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On the day Cat Glamour decides to start an exercise routine, the last thing she expects is a modern-day Genie to pop out of her Wii machine. Unfortunately for Cat, her Genie is somewhat unreliable in his wish-granting capabilities. In a series of hilarious misadventures, he sends Cat to a castle in France and back in time 20 years in an attempt to solve both Cat's weight issues and emotional stresses. Cat's journey is one filled with quirky adventures, realistic love, and above all, self-discovery.

153 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 14, 2016

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About the author

Heather Grace Stewart is a poet and journalist who writes fast-paced, humorous and touching romance novels. The Ticket, a romantic comedy inspired by a true story, became an International Kindle bestseller. The Ticket and her novel Strangely, Incredibly Good were Top Ten Finalists in the Tale Flick Discovery Contest where books are selected to be adapted to the screen.

Heather is the author of 21 works. She's had over 300,000 copies downloaded and sold in print to readers around the world and all six of her novels have been published by Tantor or Dreamscape Media as audiobooks. Five of her novels were translated into Polish audiobooks and ebooks in 2022.

After receiving her BA (Honours) in Canadian Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Heather attended Montreal's Concordia University for a graduate diploma in Journalism. She worked as chief reporter of a local paper and associate editor of Harrowsmith Country Life and Equinox magazines before starting her own freelance writing and editing business, Graceful Publications, in 1999.

Heather believes educating girls around the world is the answer to many problems. Since 2008, she has donated more than half the proceeds earned from her poetry sales to Unicef in the area of Education and especially Girls Education, as well as to The Red Cross and Because I Am A Girl, and will continue to donate to this cause with a portion of proceeds from both her poetry and novel sales. Graceful Publications currently sponsors Miriam, 15, and her family on their farm in Bolivia through Plan International's Because I Am A Girl.

In her free time, Heather loves to spend time with her husband and their awesome young adult who's in college, take photos, practice yoga, inline skate, garden, bake bread, dance like nobody's watching, and sample craft beer--usually not at the same time. Visit her official website at heathergracestewart.com and follow her on Bookbub www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-grace... and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heathergrac...

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5 reviews
June 1, 2014
If there is just one book you read this Summer, make it "Strangely, Incredibly Good".

"Strangely, Incredibly Good" is one of those fun reads you can't put down. From beginning to end, this story is a delightful read that had me giggling out loud more times than I can count! Full of adventure, heart and humor, you can tell Heather had a great time writing this.

The main character, Cat Glamour is a woman we can all relate to on some level. She has had her ups and downs throughout her life but she doesn't give up. I know I would love to read more about her. She is one of those characters where anything can happen and you just know you want to be along for the ride. From Cat's sprightly 91-year-old grandmother to the handsome, well-intentioned genie, there's never a dull moment. Each character breathes a life into the story that adds up to one fantastic read.

The beauty of "Strangely, Incredibly Good" is that it carries you away with each turn of the page into this incredible world that Heather created. I'd say that reading it is like taking a mini-vacation of your very own.

Do yourself a favor and read "Strangely, Incredibly Good". Just don't be surprised if you find yourself laughing out loud quite a bit and utterly unable to put the book down!

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4 reviews1 follower
June 2, 2014
In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Heather Grace Stewart for five years and consider her a good friend. I’m also a fan of her poetry books. So I was excited when I learned she was writing a novel, and nervous when she asked me to review it. It’s difficult enough to be critical of a fellow author’s work, but even more difficult when that author is also a friend. I already knew the novel’s premise (and loved it), and we had discussed it occasionally during her writing process. Thus, I was hopeful that I would like what I read.

And I did. Heather Grace Stewart has written a romantic comedy that inspires us to leap into our fantasies in the pursuit of our hearts’ desires. And yet, we come out on the other side willing to take fate into our own hands.

First off, let’s talk about the novel's title. I loved it from day one. It’s the kind of title (and premise) that made me wish I’d thought of it. Right off the bat the reader knows she’s in for something fun and whimsical. Ms. Stewart’s novel delivered on that. The novel balanced comedy with tragedy, magic with reality. As a reader, I was completely willing to suspend my belief and go along for the ride into the world of time-traveling, Wii-dwelling genies, and I delighted in doing so. In short, it was a page-turner.

