A Single Step is the mysterious and romantic first book in The Grayson Trilogy and tells the story of Emma Grayson who after suffering a tragedy gets a job on the Melton Estate to look after the horses for Lord and Lady Cavendish. Though seeking solitude she finds herself reluctantly having to interact with her fellow workers including Trent who has had his own share of troubles and is none too welcoming. After a difficult start Emma suspects there is more to the estate than she first realised but before she can find out anything else her life is threatened in a series of escalating attacks so that just when she thinks she is finally moving on it looks like she has lost everything.
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By Geoffrey West on April 10, 2014
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Emma has a lot of problems. She is recovering from her own personal tragedy and marriage break-up, and all she wants is to start afresh in her own time, in her own space. But try as she might to remain aloof and alone, she finds that she has to accept help occasionally. And she’s extremely glad of this assistance when events take more and more sinister turns until she finds herself in mortal danger. Yet who is her unknown enemy?
By Eat Sleep Read Review on January 20, 2015
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Book received in exchange for an honest review.
Emma Grayson has suffered far more than any woman should have to and I immediately liked and sympathized with the character. In actual fact, the author does such a good job of forging a connection with the character and the reader that I found myself in emotional turmoil at times. Emma is sweet woman, however due to her past, she is untrusting – and understandably so. Therefore, at times she comes across a bit short.
To get to the crux of it, Emma takes a job at a beautiful and remote estate. There she settles in well with the other employees. The love interest – Trent, first comes across as a bit of a rude, control freak. However, as we begin to gain more knowledge about him, we also gain a better understanding into why he behaves in the way he does. As the story progresses, Trent and Emma must trust each other and soon the chemistry settles in. I really can’t say much more here to avoid spoilers.
I prefer a fast to moderately paced read and I found this book to be a little slow in places. However, at times I felt the relaxed movement necessary to give the reader time to deal with the myriad of emotions some parts evoke. Some of the hints that were dropped glared at me, others were well executed. As a genre, I think this belongs in Women’s Fiction, regardless of the suspense and romance aspects of it. All round, a great read in a genre I wouldn’t necessarily pick up.
By SensoryMama on May 2, 2014
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By Barb Taub on September 26, 2014
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“Oh, no,” I thought when I saw the quote from Jane Eyre at the beginning of A Single Step, Georgia Rose’s first book of The Grayson Trilogy. Despite (or perhaps because of?) my appreciation for all things Austen, that particular Brontë oeuvre has always been my least favorite. I braced myself for yet another gothic— orphaned young heroine, gloomy mansion complete with turrets, sinister servants, family members who’ve met with untimely deaths, mysteriously significant piece of jewelry, foreboding weather that mirrors the frightening events.
Thank you Ms. Rose for proving me wrong! Her version of gothic does indeed involve an orphaned heroine, the grieving Emma Grayson. But from that point on, Georgia Rose grabs hold of the gothic genre with both hands and makes it her own. Emma, though deeply damaged by the loss of her child and subsequent meltdown of her marriage, has a quiet inner strength that lets her rebuild her life on her own terms. She accepts a job managing the stables on an aristocratic estate, where she is soon fending off romantic offers from coworkers, and orders from her supervisor, the enigmatic Trent.
I don’t hesitate to give A Single Step five stars out of five. While I’m not normally a fan of careful, deliberate pacing, in this book it lets readers get to know Emma, peeling back the protective layers she’s built around her wounds. We get a picture of her quietly stubborn strength. And—this part is the most fun for an American like me—we get to see it play out in that most British of settings, the estate plus neighboring village and pub. Yes, there are a few points that were unresolved, such as who actually slipped the advert for the new job under Emma’s door. But those are the kind of loose ends that the remaining books of the series will undoubtedly address.