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Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war. For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michae Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war. For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come. Convinced that his wife is wasting her time on a broken man, Michael attempts to shield Grace from a life of inconvenience by driving her away. But Grace will have none of that. Despite every obstacle Michael throws in her path, she stubbornly soldiers on, fighting not only for their marriage but for the love they once shared. In the end, will her determination alone be enough to save Michael from the darkness that threatens to consume him?


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Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war. For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michae Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war. For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come. Convinced that his wife is wasting her time on a broken man, Michael attempts to shield Grace from a life of inconvenience by driving her away. But Grace will have none of that. Despite every obstacle Michael throws in her path, she stubbornly soldiers on, fighting not only for their marriage but for the love they once shared. In the end, will her determination alone be enough to save Michael from the darkness that threatens to consume him?

30 review for His Saving Grace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars. I’m not sure exactly what I expected when I picked up this book for review. The synopsis speaks of the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war, and – well, this is going to sound silly, but – that’s exactly what this story is. I suppose I’m so used to reading a book blurb and struggling to relate it to the actual book that when I find one that’s more or less exactly as described, it’s something of a shock! In any case, His S I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars. I’m not sure exactly what I expected when I picked up this book for review. The synopsis speaks of the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war, and – well, this is going to sound silly, but – that’s exactly what this story is. I suppose I’m so used to reading a book blurb and struggling to relate it to the actual book that when I find one that’s more or less exactly as described, it’s something of a shock! In any case, His Saving Grace is indeed a deeply emotional tale which explores the problems faced by a married couple when the husband, presumed to have been killed during the Crimean War, returns home rather a different man than the one who left almost a year previously. There is, obviously, a strong romantic element to the story, but it’s really a book about the protagonists learning to deal with the difficulties they face in re-making their life together, and for the hero in particular to find a way to move on with his life and look for the positives rather than dwelling on the things he can no longer do and the man he no longer is. At the beginning of the book, Lady Grace Ashworth, the Dowager Countess of Blackbourne, is summoned to meet with her brother-in-law Nigel, the earl since his brother’s death, and is informed that he has decided she should marry again. Grace is upset and annoyed; for one thing, only ten months have elapsed since she was devastated by the news of the death of her husband, whom she had loved very much, and for another, she’s well aware that Nigel wants to get her off his hands so the income she receives from the estate can be diverted into his own pockets. Nigel’s gossipy wife, Clara, very quickly disseminates the news of Grace’s impending marriage to Sir Clayton Timmons (who is continually, erroneously, and annoyingly referred to as “Sir Timmons” instead of “Sir Clayton”) – a young, handsome and kindly man – and Grace, while not appreciative of Nigel’s methods or motivations, finds herself wavering. She’s heartsick and lonely, and thinks that perhaps a marriage for the sake of companionship might not be a terrible idea. But before she can dwell any further on that thought, she receives a completely unexpected visitor in the form of her husband, Michael – alive and perhaps not exactly well, but her husband nonetheless. Grace is naturally overjoyed – but quickly realises that all is not well, and that the man she is only too glad to welcome back is a very different man to the one she had married. Michael received a severe head injury during a battle and would have died on the field were it not for the fact that he was discovered and taken away by a Cossack warrior, named Tarik. Tarik cared for Michael during the long period of his recovery and has travelled with him to England. At first, Grace is suspicious and resentful of this large, taciturn man, whom she believes has usurped her place as the person caring for her husband. But as she comes to know more about Michael, the nature of his injury and how it continues to affect him, she becomes grateful for the Tarik’s insight and care. Michael’s injury has left him with a number of problems, most of them concerning his memory and ability to retain information. He is