08 June 2019

Ornamental Graces | Book Review


After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend.

Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.

Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?

Publisher: Multa Verba Publishing
Release Date: October 11, 2016


While recovering from a devastating breakup, Dan Malone meets Emily Kowalski. They could be perfect together, but is the timing right? Carolyn Astfalk’s Ornamental Graces then follows the pair over the next couple years with plenty of sweet, dramatic, frustrating maybe-they-will-maybe-they-won’t moments.

Now, I’m game to read a Christmas story any time of the year. I really love a good, fun holiday romance—and that’s exactly what I expected when I started Ornamental Graces. I quickly discovered that it’s not as Christmas-y as the cover suggests, which, I’ll admit, had me a little disappointed. Yes, there are scenes that occur around Christmas, but since the plot spans several years, it doesn’t maintain the holiday feel I love.

Still, I did enjoy getting to know Dan, Emily, and all their emotional baggage. In spite of the slow pacing and not-always-believable situations and reactions, the growth experienced throughout Ornamental Graces does have its uplifting moments.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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