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Saving Grace | [Julie Garwood]

Saving Grace

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In this splendid New York Times best-seller, 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!

©2012 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-30-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-30-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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    "Beautifully Written Highland Tale"

    This story is beautifully written and the characters are so real to life. This is a highland story that has a backdrop of domestic violence. It may not seem unusual to read of domestic violence in highland historical romances but most stories just show it as common place. This book shows how Johanna deals with the abuse and handles it. Of course there is more to the story as it wouldn't be a highland story without the romance. There are many poignant moments that had me upset or mad but there were just as many times I smiled. It is more of a sweet tender highland story rather than a highland battle adventure. Its worth listening to.

    Also, Rosalyn Landor was excellent as usual!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy 07-05-13
    Jordy 07-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Highland Romance at its Best"

    Any highlander books by Julie Garwood are a must read. Her books are the greatest!

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-15-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "WOW... WHAT A JOURNEY, A PERFECT HIGHLAND ROMANCE"

    Now hold on and bare with me 'cause I'm about to gush here and probably say love and loved quite a few times - so apologies in advance.

    I just love Julie Garwood's books, and this one especially as it's filled with such a rich array of strong, loveable, quirky and funny characters that you can't help but fall in love with. Then I love the way Johanna & Gabriel's (I definitely loved him) characters evolved as they grew closer together and they learn from and with each other as their love story unfolds. I also love the way JG writes - painting each scene for us to soak up and mentally visualise the clothes, the culture, the Castle, the Warriors, the fighting, the love scenes and all the other touching, tender, violent, funny and sad events contained within these precious hours of listening. I love her story which blends heartache, violence, lust, love, betrayal and a host of other emotions making it a (Highland) Historical romance lovers perfect listen.

    Finally, I love Rosalyn Landor's narration as she not only breathes life into every character, successfully tackles the difficult task of dialects but she also puts just the right feelings that's needed whether it be anger, sorrow, pain, lust, happiness or love and so, as each chapter is revealed, it captures the great synergy between author and narrator that I wish all books would have.

    Worth a credit? I think you may have got the impression that I loved it - so that my friends is a OH AYE twas a bonny wee book and an offa gid listen.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-03-14
    Elizabeth 04-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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    "Inspired a wide variety of emotions....ENJOYABLE!"

    This book inspired a wide range of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, and I felt sympathy. It was a good listen. Great narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 07-06-13
    Katherine SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable story."

    Julie Garwood can have you laughing,crying or both. The bowl throwing in this one was a real hoot. The author has a wonderful sense of humor. I didn't want this one to end.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 06-27-13
    MickeyMarie 06-27-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Fantastic Team make for fantastic entertainment!"

    Julie Garwood is truly one of the best of the historical romance writers, and Rosalyn Landor delivers the story to its best.

    Once again the Highlanders and the English butt heads with a beautiful lady in the middle. Johanna is a powerful character who overcomes unspeakable terror to become a voice that strikes fear into the hearts of pitiful weaklings.

    Excellent Story!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 01-18-14
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Absolutely adorable!"

    Julie Garwood and Rosalyn Landor are both so very talented. The premise of this story is not a new one but the result here is delightful hours of fun. Time and a credit well spent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC2 maine 01-09-14
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    "Loved it!"

    Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators. In Saving Grace she does much justice to Julie Garwood's novel. A great combination of writer and narrator. I loved the book.

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    Deidra ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 09-16-13
    Deidra ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read or listen to Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance and IR books! I also like the Self Development books too!

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    "Entertaining..."
    What made the experience of listening to Saving Grace the most enjoyable?

    Julie Garwood is a very entertaining writer. I loved this book and the characters. I've listened to it 2x and still laughed and was kept interested all the way through.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Austin, TX, United States 09-02-13
    Erin Austin, TX, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A typical romance with a great narrator."

    The story was average; however the narration saved it. It was sometimes repetitious to the point of almost becoming annoying. I did like the transformation of the main character by the end of the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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