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  • Title: The Temptation of Gracie
  • Author: Santa Montefiore
  • ISBN: 1397814711799695915428311375489243754892415227861783754892420037548924147116958813978147116958812201837548924375489241522786178375489243754892433754892488271398438803951137548924337548924
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  • Never give up on your dreams, no matter how long you hold on to them Gracie Burton is a grandmother, living quietly in Devon She has rarely left the village over the past forty years Her daughter, Carina, is immensely high powered with her own fast paced business in London She has very little time for her 17 year old daughter, Anastasia, away at boarding school, a Never give up on your dreams, no matter how long you hold on to them Gracie Burton is a grandmother, living quietly in Devon She has rarely left the village over the past forty years Her daughter, Carina, is immensely high powered with her own fast paced business in London She has very little time for her 17 year old daughter, Anastasia, away at boarding school, and even less time for her aging mother In many ways, the three of them barely know each other Then Gracie stumbles upon an advertisement for a weeklong cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside She cannot resist and ploughs her life savings into the trip Carina and Anastasia accompany her They have no idea why Gracie has been drawn to this venture They have no sense of her past she has never spoken about it They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 416 pages Expected publication April 16th 2019 by Simon Schuster UK More Details Original Title The Temptation of Gracie ISBN13 9781471179969 Edition Language English Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore Release date Apr 16, 2019 Enter for the chance to WIN one of ten advance reader s copies of THE TEMPTATION OF GRACIE by Santa Montefiore An unforgettable tale of love lost and Enter for the chance to WIN one of ten advance reader s copies of THE TEMPTATION OF GRACIE by Santa Montefiore An unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, set in the enchanting backdrop of Italy from internationally bestselling author Santa Montefiore, whose books have sold than 6 million copies worldwide.Love may be lost, but it s not gone forever.When Gracie Burton stumbles upon a weeklong cooking course at Castello Montefosco, a castle in the sun kissed Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist the opportunity to revisit the past she left behind in Italy Since her husband s death eight years earlier, Gracie has grown apart from her daughter, Carina, a high powered businesswoman in London and her granddaughter, Anastasia, who would rather spend her time on her phone than with her family, but both women decide to join her Little do they know that a lifetime of secrets await them in Italy Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 30, 2018 Shirley Revill rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction, romance, audiobook A hidden past not known by her daughter,granddaughter and friends Tucked away in a village and her family not nearby Gracie finds herself a widow but one day Gracie decides to go on holiday alone.Gracie s daughter and Granddaughter think she has gone quite mad so they decide to tag along too.Secrets are revealed of a past that know one could even guess at and Gracie is just not the person they all thought they knew.This audiobook was absolutely brilliant The narration was wonderful and the sto A hidden past not known by her daughter,granddaughter and friends Tucked away in a village and her family not nearby Gracie finds herself a widow but one day Gracie decides to go on holiday alone.Gracie s daughter and Granddaughter think she has gone quite mad so they decide to tag along too.Secrets are revealed of a past that know one could even guess at and Gracie is just not the person they all thought they knew.This audiobook was absolutely brilliant The narration was wonderful and the story made me laugh and cry To feel emotion in a story is the sign of a good book to me This is the very first time I have listened to anything by this author and it certainly won t be the last I really enjoyed finding out about Gracie s past life through the many memories she had The ending was a surprise and anyone who knows me that s when I needed the tissues flag 56 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 23, 2018 Daphne Hartman rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 sterren, read in 2018 Nooit verwacht dat ik dit een leuk en dan ook nog ZO N leuk boek zou vinden Toen het verhaal begon dacht ik alleen maar pffff dit gaat lang duren voordat ik hem uit heb Alles wordt zo uitgebreid beschreven, zo langdradig over hoe de tuin eruit ziet en dat soort dingen Maar al gauw zat ik zo diep in het verhaal, voelde het alsof ik erbij was en kon ik niet meer stoppen met lezen Echt een heerlijk boek en dit smaakt naar meer Ik kan niet anders dan 5 sterren geven al is het alleen maar voo Nooit verwacht dat ik dit een leuk en dan ook nog ZO N leuk boek zou vinden Toen het verhaal begon dacht ik alleen maar pffff dit gaat lang duren voordat ik hem uit heb Alles wordt zo uitgebreid beschreven, zo langdradig over hoe de tuin eruit ziet en dat soort dingen Maar al gauw zat ik zo diep in het verhaal, voelde het alsof ik erbij was en kon ik niet meer stoppen met lezen Echt een heerlijk boek en dit smaakt naar meer Ik kan niet anders dan 5 sterren geven al is het alleen maar voor de leesbeleving flag 8 likesLike see review Aug 22, 2018 Max N Barry rated it really liked it review of another edition It was ok, bit predicable, nevertheless a nice story flag 8 likesLike see review May 14, 2018 Kate s Book Spot rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was my first Santa Montefiore book so I wasn t sure what to expect.The first thing that jumped out at me were the warm characters, they were relatable and so easy to visualise I couldn t help but giggle at the group of ladies from Badley Compton as they attempted to stage an intervention.Then there was the emotional side of the story which broke my heart and made it leap in