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A heartfelt story about family, forgiveness, and starting over when the happy ending ends, and handling it all with a little bit of grace.

Family is everything--Grace Adams McHale's mom must have said it to her a thousand times before she died. Before Grace's dad ran off with an aspiring actress half his age. Before only-child Grace found out she was unable to have chil
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Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published 2017 by Phoebe Fox
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Meghan Marsden To give that away would give away an important element of the plot. Suffice it say that it is a universal story of choosing: identity, family, future.…moreTo give that away would give away an important element of the plot. Suffice it say that it is a universal story of choosing: identity, family, future. A Little Bit of Grace is the right mix of post-divorce reinvention, understanding how the past shapes our selves, letting go, and grabbing on. If an LGBT voice pipes up, well, that's real life.

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Meghan Marsden Not by strict definition. IMO, shaped by my understanding of women's fiction, its a finding oneself piece, with all voices welcome.
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Miranda Reads
3.5 stars
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I deserved better, Brian told me, tears I'd never seen before streaming down his face. I deserved someone who was crazy about me
Grace has hit a crossroads.

Her beloved mother just passed, her father hasn't been seen with years and her finalized divorce is taking a toll.
"Why was I always so content to bob along on the path of least resistance?"
When her ex-husband moves in
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DJ Sakata
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

‘Because I told Mandy she could have Grandmother’s chair over my dead body, and I’m nothing if not a woman of my word.’ Mrs. Fielding had taken that vow to the extreme, I reflected, breathing through my mouth as I looked at where her body sat slumped in that same chair, thinking that new upholstery might not be enough to get the smell of her decomposing body out of the antique for Ms. Yeager.

I wish I understood young people’s obsession with their own genitalia and capturing it fo
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Sheryl
Grace MacAdams has always done the right thing; she had the words ingrained in the head "Family is Everything" by her mother while she was growing up. She's had a run of bad luck lately her mom has passed away after a long illness, which has left her emotionally drained. Her best friend/ex-husband who she runs her estate planning practice with has just told her he is moving in an ex-girlfriend who he has reconnected with after several years into the home she lived while married to him. The worst ...more
Susan Peterson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, I was in love with the main character of this compelling and endearing novel. Grace was adrift, lonely, and a little bit broken. A divorce and the death of her mother have left her stuck in the past, unable to let go and move on. Then a picture postcard of a beautiful beach, sent by someone she’s never heard of, provides her the boost she needs to shed not only the Missouri winter, but also the pain that is weighing her down. Grace’s journey and transformation were some ...more
Camilla Monk
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So excited for this book!
Melissa
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover alone sold me on this novel, as it looks so welcoming. However, I did not know what to expect from the story. It definitely matched the feeling I got just from looking at it!

I loved the travel aspect of A Little Bit of Grace. It made me feel like I was on a virtual vacation with all the descriptions of the beaches and other locations. It also made me miss my Miami trip from last year. Millie seemed like so much fun and the family secret endeared her to me even more. There was a really
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Amy
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is being compared to one of my very favorite authors, Kristan Higgins which made me both super excited but also slightly hesitant. KH is a legend to me and I’ve never read this author before but I’m glad I did because the comparison was very accurate and now I have another new author to follow!

This follows Grace as she’s at a sort of crossroads in her life. She’s newly divorced but still very enmeshed in her ex husbands life (and he in hers) as they are law partners and neighbors and sh
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Kristy K
This book was quintessential chick lit and not a genre I read often. However, I found A Little Bit of Grace to be an enjoyable read, albeit slow at times.

Grace is at a cross-point in her life and when she learns of a long lost relative, she takes a vacation from her everyday and flies south to Florida to try and connect with her great-aunt. For the most part Grace's thoughts and feelings were understandable and I loved that although there was the burgeoning of a romance, Grace is strong enough
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The Lit Bitch
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what this book was going to be about. I mean sure it had a summary of course, but in the sea of women’s fiction, many of the summaries as well as the covers tend to blend together.

That’s what was happening for me with this book. The cover was cute but didn’t really stand out for me, the title also cute but didn’t grab me, and the summary sounded nice but not memorable.

But let me tell you what was memorable—-the little notecard that came with the ARC stating ‘be a peacock not a pige
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Andrea
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There were a few bits of dialogue that were hysterical, so kudos to that. But otherwise this was one big pile of “Meh.”
Simona
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I have wanted to read a book by this author for a while, but I have never gotten round to it. When I spotted this on NetGalley, I immediately grabbed the chance.

This story follows Grace, she works at an estate planning law firm, together with Brian, her ex hsuband/best friend. Things are not easy between them, especially when his new girlfriend comes to town, things get complicated. Throughout the book we learn about their past and
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Leighellen Landskov
“Great wrongs are done to us all at some point. The question is, do we use them as a justification or an opportunity.”

This was such a sweet, fun, and fast summer read. It's also a book that reminded me of how important LGBTQ representation is in the publishing industry. Even with the light stuff. To be able to see yourself in a story. To feel represented in a work of art. It helps you feel seen, heard, and known in real life.

This is not a deep, literary work of art like “The Vanishing Half” but
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Coleen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I really like Grace, the main character of the book, who is telling the story from her first person. That is not always the case with me and first person stories, but in this book, Grace is my favorite. She is less sure of herself than she should be and very humble. A year before the time of the book, her husband, whom she still loves dearly and apparently always will, asked her for a divorce and she acceded to his wishes. They were childhood friends, and lived thre
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JoAn
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A Little Bit of Grace by Phoebe Fox would be in a genre that I rarely read, "chick lit", but it was worth the read.

Ms. Fox's descriptive writing, character development highlights the growth of Grace as she begins a new life for herself after discovering a family member that she has never known about before. With precision and grace, Ms. Fox depicts Grace's life as a "normal" life with family, love, divorce, heartache and then rebirth as she begins to grow within herself. Under the loving tutelag
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Debbie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This was not my first book by this author and it won't be my last.

I loved this story a lot. However, there did seem to be a lot of extra filler. I got the sense of rambling. I think a somewhat shortened version of the story would be a lot better.

However, I did enjoy the premise and the great aunt was a hoot!!

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Linda
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for Phoebe Fox's A Little Bit of Grace! Grace Adam McHale's life has changed dramatically! Brian her best friend/business partner/husband, recently divorced her! Most of Grace's memories in Sugarberry, Missouri include Brian. They grew up together, spending so much time at each other's houses, that they felt like they had four parents each. Then Brian announced that his girlfriend, Angelica, is pregnant! So when a post card arrives addressed to her deceased mother, Grace decides to fi ...more
Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
It’s been a year for poor Grace. First her husband left her because she was unable to have children, which she avoided dealing with by taking care of her mother in her failing health. Now her mom is gone, and her ex whom she stills shares the business with, is introducing her to his new girlfriend. His new pregnant girlfriend. When she receives a postcard from her moms Aunt that she never knew existed, Grace takes the opportunity to get away for a bit and meet the family she wishes she had alway ...more
Kathryn
Audiobook format. Interesting story with important premise that does need exploring with its impact on family and individual. At times I found this book lagged a little. Narrated well.
Ann Herrick
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about new beginnings. Not what I thought it was going to be at first, but drew me in.
Tamara
Review to come,

Quick thoughts:

I loved this book. It was light at times, but with life lessons that are so important.

Plus that cover- SO beautiful.
Jessica Hughes
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace's life is most accurately described as "average". Tucked away in small sleepy town she has lived her entire life, she followed her families dream and works at their law firm while still living on the same street she grew up on. Her marriage to her childhood sweetheart recently came to abrupt halt, and as he sprang forward in his new life Grace was left behind with little to show for. Doing something completely out of the ordinary, Grace hopped on a plane and flew to the sunny beaches of Fl ...more
Kate Rock
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My 5 star review coming soon! I adored this book.
Susan (The Book Bag)
A Little Bit of Grace is about the amazingly strong character of Grace, as well as the wonderfully wise, and outrageously fun, Millie. When these two women finally connect, look out!

Grace knows what she wants and is happy with her life. That is, until it's all taken away from her. And then what is she supposed to do?

Millie is a warm and caring woman, who swoops Grace up at just the right time and tries to help her turn her life around and let me tell you, they have so much fun along the way. M
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Kayla
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super fun book! I felt like I was a character in the story as the writing was so real and descriptive, you could see the vibrant colors. A great choice for beach vacation!
Barbara Hackel
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unrelated yet family. That's how Grace and Brian feel since they have been best friends and neighbors all of their lives. When they took over the family business (3 generation of partners from their respective families) Grace was shocked and pleased when Brian started dating her and finally asked her to marry him. Never was there a happier couple. They moved into his family house three doors down from her mom. All was well until the dreadful doctor appointment when Grace found out she couldn't h ...more
Claire Mc Partlin
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable quirky story about family relationships and hidden secrets.

Grace is a partner in a law firm, specialising in end of life estate planning, with her ex-husband Brian. Grace and Brian have known each other since small children, having lived a couple of doors down from each other forever, and were in and out of each others houses their whole lives. Their relationship eventually changed into love and marriage when they got older, although you did get the feeling that it just sort of ha
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Kimberly
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Was given an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This is the first book that I've read by Phoebe Fox, but it definitely won't be my last. I was absolutely blown away by this book. It left me with such an amazing book hangover.

When Grace's ex husband, and business partner, Brian, wants to sit down and have a real conversation, she gets her hopes up and thinks that they might have a chance again. Only Grace gets introduced to Brian's pregnant girlfriend. Grace wa
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Janine
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read with characters you will wish were your own family.

Predictable Grace McAdams’ world stopped the day Brian, her best friend/business partner/ex-husband, showed up at her house with his former college girlfriend saying she was moving in with him and dropping the bomb about her being pregnant. Grace was still in love with Brian and did not take the news well. Let’s just say Grace lost it. Brian saw a side of her that he had never seen.

Grace’s life gets a pick up when she finds ou
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Rachel
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I got up at 6:45AM on a Saturday to finish this book. I think that tells you all you really need to know! The book is set in both Missouri and Florida in the winter and the settings of both are so vivid that I felt like I was there. I could feel the Florida sun shining down on me through the pages of the book. I won’t go into the plot as there’s a summary of that at the top of the page, but I really enjoyed this.
Roxanne
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming book about Grace going to meet a long lost relative, who has secrets that were not known. So Grace learns about this eccentric aunt and they go on a journey of life together.
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Author Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications, including the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and She Knows. A former actor on stage and screen, Phoebe has been suspended from wires as a mall fairy; was accidentally concussed by a blank gun; and hosted a short-lived game show. She has been a relationship columnist; a movie, t ...more

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