constantly frustrated by his inability to find the right words; for example, early in the story he thinks of his wife’s hair as “yellow”, being unable to remember the word “blonde”. Or rather, it’s not a case of his not being able to remember, sometimes, it’s as though he never knew the word at all. Having only recently come into the earldom, he is anxious about his ability to be able to carry out all the duties incumbent upon the management of a large estate, worried that his brother may try to oust him – and is filled with despair because he hates the idea that he has saddled his beloved wife with a broken man. Michael and Grace have many obstacles to overcome in their attempts to adjust themselves to a new way of living. Grace is an incredibly strong woman, determined to do whatever it takes to keep Michael with her and to help him to adjust, but she is up against an equally strong personality who is so adamant about his failings that he finds it difficult to see beyond them. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have reasons for that, and I suspect that, were I in a similar situation, I’d find Grace’s determined optimism annoying at times, too! I can’t deny that this is, at times, quite a difficult read. Grace is desperate to help Michael and while he wants to be with her, he also continually tries to push her away, not wanting to subject her to the ravages his disability continues to wreak upon him. But ultimately, it’s an uplifting and very emotionally satisfying story, and from reading the author’s notes, it’s clearly a story that has great meaning for her – and that shows in the care with which she has crafted it. His Saving Grace is a very well written novel and both protagonists are strongly characterised. The emotions that lie between them – both good and bad – are well realised and in fact, those moments in which one or other of them snaps under the stress of their situation serve to make them feel like real people rather than just characters in the pages of a book. You may be asking why I haven't made this a DIK. That's mostly because one of the criteria I use to award a DIK is that the book is one I could stand to re-read. And while HSG is certainly a very well-written and poignant tale, it's a little too emotionally"raw" a story to be one I can see myself returning to very often. Nonetheless, His Saving Grace is an intense and moving story, and I have no hesitation in recommending it highly. For anyone interested in reading about the real-life inspiration for this story, you can read my interview with Sharon Cullen at All About Romance, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    It’s the journey through a tale that makes a book a total emotional delight, whether or not you’ve already figured out the end. The journey through Sharon Cullen’s His Saving Grace will shred your heart one moment, leave you hopeful the next and have your reaching for a tissue more often than you would like to admit. When the Earl of Blackbourne, Michael Ashworth left his young bride for war, he was to return to his love, but fate had other plans. Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the loss of her h It’s the journey through a tale that makes a book a total emotional delight, whether or not you’ve already figured out the end. The journey through Sharon Cullen’s His Saving Grace will shred your heart one moment, leave you hopeful the next and have your reaching for a tissue more often than you would like to admit. When the Earl of Blackbourne, Michael Ashworth left his young bride for war, he was to return to his love, but fate had other plans. Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the loss of her husband for almost a year as her cruel brother-in-law installs himself in her home and relegates her to a broken down dower house on the grounds. Now he wishes to relieve himself of the burden of caring for her by marrying her off to whoever will take her. But Grace’s deepest wish came true when a black carriage pulled up and her Michael stepped out. But was this her Michael? Damaged both physically and mentally, he is a stranger to her and her to him. A strange man who has arrived with him knows his every need, and that is her job, not his. Can Grace help Michael recover from the trauma of war? Can she sooth away his nightmares with her love? Can her determination help him to heal as much as possible or will he reject her, thinking he is freeing her to find a new and better life? Sharon Cullen has been true to the ways of the past, while telling a heart-wrenching tale that repeats itself to this day. Her heroine is strong, determined and in love. Her hero is damaged, broken and has given up, not the normal swarthy hero of the heaving bosom-type romances, that are so readily available in historical romances. Ms. Cullen has drawn a bleak world and added the light of hope to brighten a story of strength, love and determination. Wonderfully romantic, brutally raw and completely enthralling! I received an ARC edition from Loveswept in exchange for my honest review. Series: Secrets & Seductions - Book 4 Publication Date: December 23, 2014 Publisher: Loveswept ISBN: 9780553391572 Genre: Historical Romance Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

