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.
Sure would recommend this book. Narration was outstanding and so was the Scottish theme.
All the other Scottish Highlander books Julie Garwood wrote. Try any of them. If you love Scotland and Highlanders that is.
I love the way Ms. Garwood has strong yet understanding male characters which is found in all her books.
Most definitely, YES!
I was sad. I laughed. I was totally taken by this book. The narrator was excellent. That makes the difference. Great Scottish and English accent.
Great narrator! Seemed authentic to the time (but really what do I know about 13th century Scotland)
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.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
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!
I read so I can write
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.
Totally addicted to Audible.
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.
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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.
I love to read or listen to Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance and IR books! I also like the Self Development books too!
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.
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.
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.
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
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