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Darcy was 24, living with her parents, and struggling to make her student loan payments. So, when she heard that Grace Space Independent Consultants make $40 per hour, she could hardly wait to sign on the dotted line. That signature launched her into a crazy adventure full of embarrassing blunders, kooky characters, and sidesplitting laughs, and it's not long before she starts to wonder if the purple dream is too good to be true.

©2014 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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A charming story with an excellent message........

Grace Space is a charming story about a young woman fresh out of college, Darcy, working as a waitress, living at home and hoping to start her adult life as a teacher. She has the misfortune of meeting a Grace Space (a direct marketing sales company that specializes in cosmetics) representative, and Darcy quickly gives into the allure of the promised riches. What ensues is a tale of Darcy basically drinking the cool aid for six months until she finally wakes up to the reality of this manipulating pyramid scheme. Luckily, along the way, she meets many genuine friends, rediscovers her faith and religion, and falls in love. Merrill skillfully uses foreshadowing to keep the listener glued to the story, needing to find out what would happen next to poor Darcy. As she says in the very beginning, this story has a happy ending and some truly hilarious and equally sad moments. Overall, this is a delightful book.

Rebecca Winder does a terrific job with the narration. She has a sweet and young voice that perfectly matched Darcy's somewhat naive personality. Her slight accent was very enjoyable and soothing, and this production couldn't have been more pleasing.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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A lighthearted Saturday read!

If you’ve ever had experience with direct sales then this story will be extra fun to listen to! But even if you haven’t, the story is so well written that you get thrust into the world of “pyramid schemes” and all the quirky characters that come along with them. Everything about this book is cozy, lighthearted and endearing. The narration gives Darcy a naive & sweet personality that I felt such a connection to by the end of the book. The best part is that all of the characters are flawed & real, and that goes along with the side characters as well. Gertrude is a particularly fun gem of a character who thankfully got her own spin off series (Gertrude Gumshoe).
The book keeps you entertained from start to finish & leaves you feeling happy at the end. Highly recommend it!

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Cute Story

I thought this story was very charming. It could have been a bit longer, I think. The ending was not quite as satisfying as it could have been. But very entertaining story that was well-narrated.

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A Quick, Quirky Read

I got this book via audiobook boom. This story is about the adventures of a direct selling woman who wants to make money. Anyone who has tried direct selling knows what this means. You meet all kinds of people who treat you in all kinds of ways. That being said it is not a story I would lean toward. The main character is snarky with a humorous twist. But if you are selling something then you have to find your inner good person and let them out every time you meet a potential client no matter how obnoxious they are.

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Funny!

this book is great for anyone who has tried direct selling. the narration was great and the story was funny and enjoyable! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Cute, funny story with truthful insights!

This book does not have a deep message (or does it?) You decide. Believable—but a little eccentric—characters. Easy to listen to. Narrator did an excellent job. Perfect story for Audible “read.”

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A well-written blend of fact & fiction

Grace Space: A Direct Sales Tale (Audible Audio), my thirteenth read from author Robin Merrill. Gertrude, from Gertrude Gumshoe fame, is a supporting character. Rebecca Winder's narration makes the read pass quickly. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Entertaining

What an entertaining story...Sad to know some direct sales groups are like that. Motivates me to not be that way and prove to be better.

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She just needed a little extra income...

I was a little reluctant at first when I saw the subtitle of the story. I'm not a fan of MLMs even if their products may be good. However, I did take the chance and I found Grace Space to be a cautionary and sadly accurate portrayal how easy it is to get pulled into so-called direct sales companies and how it's nearly impossible to actually make an income and maintain that income for any length of time.

The heroine, Darcy, is a sweet person and very relatable. She tells it like she sees it, and, through her straightforward perspective we see the typical MLM experience play out. From the sweet and funny to the sad and poignant moments of her journey.

I appreciated how Robin Merrill was not judgmental towards the average direct sales person. She simply points them toward taking an honest look at their own experience and whether they are having to spend $50 to make $10.

As I said I listened to the audiobook of Grace Space. The production and sound were good. The narrator was a good choice for Darcy's first-person narrative. And overall I'd say the audiobook did justice to Robin Merrill's story.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

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It was really good but..

This is a funny light read with good narrative. I was really interested in reviewing this book because I also have and do work in direct sales.
I have seen these type of direct sales schemes, but I dislike that it leads people to believe that this is the way all direct sales work because that is just not true.
But overall the characters in this story were great, and I see there are more in the series about Gertrude, and Oh My I can only image what kind of adventures those will be! Definitely entertaining for sure!