    This emotionally charged novel is not for the slight of heart. His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen is tale fraught with sadness as well as hope. Lady Grace Ashworth has been in mourning for the beloved husband she lost during the Crimean War. Being expelled to the Dower House by her inconsiderate brother-in-law, Nigel, the new Earl of Blackbourne. Expulsion, however is not enough for Nigel. He wants Grace to be someone else's financial responsibility, so he arranges a marriage for her, less than a This emotionally charged novel is not for the slight of heart. His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen is tale fraught with sadness as well as hope. Lady Grace Ashworth has been in mourning for the beloved husband she lost during the Crimean War. Being expelled to the Dower House by her inconsiderate brother-in-law, Nigel, the new Earl of Blackbourne. Expulsion, however is not enough for Nigel. He wants Grace to be someone else's financial responsibility, so he arranges a marriage for her, less than a year after losing her Michael. Grace is astonished at Nigel's lack of consideration for her. Michael was her one true love, and losing him tore her heart to shreds. Just when Grace is about to accept her lot in life and give in to Nigel's demands, the unbelievable happens. Appearing in front of her, in the flesh and very much alive is her husband Michael. After her complete disbelief wanes and she realizes that Michael is in fact alive, she comes to find that this Michael is a very changed one due to the ravages of war. Michael, the Earl of Blackbourne has been through much since he left for war. After being left for dead by his regiment. a Cossack saves him and nurses him through near death. Michael has suffered a severe brain injury and finds even simple tasks most difficult, if not impossible. Once he remembers who he is, he does not return home immediately, and once he does, he isn't quite sure that it was the right thing to do after all. For as much as he loves his wife and she him, will it be enough to overcome the fact that their lives will never be the same? Has Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen is a wonderful story with its up and downs. It's a life lesson, showing us that love can truly make up for many discrepancies in one's life. Watching Grace take was she is given and make the best of it is fabulous. It doesn't matter to her that Michael may be different and needs her help, all she care about is that he is alive and so is their love. Convincing Michael that's all that matters however, is the journey of this story. A beautiful story with it's sadness and triumph, His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen is so worth the possible tears.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    I received an advanced reader copy from Net Galley for an honest review. I’m so glad I took a chance on this incredible story. It is a story that will haunt you and cling to your memory for days after you finish the book. This is a story of overcoming great odds and coming out of it a stronger and better person. The deep emotional pain that Michael Ashworth, the Earl of Blackbourne experiences, ate at my soul and brought tears to my eyes. His utter despair at times is palpable. At times, I did g I received an advanced reader copy from Net Galley for an honest review. I’m so glad I took a chance on this incredible story. It is a story that will haunt you and cling to your memory for days after you finish the book. This is a story of overcoming great odds and coming out of it a stronger and better person. The deep emotional pain that Michael Ashworth, the Earl of Blackbourne experiences, ate at my soul and brought tears to my eyes. His utter despair at times is palpable. At times, I did get a bit irritated with Michael when he is at his lowest, but ultimately, he faces up to his challenges and begins to move forward. However, this is after he puts his wife, Grace, through a lot of needless pain. While this story does have several secondary characters, it is primarily about Michael and Grace and their struggle to be together and learn to live with his disability, a disability that cannot be seen by the world. It is a disability that would torment anyone, and especially a strong, proud man such as Michael. I love Grace’s determination and will to help Michael adapt to his changed world. She refuses to cower when he gives into his temper, anger he never had before his injuries. She is a true saint and never gives up on him, even when he is at his worst. She fights for their love, even when Michael attempts to send her away. This is not an easy story to read. It’s filled with angst as Michael faces the changes his disability has caused in his personality. One thing that is never in doubt is the love they feel for each other, but this couple has to go through a lot to find their HEA. The story line is quite unique and kept me turning the pages. Ms. Cullen does an excellent job with building tension, yet not so much that it frustrated me. The timing of the love scenes are close to perfect and highly charged with passion and deep emotion. If you enjoy a well-written historical romance with great character development then this is a book you will want to read. I will be looking for other books from this talented author. Happy reading!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    I liked this book well enough. I thought the H was a little self-absorbed - although it could have been his injury. His decision to return home seemed like selfishness and plot device rather than return to a beloved wife. So, why a just ok 2-stars? I'm not sure I will re-read. The story and characters lacked the depth needed to make me empathize; and I expect a little research especially in forms of address. I liked this book well enough. I thought the H was a little self-absorbed - although it could have been his injury. His decision to return home seemed like selfishness and plot device rather than return to a beloved wife. So, why a just ok 2-stars? I'm not sure I will re-read. The story and characters lacked the depth needed to make me empathize; and I expect a little research especially in forms of address.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bronwen Evans

