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Saving Grace

(Hearthfire Romance #1)

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After the death of her grandfather, the Duke of Salisbury, Grace Thatcher wants nothing more than to live quietly in the country with her younger siblings. Her father’s debts thwart those plans, and to protect her sister, Helen, Grace must marry a man of her father’s choosing.

As each suitor proves less than desirable, Grace comes up with clever schemes, causing each to
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ebook, 380 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Mirror Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Regency romance Kindle freebie as of May 17, 2017, of the squeaky clean variety, with a sweet, spunky heroine who finds herself in a fix and a resulting engagement-of-convenience.

Grace Thatcher is a duke's granddaughter, but her father is a gambling addict and her mother (the duke's estranged daughter) died when Grace was eight. She pretty much singlehandedly raised her two younger siblings in poverty before her grandfather swooped in and rescued them, but now he's passed away as well and
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
4.5

I love picking up a book and falling into the story right from the start. I knew early on that I was going to enjoy this one, and I did. Grace Thatcher finds herself in a tricky spot, her father is trying to marry her off to any wealthy man that he can find to cover his extensive gambling debts. Grace has no desire to marry and simply wants to take her siblings and hide away in the country. Her plans run amok when her carriage breaks down and she finds herself in the home of Lord Sutherland.
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This story reminded me of Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden and The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch, but of course it has its own twists and turns that make it a story worth reading- especially if you enjoy a Regency England setting and the marriage of convenience trope. I enjoyed the characters and the conflicts that had to be resolved as the story progressed and relationships grew complex.
QNPoohBear
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to QNPoohBear by: Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Grace Thurston may be the granddaughter of a Duke, but she's the daughter of a gamester who hasn't lifted a finger to help his family in 25 years. Since the death of Grace's mother when she was only 8, she has been mother and sister to her two younger siblings. Determined to protect her shy sister Helen from her father's scheme to marry his daughters in exchange for a fortune, Grace agrees to his plan to meet her prospective suitors. Little does Papa know that Grace has a plan to reject them ...more
Kim
I think I am in Regency era fangirl swooning delight. I am an avid historical fiction fan of the Georgian era and its latter half sub-eras of the legal and cultural Regency. Of all the Regency era works I read this year, only this work and Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot totally blew my mind and I could find no fault in them.

This is a clean secular traditional regency romance. I know it’s unfair, but I hold clean secular historical romance authors and Christian historical romance authors to
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Tammie
Saving Grace is a Regency romance set in the latter part of the Regency period. Just like in most of these type books there was a lot of second guessing how the other person feels and being foolish about it, but for some reason I just keep enjoying these anyway. They are mostly great for when I don't have a huge attention span for reading, but just want to breeze through something light and easy. And they also warm the heart and make me feel good, sort of like a Hallmark movie. This one had a ...more
Heather
This book is sigh-worthy. It's a pleasure to read a story in which it's plain that the author took her time and put her heart into it. I got to read an advanced copy of Saving Grace, and even though I have a million other books stacked up to read, this was worth moving to the top of the stack. Grace is spunky, sweet, and incorrigible. Nicholas is living in the past and can't see past his vengeful heart. He needs Grace, and she needs him. But they are almost both too stubborn to see it. Many ...more
Julie Carpenter
There is a lot of depth to the characters of this first book. The beginning starts off pretty fast paced and with some funny, wild haired ideas, all concocted by Grace and pulled off with help from her lady's maid and groom. I was laughing along with her spunk and great attitude throughout her first debacle(I think that's a great word for it although it's a self planned debacle).

Maybe I should explain a little...I don't want to give anything away so just enough to help. Grace is unfortunately
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on blog: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/20...

*Thank you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

I am someone who loves a good historical fiction. Seeing as I have also been trying to read more romance as well, putting the two together seemed like a good idea. And this novel definitely followed through.

We get Grace Thatcher, a girl who has been trying to escape marriage and avoid her father selling her off to pay his debts. I had to admire her, because she was someone
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Katie W
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love a good Regency romance and this one was great! When Grace attempts to escape a man who has less than desirable intentions, she finds herself without a carriage and with poor health in the middle of the night. Her servants take her to a home to rest up and she ends up in the funniest situation. It had me laughing out loud! That's where the story really got interesting.

I wasn't really excepting a love triangle, but that what happened. Grace is very clever, resourceful, and kind-hearted. She
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Alisa
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Grace Thatcher is the granddaughter of Eugene Durham, the Seventh Duke of Salisbury. She is also the daughter of a useless gambler who doesn't know how to care about anyone but himself. Grace's grandfather has passed away and her father is now trying to marry her off to a rich man to pay his gambling debts. But Grace has no interest in being married. She is trying to stall until the inheritance from her grandfather (that her father knows nothing about) comes through so she can take care of her ...more
Mela
I am disappointed. And it will be my first review with only two stars (I have given two stars earlier but I haven't written full review then).

What is good: the main idea, the main thread of the story and the idea about characters. Thanks to these there are a few interesting scenes.

But it isn't all used as it could and should be. There is to many descriptions of emotions, hopes, regrets and so on. [I would never thought that I would write it "to many descriptions of feelings", because I think it
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Chrissy
I just finished this book and I loved it, especially the ending. In fact, during the middle I might have given it 3.5 or 4 stars, but the last part was so good! I highly recommend it to lovers of clean romance, especially regency. There was no mystery, suspense, or danger, just a well-told story about an "arranged" engagement (a forced engagement where both parties don't like each other but ending up falling in love), love, forgiveness, and making the best out of life's tough situations.
Melanie
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let up the entire time. Grace's father has a lot of debt and needs her to marry someone wealthy asap. Grace, however, has her own plans and is determined not to get married and finds ways for her suitors to reject her. They are quite entertaining and I got a laugh out of her antics.

