Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin
College relations officer Grace Savage finds herself at the center of a love triangle in this quirky romantic comedy.
Available in print & e-book.
Thirty-something Grace Savage has slogged through crummy jobs and dead-end relationships with men who would rather go bald than say “I do”. In search of a respite from her current job, she visits Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Instead of renewal, she’s unnerved to learn that Shaker men and women lived and worked side by side in complete celibacy.
When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace avows the sexless Shaker ways. Resolved to stick to her new plan – dubbed the Shaker Plan – and despite the fact that her ovaries are ticking, she returns to her life in Pennsylvania. Almost immediately, she's juggling two eligible bachelors: Addison, a young beat reporter; and True, a venerable anthropology professor. Both men have ample charms and real soul mate potential to test her newfound Shaker-style self-control. Grace appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal… until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan.
Reviews of Grace Unexpected:
Curled Up With a Good Book, GRACE UNEXPECTED review, "We are all amazed at Grace," Barbara Bamberger Scott, 2013.
Kirkus Reviews, "Martin delivers an engaging plot, with witty banter, comedic elements that border on farce and cleverly titled chapters." Grace Unexpected, 12/14/12.
"This is Gale Martin's second novel and I can't wait to see what she does next. Not many authors can be intelligent, witty and funny with such ease. Five out of five huge stars." -- Book Evolution
"I absolutely LOVED Gale Martin's 'Grace Unexpected' and recommend it to anyone who loves chick lit." -- Endless Days of Literary Ecstacy
"GRACE UNEXPECTED is chick-lit at its finest. Wit, drama and surprise fill every page. A 5-star read. 273 pages of fun!" -- Literary R&R
"Best core workout, EVER! I laughed so hard throughout Grace Unexpected, my abs are killing me now! What goes on inside the mind of author Gale Martin, whatever it is, it calls to my inner snark monster perfectly! Never thought the often overwhelming singles life could be so hysterical, in spite of its pitfalls, break ups and ticking biological clocks. I tend to believe that Gale Martin may be the best cure for the blues, ever and I’d pay for tickets to a journey through her mind!"-- Tome Tender
"I couldn’t tell you how many times [Grace] brought me to tears with her antics and one liners. I would definitely want her on speed dial and in my corner because this is the type of person who would be all thumbs up through natural disasters." -- Ali Crean, Tongue Wagger
Features about Grace Unexpected:
Mover and Shaker Gale Martin to read at Wise Owl open mic, Reading Eagle, 11/15/12
Comic Romance Debuts, Lancaster Sunday News, 7/22/12
Exeter Township Native's Second Novel Mixes Sex Appeal and Shakerism, BCTV.org, 7/20/12
Unexpected author at Showcase, Go Lackawanna, Rich Howells, 7/15/12