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Full of Grace
Full of Grace
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
The move from New Jersey to Hilton Head, South Carolina, wasn't easy for the Russo family?difficult enough for Big Al and Connie, but even harder for their daughter Maria Graziella, who insists on being called Grace. At thirty-one and still, shockingly, unmarried, Grace has scandalized her staunchly traditional Italian family by moving in wi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061374531
ISBN-10: 0061374539
Publication Date: 7/1/2008
Pages: 352
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
In this new tale, Frank takes us to Hilton Head, SC, a noted retirement heaven or at least it's supposed to be. But for Big Al and Connie, the move from New Jersey to the coastal paradise has been fraught with just a few complications. Especially for their daughter, Grace.

Well, that's what she likes to be called. Her family insists on Maria Graziella, but Grace has had enough of the Neapolitan lifestyle. The whole ethnic thing had been ok when she was under her parents' watchful eyes back in New Jersey. Now Grace is an intelligent, (struggling-to-be) independent 31 year old woman living (in sin!) with the man she'd marry if they both weren't so committment-phobic. Michael is a doctor and a scientist and Grace has a good idea that he's also an atheist. Over the years, this dutiful Catholic girl has become ambivalent about her faith. But her family is so devoutly old-fashioned as it gets.

The stage is set for a major showdown that just might change Grace's outlook on life, family and the South itself.

This book is guaranteed to make you cry (if you're a sentimental reader like I am!) ~~ so make sure you have kleenexs available. It's a wonderful book ~~ so different from her other books and just as delightful. This one is probably her best book so far! The characters are well-written and thorough, so the reader feels as if she has met them before. They are like "everyone" ~~ and yet, so likable too. Grace is sassy but tender and her love for Michael is a beautiful thing to read about. It's a book about love, faith and family. It's a book that you cannot put down for a minute. It's just wonderful.
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Helpful Score: 5
A touching story of family, faith, and cultural identity in the New South.
It is sassy but not cynical, wise but not wiseacre, and kind, not cruel
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Helpful Score: 4
Really enjoyed this book. Religion, especially Catholicism, gets a bad rap in so much literature. This book was an honest look at the effect of religion, both good and bad, in the family dynamic. And a lovely romance, too.
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Helpful Score: 4
I have read and loved all of Dorothea Benton Frank's books but this one has to be my absolute favorite! I've never related to any character in ANY book I've read like I did with Grace. Her description of her Italian/Catholic family's daily life and holidays had me smiling throughout this entire book! I loved it so much that I just couldn't put this one down and wound up finishing it at 5 a.m! Absolutely LOVED IT! (I was tempted not to post it but to keep it and read it again someday but since I loved it so much decided to share it so someone else could hopefully enjoy it as much as I did!)
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a departure from Frank's earlier stories. Still based in the South Carolina low country, the story is of a transplanted New Jersey Italian family and especially Grace, the daughter. It's more a story of families, and has its particularly melancholy moments as Grace's lover fights with cancer and the grandmother breaks her hip and fights being in rehab. But it's still a super story and I enjoyed it.
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Very Interesting - lots going on
katydid13 avatar reviewed Full of Grace on + 55 more book reviews
Wonderful story! A nice relatively quick read.
dbs avatar reviewed Full of Grace on + 329 more book reviews
Very touching. Poor Grace is caught in a tug-of-war between the man she loves and her loving family. Then tragedy occurs, and it takes a real miracle to bring about a happy ending...
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It took me awhile to get into this book and to be truthful I almost stop. I 'm glad I didn't. It is a very good read. Do not miss it.
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I received this book as a gift and if I had known that this book talked about religion and faith, I probalby would not have read it, but I am glad that I did! I very much enjoyed this book!
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A delightful, thought provoking story. The characters seem so real.
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This was my first Dorothea Benton Frank book, and it will not be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially the lovable Russo family....I could relate, since I'm Italian, and she nailed the family situation, the food, the religion, the traditions, just everything! And the story line moved along at a good pace with some amazing things happening that shook the foundation of the main character's belief system. Good read!


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