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Saving Grace

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  13,844 ratings  ·  351 reviews
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,...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Pocket Books (first published 1993)
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Dina
Nov 06, 2011 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Corrine, MelissaB and BJ Rose
Having heard such high praise about this book, I had sky-high expectations and expected to be blown away by it. Unfortunately, that didn't happen - not in the firsst half of the story, anyway. It took me a long time to like Gabriel - too arrogant and distant - and Johanna - too ditzy and scared. At one point, I was ready to scream if he told her to rest one more time! That was funny at first, like a recurring joke, but it got old pretty fast - probably because she didn't put a stop to it soon en...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Lady Johanna is a widow and King John has decided she must marry again. Her foster brother, Nicholas, knows just the person for her to marry. Scottish Highlander Gabriel McBain. But Lady Johanna is more than just a pretty face and would gladly prove it but her new husband thinks her good for one thing only. Lots of great characters that make this a fun and delightful read. One of several books by Julie Garwood that I never get tired of rereading.
Susanne
5 Wonderful Stars!
Lady Rogue
Review courtesy of: http://escapebetweenthepages.blogspot...

Have you ever found yourself reading a certain book over and over again. Not because you didn't understand it, but because it was just that good? That is how I feel about Saving Graceby Julie Garwood. This book has it all. When I first bought it, I read it straight through, never putting it down, except for the occasional potty break.

After looking over the elegant cover, with its simplistic style and inviting colors, I opened the book...more
Holly
Re-read 02/08/13 - LOVE!

How many times do you suppose I can re-read this and review it by saying LOVE!? Because I feel like this could go on forever.

Re-read 11/14/11 - LOVE!

This is one of my top 5 favorite Julie Garwood books. I absolutely adore everything about it from the setting to the characters.

The overall message - that women are just as important as men - could have become preachy, but it didn't. Johanna dealt with a lot during her first marriage and I like that Garwood addressed her is...more
Lelyana Taufik


"THANK YOU GOD, THANK YOU GOD, THANK YOU GOD"

Ini doa Lady Johanna saat suaminya di kabarkan meninggal dunia....lho? kenapa? Ini ceritanya....


Ini ttg Lady Johanna yg suami jahat nya mati, trus di paksa Raja mesti milih suami baru, dia di minta kakaknya nikah sama Gabriel McBain yg Laird Skotlandia, nah cinta mereka ini nanti yg jd cerita...Gabriel ini galak, tapi melting sama Johanna...dari pertama kenal udah mulai posesif, besok sore nya nikah, malem nya langsung uhuk2 pake acara oralit segal...more
Mia
Where to begin?

In fear of sounding pathetic, I'd have to say that Julie's Saving Grace found me.

My aunt works in a hotel, and they always find books left behind (I know, blasphemers!). They store them neatly in shelves and, my guess is, wait for someone to take them home.

I was 9 or 10 at the time, when she brought me in to pick something out for myself.
English being a foreign language and all, I really didn't know which one to pick, so I reached my hand into the back of the shelf and fished out...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Definitely not one of my favorite Julie Garwood books. The beginning was depressing and I just didn't liking the heroine. I'm eating my words when I said, in my Ransom review, there wasn't a Julie Garwood heroine I didn't love. The ending, however, saved the book for me. In fact, it's my favorite ending of all the Julie Garwood books I've read. It was beautiful, poignant, and the symbolism of Gabriel placing his hands on Johanna's hands, helping her break the punishment rod, brought tears to my...more
Zeek
Old bookie friend reminded me I never reviewed this one even though I've re-read it often so here goes after a recent re-read...

One of the best of Garwood’s old historicals- it features a heroine who bravely finds a way out of an abusive situation- and, fortunately, into a lovematch. A hero who is gruff, but noble. And an intrigue plot featuring kings and conspiracies.

Okay, okay, it’s a romance novel plot, solved with a perfect Happily Ever After ending, accompanied by men too amazing to be beli...more
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
After a re-read of this recently, I'm bumping my rating to five stars. A really good read! I didn't love it as mch the first time I read jt for some reason. The story took a bit of time to unravel, and at first it was moving too slowly for me in my first read through, but I really warmed up to it. Johanna is a strong character, but she's very young when she's first married and violently abused by her husband. So it takes her time to come out of her shell and start asserting herself. But from the...more
Aengell
4,5 stars Buddy Read with Iliada and Riddhi <3

Just some products of brainstorming:

Great, great, great characters! Just what I expect from a Julie Garwood novel; a heroine which learns to show her true, genuine character (which is spirited, clever and sassy). An Alpha-hero of the first class, including a tender heart hidden somewhere behind the higland-warrior-facade. Realistic secondary characters, entertaining and sweet side-stories and subplots.

