by Sandy HusebyFebruary, 2004
From childhood, Grace Bagshaw has fiercely looked out for Harp Vance. Even as a widow, she's determined to protect the integrity of his reputation from the likes of Stone Senterra, the action hero movie star who comes to Georgia to film Harp's heroic story in Deborah Smith's Charming Grace. Like the ethereal glen of lady slippers that continues to bloom throughout Grace's life, Deborah Smith's Southern novel is more than just a beguiling bed of delicate flowers. Stone Senterra is determined to shed his beefcake image and become a serious actor. His baby sister Diamond intends to see he gets his way, and she expects Boone Noleene, Senterra's bodyguard, to deal with recalcitrant, shotgun-toting Grace. But Boone is captivated by the slightly cracked Southern belle. Charming Grace is a delightful story peopled with colorful characters and deft warm touches as magical as a hidden valley swathed in sunshine light. Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.