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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood was released in 1993. It is a wonderful novel set in 1206 in England and Scotland. Johanna and Gabriel make a great couple. Read morePublished 7 days ago by K. Nolting
I enjoyed the book so much that I ordered a copy for a family member. Only I couldn't stop there I ordered four other Garwood books to share.Published 23 days ago by Alexandrea's Kindle
Absolutely loved this book! Just discovered this author and I am enjoying all her books especially the historical romances.Published 1 month ago by Dana Guillory
I have read and re-read this book several times. It is always a great read. Love the characters and story.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Oldie but goodie. I read this book years ago but reordered in paperback so I could read it again as I had forgotten the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by readingisfun