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2014 Winner/The Kindle Book Review! When Gracie is visited by a redheaded ghost, Officer Trudeau thinks the old gal is hallucinating. Again. But to Gracie the ghost is real, and her message is urgent: someone will die tonight. Sure enough, a body surfaces in Echo Lake, and the little town of Coyne Falls plunges into chaos. Officer Trudeau is anxious to solve the murder, bu ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published March 29th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 20th 2014)
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Y. Correa
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book like this deserves nothing but the utmost straightforwardness, and so that is what I will bring you today.

First, a bit about the premise.

Gracie is a 75 year old lady who sees ghosts. Sneaking out of Blue Horizons which is a boarding house for the mentally ill, simply because she wants to take a swim in Echo Lake, she happens upon a insistent ghost that wants Gracie to help prevent a murder. Gracie is at a point in her life where she just doesn’t want to get involved with it. A self-servin
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Andi Houtsch
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saving Gracie was a thoroughly delightful read. Much like a pot luck held by a denizen of quaint, seemingly quiet Coyne Falls, New Hampshire this story is a cobbling together of story elements that serves to satisfy a gamut of literary appetites. The book’s blurb only hints at what lies between the covers of this book. Discovering the myriad layers of this town’s mysteries is only half the fun of the reading.
The book starts out from Gracie’s point of view, introducing us to an elderly woman who
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Divya
***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

THIS BOOK. I HAVE NO WORDS. I REALLY,REALLY LOVED IT! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. GO AND READ IT, EVERYBODY!!!

Saving Gracie was a really awesome read. It touched me emotionally, which not many books can achieve.
Whenever I read a book, it sure stays with me for a long time, but it never has thinking so deeply about it.

The characters are very, very adorable. I loved each and every one of them. And don't even let me start talking a
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Niki Roberts
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with our second book review of the day, Saving Gracie, by Nancy DeMarco.
Let me begin by saying that this story is truly become one of my favorite stories read of recent past. The books author, Nancy DeMarco, has a true, marvelous, and richly-expressed calling as a storyteller and author. Like in her her first book, Finding Sara, the reader will most certainly empathize most ardently with the struggle-centered methods of its character, character limited
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Sandra
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
First of all a big thank you for my copy - which I won via Goodreads. and a special thank you to author Nancy for sending it all the way to Australia.

3.5 stars. Recommended for those that like small town mysteries with quirky characters.

This was slightly outside my usual style of book and I enjoyed it. Gracie is slightly outside the norm of the average heroine, being 75 with a history of mental illness. Gracie sees ghosts when her medication isn't quite right and we are never quite sure if the
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Underground Book Reviews
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gracie is an old lady who sees ghosts. She sneaks out of Blue Horizons, a boarding house for the mentally ill, to take a swim in Echo Lake, and comes upon a persistent ghost who wants her help in preventing a murder. Gracie doesn’t want to get involved. If she starts talking to ghosts again it could land her back in the state mental hospital. She plans on ignoring it but the ghost leads her to a head bobbing right there in the lake. Gracie can’t ignore that, so she takes the head to the Coyne Fa ...more
Ute Carbone
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve known of Nancy DeMarco for a long time. The writing community in southern New Hampshire, where we both live, is small and it’s no surprise that we would have mutual friends and acquaintances. A few weeks ago, I met Nancy in person when we did an old home days event with some other local authors. We spent a fun filled afternoon talking about writing and books and small town life while musicians played on the makeshift stage under the trees and hamburgers were grilled by the neighborhood boy ...more
Mary Brown
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saving Gracie by Nancy DeMarco is a great book that has it all. It has 2 great mysteries, suspense, humor, romance, a ghost and a beagle. The mysteries involve a murder and finding a child that was thought to be born stillborn. Suspense is carried on throughout the entire story, with as many twists and turns as a pretzel. Humor is intertwined throughout the story with the mentally challenged housemates and Gracie. Gracie is a character that you can't help but fall in love with. Gracie sees ghost ...more
Ali
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not not know of this author prior to reading this book, but now I am off to discover more.
A truly original book which pulled me in right from the first words. I felt that there was a contradiction in my reading of this book as whilst I needed to keep reading to discover how the plot developed I also felt the need not to hurry but enjoy the gentler pace depicted in the New Hampshire way of life.
The joy of the book and the characters was compounded by the fact the fact that I had just read
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Linda
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Poignant and skillfully written, Saving Gracie is the story of a seventy-something woman who’s been told all her life she is crazy. But as Gracie’s story begins to unfold, we see that she is anything but. Her courage, resilience, and keen insight brought me to tears many times. The author has a charming way of phrasing things that gave me more than a few giggles, and her characters are so finely sketched that I felt I knew them all. This is one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read in a long ...more
Linda Ulleseit
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Nancy DeMarco has a true gift for making crazy seem normal. In her first book, Finding Sara, the reader empathizes most with the character everyone thinks is nuts. In Saving Gracie, this happens again. Gracie is an older woman, living in a home of mentally ill people. She sees ghosts, and one of them is telling her about a murder. When suspects abound, and Gracie is included, the lovably sweet local police officer hesitates to do his duty and digs himself into a hole. This book has suspense, rom ...more
Rachel Ledge
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very original voice. It was so enjoyable to see a 'ghost' story done in a light-hearted tone while handling the more serious topics at hand (a murder) appropriately. Gracie's tendency to flaunt the norm, make up the rules as she goes, and treat her sixth sense as something that is more annoying rather than creepy and horrific was definitely refreshing! And the characters weren't neglected either. Overall, very well done, looking forward to the next DeMarco book.
Angie Agerter
Full review upcoming on my blog
but a cute book!
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Raised in rural New England, Nancy doesn’t mind skinny dipping with bloodsuckers, drinking from snow melt, and outrunning deer flies. She has spent most of her life in the company of horses, working in all aspects of the equine industry. Today, she divides her time between writing, raising fresh vegetables for the deer and woodchucks, chasing guinea fowl out of the neighbors’ yards, and hiking the ...more
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