Published by Pocket Books on 1993
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Copy
In this splendid New York Times bestseller, 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!
I’ve always liked and enjoyed Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. I’ve read it numerous times, but I haven’t read it in at least 5 years. So while I had warm feelings towards Saving Grace, I actually had forgotten how absolutely amazing this book is. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood is such a fantastic story full of romance, and humor, but also takes a look at how woman were valued (or not valued) showcases a woman who grows and develops confidence in herself.
Saving Grace is about Johanna, who was married off to an English baron when she was still nearly a child, but is now a widow, her husband dying a few years ago. To say that Johanna’s first marriage was a terrible experience is putting it mildly. But now Johanna is marrying a Scottish Laird, Gabriel, and it’s changes her life.
You guys, I just love Johanna. She starts off the book as a (justifiably) frightened young woman. But even though you can see her fear, she does show her backbone from time to time. It’s really amazing to see Johanna grow into a confident, strong woman throughout the story. It take some time, but Johanna’s determination is so admirable and made me love her all the more. Seeing her at first adjust to her new life in the Highlands, and then seeing her really become her own woman is just such an amazing thing. Johanna is definitely a favorite heroine of mine. I particularly love a scene where Johanna threatens to send an arrow into a man who is doing something despicable (no spoilers). I think it’s so revealing about who she is now and what she’s been through in the past.
Gabriel, the hero, oh man do I love him. Gabriel is the best kind of hero. He’s certainly strong and capable, but he’s kind as well. Although Gabriel has a growly side, he’s all bark and no bite (at least to those he cares about. Don’t get on his bad side, though!). And although he’s not exactly sure what to do with his new wife (they had never met before their wedding), he’s immediately drawn to her. And Johanna is drawn to him as well. It does take some time for Gabriel and Johanna to work things out, and the romance is just so swoony. I love how Gabriel gives Johanna the space she needs to figure out that she has value, but he’s also there to support her when she needs it.
Rereading a book is always special, but it’s even more special, when you reread a book and fall even more in love with it, and that’s what happened with me and Saving Grace. This is my ideal historical romance right her.