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Saving Grace (What Doesn’t Kill You, #1)

A Katie Romantic Mystery
Narrated by: Ashley Ulery
Series: What Doesn't Kill You, Book 1, Katie and Annalise, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Romance, suspense, and a little voodoo.

Sloppy drinking habits. Stunted love life. Professional humiliation in a doomed celebrity trial. It’s no wonder high-strung Texas attorney Katie flees for the serenity of a tropical island, even if it’s the one where her parents died in a tragic accident. But when she gets there, the accident looks a lot like murder, the island seems more sinister than serene, and there’s no one to save Katie from the bad guys, except for herself.

See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest.

2017 Winner - Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery

2016 Winner - Best Book Awards, Cross-Genre Fiction

2015 Winner - Best Book Awards, Cross-Genre Fiction

2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, quarter-finalist

Once Upon a Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer."

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela lived in the US Virgin Islands for nearly 10 years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this series during that time.

The reviews for Katie are in, and they're good. Very, very good.

"Taut suspense." (Midwest Book Review)

"Quick, entertaining read." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Fantastic mystery." (Once Upon a Romance)

Catch more adventures with Katie and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You world.

Grab your copy of Saving Grace today.

©2012 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2013 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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Great story, marginal narration

I loved this story and already bought the next installment. This is a modern, romantic mystery of a very different flavor. The narrator is a bit robotic with her own voice and horrible with the southern and NJ accents. The story was intriguing and really good though. I finished it in 24 hours.

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it gets better... No spoilers

after listening to the first 2 chapters i went back to look at the other reviews to decide if it was worth finishing. the narration and the story line were painful, but i agree with the other reviewers that the story does get better making it easy to overlook that as you get into the book. the heroine made me cringe early in but she did redeem herself. i will probably look into the second book in the series.

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Save yourself

What disappointed you about Saving Grace?

Ashley Ulery is a HORRIBLE reader. Her reading is so bad I couldn't get through the first chapter. This might be a good book, but I'll never find out because I am so turned off by Ulery's attempt at reading it. I LOVE audiobooks and have heard hundreds of them. This is the worst EVER.

What could Pamela Fagan Hutchins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have selected a professional reader (actor, perhaps). Lorelei King is one of my favorites.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her reading was so distracting I couldn't even "hear" the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I don't know... I couldn't get past chapter 1. It was awful.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for asking.

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Writer fine but reader leaves a lot to be desired

The reader's errors drive me nuts; saying Calvary when she meant cavalry and deposition when she should have said disposition. Her Island accent was ok but very Jamaican but her representation of Walker's New Jersey accent was so off it was painful. He sounded like he was an illiterate from Boston. Katie's accent become stronger and weaker all through the story. If your accents are not spot on, don't do them. She also had a consistent whiny tone that didn't add anything to the story.

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Enjoyed

Story was good overall. My only problem with the audio was that it skipped several times. Not sure if this is normal with audio books.
Hopefully next book won't have this same problem.

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Was just the kind of story I was looking for.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that it was based in a tropical climate with a lot of mysterious things going on.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator did an outstanding job but there was some type of audio noise in the background that was a little annoying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I will be moving on to the 2nd book in the series. Already downloaded the 3rd too.

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The narration detracted from story

Would you be willing to try another book from Pamela Fagan Hutchins? Why or why not?

Maybe if the narrator was different.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was distracting. Her attempt at accents was especially bad. The NY/NJ one was about the worst I've ever heard.

Any additional comments?

The story wasn't fabulous but it wasn't awful either. I think it could have been a lightweight but fun listen if it had a different reader.

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I'm Hooked on this Story

What made the experience of listening to Saving Grace the most enjoyable?

An engaging and credible lead character and good story telling.

What other book might you compare Saving Grace to and why?

Swamp Cabbage by Paisley Ray. In both books the lead characters find themselves in new locales and out of their depth.

Have you listened to any of Ashley Ulery’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I will, I'm downloading book 2 in this series as soon as I'm done with this review.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Saving Grace, the title says it all.

Any additional comments?

It seemed like both the writer and narrator were finding their rhythm in the first ten minutes of the book. But after that this book was top notch all the way and well deserved the top ratings for story, performance and overall.

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  • SANTA FE, NM, United States
  • 05-19-16

A GREAT ADVENTURE ~ VACATION!

What made the experience of listening to Saving Grace the most enjoyable?

I loved the descriptions of places, could feel like I was there. The details about the characters were so enriching, I found myself identifying with Katie all the time.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters, the way they were developed. I felt like I really got to know them. Of course, my favorite scene was the big surprise in the courtroom....and "mewling like a kitten" really felt visceral to me.

Which character – as performed by Ashley Ulery – was your favorite?

Katie, of course!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The courtroom scene really got me....although there were so many, it was hard to choose. I loved the ending as well...

Any additional comments?

More. Made me want more. As it was nearing the end, it felt like I was about to leave some friends for a while!

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Entertaining and a Stretched Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Grace to be better than the print version?

It was good but I didn't care for the Caribbean (?) accents. They were off.

What other book might you compare Saving Grace to and why?

I started another book with a similar story line about a year ago, but couldn't finish it and don't remember the title. Obviously, this was written better because I did finish it.

Which scene was your favorite?

Katie discovering Annalise.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really.

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  • Angel Cross
  • 08-01-19

Growing up is hard to do

Attorney Katie struggles with drowning her sorrows as life hits her one blow after another. No one is exempt from making mistakes...even terrible ones. It's what we do after we make them that matters. Do we allow ourselves to drown in our sorrows or do we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and move forward the best way we can? Growing up is hard to do for all of us. This story hits home and leaves the reader feeling inspired as they watch Katie grow and move forward, one step at a time. The narrator is also incredible with her unique ability to switch dialect from one part of the world to another. The story keeps you gripped and unable to stop listening as you anxiously wonder, "What's going to happen next?" Exceptional story! Exceptional narrator!

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  • Julie
  • 06-08-19

Hauntingly good book

I enjoyed this book. It was a nice little mystery set on an island setting, with fun characters. I also enjoyed the court room scenes and the fun and games between the lawyers.
Katie is a Lawyer with a drinking problem and after an intervention from her brother and a friend she is sent off to get her life in order and to find away to come to terms with her parents death. However she falls in love with a haunted house and soon finds herself making an offer and with the ghost of the house deciding she wants Katie to own her, life for Katie under going huge changes. But.can she runaway from her past or will she have to face it head on. When her new friend is arrested for murder island life doesn't seem to be the paradise life it claims.
I liked the choice of narrator and thought she did an excellent job for both island life and the court room drama. Sounding both fun and serious.