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(Evelyn Oppenheimer #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In 1944, in the east Texas town of Cold Springs, the whole community waits for the war to end. In a time when people reveal little about themselves, their problems, and their passions, Grace takes readers into the hearts of four families during the last year of the War. Bound together by neighborhood and southern customs, yet separated by class, money and family, they are ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Plume (first published 2001)
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Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this once long ago, and then I actually read it again so I could write a review for it on BookCrossing. It's rather telling that as I upload this information to Goodreads, I still remember nothing about this book.

What I wrote on BC: I remember it didn't really do much for me. It's a wierd story. Grace's husband is gone, but she's clearly still young and beautiful. She's in danger of turning into an old-maid schoolteacher, but believes herself in love with her best friend's husband. The be
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book. The story is about a neighborhood in a small town during WWII. It's a story of coming of age and learning more about yourself and those around you. (The characters in the story I mean). Realities can be surprising and disappointing. ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This kept trying to be a good book, and almost succeeding here and there. A lot of it is pointless and repetitive. It isn't necessary to mention the maid's gold tooth more than ten times. Really, once is enough. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
not sure why I had this book except that it was a Texas author. story was sweet but not terribly interesting or imaginative. maybe Grace was the focus or maybe Bobby, not really sure. I think that Barbara Moore would have been more interesting. This story takes place 1944-1945 in Cold Spring. The location is not unique and very generic. Grace is a high school english teacher that enjoys her garden. Bobby is one of Grace's students and lives next door. He helps her with gardening work. Grace meet ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was okay. The title is for the main character but the focus of the novel isn't just on her, it's on other people in the town. There was a bit at the end that felt shoved in that involved characters not mentioned in previous chapters, but otherwise the plot was smooth. Characters were a little undeveloped and the romance angle is a bit quirky, but it worked at the end. ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, I'm not sure what to make of this book. I thought it was pretty good, but I'd say about 70% of the book was about Bobby Moore and his family and friends, not so much about Grace. I kept wanting to know more about Grace and Bucy and what lead to his leaving her...but no detail was really given, and his response to her asking why was pretty lame.
In fact, almost every problem in this book was solved with a simple answer and a wave of the hand. I wanted more detail about some issues that truly
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
1944. Cold Creek, TX. sons are fighting abroad and the senior boys cannot wait to enter the army. Bobby Moore has a lazy eye which will undoubtedly keep him out, but his desire to go and fight is strong.
Grace Gillian, English teacher, abandoned wife, lovesick for her neighbor, goes against the concept of the proper Southern woman in several ways, painting her house turquoise is simply the most obvious. Barbara Moore, mother of Bobby and Celia and wife to businessman Robert Moore, hires a new ma
Nicole Fox
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book sent during World War II in the small town of Cold Springs, Texas. The story follows several people and how their lives are affected by the war and changing times for our country. It is a great read about a much simpler time in our history. Definately look forward to reading more from this author.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
A good old fashioned story set during the war. Great as read on a lazy cool day, sitting outside on the porch, listening to the birds chirp and the squirrels play.

I must say, this isn't a book that I would normally read. However, for some reason I was just in the mood for a good old fashioned read.
Bridget Palmer
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet, wonderful book about love, honor, and finding oneself--all set in the backdrop of a town waiting for WWII to end and the boys and men to come home. I absolutely loved it. Reminiscent of a Fannie Flagg novel.
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Jane is a lifelong friend of my mom', I'm biased.

There are times when I need to read a book that's about a microscopic view into a real life. Jane, I believe, captures the sense of the small town and their inhabitants as well as Richard Russo.
Apr 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
a book about choices and figuring out what you want. grace is a young woman caught between her husband (past) and the man she (thinks she)wants. thank goodness she gets over that!
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok. She didn't develop characters or story well. ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Set in a small town in Texas during World War II, it tells the story of Grace, whose husband has left her, and the neighboring Moore family.
Ramona Fontenot
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick, easy and enjoyable read. Sweet story. I loved Grace. Just as characters in the book mentions, "who wouldn't?" ...more
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