After discovering her fiancé having sex with another woman just prior to uttering their wedding vows, Grace Colebrook flees in shock and disbelief. While trying to cope with this betrayal and the sudden change in her life, Grace—in full wedding regalia—sits on a bench across the street from her apartment.

Dr. Jack Berenger is a highly respected workaholic who has little faith in relationships. From his window, he spots a lonely figure in white seated in the churchyard. He approaches Grace, drawn to her, and they come together in a flurry of passion. Grace is horrified at herself and escapes to her apartment shortly thereafter. While Grace knows who Jack is, he's never seen Grace before. Therefore, he is startled to locate his mystery woman living nearby.

Grace's life goes from bad to worse when she loses her job. An upstart employee steals Grace's idea for a new toy, and Grace is fired by Kendrick Toys. Despite his reluctance to get involved, Jack is drawn to Grace and her ongoing disaster of a life. Are these two polar opposites destined for each other or destined to break each other's hearts?

Human foibles and emotions provide the dramatic center of this touching new novel by Linda Francis Lee, her first contemporary. THE WAYS OF GRACE provides a moving look into the hearts of lovers. (Sep., 368 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith