Title: Saving Grace
Author: Julie Garwood
Release Date: March 1st 1994
Length: 407 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry and selected a bridegroom for her—it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.
At first Johanna was shy, but as Gabriel tenderly revealed the splendid pleasures they would share, she came to suspect that she was falling in love with her gruff new husband. And it was soon apparent to the entire Highlands clan that their brusque, gallant laird had surrendered his heart completely. But now a desperate royal intrigue threatened to tear her from his side—and to destroy the man whose love meant more to her than she had ever dreamed!
****My Review ****
I have just finished this book and I must admit that I have not enjoyed such an easy read for a long time, A book that pushes me into deep thinking while relaxing me at the same time. With an intriguing plot, fantastic characters, and exceptional humor, this book is definitely perfect for all those lovers of historical fiction, spiced with modern elements.
Marriage vows exchanged in haste, fear, uncertainty, and love that is yet to begin… A gentle heroine who hides unseen truths, a barbarian hero who has a gentle hand and a hope for a better future ….. Johanna and Gabriel are two characters who definitely you will remember for their depth and layering, for their interesting dialogues, and for the love that everyone desires.
This author, as always, has created a work that is perfect from beginning to end, with a plot that draws you in and does not allow you to leave the book until the very end. The detailed account of each incident, each scene, and each conversation take you to a time when other rules prevailed, rules that we gladly read our heroes break and change.
Parts of the past mixed with futuristic insights, intrigue and a series of funny moments perfectly conveyed and balanced are what sets this book apart in a sea of historical romances. But if you are looking for a book that is historically accurate, then this book is definitely not for you.
****About the Author****
With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America’s favorite fiction writers.
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. “The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick,” says Ms. Garwood.
She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young-adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985. Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense. Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world. Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.
Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.