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Phoebe Fox
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A Little Bit of Grace

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Note: This edition is an advance reading copy

Family is everything—Grace McAdams’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 children of her own. Before Brian—her childhood best friend, business partner, and finally her husband—drop
ebook, 274 pages
Published 2017
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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
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
Camilla Monk
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So excited for this book!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely book about family that really spoke to me. It felt honest yet had a lot of warmth and I felt the author handled the sensitive subject matter with elegance and grace. Highly recommend.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy.
Barbara Tobey
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting tale of growth and family expectations. Grace could be frustrating at times, but she was able to see the big picture and move on with her life. An engaging story. The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.
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
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
Lisa Hudson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Grace McAdams’ Mother always told her, “Family is everything.” Those were words she treasured all her life. She had no idea how those three words would one day completely transform her life. In the midst of the biggest challenge of her life, Grace discovers a Postcard addressed to her Mother. Grace soon discovers she has an Aunt she didn’t know existed. She decides to take a leap way out of her comfort zone and visit her newly discovered Aunt. Aunt Millie proves to be larger
Patricia Romero
I read this in one sitting it was so good. Grace made me laugh, cry, and even stomp my feet. Just when she was about to chuck it all and never leave her house again after temporarily losing her sanity and thoroughly embarrassed herself, she finds a postcard in the neglected stack of mail. 

Someone from her mother's past? A relative? The mystery could not have unraveled soon enough. Throwing a few things in a bag, she heads to Florida to meet this mysterious relative.

From Grace to Millie to Bridge
Sally Coles
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grace thought her life was at rock bottom, her mother had died - her father had run out on them when she was a young child - and her ex husband, her childhood sweetheart, had just moved into her street with his pregnant girlfriend! Then out of the blue a postcard arrives for her mother from an aunt she never new she had living in thr Florida Keys.

Grace goes off to Florida to meet aunt Millie, and what a character she is she is in her eighties but running a matchmaking service and writing a relat
Helen Edwards
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book by way of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a nice surprise this book turned out to be. I'm not sure what I was expecting initially - overly romantic maybe, but whilst there was a touch of romance, this book was more about Grace's emotional journey / recovery. We meet her whilst she's still grieving over the death of her mother, and she still hasn't accepted her divorce from her childhood sweetheart. When Grace discovers an older relative she ne
Lauri Rottmayer
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Phoebe Fox's books and I was really excited to read her latest.

The story started out slowly but then it kicked in and I loved it! Grace is an attorney in partnership with her ex-husband and lifelong friend. When Brian brings home a pregnant girlfriend, Grace loses it as she hasn't been able to get past her failed marriage.

About that time she receives a postcard in the mail addressed to her recently passed mother signed "M". Almost without thinking, Grace is on s plane to Flo
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written moving story

I've always enjoyed reading Phoebe Fox but this book was something very special.
Grace is a wonderfully developed character. I loved having a front row seat as she faces past and current hurts and grows stronger and more sure of herself as a women. Her interaction with her newly discovered Aunt Millie were so heartfelt and real. This was an exceptional read. So much more than I expected. I highly recommend this book
I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley in excha
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
More than a romance, this is about the importance of family connections and finding out who you are, no matter what your age or stage of life. A well written story that kept me flipping pages in a blur right to the blurry-eyed, up way too late end.

My favorite scene: Grace's truly inspired moment of revenge against Brian.

I tried to post a review to Amazon but the book seems to have disappeared.

*ARC via netgalley*
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Little Bit of Grace is an enjoyable, light read. This book tells the story of Grace as she finds a long-lost relative who then helps her find herself. While this book is certainly predictable, it is also very timely and addresses some important issues about being true to oneself and the importance of family. I cannot wait to read more by this author!
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Grace was an ok character with no direction and self doubt. I would much rather see a series whose main character was aunt Millie. Now that would be a fun, interesting book. I could see her and her friends as a circle of funny, empowering people even though I have nothing in common with them
Draft from Netgalley for honest review
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Skillful, colorful, descriptive writing that created vivid characters, scenery and emotionally charged situations.

Grace Adams & Brian McHale grew up 3 doors apart with their futures preordained when their great-grandfathers established an estate planning law firm together. Not everything has worked out between Grace & Brian. Coming to terms with the reality of this sends Grace to Florida to discover a great-aunt she has never heard of.

I could smell the ocean breezes, feel Grace's pain
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Place: Sugarberry, Missouri and Cyress Key, Florida

People: Grace McAdams, an attorney specializing in estate planning. Brian - Grace's best friend, business partner, and ex-husband. Millie - the great aunt Grace never knew.

Plot: Grace has always placed the highest priority on family. After her father left her and her mother, Grace was even more dedicated to the only family she had left. For years, Grace was in love with Brian in secret; when he proposed, the thought her dreams had come true. But
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Little Bit of Grace by Phoebe Fox is an entertaining book about Grace McAdams discovering herself and finding her way again. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. At times this book made me emotional, but isn't that a sign of a good book? I highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications--currently for the Huffington Post as a relationship writer. She's been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.