This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 26, 2018
A comedy romance set in India while a documentary film crew interview and film one of India’s big rags to riches success stories was as sparkling and entertaining as I have come to expect from an author gifted for bringing the heartwarming and humor together in one place.
Goodness Gracious Gracie is a follow-up standalone story to the earlier Love Muffin and Chai Latte. In fact, the main characters in that one make cameo appearances in this one, but this is a whole new situation comedy for intrepid, yet bumbling Gracie Dixie who crushed on her best friend all her life only for him to get engaged to someone else back in their small town. Gracie is embarrassed and on whim goes on a job interview while she and her parents are on a vacation in Ireland. She lands the job of an assistant/runner on an indie film crew and off to India she goes with little understanding of her job or international travel.
Grace is challenged right away with food poisoning, monsoons, wild monkeys, run away elephants, falling out of love with her best friend and into love with an engaged man who is set on doing his duty to family. Vere is the responsible son, but he can’t help but fall under the spell of bubbly, sweet Gracie even while his brothers, sister, and parents all have their own interesting family situations going on. Grace finds herself busy making friends with crew and Vere’s family, avoid her own confusing feelings, and do some plotting to help others find their happy.
I enjoyed the friendship that sprang up between Grace, ice queen Mia, and fiery Natasha. All three are different and must find their way through their issues. They have some fun girlfriend moments especially their night out in Goa.
The romance is back burner, but there with several memorable encounters for Grace and Vere. She needs to learn the difference between settling and confusing friendship with attraction and love while he needs to finally do something for himself beyond family expectation and responsibility.
There are some laugh out loud funny moments, bittersweet and heartwarming that I found captivating and engaging. I had a good time as I generally do with this author’s writing and recommend it to those who are looking for something light and fun
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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