    Best historical, no, best romance I've read this year. I loved it. Best historical, no, best romance I've read this year. I loved it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    I have never come across a series that push all my buttons. "fiery" women with a family issue, something to prove, now a caretaker and her sick boy. lol Off to "not_interested" pile you go. I have never come across a series that push all my buttons. "fiery" women with a family issue, something to prove, now a caretaker and her sick boy. lol Off to "not_interested" pile you go.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Rating 4 1/2 Stars Posted on What I'm Reading His Saving Grace is a beautifully written story about overcoming obstacles. Seriously, Grace has some major trials in the story, and most people would have thrown the towel and gave up. However, Grace stood her ground. She was such a strong character even though she didn't realize this. Here's why: 1) She dealt with her skeevy brother-in-law. 2) When her husband came back, she took it all in strive. 3) She didn't let anyone push her out, especially her Rating 4 1/2 Stars Posted on What I'm Reading His Saving Grace is a beautifully written story about overcoming obstacles. Seriously, Grace has some major trials in the story, and most people would have thrown the towel and gave up. However, Grace stood her ground. She was such a strong character even though she didn't realize this. Here's why: 1) She dealt with her skeevy brother-in-law. 2) When her husband came back, she took it all in strive. 3) She didn't let anyone push her out, especially her husband. This makes Grace a remarkable person. Personally, I would have just said, "Fine; I'm done," but she didn't she hung in there. Michael. Poor guy. He comes back from the war a changed man and he doesn't know how to cope with it. So, he turns to anger and frustration in hopes of pushing anyone who might care away. Fortunately, he has a stubborn wife who refuse to bend to his will. In essences we have the battle of wills going on between Michael and Grace. I think it's important to mention this third character that plays the mediator between Michael and Grace, Tarik. Tarik is this strong, intimidating character, but he's also quiet and observant. He's the sounding board for Michael and Grace, so he helps them see where each of one is coming from. I love some of the wisdom that Tarik imparts at times. Example: "Yes. He is different, but it is not a bad difference. You were expecting your husband to return to you the same as before, but war is not like that. Even if his head had not been injured, he would be a changed man. War does such things." I liked him, and truth be told I would love to see Tarik have a happy ending. Just wishful thinking. I enjoyed His Saving Grace, because it wasn't sugar-coated. It took a story about these two people who love one another and put them through a ringer. They both had to work to get to a happy ending. Sometimes that's hard, especially when one of the party isn't willing to the effort into making it work. You see that with Grace, and how she wanted to make their lives work. There were times where I had tears leaking out, because of Grace's struggles. I wasn't too upset with Michael's attitude, because it was his coping mechanism. Yes, a beautiful story that was well written with issues nobody likes to take into account. I believe, Sharon did a wonderful job portraying this couple with struggles that come with separation of war can have and the effects that it might cause (even if the characters are fictional). Copy provided by Random House via NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    I got this one for an honest review. Oh … I loved most of it! It’s the story of Lady Grace Ashworth who lives as a dowager in a very run down dowager house because her husband died in the Crimean War about 10 months ago and his brother – a man you learn to hate within the first couple of pages – made her move there. She doesn’t care about many things anymore, lives in two of the rooms and the kitchen, eats with the only servant she has in the kitchen. But she is still young and beautiful and to I got this one for an honest review. Oh … I loved most of it! It’s the story of Lady Grace Ashworth who lives as a dowager in a very run down dowager house because her husband died in the Crimean War about 10 months ago and his brother – a man you learn to hate within the first couple of pages – made her move there. She doesn’t care about many things anymore, lives in two of the rooms and the kitchen, eats with the only servant she has in the kitchen. But she is still young and beautiful and to get rid of her, and the fact that he has to pay her one third of the estates income, her brother in law wants her to get married again. Well, wants her to – that sounds rather nice. He arranges it. Shortly before this can wedding can take place, Michael suddenly arrives. Her very-much-alive husband. A miracle. But he isn’t the same anymore. He is hurt. In pain. He comes with a Cossack servant, an impressive man who shields Grace from him, because Michael wants him to. Because of the way he acts she hurts more than ever before. He tries not to see her, not to cross her path but on the other way he wants to take over the estate again, manage it so he has to give a show which is rather hard for him because there is one big secret – his head was hurt badly. He cannot remember things he said a minute before. But it isn’t just his short term memory, he doesn’t remember names, faces etc from the past either. Except for Grace and their past together. Nevertheless he feels attracted to her. His body reacts when she is near him. They have to remodel their life, hide things from everybody else around them. Try to show the world that nothing has changed … but so many things are different from a year before. ++ I think you cannot not fall in love with Grace because she isn’t perfect. She feels so real. So honest and realistic. She is not the beautiful, perfect heroine. No. She makes mistakes, is stubborn and still in love with her husband who doesn’t seem to care about her feelings for him anymore because Michael thinks that she cannot be in love with the person he become. The way Sharon Cullen introduces Michael makes you dislike him but from chapter to chapter you learn to understand why he acts like he does and why he became the man he is now. It’s one of the great romances to be told. It’s not romantic or very erotic it’s the tale of two people who were deeply in love, got separated by war and have to find together again because they know that there are not many possibilities. 5 stars!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    The blurb on this book touted it as “perfect for fans of Mary Balogh” with the “deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war.” Of course, there was no way I could resist a sell like that. And I have to say, the book delivers on its promise. As the story begins, Grace is still mourning the loss of her husband. Michael has been presumed dead for nearly a year, ever since an intense battle in the Crimean War. The world thinks she should be ready to move on, but Grace loved M The blurb on this book touted it as “perfect for fans of Mary Balogh” with the “deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war.” Of course, there was no way I could resist a sell like that. And I have to say, the book delivers on its promise. As the story begins, Grace is still mourning the loss of her husband. Michael has been presumed dead for nearly a year, ever since an intense battle in the Crimean War. The world thinks she should be ready to move on, but Grace loved Michael deeply and she isn’t ready to let him go. That turns out to be a good thing when he turns up alive on her front porch. Grace is elated to have the love of her life return, but she learns quickly that he is not the man he once was. Michael suffered brain damage during the war and it affects him in many different ways. He has debilitating headaches; he has trouble reading and writing; his short term memory is terrible; and he is quick to anger. He is unlike the Michael of her memories, and yet, he is the man she is in love with, the man she mourned. Despite any of the obstacles, Grace is determined not to take their second chance for granted. This, as Michael questions whether she would have been better off without him. I read a fair number of books with tortured heroes (since I tend to seek them out.) This one is a little different, though, in that the love of a good woman just isn’t enough to make everything ok. So often in these books, the happiness found in the heroine’s arms overshadows all the ugliness in the hero’s life. But this book doesn’t take that approach. It takes a hard look at whether love can be enough to hold these two together, even without the hope that everything else –or anything else– can be fixed. It can be hard to read at times. Michael has a very difficult road and he often makes it worse by pushing Grace away. But I like this dark realism. Yes, I like my fantasy sometimes that love conquers all, but does it really? Both Grace and Michael are well drawn and sympathetic characters. Through their present day actions, intermingled with flashbacks, the author paints a very solid picture of real love between them. It’s lovely at times, but at other times heartbreaking or sexy, hopeless or hopeful. I won’t spoil the ending, but I appreciate that it strays a bit from the norm while still leaving me satisfied. I would recommend. Rating: B/B+ *ARC provided by publisher