Ms. Stewart also delivered on dimensional characters that were flawed, yet lovable. Cat Glamour has suffered the consequences of spousal abuse, emotional eating, and low self-esteem. And although she didn’t have the a-ha moment I was looking for, she was a character worth rooting for, one with humor and support despite her past mistakes, and one who evolves. The genie (a.k.a “Gene”) was perfectly imperfect, deliciously handsome yet quite fallible as a genie. As these two push each other’s buttons while trying to resist each other’s bodies, the reader finds herself conjuring playful wishes of her own.

Overall, Ms. Stewart has crafted a story with structure and development, and a resolution that will keep book clubs discussing and debating for hours. I found myself thinking about it days after I’d finished reading, proof that the book had gotten under my skin. As a novelist, I love when that happens.

As a debut novel, *Strangely, Incredibly Good* is just that. Heather Grace Stewart is a storyteller, and I am already looking forward to her next novel.

~Elisa Lorello, author of Faking It, Ordinary World, She Has Your Eyes, and more
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2,136 reviews24 followers
March 2, 2018
Unfortunately this book was not good. I was not a fan at all. First off: talking shit about someone because they are skinny and you are not, does not make you skinny (I know, shocker). Assuming everyone in a gym is there for fun or chit chat and must have no idea what it's like to be overweight is ridiculous. Saying thin people don't have to work hard or don't understand is preposterous. Guess what, once you lose weight, you look just like the skinny people you were making fun of, and then what? You think you get a free pass? You think you wear a sign that says 'it's okay, I'm not one of them?' NO. I am so sick of body shaming in general, whether it is people, movies, or books. So sick of it. Bringing someone else down does not bring you up. Of course, the book is much more than skinny/fat but nothing else redeemed it after that for me. I thought it would be a quick, enjoyable, fluffy read. It was quick. I wouldn't recommend it or read it again.
Profile Image for Angela.
500 reviews34 followers
July 4, 2014

When I heard thatHeather Grace Stewart was writing a novel, I was eager to read the result. I have been a fan of her poetry for several years and wondered if I would like her change of genre.

Strangely, Incredibly Good is a light, fun read; in fact, the ideal holiday book! With its mixture of magic, romance and reality, there is plenty to keep most readers turning the pages avidly. This short novel introduces us to the character of Cat Glamour. She is in her late 30s and has several problems in her life that she is unable to deal with. Her self-esteem is low, following a tragic incident in her teens and then an abusive marriage. To compensate for her unhappiness and guilty feelings, Cat has over eaten and become very over weight, much to the dismay of her two daughters. Her 91 year old grandmother is supportive, but Cat seems unable to turn her life around until…….

And this is where the fun begins! In a more positive frame of mind, Cat decides to try using a Wii as a means of becoming fitter. Imagine her amazement - and mine, I have to add - when a handsome young man appears from inside the machine and announces that he is a genie who has been trapped in the Wii. He is there to grant her three wishes and Cat is now his “Master”. The rest of the story involves lots more magical events, which eventually set Cat on a different road.

To be absolutely honest, this is not a genre that I would normally choose to read, but I am really glad that I decided to buy this e-book. It was whimsical and fun, with surprising twists and turns. I enjoyed the characters and found it easy to suspend belief for the reading of the story. We can all do with some fantasy in our lives, I think…..and what a delightful thought: a handsome man stepping out of my Wii Fit!

I hope Heather continues to write novels, as well as poetry, as I am now a fan of both!
122 reviews
August 21, 2018
Loved it from beginning to end

Who doesn't love to cheer on the under dog? From the tragic beginning s thru life's twists. This was a page Turner. I loved the thought put into how to turn this path around. Funny!
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514 reviews14 followers
March 25, 2020
This was such a fun and quirky read! This is definitely the upbeat medicine I needed this week!
Thank you Heather Grace Stewart!
Profile Image for J. Dorner.
Author 5 books1,146 followers
October 26, 2018
The main character calls herself fat throughout the book. (In fiction, that is a diverse body type.) "The problem was, I just couldn't hop out of bed. That would require energy, and a sense of hope." That line speaks to the chronically ill, the depressed, the overweight, etc -- it works on so many levels. Later, however, she's able to do physical activities just by changing her attitude. Increasing her strength and dexterity just by believing in herself. (If only that worked in tabletop RPG... am I right? Ha!)

Part of the book, the theme in a way, is to find self-love. "I hate how society makes you feel that you are the size you wear." Quotes like that make this a riveting social commentary.

The book, published back in January 2016, should have a meme or two floating around. Eugene mentions how wishes aren't always used wisely. "Take Donald Trump. He never asked for great hair. He asked for great wealth." As I said, there should be a meme or two out there. Plus, later in the book, it mentions a genie probably being in the White House, catering to POTUS. Again, it's funny considering when the book came out.

