Book Review-Saving-Grace


Saving Grace 

(Button Jar  #1)


Fiona McCallum

Set in small town Wattle Creek, Saving Grace tells the story of Emily who marries John, the wealthy farmer’s son, and is supposed to live happily ever after.  It takes Emily three years to discover suitor John and husband John are divides apart.

Fortunately, or unfortunately it does not take her that long to realise the she does not want him to be father of her children.

She leaves John after he fires a shot at her only friend on their farm, her newly acquired Border Collie pup, Grace, who was out doing what Border Collie pups do…looking at some sheep.

Emily’s mother disapproves of her marriage breakdown as much as she approved her daughter ‘catching’ the wealthy farmer’s son.  Fortunately a new friend Barbara lends her the support she needs and helps set up a new home.

Narrator Jennifer Vuletic has to be applauded for her narration and her character voices.   Jennifer made the characters come to life.


I thoroughly enjoyed Saving Grace and could identify with some of the small town issues attributed to Wattle Creek.


Saving Grace is not my first nor will it be my last as Saving Grace is Book one of a Button Jar Trilogy.  If you enjoy Australian fiction, you will enjoy Fiona McCallum’s offerings.

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I’m late with my post this week because I did find it a challenge.Climbing the tower at the Australian Memorial

at Villers Bretonneux.   

After spending most of the day walking in heavy denim jeans

and sneakers in unseasonal mid twenties temperatures…

the last thing I felt like doing was climbing a staircase.

I thought maybe the arch would do…

However having attained that height…

the next level was my goal.

Imagine my horror upon reaching this level

only to find there were

still more steps to the summit.

I will admitted only twenty-three but the view was worth it.

I just cannot imagine that War has raged around this

tranquil farmland setting not once but twice.

Did you notice the bullet holes in the tower

from World War II aircraft.





My incongruous photos based on

my interpretation of the ‘seemingly’

out-of-place synonym

are all from Alaska.

A market at Anchorage provided us with

opportunities to photograph and be photographed

with two gorgeous Siberian Huskies.

A pleasure doing business with

an Australian in Anchorage.


Dinner in Fairbanks and we were surrounded by

cylinder recordings from bygone times.

Operated by a Chinese Australian who spends

half the year in Ketchikan and the other half

in Australia searching for opals.


Word of the Day Challenge: Incongruous



Since our visit to…

the Champs Elysees and…

marveling at the amount of traffic pass around l’Arc de Triomphe,

I have often commented that it appeared to be

the intersection of 4 or 5 roads. 

This morning Google maps tells me I am incorrect. 

There are actually 12 roads intersecting at l’Arc de Triomphe.

A pity there has been so much trouble in that area

over the past week or so.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Intersection