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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (March 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671870114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671870119
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in 13th-century England and Scotland, this rollicking adventure is among Garwood's ( The Bride ) most enjoyable. The news that her despicable husband is dead has left beautiful 16-year-old Lady Johanna both wealthy and available. Wicked King John wants to marry her to one of his henchmen, but her beloved foster brother convinces the powerful highland laird Gabriel MacBain to put aside his natural repugnance for all things English and wed the girl. Emotionally scarred by her first marriage, Johanna is intimidated both by her strange surroundings and by the outsized, gruff laird; but with the help of an eccentric old soldier and MacBain's illegitimate son, Johanna learns to hold her own with the soldiers, their wives and her new husband. Then an unwelcome surprise tests her newfound courage. Garwood endows the novel with a first-rate setting, a splendid supporting cast and witty dialogue that more than offsets the rote predictability of Johanna's great beauty and MacBain's forceful charisma.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA-An entertaining story with many amusing elements. In 1206, a hastily arranged marriage unites Johanna, recent widow, with MacBain, a Scottish laird. The woman learns new customs, creates some problems but solves others, and falls in love with her husband in this turbulent time of mixed loyalties. The characters are believable-they are real people with a variety of emotions, strong allegiances at home and on the battlefield, but are tender and caring individuals too. Sufficient details of the period provide adequate background to make the people and times come alive, but the story doesn't become bogged down with these technicalities. The abundant dialogue, humorous incidents, and quick pace make this a good choice for anyone looking for light historical romance.
Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grace on Aug. 22 2001
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I don't know why most of you are jumping for joy because this books it the best. IT'S THE SAME OLD THING. Julie Garwood always write beautiful women that seems so innocent but actually dumb. I don't like the way she potrays that everyone hots for the leading lady. The guy didn't really fell in love with her! He fell in love with her beauty and body. What if she was ugly? Would he still love her? Gabriel seems so amused and fascinated. By what? By a girl who'se so beautiful and innocent at the same time. Saving Grace is the same old thing. There is no love at all. There is only lust. :( I'm dissapointed at this book and I wish Mrs. Garwood would at least write one love story that the girl isn't that perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather on March 7 2001
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I thought that this book was poorly written. The main character, Johanna, is just not interesting. She is a weak, timid mess. And her displays of "strength" in the book are a joke. The hero, Gabriel, also dull. Also, the constant harping by the author on the hierarchy in heaven and earth was tiresome. This is the first book by Julie Garwood that I have read and will probably be the last. The author just didn't capture my interest. If you feel you must read this book, I would check the library first for it and save my money for a better book by a better author.
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First, I need to say that I loved this book...Both the first copy I read to tatters and the second copy that is half way there. If you are ever going to pick up only one Julie Garwood book (I strongly suggest you pick up at least two more..."The Bride" followed by "The Wedding") this would be the one to choose.

Second...Though written ages ago, I have to dispute the previous suggestion that the heroines are always perfect. They may all have something physically appealing about them, but they have character flaws that cannot be denied.

In this novel, Johanna was beautiful, but weak and timid. She allowed herself to be bullied and intimidated until well within the story when a stronger side began to emerge. In "The Bride", Jamie allowed herself to be used as a servant by her stepfather, defending him and her pitiful stepsisters along the way. In "The Wedding", Brenna was impish as a child and grew to be an absent-minded woman who was prone to babbling.

The beauty of the book is that the character's appearance is based upon your interpretation. If it makes you feel better to imagine her with a crooked nose, do it. Only the groundwork is laid by the author when it comes to what you picture one to look like. The development of the traits and the telling of the story are the important parts.
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This is one of the best --- if not the best --- books by Julie Garwood that I have ever read.
Gabriel MacBain, the hero of this story, was not just another prototype of what I deem to be "the Garwood hero," though there were a few things in common. He never tried to change his wife, and was honest with her when it came to the important issues. He had no qualms about falling in love with her; he didn't even go through the stage of denial that most of Julie Garwood's characters from other books went through.
Johanna, the wife & another protagonist, was empowering. She believed she deserved to be treated well though people tried to bring her down. She was also devoted to her husband without being a doormat.
The book was laced with lots of humor. I found myself laughing over it, and rereading certain pages. What made some parts really funny was that they were believable.
The plot was also no weakling. One never guesses what is about to happen next, but I'm not going to give too many hints, or I'll spoil the book (like some of the other reviews did for me). Even if you do learn some of the tidbits that would have been better found out when reading the book, it's still a great read! Buy it...soon.
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By Jennifer French on Aug. 21 2003
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I got this book when it first debuted on hardback ten years ago, and I must say that I've reread this story dozen of times since. Johanna, the victim of an abusive relationship, is persuaded by her brother, Nicholas, to wed Scottish Laird MacBain in order to protect her from King John. At first, Johanna is timid and frightened by her new situation. She is recovering from a first marriage in which she was repeatedly abused, and taught to be the way she was. However, when she hears her new husband's first name, she knows she will be safe with him.
MacBain has come to the aid of the McClaurian clan, after their Laird perished in a fight with the English. After the English leave, MacBain becomes Laird of two clans, and must learn how to combine the two. At this same time, Johanna, his new wife, is a mystery to him. MacBain is a typical Garwood hero; strong, courageous and loving. He is the perfect compliment to Johanna's character.
Johanna does not remain timid. She grows under the love and freedom given to her by MacBain. When she finally confronts her first husband with spuke, you want to appauld her for having the courage to do so.
I highly recommend SAVING GRACE.
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By A Customer on June 26 2003
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My favorite Julie Garwood novel, Saving Grace focuses on the theme of spousal abuse in a Medieval historical setting. Johanna, who suffered at the hands of her dead husband Baron Raulf was a physically and psychologically abused child bride. She learns what marriage and love are really meant to be and discovers passion when she remarries Highland Laird Gabriel Macbain in order to escape the threat of imprisonment or worse at the hands of the king of England. Macbain, a former outcast and illegitimate son of a Scottish Laird, has formed his own clan of other outcasts and has taken on the task of uniting his clan with another. He marries Johanna, primarily in order to gain control of the land that she has inherited, but he quickly falls in love with her and vows never to let anyone mistreat her again. With the love of her archangel Gabriel, Johanna begins to overcome her fear and takes back her life. This JG novel has it all, Brilliant leading characters who stay in your thoughts, passion that makes you burn, mystery/plot that keeps moving, tenderness and sensitivity which lift your spirit, healing that touches your soul, wit and humour which will make you laugh out loud. Ms.Garwood has gone far beyond the norm with SG, it makes you think twice about "romance" writing.
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