Saturday, January 12, 2008

Julie Garwood: Saving Grace

Saving Grace: D

Julie Garwood: Saving Grace

When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, 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 he was falling in love with her gruff new husband. And it was soon apparent to the entire Highlands clam 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!

There was nothing really wrong with this book, more of that there is nothing interesting to really talk about. This read felt unoriginal and like Ms. Garwood’s other historicals.

Checklist for unoriginal historical:

-Sweet, innocent, good-hearted, unrealistically patient heroine

-Gruff but internally sweet, fierce but tender, masochistic and egotistic but loving Scottish leader as hero

-Weird deranged madman as the arch nemesis of heroine (and therefore eternal enemy of hero)

-Other insignificant events that show that hero loves heroine

I liked that Johanna learned to stand up against her fears (aka arch nemesis) but the read itself was boring and the ending anticlimactic.

Maybe I’m getting old and bitter – jaded from life and hard to please. Heh.

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