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The Ways of Grace
     

The Ways of Grace

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by Linda Francis Lee
 

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GRACE COLEBROOK HAS A WAY ABOUT HER
THAT JACK BERENGER CAN’T FORGET. . . .

If there’s one thing Grace Colebrook cannot tolerate, it’s hysterics. So when her fiancé betrays her on their wedding day, she refuses to make a scene. She simply walks away—straight into the arms of a powerful stranger. The morning after, regrets fly. But

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GRACE COLEBROOK HAS A WAY ABOUT HER
THAT JACK BERENGER CAN’T FORGET. . . .

If there’s one thing Grace Colebrook cannot tolerate, it’s hysterics. So when her fiancé betrays her on their wedding day, she refuses to make a scene. She simply walks away—straight into the arms of a powerful stranger. The morning after, regrets fly. But life gets truly complicated when it turns out that the man lives in the apartment below hers.

Legendary ER doctor Jack Berenger is a man used to getting what he wants. And he doesn’t want Grace Colebrook—or so he tells himself when he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s prim, passionate, and unpredictable, a far cry from the ice queens who usually catch his eye. But most of all, she breaks through the hard shell he has built around himself . . . filling him with a burning hunger to possess her.

At once deeply moving and wildly romantic, two unforgettable people find each other in a world turned upside-down. Now Jack has one final chance to open his heart and prove he can be the sort of man a woman like Grace could love. . . .

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“Linda Francis Lee captivates.”
—JOAN JOHNSTON
New York Times bestselling author of The Texan
Publishers Weekly
Manhattan trauma surgeon Jack Berenger, the hero of Linda Francis Lee's The Ways of Grace, is a poor imitation of ER's Doug Ross, but dippy Grace Colebrook falls for his brooding charm anyway. Shortly after running out on her own wedding, Grace lands in bed with Jack, her new neighbor. Filled with regret the next morning, she vows to avoid him, but when she loses her job, she seeks solace in his arms once again. Their relationship continues in this manner for much of the novel even though it's never clear why Jack is drawn to the addlebrained Grace in the first place. Clich d hospital scenes, which feature Jack pulling patients back from near death, do little to enhance the story, but Ruth, Grace's young charge, adds humor and heart to Lee's (Nightingale's Gate) trite tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804119955
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/27/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
409,277
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.73(d)

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GRACE COLEBROOK HAS A WAY ABOUT HER
THAT JACK BERENGER CAN’T FORGET. . . .

If there’s one thing Grace Colebrook cannot tolerate, it’s hysterics. So when her fiancé betrays her on their wedding day, she refuses to make a scene. She simply walks away—straight into the arms of a powerful stranger. The morning after, regrets fly. But life gets truly complicated when it turns out that the man lives in the apartment below hers.

Legendary ER doctor Jack Berenger is a man used to getting what he wants. And he doesn’t want Grace Colebrook—or so he tells himself when he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s prim, passionate, and unpredictable, a far cry from the ice queens who usually catch his eye. But most of all, she breaks through the hard shell he has built around himself . . . filling him with a burning hunger to possess her.

At once deeply moving and wildly romantic, two unforgettable people find each other in a world turned upside-down. Now Jack has one final chance to open his heart and prove he can be the sort of man a woman like Grace could love. . . .

Meet the Author

Before turning her hand to writing, Linda Francis Lee taught probability and statistics. Lee is also the author of Dove’s Way, Swan’s Grace, and Nightingale’s Gate. She currently lives with her husband, Michael, in New York City, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Ways of Grace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
The Ways of Grace is the story of Grace, who after finding her fiance' butt naked with her bridesmaid's sister in the church on their wedding day, does something very unexpected (for Grace). She runs out on the wedding and has a one night stand with her new downstairs neighbor. Of course, he doesn't know who she is and she's gone before he wakes the next day. When they meet on Monday in the foyer of their brownstone, you can imagine his shock, especially since she gave him a fake name. Bad things just start piling on when Grace gets to work at the toy company where she is an executive and finds that one of her co-workers has stolen her idea and then she's fired. So that's the set-up, but the real story is the determination of Grace to get back on her feet and avoid Dr. Jack Berenger (the neighbor downstairs). Neither of which is an easy task.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author, however it will not be my last. I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. I read it in two days (I am a single mom of a four year old and work full time). The book was funny, sad, and romantic. and who wouldn't want Jack !!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This unusual storyline 'insists' you read the next page and the next and the next!! There is no way that you canot want to know all about Grace and Jack!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! This is the first book I've read by the author and I can't wait to read more of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started this book I just could not put it down and then I started to read it again. Grace and Jack are a couple that is so special and they bring out the very best in each other. Love, romance, family and enjoying each other. This is a must read and I cannot wait for Linda Francis Lee next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book! The Ways of Grace sparkles with fabulous wit and humor and deep emotion and sizzling chemistry and great characters. It just shot up to the top of my favorite romances in the past five years and made Linda F. Lee an auto-buy for me. I was sorry to see it end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read several of her other books, including the Hawthorne brothers trilogy, I must say that 'Grace' did not disappoint me. It was a thoroughly enjoyable novel, emotionally descriptive and well written. I laughed out loud at some parts, especially at little Ruth's innocent/cynical observances, and I almost cried at others. It was refreshing to read about two average people trying to come to terms with their pasts and trying to make a future together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Linda Francis Lee has another winner with THE WAYS OF GRACE. Grace and Jack's story is touching and heart-warming, and Ms. Lee knows how to present the strong emotions these two totally likable and vulnerable people display. Grace is a no-nonsense, strong heroine, and Jack is the vulnerable, sensitive hero. The secondary characters were also colorful and interesting, including Mark, Hugh and Ruth. The FluffCakes were great: original and unique. THE WAYS OF GRACE is a page-turner and a keeper. It is an intricate, moving, intelligent, highly entertaining, and beautifully written novel.
harstan More than 1 year ago
One day Grace Colebrook felt she owned the world, but that feeling ends rather quickly when she finds her fiancé sleeping with another woman just prior to the ceremony. On the professional front, a peer steals her work claiming it as his. When she publicly makes an accusation that she cannot prove her boss at Kendrick Toys fires her. Distraught over losing a job she loves, that night Grace ends up in the arms of her sexy neighbor whom she has never met. Jack Berenger and Grace share the best sex of their lives.

Jack kills himself working as a New York Emergency Room doctor with no interest outside of medicine. That changes after his encounter with Grace, who rejects his follow-up advances. Meanwhile, Grace agrees to become a foster mother to an orphaned relative Ruth. This proves as great a challenge as Jack¿s assault on her heart.

This is a very warm relationship drama that focuses on the need for loving relationships that most humans require to feel good about one's self. The deep characters make Linda Francis Lee¿s tale happen as the audience will feel for Grace (though why she was fired so readily seems like a bad business decision), root for Jack, but especially want Ruth to make it. This is a triumph for those fans that appreciate a wonderful family drama.

Harriet Klausner