equal measures As a Mum, I felt so sad for Gracie and her quiet longing for the family she missed so much As a woma This was my first Santa Montefiore book so I wasn t sure what to expect.The first thing that jumped out at me were the warm characters, they were relatable and so easy to visualise I couldn t help but giggle at the group of ladies from Badley Compton as they attempted to stage an intervention.Then there was the emotional side of the story which broke my heart and made it leap in equal measures As a Mum, I felt so sad for Gracie and her quiet longing for the family she missed so much As a woman, I applauded her defiant courage in doing something that would bring her happiness and not concerning herself with other people s opinions on the matter It soon became clear that Gracie had a secret and I must admit that I did have a vague idea what it could be It turned out I was partially correct with my prediction Carina wasn t my favourite character to begin with, I really felt like she needed to reevaluate her life, particularly where her daughter Anastasia was concerned Would the beautiful Tuscan sunshine change her Unusually for me I found myself enjoying the present day scenes and the 1960s scenes equally The tantalising romances that flitted through both time periods were wonderfully exciting to read.The Temptation of Gracie was a warm and meaningful read that pulled at my heart in so many ways It may have been my first book from this author but it certainly won t be my last flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 17, 2018 Mrs A rated it it was amazing review of another edition Gracie lives in a small Devon village with her two dogs where everyone knows each other business She has been widowed for eight years and has a daughter Carina and a granddaughter Anastasia She has very little contact with them, however as they live in London and are very busy Gracie decides to enrol on a cooking course in Italy to the horror and amazement of everyone However, is it a random idea or is there to Gracie than anyone, even her family know about Very poignant at times and th Gracie lives in a small Devon village with her two dogs where everyone knows each other business She has been widowed for eight years and has a daughter Carina and a granddaughter Anastasia She has very little contact with them, however as they live in London and are very busy Gracie decides to enrol on a cooking course in Italy to the horror and amazement of everyone However, is it a random idea or is there to Gracie than anyone, even her family know about Very poignant at times and thought provoking regarding family relationships We are never to old or to young for love flag 7 likesLike see review Jun 15, 2018 Emma Crowley rated it liked it review of another edition Santa Montefiore s new book The Temptation of Gracie takes the reader on a journey to the Tuscan countryside as one woman attempts to reconcile the past with the present It is a story of love, loss, friendship and family set over the period of one week during a holiday away in a beautiful castle where the main characters embark on a cookery course The author weaves the past with the present to convey the story as our main female protagonist Gracie is forced to confront what she has kept hidden Santa Montefiore s new book The Temptation of Gracie takes the reader on a journey to the Tuscan countryside as one woman attempts to reconcile the past with the present It is a story of love, loss, friendship and family set over the period of one week during a holiday away in a beautiful castle where the main characters embark on a cookery course The author weaves the past with the present to convey the story as our main female protagonist Gracie is forced to confront what she has kept hidden deep inside her for so many years.If only her daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia knew the intriguing and colourful life Gracie led so many years ago they would be than surprised This trip the three women undertake together will prove life changing in ways than one Each will have their perspectives altered and the big secret that has been kept under wraps for so long will be revealed as the Tuscan countryside works its magic and old memories are stirred and come simmering to the surface Gracie discovers you can t hide something forever when so many outside forces are working to have the truth make itself known.The story opens with Gracie living in the small coastal village of Badley Compton It is a beautiful place to live but does have that mentality of everyone knowing everyone else s business before you yourself even know what your business is Gracie is living by herself since her husband died, she is shy and timid and likes order and her routine She has forgotten what it is like to be in love, young and reckless She prefers to stay in her shell and has kept herself safe for decades A chance glance through a magazine sees Gracie inspired There is a photograph of a Tuscan villa Castle Montefosco, it inspires an urge, a longing inside her and before she knows it she has booked a place on a cookery course to be held at the villa Soon the grapevine is a buzz with the news that unadventurous Gracie who never goes anywhere is off to Italy The Badley Compton Ladies Book Group, not that they get round to reading many books, of which Gracie is a member are astonished and all abuzz with the news Flappy Scott Booth the queen bee of the club is aghast How can they manage to hold the planned events while Gracie is away Gracie is like her doormat who will do everything that Flappy doesn t want to do No way can Gracie venture abroad on her own It will be an utter disaster Badley Compton featured for several chapters at the beginning of the story and for one or two at the end Honestly, I had no idea why this was the case, it felt like these scenes were from a different book entirely and were just so out of place and not needed One chapter dedicated to explaining where Gracie lived and that she was leaving on an adventure would have sufficed It wasn t necessary to go into so much detail about Flappy and her nature and various eccentricities and acquaintances It brought nothing to the story as a whole and