  11. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    A deeply emotional, heart-achingly romantic read, His Saving Grace was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a different romance about the constancy of love and I really enjoyed it. Grace was a lovely heroine. No matter how difficult things became, she was determined to keep hold of her love and fight for her marriage. She was also realistic. She had her moments of grief and despair, but that didn't keep her from continuing her fight. And she proved that she could be a A deeply emotional, heart-achingly romantic read, His Saving Grace was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a different romance about the constancy of love and I really enjoyed it. Grace was a lovely heroine. No matter how difficult things became, she was determined to keep hold of her love and fight for her marriage. She was also realistic. She had her moments of grief and despair, but that didn't keep her from continuing her fight. And she proved that she could be a total badass and get things done (I loved how calmly and neatly she dug up information about Michael's scheming brother and blackmailed him into backing down). I thought she was a great character and I really liked her. Michael was an interesting character. He had a head injury from the war and it damaged his short term memory so that he easily forgot new information. He had to deal with a whole lot of hopelessness and anger and fear that everyone might have been happier if he had stayed away. But, through it all he always thought of Grace and valued her love above everything else. He was a sweetie and I really liked him as well. The romance was great. Grace and Michael loved each other deeply and I liked that, when things seemed darkest, they always made sure to say that they loved each other. And, they certainly had enough chemistry to turn up the heat. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was steadily paced, with the focus more on the internal conflict of the characters, and I was kept engaged the entire way through. I really liked how clearly and realistically the emotions were portrayed in a way that made me really feel them and sympathize with the characters. I absolutely loved the story and the ending was perfect. His Saving Grace was a gem of a read that I really loved. It was realistically and deeply emotional and wonderfully romantic and I enjoyed every bit of it. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Now this historical romance was a real treat! A fine example of how to write this genre, I was surprised at some of the issues she explored and the sheer depth of emotions present. When the male lead’s condition is revealed, I was surprised. What a unique twist…. It’s a truly harsh condition that even nowadays is hard to treat and diagnose. Back in 1855? Let’s just say I’m surprised Michael didn’t end up in an asylum. The author isn’t afraid to explore the darker side of his syndrome; even at the Now this historical romance was a real treat! A fine example of how to write this genre, I was surprised at some of the issues she explored and the sheer depth of emotions present. When the male lead’s condition is revealed, I was surprised. What a unique twist…. It’s a truly harsh condition that even nowadays is hard to treat and diagnose. Back in 1855? Let’s just say I’m surprised Michael didn’t end up in an asylum. The author isn’t afraid to explore the darker side of his syndrome; even at the end of the novel, everything isn’t resolved. The shadow of his condition and past will be with him always, and the reader isn’t led to believe anything else. Most of the emotional depth and drama is a result of the hero’s situation and how that relates to his marriage and position as an earl. The author sucked me into his struggle and Grace’s efforts to give him hope and resolution as they fought this struggle together. There are some truly dark times explored; they put into stark relief the power that the love these two share has in fighting those times. I adored how strong Grace was in meeting these challenges; her will shined with strength and she wasn’t about to take any gruff from Michael as they work towards a workable plan for the future. This has become one of my favorite historical romances. Its emotional strength kept me reading, and it’s not afraid to explore some bleak material. I think it’s a strength in historical romances when they have a situation such as the hero’s in which everything in the end DOESN’T completely get resolved at the end. It makes the romance shine all the brighter, in my humble opinion. I highly recommend this romance to any lover of the genre. It’s definitely a favorite of mine now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen is not your average historical romance. It is much more powerful and universal. Love is still the key element, but so is faith and hope. Grace has been mourning her husband, Michael, as he did not return from Crimean War. She had been shuttled to live in unsuitable housing and promised in marriage to another against her will. One day, Michael comes home. Not as the vibrant intelligent man who left, but as a shadow of his former self. His issues all stem from a se His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen is not your average historical romance. It is much more powerful and universal. Love is still the key element, but so is faith and hope. Grace has been mourning her husband, Michael, as he did not return from Crimean War. She had been shuttled to live in unsuitable housing and promised in marriage to another against her will. One day, Michael comes home. Not as the vibrant intelligent man who left, but as a shadow of his former self. His issues all stem from a serious head injury that has caused him difficulty with memory, word finding and a temper. He thinks Grace should leave and be free of him. Grace is a strong woman! I love her determination and hope. Sharon Cullen has fashioned a love story that is for the ages and appropriate for today. The universal theme of injures and war resonated with me. This is an awesome book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Negar Arvanaghi

