The Rules of Love & Grammar
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 1:30PM
Dixon Education Building


Author: Mary Simses

Book: The Rules of Love & Grammar

How does a journalist and a lawyer become a successful novelist? Author Mary Simses will talk about how she came to her third career as an author (the career she’s keeping!) when she discusses her latest novel, “The Rules of Love & Grammar”, and shares the behind-the-scenes story of how her first book, “The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café”, became a hit movie for Hallmark.

Book signing will follow.

A woman finds love and closure, and rediscovers herself, when she returns to her roots.

Newly jobless, newly single, and suddenly apartmentless, writer Grace Hammond has come unmoored. A grammar whiz who’s brilliant at correcting other people’s errors, she hasn’t yet found quite the right set of rules for fixing her own mistakes.

Desperate to escape the city and her trifecta of problems, Grace hits pause and retreats to her Connecticut hometown. What begins as a short visit with her parents quickly becomes a far more meaningful stay, though, as she discovers that the answers to what her future holds might be found by making peace with-and even embracing-the past.

As Grace sets out to change her ways and come to terms, finally, with the tragedy that took her older sister’s life so many years ago, she rekindles a romance with her high school sweetheart, Peter, now a famous Hollywood director who’s filming a movie in town. Sparks also fly at the local bike shop, where Grace’s penchant for pointing out what’s wrong rattles the owner’s ruggedly handsome schoolteacher son, Mitch. Torn between the promise of a glamorous life and the allure of the familiar, Grace must decide what truly matters-and whether it’s time for her to throw away the rule book and bravely follow her heart.

Author bio: Mary Simses grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and spent most of her life in New England, where she worked in magazine publishing, and, later, as a corporate attorney. She wrote fiction “on the side” for many years, and during that time several of her short stories were published in literary magazines. Mary is the author of “The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café”, which was turned into a movie for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel, and “The Rules of Love & Grammar”. She enjoys photography, listening to old jazz standards, and escaping to Connecticut in the summer. She lives in Palm Beach with her husband, and they have a daughter who is quite a writer herself.



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Featuring discussions with Florida authors, lectures are open to the public and will take place in the Dixon Education Building during the restoration of the King Library. A book signing will follow the lecture.  Discussions are open to the public and will be held in the Dixon Education Building during restoration of the King Library.

Florida Voices is generously supported by the Fred J. Brotherton Endowment for Literature of the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation.

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