rather took away from the scenes set back in the past which were the strongest in the book overall This aspect of the story was very much surplus to requirements and I thought it would be better suited to a different book focusing on Badley Compton This was Gracie s story not Flappy s and at times this was lost in the bigger picture.I much preferred the elements of the story that were set in Italy As Gracie arrives with Carina and Anastasia at the castle to enjoy the cookery course so sets in motion a chain of events for everyone Carina feels deep guilt that she has neglected her mother and to an even greater extent her daughter She is obsessed with her job and can never leave her phone out of her hand for fear of missing an important email or phone call Over the course of the week she has some form of enlightenment that will see her radicalise her outlook on life and how she interacts with her family and friends She starts to come to an understanding that she can t go on the way she is or her family will be lost to her forever For Anastasia the holiday is a chance to embark on new adventures and to be that little bit daring when it comes to exploring romance.I felt we flitted a little bit too quickly between Gracie s recollections of the past and the goings on in the present That I never got a chance to fully absorb, digest and contemplate what was going on in the time period I was reading about It also came across as if Gracie was much older in the present day than she was She was only in her late sixties but the way sentences were written and that Carina and Anastasia at times treated Gracie as if she was feeble and very vulnerable when she was very much strong and alive and kicking made me think I was reading about a much older woman perhaps heading into the final stage of her life That all the resolution had to be sought before it was far too late The ending regarding the changing of the relationship between Gracie, Carina and Anastasia felt rushed and under developed, like it happened and was dealt with before the reader had even known it had occurred If less time had been given at the beginning to Badley Compton and in the end maybe the re bonding and reconnecting between the women could have had time to be explored.The best part of this book was uncovering the secret Gracie had been keeping from her family for so long and why she felt the need to do this Through Gracie recollecting the past and going back to over 40 years previous to the 1950 s we see she led a life very different from what she does now If the ladies of the book club knew the real Gracie it would give them enough news fodder to feed off and dine out on for many years to come As this was the best part of the book I won t delve into any detail as to what led Gracie to living such an extra ordinary life Suffice to say this aspect of the book was very interesting ad the detail surrounding shall we say her occupation was well researched and written and was very surprising Who knew such things occurred at the time I was glad to that a certain storyline regarding Gracie s uncle was included, it didn t feel patronising or unrealistic in any sense of the word I will say romance, forbidden love, heartbreak and playing a dangerous game all form part of Gracie s secret I very much enjoyed all of this but would have liked even further development on the romance front As for Gracie in the present and her ending there was a very surprising element which when revealed helped me make sense of some things I had found confusing while reading But still I would have loved to have heard from a certain character which would have allowed for some filling in of the gaps with regard to the missing years.I really wanted to love The Temptation of Gracie as I have been a big fan of Santa Montefiore for years and years but this story simply didn t blow me away and have me lost in its content Gracie came across as very weak in the present day and then seemed to be so strong and willing in the past How could someone have changed so dramatically At times it felt like I was reading two separate stories and a successful emergence of the two didn t occur It s a nice enough summer read but not the most memorable from this author.If you are new to this author I would start with her earlier books such as the brilliant classics Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree, The Butterfly Box or The Forget Me Not Sonata This is the Santa Montefiore I grew to love and devoured I read this book simply because I love the author and I think I will always read whatever she publishes, I just hope a little bit of the magic that I found in the above mentioned books can be re established in future books flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2017 The Book Whisperer aka Boof rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc and review copies, british authors, comfort reading, italy, read in 2017 Let me start by saying that I am such a huge fan of Santa Montefiore s books I discovered them several years ago when I found myself swept away to Italy and Devon in The House by The Sea which still remains one of my favourites Since then I have read many , but I still have plenty on my shelf what I call my rainy day shelf when I need a pick me up and know beyond doubt that a book by a certain author will be just the tonic I need.The Temptation of Gracie is a standalone book, cent Let me start by saying that I am such a huge fan of Santa Montefiore s books I discovered them several years ago when I found myself swept away to Italy and Devon in The House by The Sea which still remains one of my favourites Since then I have read many , but I still have plenty on my shelf what I call my rainy day shelf when I need a pick me up and know beyond doubt that a book by a certain author will be just the tonic I need.The Temptation of Gracie is a standalone book, centered around Gracie herself, her daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia It is again set in Italy and Devon and also over dual time frames Elderly Gracie Burton lives in Devon, where she spends her time walking her two dogs along the cliffs and helping to organise various events in the village According to herself, and to