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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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    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 09-13-13
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyable listen"

    One of my favorite audio books so far, and I have too many to mention! Something about this couple was so heartwarming, the way they brought out the best in each other. Some scenes had me laughing out loud. Some events I'm sure weren't nearly as bad in the book as they were in reality during that time period. Always enjoy strong women in these Highland tales. Hopefully there really were some like that back then. As usual, Rosalyn Landor does an excellent job. This book is definitely worth a credit, hated to see it end!

    2 of 4 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 08-23-13
    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Indeed Saving Grace"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Grace to be better than the print version?

    ...Well, Never read the print version, but I always believe the audio versions of books work as a "theatre of the mind" type of realm.


    What other book might you compare Saving Grace to and why?

    hmmm....."By right of Arms".......


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. She is so good. She has mastered the art of voice changes impeccably well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I made me do both. So darn good .


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book regarding JoHanna and Gabriel.. I highly recommend it!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-13
    Jennifer Garcia Los Angeles, CA USA 08-21-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Sweet"

    I enjoyed this book very much. I'm very weary in reading romances about Scotsmen because of my love for Gabaldon's books, but this was quite good and different.

    I love men that are intelligent, gruff, manly, demanding, yet so gentle loving. Gabriel, the heroine's love interest was all those things and more.

    The book started out a little slow and sad but once Johanna got to the Highlands, her demeanor and adventures changed. Things became more exciting. However, I found a lot of the story line predictable and dragging, I did enjoy it very much. I loved watching Johanna grow some gumption and find her place. I love how she brought people together and became a part of the clan. The camaraderie was touching. The love story itself was nice and slow and quite realistic.

    Alex, Gabriel's illegitimate son, was adorable and how I enjoyed reading about him and his adventures. Cute kids in books are always fun to me, it's the bratty ones I can't stand. :)

    All in all, this was a great romance story and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a handsome Highlander.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 08-06-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great book by Julie Garwood"

    I love the way Garwood tells a story it flows beautifully and keeps your attention from the first and then you never want it to end. Rosalyn Landor is one of the best narrators for stories about Scotland & England she narrates both accents very well. The two women are a great combination. I have listened to several of Garwood's stories and I am looking for more!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine SPRINGVILLE, IA, United States 07-07-13
    Catherine SPRINGVILLE, IA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Nothing like an early Julie Garwood romance"

    The story is great. I love the early Garwood book. I have been disappointed with some of her recent books but this one is a fun listen. The male and female roles are believable with great interaction. Better than your average romance

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-31-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Highland hunk to the rescue."

    One of my favorite stories by Julie Garwood. So glad that Audible recorded it. A light hearted, but moving story. Love the characters and their quirkiness. I had a silly grin on my face with some of the antics Johanna gets herself into. I love how Gabriel acknowledges his feelings even though it isn't cool for a warrior to have those. Narrator was okay, although not my favorite she seems slightly old for the character and her male voices are not great.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Blairstown, NJ 07825 08-27-13
    Kimberly Blairstown, NJ 07825 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better Diaglogue. The dialogue was quite boring and juvenile at times.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything by Laura Kinsale (unfortunately I've listened to all the ones that are out), or Laurie McBain.


    What didn’t you like about Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    It's hard to characterize exactly what was lacking here, but when you're used to such consummate narrators as Nicholas Bouton, Grover Gardner, and Davina Porter, it can be hard to listed to anyone else. I didn't think there was much emotion or passion in the voices of the characters.


    What character would you cut from Saving Grace?

    I don't know that I would cut any of the characters, but the whole story needs a lot more suspense. It was hard to become emotionally invested in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this could be a good story with better dialogue, more sexual tension, and a bit more mystery.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 07-13-13
    Amazon Customer USA 07-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely attrocious narration!"
    What disappointed you about Saving Grace?

    The narration of this book is terrible. I restarted it four times, listening a couple hours each time, and tried desperately to get into this book. The narration is terrible, the "voices" are all the same. Boring and difficult to follow.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    No. She is horrible.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story seems like it might be decent but the narration made it unlistenable.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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