice the longgggggggggg word, because I feel draggy all over. GAH!

I am giving this up.. after more than 60% progressing.

Seriously, this book can be jam p...more
Denise Prewett
Grace has been divorced for 2 years, but still has feeling for her ex. Ella is pregnant and her boyfriend doesn't want the baby. Grace lives in an old home that she inherited from a great aunt that was also her gomother...her sister and brother got the furniture and are presuring her to sell her home so they can get more money. Grace has decided to hold wine tastings in her home to earn money, she befriends Ella and offers her a home and then Grace's ex-step-daughter wants to move in. Flynn a fr...more
Oanh
Sep 01, 2011 Oanh marked it as read-2011  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
Oh dear, it appears I read this already back in 2007, probably when I bought it for my sister when she was about to spend months in hospital. I picked it up again at my sister's house, wanting an engaging, easy read for the long drive from BNE to MEL. I couldn't remember whether I'd read it and it all seemed familiar, but all KF's books follow the same pattern and I read, simultaneously enjoying and castigating myself, the ideas, the underlying assumptions, the clear link between relationships,...more
Lisa
I feel bad doing it but I can't give this more than one star. I didn't enjoy anything about it. I gave it almost 150 pages before I started to speed read because I was terribly bored.

I tend to only speed read when something is just not working for me. If the writing is good, I savour it. If the book is entertaining, I take my time.

This will work for some people but didn't for me. The plot sounded promising enough but it didn't deliver. I wouldn't call myself a huge fan of chick lit but I'm open...more
Ilse
ik hou van Katie Fforde en ik hou van dit boek ;).

Voor iedereen wel een herkenbaar personage, goed uitgewerkt.

op het einde wel een iets te romantisch einde, maar dat is met veel plezier vergeven.

hop naar haar volgende boek
Margherita Dolcevita
Mi duole dirlo ma l'ho trovato meno emozionante e avvincente dei precedenti. Mi ha preso decisamente meno, è risultato nel complesso molto meccanico e poco naturale e spontaneo, mi ha un po' deluso. In particolare ho trovato estremamente automatica la scintilla che scocca per lei da lui e anche la fine un po' troppo sospesa che lascia adito a un seguito, di solito non è da lei. E dire che contavo moltissimo su questo romanzo, lo attendevo con ansia e aspettative spropositate. Mi dispiace che non...more
Sandra
A easy book to read good for a holiday or hospital stays as you can pick it up and down. I like how the young ladies grow with strength as their friendship got stronger
Michele
I really enjoy Katie Fforde's books. She writes about quirky yet lovable, intelligent women. They are endearing, sometimes prickly, sometimes exasperating, but they all fit together in the plot of the stories. The women characters usually have some personal trials to overcome, finally able to see themselves as the confident, capable individuals they are...the men are not portrayed as buffoons or idiots, but their less than spectacular qualities are clearly shown. Somehow, she manages to get the...more
Rebekah
One time is a plot, twice is coincidence, the third time would be a pattern. Thankfully Katie Fforde seems to change up the plot points somewhat In Restoring Grace. This time we have two females who have to get their lives back on track and seem to fall into each other to do just that. Grace inherited a house and much later lost her husband and has to find a way to fix up the house or at least keep some level of maintenance on it. Ellie has got her head on her shoulders, but she has a slacker, l...more
Sarah
Very slow and fairly dull but hate giving up on a book so will persevere!
Heidi
Cute, light and funny. This one had a little of everything- romance, mystery, family drama, sex. I picked it up on a whim from the library while I was browsing the stacks one day. I recognized the author from another novel of hers that I wanted to read. The best part of this one was the setting the author created. I could sooooooo totally picture myself in that big, old romantic house. It's kind of the same reason why I read "Wuthering Heights" over and over again. I love to be taken back to Hea...more
Anne
I just don't do well with British authors.
Saskia
een verhaal waarin NIKS gebeurt inclusief een hoofdpersoon die echt een muts is waarom heb ik dit uitgelezen
Pam
Restoring Grace by Katie Fforde
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2005/338 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present/Bath, UK
CHARACTERS: Grace/owner of Luckenham House
COMMENTS: Have enjoyed all Fforde's books, Grace is divorced & living in a big old house she inherited. It's from the 17th century & needs a lot of work, she has been a loner since her divorce but meets an art grad who is pregnant & on her own who becomes a lodger. Then her ex-step-daughter needs a place to live. The 3 bond &...more
Jordan
I was looking forward to reading something light and fluffy but this was just so boring.
Sharon
I read this a year or two ago, but as Fforde's books are rather similar to each other, I didn't recognize it from the jacket blurb. However, I didn't mind re-reading it. What I like most about her books is that she catches her characters after they have made their big mistakes and are in the process of turning their lives around. There's something refreshing about following someone's healing road. I love her take on female friendship. A tea-drinking kind of book.
Karen
I liked this Katie Fforde much better than the one I just finished (which is newer), "Wedding Season." In this book, Fforde takes the time to flesh out her characters a bit and give them distinct personalities. Having read many Ffordes now, I have come to the reluctant conclusion that all of her male characters are pretty much interchangeable, but oh well. This was an enjoyable, light read, with a bit of a mystery included that helped to keep the plot interesting.
Sarah Pierce
I am a large fan of romantic comedies, both in print and on the screen. As long as the writing is engaging and the characters are likable, I don’t care if the story is formulaic. This is the quite formulaic but very funny and sweet story of a recently divorced woman desperate to save her house, and the people that she welcomes into her life, as friends and as lovers. I won’t be ruining anything if I tell you that everything turns out all right in the end.
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Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming. Katie married Desmond Fforde, cousin of the also writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until afte...more
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