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English professor and aspiring novelist Grace Warner spends her days teaching four sections of Beowulf for Cretins to bored and disinterested students at one of New England's “hidden ivy” colleges. Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend, Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross-country flight. Sparks fly on and off the plane as the two strangers give in to one night of reckless passion with no strings attached and no contact information exchanged.  

Back home at St. Albans, the college rocks Grace's world when it announces the appointment of a new president, the first woman in its 165-year history. Cue Abbie - and cue Grace's collision course with a neurotic dog named Grendel, a fractious rival for tenure, and a woman called Ochre, in what very well might be Grace's last real shot at happiness.  

This full-length novel reimagines and expands on the short story “Falling from Grace”, which was originally published in the award-winning story collection Sidecar, by Ann McMan.

©2018 Ann McMan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • vondee
  • Laveen, AZ. United States
  • 08-03-18

Funny

I enjoyed the story. I laughed several times. However, this is another, "use your imagination" when it comes to the love scenes...ugh.

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Wonderful book

Another fantastic book by Ann MaMan! Christine Williams delivery of the narration is again icing on the cake! I strongly recommend all of the books written by MaMan and performed by Williams. The delivery of the dry wit and emotions is beautifully done.

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everything I expected from Ann Mcman.

intellect, romance, comedy and of course a happy ending. I think this may become one of my favorite Ann Mcman books after Jericho and Hoosier Daddy .

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Excellent

Love Ann McMan. Typical for her, they are pretty fade to black love scenes, but they still are satisfying. Its smart, and classy. Christine Williams is an excellent narrator.

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My ears & I are happy with this purchase.

I really enjoyed this listen. The story is sweet and the characters are noteworthy. This narrator always performs very well, too. On par with other Ann McMan stories.

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No surprise....she has written another good one!

I have read or listened to all of Ann McMan's books and she is my favorite author in the romance genre. Her primary characters are often quirky but overall they are likable, witty, intelligent and well developed. Christine Williams did a good job with the narration. I think anyone who has enjoyed Ms. McMan's other books should definitely not miss this one.

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Very sweet

Sweet, romantic and funny at times. Also, super PG. The reviews claiming passionate and sensual are a little misleading. The author skips love scenes entirely. They don’t even wake up next to each other. A few kisses and then skips to the next day every time. Still enjoyed the book, but if you were hoping for at least little steaminess you won’t find it here.

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  • JM
  • 08-02-18

I loved both the story & the narrator

The dialogue was witty. The story was a bit slow but far from boring. Main characters & side characters are likable. The narrator Christine did a great job!

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  • Kelli M
  • Columbus, Ohio United States
  • 08-01-18

Another Winner!<br />

I don't know how she does it but, I hope Ann Mcman never stops writing. I have read all her books or listened to them on Audible and have never been disappointed. I actually read this one first and found out it was on Audible and couldn't resist getting it , especially having a wonderful Narrator in Michelle Williams....it was wonderful and I am impatiently waiting for her next book. Just get it....it's a no brainer!

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Excellent Audio!

I loved Beowulf for Cretins by Ann McMan. The book starts with the "well, I'll never see her again. So lets have a one night stand" premise .And continues way up from there. I love Grace and Abbie. Two educated, mature women working it out. Love It. I love that Ann McMan is still trying to educate us all a bit. From wine selection to music selection to quoting obscure literature. So enjoyable. Will we see more of Grace and Abbie? Excellent narration by Christine Williams.

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  • Julie C.
  • 08-01-18

Slow sure and steady

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything Ann McMam writes. I tried to resist but failed miserably. It was the best decision I’ve ever fought against. I read the blurb and thought there’s going to be woe, angst and much mashing of teeth. Instead she has again crafted a delightful world where characters can grow and be themselves. Where human foibles are nothing to be feared but rather weave themselves into the tapestry that is an Ann McMan story. You’d be foolish to miss out listening to Christine Williams nuanced performance. I found myself sitting in my car listening to the rain and her voice bring everyone to life. That’s how good the story and the narrator meld together and how much they get under your skin.

This is a good first book to listen to if you just want to check the author out. I dare you to be disappointed.

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