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Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

Grace Barnum’s life is precariously balanced on sensible choices and uncomfortable compromise. She dutifully edits textbooks that, she fears, may be more harmful than helpful to kids. She is engaged to a patent attorney who is steady and reliable. She has a cautious relationship with her fascinating father, a renowned New York painter, and she prefers her mom slightly drunk.

Always a planner, Grace feels prepared for most eventualities. Until the responsibility-challenged Tyler Wilkie shows up. Fresh in town from the Poconos, Tyler has warm eyes, a country drawl, and a smile that makes Grace drop things. Worst of all, he writes devastating songs. About her.

Tyler reaches something in Grace, something she needs, but can't admit to. Something she wants, but won't succumb to. Tyler Wilkie loves Grace Barnum and ruins everything.  And Grace grows.

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  • Fran

    This was a fun get together! Sam's chilli was delicious and the group had comments that gave me a better perspective on the book
    Glad to see everyone and catch up with the gals!

    October 17, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    What delicious macaroons!!

    1 · October 15, 2014

  • Laura H.

    What a fun bookclub last night!

    1 · October 15, 2014

  • Laura H.

    I am bringing some coconut macaroons.

    October 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, are we having the pleasure of Sykping (sp) with the author?

    October 13, 2014

  • Fran

    I am brining a couple kinds of hummus and some white wine. We're gonna need your pop, Jeanne!

    October 13, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    Hi Melanie, Cindy and I are going early to help Sam since she won't get home from work until after 6:00. We can hook up next time, okay?

    October 13, 2014

    • Melanie

      Ok, sounds good.

      October 13, 2014

  • Melanie

    I'll bring chips & salsa. Brenda, do you want to ride together?

    October 13, 2014

  • Jeanne B.

    I will bring some bottles of pop, I just cant think of anything else. I hate to cook.

    October 12, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    I will be on my best behavior then.

    October 12, 2014

  • Billie Jean R.

    I am bringing chocolate chip cookies and banana bread and Mom!

    October 12, 2014

  • Sam

    Hi all. Just bring what you feel like bringing - it's pot luck. No stress. No biggie. I'm going to throw some chili in the crock again since I won't get home until 6pm.

    October 12, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    I am bringing bread and butter. Sam is going to make a white bean chili.

    1 · October 12, 2014

  • Cindy O

    I spoke to Madeline - we will have to agree on a time Thur- Sat 8:00pm as well at 4pm on Sat and Sun at 2pm. If we can get at least 6 girls to commit I can reserve it and we can enjoy the show.
    we will talk more about it onTuesday

    1 · October 12, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    Do we have a theme for the food?? What are you guys bringing?

    October 11, 2014

  • Cindy O

    Susan I have it..just text me

    October 9, 2014

  • karen m.

    I miss you guys!!!

    1 · October 9, 2014

  • Susan S.

    Does anyone have this book I can borrow to read before Tuesday?? And let me know about the play - sounds fun. Count me in if I can make the day planned.

    October 9, 2014

  • Patricia L.

    Sounds like fun. Let me know what day.

    October 6, 2014

  • Sam

    I would love to go, too - just need to know what day or days you were considering. Sounds like a fun show!

    October 4, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    I think this sounds fun. I would like to go, just let me know the date and time. I believe she meant to say The Virginia Stage Company.

    1 · October 2, 2014

  • Laura H.

    I am interested. When is it though?

    October 1, 2014

  • Cindy O

    anyone interested in this please let me know and I can reserve an evening to go as a group.

    1 · October 1, 2014

  • Cindy O

    Synopsis: Meet, Ana, self-proclaimed originator of book clubs. Watch as her seemingly perfect life unravels under the constant scrutiny of the documentary lens. In this hilarious new comedy, secret affections, fragile egos, and laugh-out-loud group dynamics prove the old adage "you can't judge a book by it's cover" rings truer than ever.

    1 · October 1, 2014

  • Cindy O

    My name is Madeline and I am the Group Sales Coordinator at Virginia State Company in Norfolk. We are producing a play this fall entitled "The Book Club Play" by Karen Zacarias. It is running Oct 28 - Nov 16. At the bottom of this message I have included a short synopsis of the play. I am contacting you because we would love to have your book club see the show! We offer discounts for groups as well as a special Book Club Package that includes a bottle of wine. We can even provide a private reception for your members before the show. Please let me know if this is something that interests you and your group. I can be reached right here on meetup, by email [masked], or by phone[masked] ext 331. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Madeline Dummerth Group Sales Coordinator Virginia Stage Company

    1 · October 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the book - a fun read

    March 15, 2014

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