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Grace Unexpected

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  225 Ratings  ·  44 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]
Jun 30, 2014 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 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
Jul 24, 2012 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
Terrie Lopez
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully funny

The storyline is definitely for middle aged women who like a little romance and humor. It's funny in all the right p!aces. While I could foretell some events in the book there were also a few surprises. This is a must-read for any woman, but especially for those who enjoy humor and romance all rolled into one book.
Oct 15, 2012 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 13, 2012 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
Ms. Ali Cat
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
Jul 28, 2012 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!
Sep 16, 2012 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.
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
Diana Hockley
Dec 22, 2012 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
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
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
Aug 01, 2012 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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Kris Pittman
Oct 01, 2012 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 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
Donna Murray
Nov 10, 2012 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.
Ambur B.
Jul 09, 2012 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 03, 2013 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
Aug 26, 2012 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 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 28, 2012 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.

Mary Roya
Sep 11, 2012 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.
Nov 14, 2012 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.
Wendy Fellinger
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Grace Unexpected. Gail Martin has written a funny and entertaining book that was difficult for me to put down. I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and plot even while I wasn’t reading. I highly recommend this book!
Aug 01, 2012 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.
Sandy Oliver
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!! From start to finish I loved it! Gale Martin is a great story teller. It was funny, witty and entertaining. A good lite read..
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