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Saving Grace [Mass Market Paperback]

Julie Garwood
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Book Description

March 1 1994
Bestselling author Julie Garwood has written an irresistible novel about a fierce Scottish Highlander and the English lady who will bring him to his knees, in this classic historical romance.

In this splendid New York Times bestseller, Julie Garwood brilliantly crafts the majestic story of a young Englishwoman determined to fight for her freedom...a woman whose life would be transformed by the rare, unexpected gift of love.

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!

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From Publishers Weekly

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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1.0 out of 5 stars SAME OLD THING!!! Aug. 22 2001
By grace
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Saving Grace March 7 2001
By Heather
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop, read this, and buy... Nov. 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her Best Aug. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical June 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is close to my heart May 31 2003
By RJRo20
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was first introduced to Julie Garwood after skimming through an excerpt of MERCY in the Cosmopolitan magazine. After reading that book, I read HEARTBREAKER. Then, I embarked upon reading her historical titles.
As always, Garwood writes a tale about love, passion, and intrigue. SG takes place in the Highlands of medieval Scotland. The novel is truly captivating - for its memorable story, well-depicted characters, and excellent writing. Out of all the handsome, powerful, arrogant, and gallant heroes that grace the historical romance world, Scottish laird Gabriel MacBain is by far my most favorite warrior. He is a tender and passionate lover. Unlike many heroes, he does not torment himself, or struggle with the fact that he actually loves his wife! He accepts Johanna for who she is; he welcomes her love with open arms; and he protects her with all his might. Lady Johanna is wonderfully crafted as the golden-haired English beauty. Of course, she's clever, strong-willed, loyal, and absolutely devoted to MacBain. Together, they make one of Garwood's most beloved couples. I cherish SG, because it's the first historical romance novel that I ever read. I believe it's a definite must-have for all romance readers alike.
I have read all of Ms. Garwood's books, except PRINCE CHARMING, KILLJOY, and A GIRL NAMED SUMMER. Her ability to entertain readers with her wonderful prose style is invaluable to the literary world. She's a masterful storyteller. After reading this book, I highly recommend that you read HONOR'S SPLENDOR, THE LION'S LADY, THE BRIDE, THE SECRET, and RANSOM. All of her books are great and very entertaining, but these 4 represent her best work.
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Great escape from the daily ordeals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
Julie Garwood knows how to weave a wonderful historical story and listening brings it to life even more. I look forward to listening to many more of her historical stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've Loved Two Copies to pieces
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. Read more
Published on July 11 2008 by A. Pepin
5.0 out of 5 stars A very charming romance
I loved this book, as I have all of Ms. Garwood's historicals. A word of warning before you read any of the other reviews here: Many of the following reviews contain SPOILERS! Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it 3 times
I hate reading a book again when I already know the ending. However, I've made an exception with all Julie's books. I love Johanna and Gabriel. Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by V. Seaton
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave...
Out of the 12 Garwood books that I read, I definitely have to say that this one is my all-time favorite. And it's for all readers. Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by S. Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Garwood!!!
This book touched me so deeply. I loved watching the transformation in Johanna and her love for Gabriel and his clan. Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Kristal Gorman
2.0 out of 5 stars Same story, different title
I've been reading other Julie Garwood books recently and this one is almost like an exact clone of The Secret... Tough man...small, weak woman... Boring!!! Read more
Published on April 29 2003
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