Gracierby Milissa Bailey
Welcome to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Lives are peaceful, streets are quiet, but behind the tranquility is many a tale to be told. Veterinarian Jessica McCabe has returned, but it is not
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Everyone around her knows. Everyone she trusts has lied. And the one man who held the key to Jessica McCabe’s past is dead.
Welcome to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Lives are peaceful, streets are quiet, but behind the tranquility is many a tale to be told. Veterinarian Jessica McCabe has returned, but it is not the homecoming she had expected. Her grandfather, Jonas McCabe and Gracier’s longtime vet has died, leaving behind the practice they had hoped to share.
The reading of Jonas’ will sets off a series of events that bring into question Jessica’s birthright, the truth surrounding her mother’s untimely death and her grandfather’s sanity. With her world turned upside down she is thrown into a partnership with Matthew Cassidy, the man who chose his family’s wealth over Jessica’s love.
Her determined spirit leads Jessica to stay, continue the veterinarian practice and return to the life and the community she loves. But a secret loft and a box filled with a hidden past change the course of her life once again.
Longtime family friends, Dr. Andrew Harrison and retired Sheriff Chester Caughlin know the truth. A promise made to a dear old friend to protect the girl they helped raise is one they intend to keep. But the wheels of fate have been put in motion. The people entrusted with protecting Jessica from the past are losing control. The small town of Gracier, Iowa holds many secrets and those who have kept the truth hidden are about to discover that not everything has been laid to rest.
Meet the Author
Milissa Bailey grew up among the rolling fields of rural Iowa, where she continues to live with her husband, and three children. In her debut novel she draws upon her rich knowledge of the Midwest as she welcomes us to Gracier, Iowa, a well-kept community with even better kept secrets. Readers are introduced to a cast of characters they will come to know, love and hate. Vivid descriptions, palatable anguish, forbidden romance and touches of humor lend itself to the stories weaved in this idyllic setting. The small town of Gracier holds many secrets and those who have kept the truth hidden are about to discover that not everything has been laid to rest.
Milissa, along with her husband, own a marketing firm located in Iowa. She is currently at work on the second book in the Gracier series.
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This a great book to read. Bailey does an awesome job of writing her debut novel. It is full of mystery, love and heartache. Past secrets are revealed that could shatter the lives of some in the town of Gracier, Iowa. This book kept me captivated until the very end; I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend this book. I give it 4 stars.
Gracier is an intriguing romantic suspense story of long-held secrets, drama and romance set in the small town of Gracier, Iowa. Jessica McCabe returns home to Gracier to attend her grandfather Jonas McCabe's funeral. Jonas was the town's longtime beloved veterinarian, and it had been his and Jessica's dream to one day share the practice, but his sudden fatal stroke left it up to Jessica to pick up the pieces. Her homecoming brings revelations of long-held secrets that her grandfather had kept hidden from her. Determined to get to the bottom of the secrets and questions of her family's past, Jessica is forced to deal with the one man who had broken her heart, Matthew Cassidy. In the first book of The Gracier Series, author Milissa R. Bailey weaves a gripping tale of mystery, suspense and romance that easily draws the reader into Jessica's story. Told in the third person narrative, the reader is transported to the small Norman Rockwell like Midwestern farming community of Gracier, Iowa, where long-held secrets and town gossip keeps the reader riveted as the suspenseful twists and turns of the McCabe family's past unfolds. And if that isn't enough to keep you engaged, add in some unrequited love from a best friend and a painful past romantic relationship with the son of an arrogant man who was Jonas' bitter rival, and you have one heck of a page turner! With a large cast of realistic characters from a small Midwestern town, the author does a great job of bringing them to life in vivid detail and with engaging dialogues and interactions. The small town setting of Gracier is richly described, you could close your eyes and picture the sights, sounds and smells of the farms and the main street of the town and its townspeople. I loved the author's creative style of weaving together the multi-layered plot, the balance of mystery and suspense with the drama of a complicated romance kept me enthralled and guessing what would happen next. Gracier will engage you to revisit this charming small town and its townspeople as each new book in the series is released. Gracier is the story of living in a small Midwestern town where charm, drama, romance ... and even secrets do abound! Gracier is the first book in The Gracier Series.
Gracier is a nice read with some plot twists that keep it interesting. It is easy to read and uncomplicated, a good book for the beach or vacation. The story is detailed but not overwhelmingly so, unlike some books I have read lately. In some ways it is a straight forward story like it's Midwestern character. In some ways it is full twisted up thinking that makes it more realistic.