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Saving Grace  : The Button Jar : Book 1 - Fiona McCallum

Saving Grace

The Button Jar : Book 1

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Published: 1st January 2014
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When Emily Oliphant married John Stratten, she thought it was the beginning of an exciting new adventure, imagining herself standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the most eligible farmer in the district, mucking in to build a thriving agricultural business. Three years later, however, Emily sees her marriage for what it is — a loveless tie to a callous man, her advice heeded only when it pertains to her husband’s dinner.

The last straw comes when John threatens to harm her new puppy, and Emily is forced to brave her husband’s wrath, and her mother’s glaring disapproval, and move out. With the encouragement of her new friend Barbara, Emily moves into an abandoned property, taking on the mammoth task of making the unloved house into a home. As she begins to work on the property, she discovers a new side of her father, meets some new friends and finds an inner strength she never knew she had.

Emily’s fragile confidence is soon tested, though, when the owners of the property make her a tempting offer. Will she risk everything and invest in the ramshackle house that has finally given her a sense of purpose? Or will Emily listen to the views of the community, and the voice of her mother, and go back to her sensible, but meaningless, life with John?

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Saving Grace
 
4.0

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5.0

GREAT READING

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from Beverley WA

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Nil

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  • Gift
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Comments about Saving Grace:

Once I started couldn't put it down.

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3.0

Enjoyable but

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from Canberra ACT Australia

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  • Decent Light Read

Cons

  • Not the Author's Best

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  • A Womens' Book

Comments about Saving Grace:

I enjoyed the book in the main. It never reached any great heights, but was satisfying enough. The main character really aggravated me at times with her negativity and dependency on others.
I think it was a stretch to have us go the whole book wanting to shake her and say there is something staring you in the face.

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3.0

Country life by a country woman

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from Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

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  • Well Written

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    • Gift
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    Comments about Saving Grace:

    Fiona has a wealth of experience about the goods and bads of living in the country and the trilogy she wrote is by no means about herself, shows the country experience eloquently and with passion. The story flows well and is good easy reading.

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    5.0

    would buy again

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    from narromine australia

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    was a very good story to read

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    4.0

    A Great New Australian Rural Read

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    from Melbourne

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    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner

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      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Saving Grace:

      On the very day I received this in an order from booktopia, I began to read. A mere 24 hours afterwards, I was so disappointed to have reached its last page - I so wanted to read more. Thus I have just ordered the sequel - can't wait to read it!

      This is the first of Fiona McCallum's novels I have read, and I will definitely be seeking out more.

      This book was an engaging read with a positively courageous, plucky and relatable main character. Loved the descriptions of rural Australia as well!

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      Fiona McCallum

      Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside a small town on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. An avid reader and writer, she decided at the age of nine that she wanted to be the next Enid Blyton! She completed her final years of schooling at a private boarding school in Adelaide.

      Fiona maintained her literary interests by writing poetry and short stories, and studying at TAFE via correspondence. Her ability to put into words her observations of country life saw a number of her feature articles published in the now defunct newspaper SA Statewide. Fiona continued to develop her creative writing skills by reading widely and voraciously, and attending short courses. In 2001 she realised her true passion lay in writing full-length fiction, and in 2002 completed her first manuscript.

      Fiona writes "heart-warming journey of self-discovery stories". Her first novel Paycheque was released in April 2011 and became an 'instant bestseller'. Her second novel Nowhere Else (released Dec 2011) was an even bigger hit, outselling Paycheque by early January 2012. Fiona's third novel, Wattle Creek , was released April 1 2012. Wattle Creek 's success has seen it chosen as one of the Get Reading! "50 Books You Can't Put Down" for 2012.

      Saving Grace is Fiona's fourth novel (out April 2013), and is the first in her The Button Jar series.

      Visit Fiona McCallum's Booktopia Author Page


      ISBN: 9781743567722
      ISBN-10: 1743567723
      Series: The Button Jar
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 416
      Published: 1st January 2014
      Country of Publication: AU