the knowledge of her friends and even her own family, Gracie has led an unremarkable life, so when Grace suddenly announces that she is going to Tuscany to stay in a castle for a week long Italian cookery course, it not only sets tongues wagging but has just about everyone she knows aghast at the idea As Gracie sets off to sunnier climes, reluctant daughter and granddaughter in tow, the memories stirred up by the trip for Gracie that will have long lasting implications for all of them.To say any about the plot would be to spoil the unfolding story of what happens when they arrive in Tuscany, but true to form there are secrets, revelations and romance As with all Montefiore s books, it is best to know little and allow yourself to be swept up in what ensues One of the reasons I love her books is that so often when reading them, when I eventually look up, I am surprised to still find myself in my own front room Every page is a feast of colours, smells and sensations Everything feels so vibrant and sumptuous from the flowers to the food to the views from the castle I admit I am no chef, but when reading this book I immediately wanted to book myself onto an Italian cookery course in a Tuscan castle Now that is great storytelling One final shout out about this book and that is the characters they were all wonderful However, my particular favourite was Flappy Scott Booth the bossy, snobby, interfering head of Badley Compton Ladies Book Club She was an absolute delight to read about and added several unintentional on her part comedy moments I m desperately hoping she appears in books in the future.Verdict An absolute joy Pure escapism at its best flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Els rated it it was ok review of another edition It was definitly not her best work flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 02, 2018 Shaz Goodwin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Temptation of Gracie is such an emotive read With 68 year old Gracie s stable and predictable life in Badley Compton a world away to the experiences she had as a teen young woman, during the week at the cookery school in Castello Montefosco her past emerges as she confides in granddaughter Anastasia From not knowing each other very well at all, they realise how similar they are in ways than one And as much as Anastasia is there for Gracie, G Temptation of Gracie is such an emotive read With 68 year old Gracie s stable and predictable life in Badley Compton a world away to the experiences she had as a teen young woman, during the week at the cookery school in Castello Montefosco her past emerges as she confides in granddaughter Anastasia From not knowing each other very well at all, they realise how similar they are in ways than one And as much as Anastasia is there for Gracie, Gracie is also the confidant for Anastasia I adored the developing bond with these two.The setting and the cookery school have a magical effect, opening up the hearts of all and believe me, you can feel the author s writing opening your heart and the warmth spreading Gracie s daughter Carina, always in control and trying to prove herself, alienates those close to her in her life in London Even though I could relate to her I didn t like her at the start it was amazing to watch change happening As Mamma Bernadetta s daughter Ilaria says to her Avoiding a whole food group is like living half a life Living half a life is like being half a person I know you ll love Ilaria s descriptions of how the different ingredients work together Bringing some light relief to the story is Flappy Scott Booth, the queen of Badley Compton She reminded me of Hyacinth Bucket from the TV series Keeping up Appearances Karma works its way through her life too.It s obvious in present day that something life changing happened in the past I wasn t tempted to rush through though, savouring every page But when it comes, what a shocker No wonder it made Gracie change the path of her future In a world where reputation is everything, life can turn on a pin From the time Gracie visits La Colomba I read mostly through tears.The Temptation of Gracie is as much about family as it is about true love everything relates to the heart in some way Told in a beautiful writing style with an incredible setting and characters you ll identify with, I ve no doubt your heart will be swept away too flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2018 Liz Stevens rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves book club Loved this bookI loved the language and story of Gracie and of her secret past.I like the idea of how the cooking school had an alternative agenda and how that worked out with Carina and Anastasia.Well worth a read flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 06, 2018 Jills Book Cafe rated it really liked it review of another edition Yet another enticing cover, and one that paves the way for a story that I certainly wouldn t have guessed at.Gracie Burton is a 68 year old widow, she s cautious, unadventurous and likes to stay out of the limelight Which is what makes her decision to book a holiday to Tuscany, to learn to cook Italian food all the extra ordinary While it gives her neighbours in the village something to gossip about, it gives her daughter Carina something to worry about The reality is, Carina hasn t vis Yet another enticing cover, and one that paves the way for a story that I certainly wouldn t have guessed at.Gracie Burton is a 68 year old widow, she s cautious, unadventurous and likes to stay out of the limelight Which is what makes her decision to book a holiday to Tuscany, to learn to cook Italian food all the extra ordinary While it gives her neighbours in the village something to gossip about, it gives her daughter Carina something to worry about The reality is, Carina hasn t visited in a while, citing work and life commitments, so she s not sure if her mother is seriously ill or losing her mind Whatever the reason, she decides that shy, timid Gracie can t possibly go on her own, so she and her teenage daughter Anastacia Gracie s granddaughter will go as well.I anticipated a story of a family rediscovering themselves and this was certainly part of the