    I like how they always tell each other "I love you". No withholding of love for this couple. And boy, do they need it. His injury is heartbreaking. Isn't it sad that having a leg injury would have been better? I wanted to cheer for her at several places in the story. The lake scene and dower house scene were so sad. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I like how they always tell each other "I love you". No withholding of love for this couple. And boy, do they need it. His injury is heartbreaking. Isn't it sad that having a leg injury would have been better? I wanted to cheer for her at several places in the story. The lake scene and dower house scene were so sad. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sally Hannoush

    What I found refreshing in this Historical Romance is that the conflicts are emotional and involves a disability of the mind. Majority of the novels I read that have disabled men returning from war are physically disabled in some way or are readjusting to non-war life. I was able to feel what the characters felt and picture the descriptions. The book is well written and a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sometime

    The plot seemed very new and intriguing so I wanted to read this book. The author has personal experience with a husband who suffered a serious head injury so that lends an extra credibility to the story. This book made my heart hurt from the very first page. But these characters are tough and forge ahead. Great book. Great new angle for an HR.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Lowe

    This is a good story of Grace and Michael. Michael had gone to fight in the Crimean War and was declared dead. His younger brother Nigel takes over as the Earl. Grace is at his mercy. One day a carriage arrives with her husband aboard. He was badly injured in the war., but he did not die. His injury was a brain injury. He had to learn to talk, dress feed himself,etc. again.. He has a Cossack servant Tarik with him. Michael is forgetful of recent events, but remembers things from the distant past This is a good story of Grace and Michael. Michael had gone to fight in the Crimean War and was declared dead. His younger brother Nigel takes over as the Earl. Grace is at his mercy. One day a carriage arrives with her husband aboard. He was badly injured in the war., but he did not die. His injury was a brain injury. He had to learn to talk, dress feed himself,etc. again.. He has a Cossack servant Tarik with him. Michael is forgetful of recent events, but remembers things from the distant past.. He and Grace must find ways to cope with the deficiencies he has.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Terryan