On the way to the last suitor's house, Samuel Preston, she is forced to make a stop at Nicholas Sutherland's home. While there, something happens and she concocts a
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Mindy
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this book is perfect. I loved it! The characters are brilliant and enjoyable. I loved Grace in an instant. What she does at the beginning of the book to get herself out of a bad situation, had me liking her from the start. She is in an impossible situation, put there by her father's stupidity and heartlessness. I admit I was nervous about Grace's scheme at first, but I enjoyed how events unfolded and I loved the end result. For a little bit, I was torn between who she should end ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad I had the chance to review this book. I saw it and immediately knew it was a book that I wanted to read. Sweet and clean romances are right up my alley.

Michele Holmes does a fantastic job of setting up the time, place and characters in this book. I loved how friendships and romances developed slowly but never left me feeling bored or anxious. It was a great book from beginning to end. Such a great diversion!

Grace is tenacious. She is a fighter but in a very soft way. She knows
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Jillian
I forced myself to finish this book because I was genuinely curious how it would turn out but in order to do that I had to skim a lot of it. I was so bored reading this book that I actually fell asleep a few times. On a positive note, I really liked the characters.
I will not be reading anything else in this series.
Kathy
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I read this series out of order. Don't do that. Start with this book. Despite already knowing the outcome this was still my favorite. Such a fun regency romance. I both laughed and cried while reading this one.

Content: Clean
Tori (Book Chick)
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought the story was charming! I loved Grace's character and I really was guessing up until the end how it would all play out.
Rachel
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excerpt from full review at http://smilingbookreviews.blogspot.co...

I enjoyed this clean regency romance series about two sisters and a brother. The first one is about the oldest, Grace, and her schemes to avoid marriage to the men her scoundrel father is trying to marry her off to in order to pay his debts and support his degenerate lifestyle. Grace is feisty, hard working, and very loyal to her siblings. The story kind of has a Beauty and the Beast vibe going on. While escaping her latest
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Fifi
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Idk, it started out promising but I just couldn’t get into it. The characters had me feeling emotionless and this was so boring that I skimmed most of it. I think I’ve discovered that no one will ever write regency like Melanie Dickerson does ...more
Deborah Andreasen
Which one?

Grace was forced to grow up when she was almost nine. Caring for her younger siblings has been her life's work. Now her gambling father makes that job almost impossible as he plans to sell her as a bruise to the highest bidding groom. Through unfortunate circumstances, she's lands herself knee deep in scandal. She's presented with two worthy men who both care for her. Which will she choose? Or will she choose neither? Great recency romance. Excellent writing. Good characters. I labored
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Alysia
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It made my heart happy :)
Valerie Waters
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2 stars is a little harsh but it honestly took me months to finish this book. I finally just got to the point where I would skip pages at a time. Pages. Way too wordy for my taste. But thee were also things explained in detail then 5 chapters later explained again. And I knew that even skipping pages. Besides that it was a good story. I liked the characters.
Adelynne
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The romance and the characters were written so well in Saving Grace. I enjoyed every moment of the book.

Although there was somewhat of a love triangle, it was not an aggravating one; it was quite clear as to whom Grace would end up with. All the characters were written out very realistically, and the romance developed in a slow, believable way. There was no insta-love or insta-lust; in fact, Grace and Nicolas actually did not find each other attractive at all in their first meeting. The whole
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Saving Grace was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting to like the characters as much as I did. Grace is an enterprising young woman. She is in a difficult position. She has a money grasping/drunk/gambler for a father. His financial problems become hers when he pushes her to marry to get him financial gain. She must protect her younger brother and sister from her father and secure them a quiet life in the country.

I loved the way she found an escape from all of the men her father sent her
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Lindsey
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.)

Grace is the daughter of a worthless gambler, and the granddaughter of the Duke of Salisbury. After her grandfather passes away, her father plans to marry her off to one of the loathsome men he owes, and he sends her to visit several of them. Grace does her best to thwart her father's plan, and is even willing to ruin her reputation to do so. She only wants to hold out long enough for her inheritance from
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Bregje (B a Reader)
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book started off really well. The writing style was very pleasant and because of the instant action I easily found myself submerged in the book. Eventhough the setting of this book is historical the book doesn't include very much historical details because it focuses mainly on the characters.

Grace Thatcher was an entertaining main character. Eventhough she somtimes appeared a bit naive about the consequences of her actions I liked how she was very active in her own life and would not let
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Lucinda
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for this book for some time. I've read the author's other books and really enjoyed her first historical "Captive Heart", and "Counting Stars" is still on the list of my all-time favorites.

"Saving Grace" is a beautiful story with realistic characters who learn to live past their grief and circumstances to a life where happiness is attainable.

It's a sweet, clean, regency romance that reminded me a bit of Beauty and the Beast. I loved the writing and voice of the main
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Jeanette
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, for-review
Love. Love. Loved it.

I have been on a bit of a reading slump. Thank you Michele Paige Holmes for bringing me up out of that slump.

First let me say I adore all the characters in this book. The author made everyone likable. Well accept for Grace's father.. but that's not the point.

Grace's father has sent her visiting suitors (men he is in debt to mostly). On her way to visit another suitor she ends up very ill. Here is where we meet Nicholas and Preston. Now the story really begins to get good. I
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Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

She is the author of a dozen published romance novels, including
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