plot, but what I couldn t envisage was the unfolding story of Gracie s past One that she had withheld from both her family and her husband By returning to Italy, Gracie also re discovered something of the vibrant and energetic woman she had been in her youth As well as revealing a tale that shocked her family when all was revealed.I loved Gracie from the start, and I enjoyed the village characters she had made her life among From the pomposity of Flappy Scott Booth who was everything her name suggests, to the gossipiness of Harry Pratt who it transpired had a pretty big secret of his own Her life in the little seaside village she d been part of for 40 years was far removed from the life she d led before she married Ted.I took longer to warm to Carina, whose initial obsession with work, worldly trappings and not her mother, and to some degree her daughter irked me Gracie was treated like a maiden aunt, you keep meaning to visit, rather than a mother Similarly, Gracie had no real relationship with Anastacia, as they never had the opportunity to bond This trip, could either make or break the fragile threads, but you ll need to discover that for yourself.Gracie s secret as it unfolds, is certainly a dramatic one Initially I thought it too dramatic and implausible, but then that s because I was probably guilty of pigeon holing Gracie based on her current persona Mea culpa, as all readers know, we should never judge a book by its cover which I do just look how I started this review So all I will say, is sit back and enjoy because it s a compelling tale.If you like your stories to have drama, romance, secrets oh what secrets , humour and of course food then this is the book for you A perfect summer read, in fact a perfect anytime read.Thanks to Simon Schuster for the opportunity to read this is advance of publication flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 17, 2018 Voluntarystress rated it it was amazing review of another edition My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review Santa Montefiore has done it again She has produced the perfect summer read It s a fantasy, that could actually have happened, set in glorious Italian countryside, with the heat, sounds and smells pushing their way out of the words and at you.But the warmth too comes from the rekindling of the relationship of three generations of women The story is that of Gracie in the late fifties and early sixties and the life My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review Santa Montefiore has done it again She has produced the perfect summer read It s a fantasy, that could actually have happened, set in glorious Italian countryside, with the heat, sounds and smells pushing their way out of the words and at you.But the warmth too comes from the rekindling of the relationship of three generations of women The story is that of Gracie in the late fifties and early sixties and the life she led living with her wealthy uncle in Italy At the age of thirteen he brought her from his sister s home in Camden, London, where they lived in relative poverty He took her to his own home in the Italian countryside where she spent years learning his trade and becoming very proficient But something happens and at the age of twenty three she runs back home, marries and moves to Cornwall She has a daughter who grows up to be a self obsessed successful business woman, who has no time for her own daughter, After her husband s death, Gracie goes back, for a week, to the place in Italy where she has been so happy Her daughter and her eighteen year old daughter decide they have to accompany her, fearing for her safety on her own, but knowing nothing of her past life thereOver the week spent in idyllic surroundings we slowly learn of Gracie s past as the story moves effortlessly between her past and present And the three generations grow closer together under the warmth of the Italian sun.The book starts in the cold of Cornwall with a touch of Mapp and Lucia about it and ends in the heat of glorious Italian surroundings, in a just about believable situation A lovely book to take on holidays Great literature it ain t, but it s a fantastic guilty pleasure One last thing Gracie is sixty eight But is often referred to as an old lady and similar phrases She retires to her room on occasions for a lie down and often accepts a helping hand One wonders if the author will be writing this way about similar aged characters in twenty years time flag 3 likesLike see review May 31, 2018 Annette rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book is the perfect beach read Set in Tuscany it really makes you think of holidays and sunshine.Widow Gracie decides to book a cookery holiday in Italy after seeing an advert in a magazine Her friends in her Devon village and her London family cannot dissuade her and in the end her daughter Carina, a self obsessed business woman who rarely visits, decides to accompany Gracie to ensure she is ok as her mother is not used to foreign travel Anastasia, Carina s daughter, also goes and she g This book is the perfect beach read Set in Tuscany it really makes you think of holidays and sunshine.Widow Gracie decides to book a cookery holiday in Italy after seeing an advert in a magazine Her friends in her Devon village and her London family cannot dissuade her and in the end her daughter Carina, a self obsessed business woman who rarely visits, decides to accompany Gracie to ensure she is ok as her mother is not used to foreign travel Anastasia, Carina s daughter, also goes and she gradually gets to know her grandmother on the trip this is a touching family story as well as a romance Gracie has been keeping secrets for over 40 years and it is only in the Tuscany sunshine that she lets her guard slip and begins to reveal her early life to her granddaughter.This novel takes place in two time frames, when Gracie is young in her early twenties when she is living in Italy and also in the present day when she embarks upon a bonding holiday with her estranged family.This is a relaxing read, perfect for long Summer days on the beach The characters were well drawn and likeable, even Carina, who softerns as the book progresses.I loved the setting of Tuscany the