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

Saving Grace

The Button Jar : Book 1

Paperback Published: 1st January 2014
ISBN: 9781743567722
Number Of Pages: 416

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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?

Continuing Captivation


Being a series there was only a bit of repetition, but, acceptable if you weren't reading this book straight after the first one.



The first in the Button Jar trilogy - sad, but enthralling m


I had already read the second book, but returned to the beginning when Saving Grace arrived. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the other two that make up the trilogy. Well worth the read and re read.

Mackay, Queensland


Too drawn out


This has probably been a good novel to start with but has been made into a trilogy of three books. There seemed to be nothing but putting the kettle on to make tea, just to waste time. I won't both with the other two books. I have read another book of this author and it was a really good one. It's a shame that this wasn't all one book too.

Port Lincoln




Once I started couldn't put it down.

Beverley WA


Enjoyable but


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.

Canberra ACT Australia


Country life by a country woman


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.

Eyre Peninsula, South Australia


would buy again


was a very good story to read

narromine australia


A Great New Australian Rural Read


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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ISBN: 9781743567722
ISBN-10: 1743567723
Series: The Button Jar
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st January 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.34

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Fiona McCallum

About the Author

Fiona McCallum has enjoyed a life of contrasts. She was raised on a cereal and wool farm in rural South Australia and then moved to inner-city Melbourne to study at university as a mature age student. Accidentally starting a writing and editing consultancy saw her mixing in corporate circles in Melbourne and then Sydney.

She returned to Adelaide for a slower paced life and to chase her dream of becoming an author – which took nearly a decade full of rejections from agents and publishers to achieve. Fiona now works as a full-time novelist and really is proof dreams can come true.

Fiona’s stories are heartwarming journeys of self-discovery that draw on her life experiences, love of animals and fascination with the power and support that comes from strong friendships.

She is the author of nine Australian bestsellers: Paycheque, Nowhere Else, Wattle Creek, Saving Grace, Time Will Tell, Meant To Be, Leap of Faith, Standing Strong, and Finding Hannah Making Peace is Fiona’s tenth novel.

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