Heartmelting intimacy between the main charact...more
namericanwordcat
This is one of my first favorite romance novels. I reread it countless times. The story of Johanna and Gabe is a comfort read. Gabe is one of my favorite heroes. And Johanna's bravery is amazing every time.

This book is at once tender, funny, emotional, and fantasy. If you love Scots, you'll love this. If you like romance sweet and sexy, this is your book.

We have intrigue, growing to a trust and the amazing background of the Highlands written by one of the best historical romance writers ever to...more
Caz
I thought Saving Grace was a truly delightful story and a thoroughly engaging character-driven romance. I admit that, yes, it did have rather an anachronistic feel to it and that both Lady Johanna and her Laird were a little too modern in their sensibilities, but I was so drawn into the story that it really didn’t bother me.

Lady Johanna is a young English noblewoman who, at the beginning of the story, is only too relieved to discover that her older, abusive husband is dead. An heiress who lives...more
Cyndy Aleo
If Nora Roberts is the queen of contemporary romance fiction, then Julie Garwood is arguably the queen of period romance. One excellent example of her command of the genre is her New York Times bestseller Saving Grace.

::: True Love in Feudal England :::

Lady Johanna was married to the brutal Baron Raulf at the age of 13. After his death, her foster brother arranges for her to be married to a Scottish laird, Gabriel MacBain, now running her late husband's land holding in Scotland, which Johanna ha...more
Crista
Julie Garwood's style of writing humorous yet emotionally deep romances puts her in an elite group of writers that I would say are "sure things". Saving Grace is in the same league as all her stories are and I recommend it highly.

Johanna is unlike many of Garwood's heroines in that she was married before and was abused by her husband and also by her priest. She is afraid, of nearly everything, which is unlike Garwood's normally self sufficient strong women. You can tolerate this, as the treatme...more
Janelle
Yet another story of a seemingly puny English woman who is quickly married to a large, handsome and daunting Laird of the Highlands of Scotland. Lady Johanna is told her husband has died. Her husband was a baron who was ruthless and abusive. He warred with the highlands and took over a clans land. Once the baron was presumed deceased, the land became Lady Johanna's. In order for the King of England not to force her to marry another baron, Johanna's brother arranges for her to marry the Laird of...more
Riddhi

Buddy read this with my buddies Dinya (aka Aengell) and Iliada. I feel like out of all of Julie Garwood's books that I've read (Three or four) this one was the one that finally met the standards.


I think that all of Ms. Garwood's characters are fashioned the same way. The difference is that all the characters have different stories. Johanna's story was different from any other heroine I've read about. I know there are a lot of books about abused via husband heroines but this one was my first. I l