author really managed to evoke the beautiful scenery and I felt as if I was really there.I ve never read any books by Santa Montefiore before and now that I ve enjoyed this one I shall be taking a look at her impressive back catalogue.The Temptation Of Gracie is perfect for fans of Sheila O Flanagan, Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my arc in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 11, 2018 Karen Whittard rated it really liked it review of another edition This book proves that you are never too old to Follow your dreams As usual with Santa s books there are warm characters, fantastic setting, the great mix between the new and old times, secrets unravelled and a story line that tugs on your heart strings Tissues recommend As always fantastic work Santa flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 29, 2018 Sara rated it it was amazing review of another edition A lovely cosy, feel good book to snuggle up with Transported to Tuscany you can almost feel the warm sunshine Beautifully written,, great storyline One to recommend 4.5 from me My thanks to the publisher NetGalley for the advance reader copy flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 04, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it review of another edition What an enjoyable read The storyline may have been unlikely but this was than compensated for by the wonderfully evocative descriptions of Tuscany There is a great cast of characters and plenty of humorous moments too Perfect summer reading flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 07, 2018 Margaret Madden rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves books i own, pub 2018, couldn t finish Not for me, at all Very weak and loaded with dated phrases like All she could do was whisper her love into a pillow at night Might suit fans of very old School love stories Couldn t get past page 140 Giving two stars for the nice but repetitive descriptions of Tuscany flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2018 Susan Heaton Wright rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wonderful summer read flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 09, 2018 Sue rated it really liked it review of another edition This was a very pleasant read although the story line of Gracie s life as a young woman was not very believable flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Marleen rated it liked it review of another edition This book came across my radar because it s been recently translated into Dutch and promoted all over I ve been seeing it many bookstores and book sections of supermarkets here in Flanders I even gave a copy in Dutch to my sister as a birthday present, but that means I have to read it as well You see, I make it a point to only give books as gifts when I ve myself have read them and of course loved and appreciated them Makes sense, right As for The Temptation of Gracie, I ve never read a This book came across my radar because it s been recently translated into Dutch and promoted all over I ve been seeing it many bookstores and book sections of supermarkets here in Flanders I even gave a copy in Dutch to my sister as a birthday present, but that means I have to read it as well You see, I make it a point to only give books as gifts when I ve myself have read them and of course loved and appreciated them Makes sense, right As for The Temptation of Gracie, I ve never read a Montefiore book before, and I ve enjoyed this one for the most part Admittedly, there were times that the story s pace was extremely slow and tedious, but the backdrop of Tuscany made up for that flaw This is a rather classic lost love story and I would say that the author did a pretty decent job telling it What I appreciated best were the three generations of women who needed to reconnect and did just that in lovely Italy I liked that aspect Characterization in general went a bit deeper than card board cut out, but not much The author stayed rather on the surface I could have done with personality for the characters, and especially the grand daughter who was rather annoying flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 07, 2018 Debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Gracie is a mousey quite woman who is actually very efficient In her Devon village she is greatly overlooked but in reality she enables many events to run smoothly It comes as an enormous surprise and great inconvenience when the village discover Gracie is planning to go away for a holiday to Italy on a cookery course of all things It comes as a shock to her excessively busy daughter teenage grand daughter as well though they finally join her on the trip Here the real Gracie Gracie is a mousey quite woman who is actually very efficient In her Devon village she is greatly overlooked but in reality she enables many events to run smoothly It comes as an enormous surprise and great inconvenience when the village discover Gracie is planning to go away for a holiday to Italy on a cookery course of all things It comes as a shock to her excessively busy daughter teenage grand daughter as well though they finally join her on the trip Here the real Gracie unfurls to show her true self and reveal her exciting past Her daughter and grand daughter also discover themselves and their relationship as a family starts to blossom.I really enjoyed this book It is essentially a feel good story where the reader has a feeling from the start that all will end happily ever after, they are just not sure how It is a light and easy read though not trivial There is a good plot that works well and great characters many of which I recognise from life I raced through this book as it had all the ingredients for a good read good characters, a sound plot, a bit of history, some light amusing bits and an ending that worked well.I don t remember the last time I read a Santa Montefiore book but I suspect that there are many out there that I should investigate I really enjoyed the read and struggled to put it down I can heartily recommend perfect for a summer read though beware, you may end up engrossed and get sunburnt Stock up on wine chocolate before you start you won t want to stop