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Restoring Grace

by Katie Fforde

Rated: High

Ellie’s pregnant, and her boyfriend has no interest in being a father. Her parents, not exactly the nurturing types, aren’t eager to take her in once she moves out of the house she shared with the aforementioned boyfriend.

Grace is recently divorced and still in love with the older ex-husband who dumped her for a more sophisticated woman. She lives in a large old house left to her by her aunt, and there are plenty of maintenance costs but not much income.

After Ellie and Grace meet and become quick friends, they come to realize it would be useful for both of them for Ellie to move in to Grace’s big house. They encourage each other through their newly single lives and their new possibilities in love. And when they discover some potentially valuable paintings hidden in Grace’s house but just as in need of restoration as the rest of the house, they both try to figure out how they can restore the paintings, the house and their lives.

Restoring Grace is an entertaining novel with engaging characters. It’s easy to read and hard to put down.

Rated: High, for language. There are six or seven uses of strong language. There are also a few fairly mild sexual references.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Restoring Grace
  • by Katie Fforde
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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