Restoring Grace

Katie Fforde

St. Martin's Press

Grace Soudley's life is coming apart at the seams. Recently divorced, she is still living in the beautiful yet crumbling old house her godmother left her, but unless she can find a fortune, the house will disintegrate around her.
Artist Ellie Summers' life is unraveling too. She's pregnant, but her boyfriend is less than enthusiastic about parenthood, and her parents are not exactly inviting her to move back home. She has to come up with a new plan. Fast.
Ellie needs a place to stay; Grace needs a lodger. Each of them needs a friend, and together they begin the work of fixing up the house. But then an unexpected and disconcertingly handsome man arrives on the scene, apparently determined to help. And when Grace discovers some beautiful and potentially valuable paintings hidden behind the tattered dining-room curtains, the whole business of restoration starts to get serious....
This fresh, funny romance from bestselling novelist Katie Fforde offers charm, wit, and restorative new beginnings for all.


Read an Excerpt

Chapter One 
It's a lovely house, thought Ellie. Perfect proportions. Probably Georgian, Queen Anne, something like that.
There were five sets of small-paned sash windows in the house and a couple of dormers in the roof. The front door had a fanlight above it and a neat path led up to the jasmine-covered porch. Looks just like a doll's house, she thought, and then laughed at herself: doll's houses were built to look like real houses, not the other way round.
The high walls which enclosed the garden were of fine grey stone and, peering through the gate, she saw


Praise for Restoring Grace

"Katie Fforde's unique spin on romantic comedy is a blend of the sweet, the sad, and the sexy."
---Patricia Gaffney, author of The Goodbye Summer

"Fforde's writing style is light and easy."
---The Orlando Sentinel

"This sweet literary equivalent of warm fuzzy slippers will help bring Fforde, who has a sizable following in Britain, further into American radar."
---Publishers Weekly on Paradise Fields

"This novel is written with such spirit and old-fashioned good humor that readers cannot help but be totally captivated."
---Library Journal on Paradise Fields

"A light fling of a read, and a breezy, entertaining companion on a cold winter night."
---Washington Times on Highland Fling

"Another adorable romance."
---Kirkus Reviews on Highland Fling

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Katie Fforde

  • Katie Fforde is a London Times bestselling novelist who lives in Gloucestershire, England, with her husband and some of her three children.
  • Katie Fforde ©Adrian Sherratt


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Restoring Grace

Katie Fforde

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