Early on, the book makes one wonder who "little Logan" was. But it tells the sad story of an abusive marriage long before getting into a moment in the past where everything could have changed. The book has a lot of flashbacks. It seems like it has a "Dead Man's Curve" cliche, but then in tosses in a twist to keep things fresh. I loved that about this book.

My very favorite part of this book was the description of the Book Mobile.

And yes, the grandmother character gives a real Twitter handle! Hasn't tweeted in some time, but still. I love that kind of authenticity.
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Author 8 books18 followers
July 7, 2020
I started reading this book not having even looked at the blurb. Coming from Heather Grace Stewart I already knew it was going to be good.
Here we have Cat, a thirties-something mom of two teenage daughters. She struggles, with her weight, self-esteem and general outlook on life. She’s had a lot to deal with and life seems intent on dragging her down. Until one day, when she switches on a Wii Fit machine she’s just bought second hand, and the personal trainer materializes right there in her living room. He’s a genie. You now, like in the bottle. Only he’s gone all modern day and uses electronic devices instead of a dusty old bottle. From here on, magic, mayhem, and of course love, ensues. But as we all know, things are never straightforward and easy.
This story could have been a little childish and fanciful if it wasn’t for the wonderful writing of Heather Grace Stewart. It all flows seamlessly through beautiful prose without sounding flowery and over the top romantic. It has flair, quirkiness, comedy-gold moments and heart achingly real characters. We can all recognize at least one of our self perceived flaws in Kat and Gene. Their struggles, both within themselves and with others, is something everyone will go through to some extent in their lives. It’s real life, real people —mostly — all condensed into one funny and compelling story crammed into a bottle… ehrr… book.
You won’t regret reading it, and I am now starting on the sequel.
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2 reviews3 followers
July 11, 2014
Theoretically speaking, I shouldn't have enjoyed this book since I'm a guy, and we all know guys don't read "chick-lit". Yet to call "Strangely, Incredibly Good" chick-lit would be limiting its scope and appeal - it's much more.

The main character Cat is one of these people you immediately connect with - her fears, paranoias, past mistakes and pessimistic outlook on a life that's been so hard on her. Then she meets a genie from inside her Nintendo Wii, and life will never be the same again...

"Strangely, Incredibly Good" has a lot going for it from the off. Great characters, humour, adult conversations, and a sidekick in Gram that lights the book up even more whenever she's around. While funny and biting, though, the book also has some standout emotional moments (chapter eight, for example, leaves you breathless with its prose and punch to the heart).

It's this kind of emotional swing that makes the book so enjoyable. We know that life is never perfect; we know we make mistakes; we know we chase often-impossible dreams. The fact Heather Grace Stewart captures all these emotions so well in her tight debut novel shows a writer who knows her craft and audience.
An excellent first book, and hopefully the first of many in the adventures of Cat.
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3 reviews
June 5, 2014
I just finished Heather Grace Stewart's Strangely, Incredibly Good and wanted to share what a great read I found it to be.

If you like a main character with plenty of depth, Cat is your girl. She's been through a lot and now finds herself single and lonely. Her weight is rising and her self-esteem plummeting. Too embarrassed to go to the gym, she works out using her WII gaming console until something strange and incredible happens. Maybe that's where the title of the book comes from. Who knows.

I hesitate to call the book a romance novel. It's sexy and fun. It has romance, yes, but also fantasy, time travel and a steamy moment in a castle in the Rhone Valley of France. But the characters and their struggles are very real and you'll find yourself rooting for them from the first page on. Gram was my favorite. She's the feisty grandma with a twitter account.

I've read some of the author's poetry and also her screenplay, The Friends I've Never Met. Heather's work reads with an ease and a style all its own. It's current, funny, quirky, sometimes sad, and you'll remember it long after you finish.

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277 reviews16 followers
April 13, 2020
Okay, this is one of the most unique and original books I’ve read in some time, in the best way possible!

Cat Glamour is going through some hard times when she decides to pull out her old Wii Fit and get back on the horse as they say. Suddenly, the genie fitness instructor comes to life granting Cat three wishes! Through some time traveling, Cat and Gene (as he’s known) help her with her wishes. Who knows, maybe there’s a chance at love?