I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 27, 2018 Ellen De Jaegher rated it it was amazing review of another edition I love Santa Een prachtig verhaal over Gracie die op latere leeftijd een kookcurus in Toscane gaat volgen Haar vriendinnen vinden dit vreemd en roepen de hulp van haar dochter , Carina in Dit om het mom van ze zijn bezorgd om haar maar eindelijk is ze een harde werkster in de vriendenclub en niemand ziet het zitten om deze taken over te nemen Maar Gracie volhard en gaat toch naar Toscane, haar dochter en kleindochter beslissen om ook mee te gaan Aanvankelijk is workaholic Carina niet weg I love Santa Een prachtig verhaal over Gracie die op latere leeftijd een kookcurus in Toscane gaat volgen Haar vriendinnen vinden dit vreemd en roepen de hulp van haar dochter , Carina in Dit om het mom van ze zijn bezorgd om haar maar eindelijk is ze een harde werkster in de vriendenclub en niemand ziet het zitten om deze taken over te nemen Maar Gracie volhard en gaat toch naar Toscane, haar dochter en kleindochter beslissen om ook mee te gaan Aanvankelijk is workaholic Carina niet weg te slagen van haar werken en Anastasia kan zich moeilijk los maken van de sociale media Na enkele dagen komt iedereen in de verleiding van Toscane en ontdekt Anastasia dat haar grootmoeder een nogal verborgen verleden met zich meedraagt Want waarom kan Gracie perfect italiaan en was ze dan toch een uitstekend schilderster vervalster Stilaan komt de waarheid boven en zo ook de verborgen liefde die nooit gestorven is flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2018 Cora Koehorst rated it really liked it review of another edition Heerlijk boek dat snel leest flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 27, 2018 Ruth Llandeg rated it really liked it review of another edition A great readI am never disapointed with Santa Montefiore.d every book is so different.what a dark horse Gracie is and all that talent wasted for years flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 23, 2018 Julie Spratt rated it it was amazing review of another edition Enchanting A story of a three generations of women who don t see each other from one year to the next A trip to Tuscany changes life for them all Gracie has been to Italy before and has booked a cookery course in a area where she can see where she lived and worked as a young woman A lovely, uplifting story with a beautiful setting I love her books as they take you a place you would love to be flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 31, 2018 Juliet Bookliterati rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Temptation of Gracie, set in the beautiful Tuscan hills both in the present day and in the the 1950 s to mid 1960 s In both the past and present the plot centres around Gracie In the present she lives a quiet life with her dogs in the town Badly Compton, and is not seen as adventurous, as she has never been abroad since she moved there However, Gracie has a past not even her daughter knows about, so when she decides to go to Tuscany on a cookery course her daughter and the town residen The Temptation of Gracie, set in the beautiful Tuscan hills both in the present day and in the the 1950 s to mid 1960 s In both the past and present the plot centres around Gracie In the present she lives a quiet life with her dogs in the town Badly Compton, and is not seen as adventurous, as she has never been abroad since she moved there However, Gracie has a past not even her daughter knows about, so when she decides to go to Tuscany on a cookery course her daughter and the town residents are quite shocked Whilst on the cooker course Gracie relates her past to her granddaughter Anastasia, which splits the narrative between the past and present.The characters in this book are wonderful and diverse Gracie really captured my heart she was such a warm and caring character with a past that surprises everyone Her quiet demeanour hides an early life of passion and art that she left behind and never returned to or spoke about Her daughter Carina is very career focused to the detriment of her relationships with her mother and daughter, but a week away in Italy starts to melt her heart and open her eyes to what she is missing out on Relationships are at the centre of this book, familial, platonic and amorous and their importance in our lives.Santa Montefiore is a beautiful writer who has a great understanding of her characters that makes them feel like friends, and make you warm to them and care what happens to them this is an important part of the success of all her novels She is also a very descriptive writer, she brought the warmth of the sun, the colourful flowers, the smell of the artists studio and the taste of the food to life I could picture the Castello Montefosco and its beautiful gardens, and the villa Colomba I really wished I was back in the beautiful Italian sunshine As in most of her books Santa Montefiore includes important issues such as suicide and homosexuality in the 1950 s and 1960 s There is some light relief though with Flappy Scott Booth, the Hyacinth Bucket of Badly Compton, who looks down on everyone and is full of her own self importance.The Temptation of Gracie was a delight to read for me Beautifully written, an engaging plot and some wonderful characters made this such a captivating and enjoyable experience I really fell into this book and lost myself in the story of art, love and Italy I didn t want the story to end flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Corinne Johnston rated it really liked it review of another edition One of the easier to read books set in a couple of different time lines Gracie appears one dimensional at first, but we soon find out she has to her than meets the eye I found her daughter, her quite obnoxious daughter, about face in personality with only a few days in Italy a little hard to believe, and I am an absolute Italophile flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 22, 2018 Nadine rated it liked it review of another edition This was my first Santa Montefiore, it probably won t be my last The story follows Gracie, a lonely sixty something, who on the spur of the moment decides to take a break from