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Rhapsody
Dec 12, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers/fans of abused heroines
I came upon this book during finals and didn't read it too carefully, so it was a little confusing, especially since I don't know that much history. It takes place in the 14th century in Scotland. Johanna, sixteen years old and recently widowed, is married to Gabriel, a highland laird. Gabriel's the typical historical romance hero; big, strong, good-looking, gruff on the outside but really a total softie. He's taken aback by how beautiful Johanna is and quickly falls for her. As for Johanna, she...more
Liv
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...more
Beth
Uhmm--there were some very beautiful sentences in the opening pages, but it went kind of awry from there. Why did I keep reading it? I wanted to find out what happened to Grace.
Michelle
Lady Johanna thanked the Lord when she suddenly became a widow from her abusive husband. But when her brother married her off to Laird Gabriel McBain she was hesitant to enter another marriage. Gabriel ended ups being a protective, gentle and caring husband vowing never to cause Johanna any harm. Gabriel was laird to two clans who would never agree or get along. Johanna was determined to unite the clans and get rid of the battles that separated them. In doing so she won the hearts of the clans a...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 02, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
This is set in Britain in 1206 and revolves around a 16 year old English girl, Johanna, who was married for three years to an abusive husband, then second time around marries a Scottish laird, Gabriel, in an arranged marriage. I did actually stick it out to the end with this novel and enjoyed some of it. On the other hand, there were parts that struck me as implausible, there were the usual style issues that seem endemic to romance (God, the Ping-pong point of view problems in these books!), not...more
Amanda Caswell
I actually heard about this book on an Historical Fiction thread and decided I'd branch out from my Regencies. Married off young to an abusive husband, Lady Johanna has become a scared, withdrawn woman, but with her husband dead, Prince John is determined to marry her off to another so her information will stay within his control. Her brother, however, marries her off to a Highland lord, gentle but very commanding and reticent. He's intrigued by her beauty, but annoyed at her cowardice, thinking...more
Elise Wilson
Actually, this was more like 3-1/2 star rating for me. And I don't necessarily think it was the book, itself, but rather the fact that I have read some many of Garwood's books, that I am somewhat burned out, I guess. The storyline of the book was too familiar. It has it's typical heroine, Johanna, who was beautiful -- the twist to her character was her independent spirit, which was contradictory to the usual quiet and submissive women during that time. Still, there was nothing too new for me. An...more
Andrea
I just finished this book, again for the tenth time!! I love Julie Garwood's historical romances. There is nothing like them. I have read them all repeatedly and I never tire of them. Saving grace is a sweet, and humorous love story. I love the dynamics of the clans.I love the story of a hard,fierce unyielding warrior being brought to his knees by his love for his wife. There is something so beautiful about that kind of love. The story is not heart wrenching, there is no carelessness or deceit t...more
Julie
I had a little trouble with this book at first. "What's not to like," I thought. A Highlander medieval by Julie Garwood - my favorite combination! But, this story had some serious overtones, it wasn't a lighthearted comedy of a forced marriage like some of her previous medievals I've read that I've loved. Our heroine, Johanna, had been brutalized by her former husband, Raulf, and she's emotionally scarred by the experience by the time she meets her new intended, Gabriel MacBain. Gabriel is one o...more
Joy

Child brides are not my cuppa tea but the number of rave reviews persuaded me to give it a go.

Johanna was a child bride at 13 and forced to endure her husband’s attentions. When he dies three years later she swears never to remarry but King John fears the secret Johanna holds and will have her wed off to a man of his choosing but her step brother Nicholas pre-empts his wishes and Johanna finds herself removed from England and remarried within months of her husband’s death to Highlander Gabriel...more
Alex
After three years of a hellish marriage, beautiful Lady Johanna was left a widow, and she would like to remain that way but King John has different plans for her. To avoid being forced into another awful marriage, Johanna instead follows the advice of her brother Nicholas and journeys to the Scottish Highlands to marry Laird Gabriel McBain.

McBain is regarded as a great warrior in the Highlands, and is laird of two clans: The McBains and the MacLaurins (he's the illegitimate son of the former Mac...more
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“Children," Johanna drawled out. "They're such a joy. When you get married and have a family of your own, you'll understand what I'm saying. You are going to get married someday, aren't you, Keith?"
"Aye, m'lady," he answered. "Next summer as a matter of fact. Bridgid MacCoy has agreed to become my wife."
"Oh."
She couldn't quite hide her disappointment. She turned her gaze down the table and settled on Michael as a possibility.
He caught her staring at him. He smiled. She nodded. "Children," she began again. "They're wonderful, aren't they, Michael?"
"If you say so, m'lady."
"Oh, I do say," she replied. "When you get married, you'll understand. You do plan to marry someday, don't you, Michael?"
"Eventually," he answered with a shrug.
"Have you anyone in mind?"
"Are you matchmaking, m'lady?" Keith asked.
"Why would you think that?"
"I'll marry Helen when I'm ready," Michael interjected. "I've told her I will, and she agreed to wait."
Johanna frowned. The possibilities were becoming a bit limited. She turned to Niall.
"Children…" she began.
"She is matchmaking," Keith announced.
It was as though he'd just shouted the alarm that they were under siege. The soldiers literally jumped from their stools. They bowed to Johanna and left the room in the space of a single minute. She didn't even have enough time to order them back into their seats.”
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“Johanna sat by the fire every night and worked on her tapestry. Dumfries waited until she was settled in her chair and then draped himself across her feet. It became a ritual for Alex to squeeze himself up next to her and fall asleep during her stories about fierce warriors and fair maidens. Johanna's tales all had a unique twist, for none of the heroines she told stories about ever needed to be rescued by their knights in shining armor. More often than not, the fair maidens rescued their knights.
Gabriel couldn't take issue with his wife. She was telling Alex the truth. It was a fact that maidens could rescue mighty, arrogant warriors. Johanna had certainly rescued him from a bleak, cold existence. She'd given him a family and a home. She was his love, his joy, his companion.
She was his saving grace.”
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