I love love loved Strangely Incredibly Good. I love how Cat is your average curvy girl, just trying to live her life. And Gene, bless him. Even though he may not be the greatest at his role as a genie at first, he is the sweetest guy! If you’re looking for a quick, funny read, check this out!
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Author 7 books60 followers
March 23, 2015
Highly entertaining, packed with humour and a dash of deeply moving moments, Strangely, Incredibly Good is a fun and refreshing read.

The premise of the book is hilarious - I mean seriously, a genie coming out of a Wii? Brilliant! I love Heather Grace Stewart's sense of humour, and she did such a great job of making the main character relatable. You'll laugh at Cat's escapades and cry with her too. The grandmother is a hoot and I absolutely loved her; she's so supportive of Cat, but also just... really darn funny!

If you're looking for the perfect light read to whisk you away from everyday life, I'd definitely recommend this book. Can't wait for a sequel!
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196 reviews2 followers
April 13, 2020
What a fun fantastical quick read - and an even better listen! I adored this audiobook and was saddened as I realized it was done and the store had come to an end. A whimsical story with some pages hotter than others. Heather's style of writing draws the reader in to the main character's struggle... and instantly sympathy and empathy are running through your mind as you read. I enjoyed the change of pace to this easy read that was just what I needed to listen to after reading some deep and heavy stories. Light-hearted, comical, passionate and lovely. This book is a great read!!
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743 reviews
July 2, 2019
A contemporary version of a genie granting wishes, although my favourite story on the topic remains Neil Gaiman's in A Calendar of Tales.
I guess most people can relate to some aspects of Cat's experience, with being overweight at the top of the list:) Grandma ended up being my favourite character.
2 reviews
June 1, 2014
I loved the way this book took reality and fantasy and mixed them together into a really fun light read. Just the type of book I love and just when you think there will be a predictable ending, in sneaks a little unexpected twist...great summer read for relaxing at the beach but I couldn't wait that long to finish it...
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Author 5 books6 followers
June 4, 2019

Well thought out. The characters are alive and vibrant they drive the narrative which otherwise could have been boring but is nobly carried.
The social commentary never overwhelms it supports the story arc.
Part of a series but even though open ended it has a satisfactory conclusion.
A good and reccomend read.
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1,533 reviews44 followers
April 19, 2022
Dziwnie, ale niewiarygodnie dobre - to słowa idealnie opisujące tą książkę! Włączyłam ja zupełnie przez przypadek, od, pojawiła się w nowościach, a ja potrzebowałam czegoś do słuchania podczas remontu. Dostałam znacznie więcej, bo jestem nią zachwycona chichrałam się jak głupia przez cały czas i naprawdę potrzebuję drugiego tomu!

Znacie film Wish Dragon na Netflix? To ma dokładnie taki sam vibe - tylko tu mamy dżina, który przeklęty przez swoją poprzednia właścicielkę zostaje uwięziony… w starym xboxie i jest guru fitnessu. Potrzebuje jakiegoś naprawdę dobrego uczynku, zmienić czyjeś życie, aby odzyskać wolność i trafia na naszą bohaterkę - pozbawioną radości, otyłą matkę, której udało się uciec z toksycznego małżeństwa.

Ta książka była dokładnie tym, czego potrzebowałam - była zabawna, czasami zaskoczyła, namąciła, zawierała szalone przygody i dziwnych bohaterów. Wbrew pozorom tu nie ma szczęśliwego zakończenia. Jest takie słodko-gorzkie, życiowe, przez co lubię ją jeszcze bardziej, bo przypomina, że w życiu nie zawsze wszytko się udaje, ale jest jakaś nadzieje, a otwarte zakończenie każe przypuszczać, że w drugim tomie rozwiązane zostały wątki, które tu nie są domknięte.

Totalne zaskoczenie, na pewno zerknę jeszcze na inne książki autorki i będę wypatrywać polskiego wydania drugiego tomu!
175 reviews1 follower
March 12, 2022
This was a humorous, cute, and sweet story about finding self worth, self confidence, second chances, and discovering unconditional love.❤️
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421 reviews1 follower
March 13, 2022

Cat has bought herself a Wii machine to exercise to only when she tries to use it there is a mini explosion and she sees a gorgeous man in her living room. He tells her he is a genie and can grant her 3 wishes but they tend to get bit muddled. She finds herself falling for him and even her ancient Gran is impressed. Thoroughly enjoyable read
1,364 reviews14 followers
September 13, 2017
I enjoyed this book. I liked the hero Cat who hides from life. I liked the story and the characters were all well-developed. What I didn't like was after Cat's life started changing. There were places where she seemed to forget her children which was very out of character. After that point the story was a bit uneven. But overall, I enjoyed it and will read the next in series.
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274 reviews5 followers
March 13, 2017
Wow, all my dreams come true. a genie in a bottle who can do magic things LOL
Ahh, but the real life intervenes.. boo hoo..

