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A Single Step

(The Grayson Trilogy #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  91 reviews
‘The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it...but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan...’

Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert f
Paperback, 2nd, 280 pages
Published August 22nd 2015 by Three Shires Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Georgia Rose Sorry, only just seen this question. No, I don’t close the door on the romance element. It’s not graphic, but it is there. Hope this helps.
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I really enjoyed this Contemporary Romance. There's a touch of a mystery, a brief period of suspense, and a darling budding romance. I immediately bought the next two books in the series. I will definitely read on. ...more
Cathy Ryan
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Grayson desperately needs a fresh start after a devastating personal trauma compounded by a betrayal she couldn’t comprehend. She secures a job with Lord Cavendish of Melton Manor Estate, managing the stables and looking after the horses, after the advert for the job had been posted to her anonymously. Hurt beyond measure and disillusioned, she is wary of getting close to anyone again and just wants to get on with her job and be left alone. The community on the Estate is a tight knit one th ...more
Moushine Zahr
This is the first novel I've read from author Georgia Rose, which falls in the category of suspense and romance.

Readers follow the life of Emma, who's had a dramatic life with very few moments of happiness taken away from her quickly. Her life made her an independent woman trusting no one and searching for solitude. However, when she applied to a new job in a Manor in rural England to take care of horses, she found a lot more than just a job. Thanks to her new life, she was able to finally over
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles

Romance is not my cup of tea. Maybe it’s because I’m too busy to think of nice and strong arms to embrace me, or because I prefer to chase monsters down the streets. I’ve never been interested in horses, either. But at times, it’s nice to dip your toe into a new pool and see what happens! And sometimes, you have a good and uncomplicated time with a story you thought weren’t for you but turns out to be able to release the pressure in your body.

I read A Single Step in two days, taking the time to

Lucia C. Smolski
Good reading

This book kept my interest from beginning to end. The characters were people that the reader could relate to with similar struggles, highs and lows. It had a very human aspect that made the storyline plausible. Looking forward to book 2 in the series
Carrie Lahain
I was of two minds about this book. It's worth five stars. No doubt about it. The main character and her world are expertly evoked. The emotion brought me to tears at least THREE times.

And, yet, I had some issues with the execution.

The genre is hard to pin down. It's all well and good to say, "just go with the story." That's not how brains work. It's normal, as one reads, to make rapid-fire comparisons to everything else we've ever read. Part of us is with the story, another part is using cues
Berenice Kreymborg
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
More than a simple love story, drama, grief starting again
Geoffrey West
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book draws you in and hooks you tight. It isn’t the sort of novel I usually read, but I’m very glad I did. It’s a mystery and a romance that’s seamlessly literary and carries you along as the captivating plot unfolds. It’s a first person narrative, my personal favourite, and the heroine, Emma Grayson is a complex person. The story starts with her having an interview for a new job, a way of making a totally fresh start after a long period of personal troubles. The new situation she finds her ...more
Oct 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Emma Grayson has suffered far more than any woman should have to and I immediately liked and sympathized with the character. In actual fact, the author does such a good job of forging a connection with the character and the reader that I found myself in emotional turmoil at times. Emma is sweet woman, however due to her past, she is untrusting – and understandably so. Therefore, at times she comes across a bit short.

To get to the crux of it, Emma ta
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Romance and Mystery

Emma Grayson finds a job advert mysteriously left in her letterbox, and after an interview is offered what seems to be the perfect job of looking after the stables of a manor house. However very soon the reader (and Emma) is wondering why the Estate Manager is so against her, and gradually begins to wonder if everything is quite as it appears.

The first page throws the reader straight into the intrigue, and the story builds up gently and steadily, until mid-way through the
Paul White
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading A Single Step, by Georgia Rose, an unusual choice of book for me as I am not inclined to read romantic novels, (I think that is a man thing)!

I was however intrigued from the start, Georgia has a wonderful way of slowly and gently pulling you into the story so that you have to keep reading, you have to know ‘what happens next’.

