Book Review~Saving Grace

Title: Saving Grace
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Michele Paige Holmes
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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 reject her. While staying at the mysterious Sutherland Hall, a middle-of-the-night mishap sends Grace into the arms of a stranger, Nicholas Sutherland—and provides inspiration for her grandest plan yet—one that will leave her reputation in tatters yet free both her and Helen from all possibility of marriage. 

Too late Grace regrets her rash actions when her father’s last choice, Mr. Samuel Preston, proves to be a gentleman and a friend. But Samuel is the sworn enemy of Nicholas Sutherland, the man responsible for her “ruin.” Now instead of being free, Grace is caught between two men—each with his own agenda. 

I love a strong, independent female lead. Especially in historical romance. Grace is certainly that, she's not only strong and independent but also caring, considerate, kind, compassionate, and flawed. I much prefer reading books, specifically inspirational ones, in which the main characters aren't perfect. The characters in Saving Grace certainly weren't without fault, and I think that only makes the story more endearing. Grace is full of schemes and plans to get out of the predicament her father has put her in, but if it means saving her sister, she'll go through with it.

I enjoyed watching the story change and develop throughout the course of the story. I had made some premature assumptions about Preston's motives and was quite relieved to have been wrong. There was a good balance between revealing what was to come, and keeping you guessing. Overall I loved this book and recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good, clean romance novel.

This book had me turning the pages, using words like oft, and dreaming of days of pretty ball gowns and a waltz being scandalous. Tom can always tell when I'm reading historical fiction because my vocabulary tends towards the language in the book.

Sex? No.
Language? No.
Drugs and alcohol? No.
Religion? No.
Anything else I should know? Nope!

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. Her first novel, Counting Stars (Covenant Communications 2007), won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. Her companion novel, a romantic suspense titled, All the Stars in Heaven (Covenant 2009), was a Whitney finalist, as was her first historical romance, Captive Heart (Covenant 2011). My Lucky Stars (Covenant 2012) completed the Stars series. Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over thirteen years and feels privileged to meet weekly with fellow authors Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, LuAnn Staheli, Sarah M. Eden, J. Scott Savage, and Robison Wells. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences. When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear, in a house with a wonderful view of the mountains.