Really enjoyed this story and look forward to the finale in the next book :)
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288 reviews11 followers
April 17, 2022
This was such a fun quick read, and I was hooked right from the start… no matter how strange it was that a genie popped out of a wii & granted Katherine 3 wishes. The wishes don’t come as easy as you’d imagine, and the story unfolds beautifully. The love story of Katherine, truly figuring herself out & falling in love with not only herself but Gene too.

That epilogue was everything though!! Can there be a second book please?
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818 reviews10 followers
March 27, 2016
This was the first book that I have read by Heather Grace Stewart. I love her writing style. The story flows so smoothly. Her characters are very well developed and after the first chapter I was totally engrossed in the story and I was so interested in the main character's life. (I can tell you I have read books that by the end I did not care what happened!)

This book has an element of fantasy and time travel, which I am totally okay with. (One of my favorite books is A Knight in Shining Armor. This book reminded me of that one.)

While the story isn't the first to have time travel and a hero from another time and place, it is totally new for me for the hero to be flawed and needy as the heroin. They save each other.

Katherine (Cat) had a tragic experience in high school that molded her future struggle with self esteem and her overweight issues. The story is based on that, and I think every woman will identify with Cat and love this book.

It shows you that what is on the outside is not who you are. It also shows that our self perception is not always what the world sees us as.

I was so moved by the story. I was so sad at times, and laughed out loud many times!

I truly enjoyed this book and recommend it. I have already started on the next in the series, Remarkably Great.
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122 reviews8 followers
June 30, 2014
This quirky, modern twist on a genie-in-a-bottle fairytale surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a story about a man popping out of a Wii machine, but was pleased to find an unexpected story unfold throughout this short but sweet novel.

At first, I was a little worried about Cat throwing her wishes away on material things, and that the book was perpetuating the myth that skinny is successful. However, I soon realised that Strangely, Incredibly Good was curve-positive – enforcing the message that body shape isn’t what defines a happy life. Cat lived a hard life before her Genie appeared – with comic-relief provided by her hilariously quirky Grandmother. Most of the story focuses on her overcoming her past troubles, but Stewart cleverly added a genie to the mix, which stopped this story from blending in with so many others.

I read the book in one sitting – it was the perfect light read, great for a day at the beach. Sure, it was a little cliche, and the romance between woman and genie blossomed a little too fast… but a happy ending, with a little magic thrown in, can never go astray You can get the e-book from Amazon for less than $5 and see for yourself!
17 reviews
February 11, 2017

Silly but cute. It's a quick read that will make you smile. I like a book that leaves me in a good mood.
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Author 9 books36 followers
February 28, 2023
Strangely Incredibly Good is a humorous take on single life. With built in body hang ups, the perils of ageing and juggling family life, it is entertaining and relatable with some laugh out loud moments.
However, it’s also a story of lost childhood love, death, domestic abuse and finding yourself again.
With a modern day fairytale twist, time travelling and changed fate, this journey of self-discovery and finding Prince Charming is a brilliant read. Quirky characters, witty one liners and the hope for a happy ever after makes this a highly recommended read!
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Author 1 book6 followers
August 17, 2014
This novel is just as the name describes: “Strangely, Incredibly Good!” It was a perfect summer beach read that I couldn’t put down. Absolutely LOVED it! I’ve described it to friends as part Bridget Jones, part Aladdin with a Canadian Twist. Can’t wait for the sequel to keep following Cat on her path to self-discovery. Congrats Heather on an empowering first novel!
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68 reviews1 follower
February 29, 2016
I wasn't sure whether I'd enjoy a modern day fairy tale involving a genie, but I'm so glad I gave this book a shot! Heather brilliantly manages to draw you into Cats life and I quickly found myself rooting for her to find her happily ever after. I'm so pleased the book ended as it did. Fantastic, fun, easy read and I'll be downloading book 2 immediately!
119 reviews
March 29, 2016
I light quick, humorous read.

This book allows all of us who have or magnify our faults to have hope that we Can improve. She gets an inept genie to help her, so she really is doing it for herself. It also reminds of of how huge problems in high school really weren't easily overcome and we should have more faith in ourselves.
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