Georgia has filled the book full of detail, maybe overly concise in a few instances, but then that may just be my view as this is, as I have sa
Rosie Amber
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Single Step is a romantic suspense and book 1 of The Grayson trilogy. Emma Grayson is getting her life slowly back together after the tragic death of her child. She applies for a new job as a stable manager at Melton Manor for Lord Cavendish in a positive move forward with her life.

Everyone is very helpful and the job and the facilities are very generous, all except the Estate Manager Trent who is cold and domineering. Emma wasn't his first choice of person for the job and he makes her feel li
Suzanne Paschke
I'm really conflicted with this book. There were parts I really liked, and I mean really liked, that I was going to give this four stars. But at times I was more than prepared to give it one star. Ultimately I've settled for 2.5.

This book moves really quite slowly, but that didn't bother me. Nor did the very detailed descriptions of the horses and caring for them. I even liked Trent, right up to the point that he revealed himself to be a misogynist. His attitude of 'men chase' was deplorable. He
Judith Barrow
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Single Step isn't the genre of book I usually buy but it was well written and a good easy holiday read; a romance and thriller/mystery combined that is soon engrossing. Told in the first person point of view, the characters are strongly portrayed, especially the protagonist, and the dialogue is equally strong. A special mention to the end and start hooks in most of the chapters; they ran effortlessly and kept me reading. However, the first chapter was slow and, at one point in the middle of th ...more
Jul 31, 2021 rated it did not like it
Well-written but so slow, as in by the halfway point, the reader is bogged down in the day-to-day details of getting stables and barns ready for horses, then taking care of them. The main character's backstory is tragic and compelling but it consumes the first quarter or so of the book, which is just way too much exposition dumped on the reader. It slows the pace down so much that it feels like nothing is happening - it already happened. I gave up about halfway in. I don't mind a plot with a lei ...more
Nicole Geddie
Jan 18, 2022 rated it it was ok
The plot was pretty good but the book didn’t work very well. For starters, there was very little dialogue in comparison to the narrating. I got bored and uninterested before there halfway point because of it. You know the writing saying - show me, don’t tell me- or whatever it is. Everything was explained versus characters interacting and a story playing out. So I couldn’t get invested at all.


Also, as a therapist in training, I have to mention that paranoid schizophrenia is different
Liana Hickson
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Her journey from shattered and broken to a loving relationship was well written.
sharon peart
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Enjoyable Read - Adventure, Drama, Romance

I really enjoyed this book - it held me from the first page. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because I got a bit annoyed with Trent always raising his eyebrows 😉
Barb Gunn
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good book! I enjoy this author. There's never a dull moment. I can feel myself in the setting while reading.

Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Well written and well researched. (I hate reading about “horsey” girl stories where I end up rolling my eyes at some of the inaccuracies)
The story contained a little of everything. Romance, heartbreak and suspense with believable and well rounded characters. Congratulations Georgia Rose, I look forward to reading the rest of the Grayson series
Maria Gomes
Feb 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is one that brings people together after losses of family and the jobs and realization ships that these people
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hesitant to read this book as it is written in the first person, however, I am so glad I did. A must read. The story is sad, and funny and keeps you guessing. You can’t help but have empathy for the characters involved. It sets the stage for a number of stories to unfold around the main one. I was moved to tears and felt the heartbreak and strong emotions running through the book as keenly as if I was part of the story rather than a reader. Highly emotional with a touch of mystery and grea ...more
Kathy Rogers
This unique story is difficult to categorize. It involves a woman's chance for a fresh start, life in the country on a British estate, horses, spies, and of course, romance. Quite a popouri, and the second book pulls one in even more. ...more
Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this on my Kindle to read I am not sure why I had chosen it, I am so glad I did I found it enjoyable. Loved the character Gregson. I found I had to buy the 2nd in the series. Which is very unusual for me.
Patrice Einsel
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was hard for me to get into at first because I'm use to reading books that start with a lot of action. After a while the story really draws you in and really makes you feel and wonder and empathize with the characters. Can't wait to read the next book. ...more
Jan 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A great read. A page turner from page 1, with suspense, tears, happiness and great characters that are described well by the author. A top book, well worth reading.
Linda Kish
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is not my usual type of Romance story but I really enjoyed it. I will be reading more of Ms. Rose's books in the future. ...more
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Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon.

Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre.

Following a long stint

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