her quiet life on the Devonshire coastline and books a cooking holiday in Tuscany Her emotionally distant daughter and grandaughter decide to go with her As the story unfolds we see relationships develop, and we learn that dull old Gracie has a secret past.The setting was idyllic, and just what I needed to provide a bit This was my first Santa Montefiore, it probably won t be my last The story follows Gracie, a lonely sixty something, who on the spur of the moment decides to take a break from her quiet life on the Devonshire coastline and books a cooking holiday in Tuscany Her emotionally distant daughter and grandaughter decide to go with her As the story unfolds we see relationships develop, and we learn that dull old Gracie has a secret past.The setting was idyllic, and just what I needed to provide a bit of a balm to a particularly stressful week In fact, the first thing I did when I finished the novel was google the locations the author mentions in her acknowledgments, who knows, maybe a future holiday has been prompted It was a pleasure to spend time in this world As mentioned, it was a wonderful setting, the characters were warm, and believable for the most part There were a few times that I found the dialogue a bit unnatural, which removed me a little from the story, but it didn t ruin anything for me There is a tendency in novels that have an elderly character as a focus to do a lot of hand patting and my dear ing, which happened a few times here, and it just didn t sit right with me after also getting to know young Gracie I had to keep reminding myself that old Gracie was only in her sixties, as she felt far far older That being said, she was a lovely character I found myself rooting for them all to find what they were looking for, and there may have been a tear or two towards the end Thanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for my advance copy in return for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 25, 2018 Mandy Constable added it review of another edition This book brought back such happy memories of a holiday I once had in Tuscany I couldn t put the book down, in fact I awoke at 6 this morning to have a read before my day began I loved it I actually think it s Santa s best book so far flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Suzanne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Thoroughly enjoyed this book, Italy playing its magic on me and the characters I believe this to be Santa at her best Captivating and believable characters It took me right back to Tuscany which I love flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Books by Santa Montefiore More Trivia About The Temptation of No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 359, 255, 110, 17, 4 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    The Temptation of Gracie Never give up on your dreams no matter how long you hold on to them Gracie Burton is a grandmother living quietly in Devon She has rarely left the village over the past forty years Her daughter Car

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    1. A hidden past not known by her daughter,granddaughter and friends Tucked away in a village and her family not nearby Gracie finds herself a widow but one day Gracie decides to go on holiday alone.Gracie s daughter and Granddaughter think she has gone quite mad so they decide to tag along too.Secrets are revealed of a past that know one could even guess at and Gracie is just not the person they all thought they knew.This audiobook was absolutely brilliant The narration was wonderful and the sto A [...]

    2. Nooit verwacht dat ik dit een leuk en dan ook nog ZO N leuk boek zou vinden Toen het verhaal begon dacht ik alleen maar pffff dit gaat lang duren voordat ik hem uit heb Alles wordt zo uitgebreid beschreven, zo langdradig over hoe de tuin eruit ziet en dat soort dingen Maar al gauw zat ik zo diep in het verhaal, voelde het alsof ik erbij was en kon ik niet meer stoppen met lezen Echt een heerlijk boek en dit smaakt naar meer Ik kan niet anders dan 5 sterren geven al is het alleen maar voo Nooit v [...]

    3. This was my first Santa Montefiore book so I wasn t sure what to expect.The first thing that jumped out at me were the warm characters, they were relatable and so easy to visualise I couldn t help but giggle at the group of ladies from Badley Compton as they attempted to stage an intervention.Then there was the emotional side of the story which broke my heart and made it leap in equal measures As a Mum, I felt so sad for Gracie and her quiet longing for the family she missed so much As a woma Th [...]

    4. Gracie lives in a small Devon village with her two dogs where everyone knows each other business She has been widowed for eight years and has a daughter Carina and a granddaughter Anastasia She has very little contact with them, however as they live in London and are very busy Gracie decides to enrol on a cooking course in Italy to the horror and amazement of everyone However, is it a random idea or is there to Gracie than anyone, even her family know about Very poignant at times and th Gracie l [...]

    5. Santa Montefiore s new book The Temptation of Gracie takes the reader on a journey to the Tuscan countryside as one woman attempts to reconcile the past with the present It is a story of love, loss, friendship and family set over the period of one week during a holiday away in a beautiful castle where the main characters embark on a cookery course The author weaves the past with the present to convey the story as our main female protagonist Gracie is forced to confront what she has kept hidden S [...]

    6. Let me start by saying that I am such a huge fan of Santa Montefiore s books I discovered them several years ago when I found myself swept away to Italy and Devon in The House by The Sea which still remains one of my favourites Since then I have read many , but I still have plenty on my shelf what I call my rainy day shelf when I need a pick me up and know beyond doubt that a book by a certain author will be just the tonic I need.The Temptation of Gracie is a standalone book, cent Let me start b [...]

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