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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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    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.

    2 of 3 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!

    3 of 5 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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 06-25-13
    Ruth 06-25-13
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    "Yes! Classic Garwood with a first-class narrator!!"

    This is a must-have for fans of early Garwood books. I'm so pleased to finally have this book on audio and read to me by an outstanding narrator. This one is a long-time favorite and the audio version is no disappointment. Perfect!!

    Garwood and Landor are a great match! I love reading the books, and now I can enjoy listening to them. Garwood and Landor are great companions while walking or driving or ... anything!!

    Please (Brilliance Audio?) please, please consider re-recording the other recently released Garwood classics-- The Secret, Lion's Lady, Guardian Angel, Ransom. They, too, deserve the talent and expert performance of Rosalyn Landor. I would even spend credits or money for audio books I already own if she were the narrator. Pleeeeease.
    (I bought two Garwood books narrated by Susan Duerden and shuddered throughout the dreadful performances. Another reviewer suggested using 1.5 speed and this helped a bit. I have resisted purchasing the other two for fear that they would also be ruined by the narrator.)
    Although I already own the audio books, I would even buy Honor's Splendour, The Prize, and Rebellious Desire again if Rosalyn Landor were the Narrator. I would probably enjoy listening to her read the phone book-- she's that good!

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-23-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "A SWEET & WARM HIGHLANDER ROMANCE!"

    I just love me a good Julie Garwood novel, especially with Highlanders. It’s so true that her historical novels seem to be her trademark. This book was so sweet because of the warm relationships that encompassed the story. Garwood weaves a beautiful tapestry of characters who make this a most colorful, and enjoyable read/listen. Narrator Rosalyn Landor was at her best in bringing the characters to life.

    I loved everything about this novel. It made me feel warm & fuzzy inside and that was an excellent reprieve from all of the dark-themed novels I’ve read as of late.

    In this story the woes of the characters are in times past. The Highlanders are rebuilding after suffering great losses from an onslaught of the English. What starts off as an arranged marriage between Lady Johanna and the mighty, Highland Laird Gabriel blossoms into a beautiful, comfortable, loving relationship that brings out the best in this couple, and those who surround them. I was touched by the drive for a brother (Nicholas) to protect his sister as he made a fabulous match in Gabriel and Johanna.

    There is danger, past abuse to heal from and new adventures, and challenges to overcome in this book. Also, a continued confrontation between Scottish Highlanders and the English, this time with a beautiful maiden caught in the middle.

    The love scenes are sweet and steamy (I love how Gabriel wasted no time in seducing his beautiful bride). Other touching relationships include Johanna’s love and acceptance of little Alex and “clever” Ogey. I thought there was a wonderful redeeming quality about the highland priest and his relationship and trust he inspired in Johanna. Also, Johanna’s sayings and expressions were adorable, and it was so funny to see how her new clan learned the meanings. In this book the evil characters receive a just ending, and the good characters find their complete happiness.—and, that’s the way I like it!!!

    Lastly, I believe what I enjoyed most about this story was the empowerment of the heroine, especially coming from this era. It was a joy to see Johanna rise above her past abuse and fears, and hold on tight to the saving graces that surrounded her. In the end, a maiden rescues a mighty, arrogant warrior and becomes his saving grace, as he becomes hers. That’s just my kind of happy!

    4 of 7 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

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Canton, MI, United States 10-05-14
    Ann Canton, MI, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A nice read, but the hero was really unlikeable"
    What made the experience of listening to Saving Grace the most enjoyable?

    Great narrator! Seemed authentic to the time (but really what do I know about 13th century Scotland)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure its very authentic to make the hero so dominant and belittling to woman. I mean that's how it was in those days, right? But, the people that read these books are woman of the 21st century and most probably don't find a controlling, demeaning man very attractive. I know I don't.....just saying.

    0 of 0 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!

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 08-27-13
    Kimberly 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 5 people found this review helpful
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