Sunday, December 21, 2014

His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen

Ten months ago, Lady Grace Ashworth's husband was reported killed in battle.  Her husband's brother, the new Earl and his wife immediately swept her out of the house to the dowager house.  Now, her brother-in-law has arranged marriage for her with a neighbor that started visiting after her husband died.  Grace does not want to remarry because she loved her husband so much but she hates living in the dilapidated dowager house alone so she will agree to the match.  The day after, a carriage pulls up to the dowager house and her husband climbs out.  He is not the same man due to a brain injury he received.  Michael only wants the best for Grace and attempts to drive her away from him.  

The struggles they have while learning how to work with Michael's injury are poignant and the reader feels great empathy toward Grace.  The struggles that Michael goes through to find happiness with the man he is now are beautifully written.  The flash backs helped establish how Michael and Grace met and what their relationship was like before he went to war.  I was hoping for a bigger blow out when Michael returned to the manor house with the sister-in-law.  I only wish their HEA could have included the children Grace wanted.

This was a wonderful novel.  I thought that the cover of the book was hotter that the contents.  And, that was fine.  Every once in a while, I want to read a book that makes me think and every other page isn't sex.  

Off topic of the content of the novel, I wonder why the editors don't go onto Goodreads when the are thinking about a title and see how many other novels have the same title?!  When I searched, this was the fifth "His Saving Grace" I found.  

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

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