    A beautiful story about loss, love and pain. A whole lot of emotions are involved in this book. He was thought to be dead but reappeared nearly a year later. Unfortunately due to a head injury he has trouble remembering etc. This story is about how two people deeply in love solve the day to day issues that arise with his disability. It nearly made me cry a few times. HEA ending.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan H Garris

    His Saving Grace I was disappointed that this didn't fall in line with the first three and continue with the same group of people but it was a cute story about love ,disappointment and disabilities. His Saving Grace I was disappointed that this didn't fall in line with the first three and continue with the same group of people but it was a cute story about love ,disappointment and disabilities.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Macaron

    This book is a stand-alone. It is not part of the series Secrets & Seduction. The story is set a hundred years after the stories of this series. Victorian historical #1. Next is the story of Sara Emerson.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cyndy

    Beautiful

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kiltsandswords

    His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen This is a sad, haunting story. There are moments of brevity and joy, but it was a realistic story of a couple finding their way back to one another. Michael shows up on Grace’s doorstep after she believes he died fighting in the Crimean War. But the Michael who steps out of the carriage is a mystery to her. She grieved so hard and long for her wonderful marriage, it should have been a joyous reunion, but Michael is still recovering from his head injury and not th His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen This is a sad, haunting story. There are moments of brevity and joy, but it was a realistic story of a couple finding their way back to one another. Michael shows up on Grace’s doorstep after she believes he died fighting in the Crimean War. But the Michael who steps out of the carriage is a mystery to her. She grieved so hard and long for her wonderful marriage, it should have been a joyous reunion, but Michael is still recovering from his head injury and not the man she knew. From flashbacks of both characters, we learn of the charmed life they once lived. How they were young and in love with each other and life. Michael didn’t have a title of Earl yet, but they were so happy together in the country. They laughed, they were friends, and they were essentially soul mates. In all their time married, they never conceived a child, yet it was not a milestone around their necks, it just simply the way it was. And since they were so happy together, it wasn’t something they couldn’t get past together. Now that Michael has returned, there is no togetherness. There are no more laughter or fun times. He is suffering from a brain injury that has taken some of his faculties with it. He is unable to recall words, has short term memory problems and has difficulty walking at times. He feels like a broken man and as much as he longs for his wife, he turns away from her because he can’t bear to live as he is now. Grace is truly a saint. She has the patience of a thousand people. She never gives up. She doesn’t give up on finding ways to help Michael, to bring him back to the person he was and truly, truly accepts who he is now. She wants him in her life regardless of his injury and the things he perceives as flaws. She is one step ahead with ideas, suggestions, accommodations that will make his everyday life easier. She is committed to living with her husband and won’t accept his insistence that she’s better off without him. The one place the two characters connect is the bedroom. Once Grace worms her way back into Michael’s bed, it is as if time never happened. They are passionate lovers and the intimacy they share is a big part of making the marriage work. The author is quite descriptive with the love scenes and you feel their joy that at least this part of their marriage isn’t work. I loved the moments when Michael would just watch Grace and admire her. He truly loves her and that is why he came home rather than stays on the continent or commits suicide. His heart calls to her and he struggles every step to find a way to fit back together. This book doesn’t have the miracle happy ending a lot of historical romance novels do, but rather a realistic hope that two people who love each other so much will make it work. Maybe that is the miracle. That after all they have been through, they are still willing to be together and to love one another for who they are now. I shed a few tears reading this book, not because of how sappy or sad it was, but rather because of how touching and deep the love connection is. Most people would love to have someone in their life that completely accepted them as they are and loved them with no reservations. A lovely story to read. Reviewed by www.kiltsandswords I received a copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    As a disabled person I'm drawn to stories dealing with the issues surrounding living life in a body unknown to you at times. And with my father's recent head injury I found myself even more engaged in the journey the once proud Michael takes towards recovery as it resonates very deeply in my own life for many reasons. Grace has loved Michael since she was very young and each moment they were together is forever etched in her memory. When she heard of his death a little of her died too. After bein As a disabled person I'm drawn to stories dealing with the issues surrounding living life in a body unknown to you at times. And with my father's recent head injury I found myself even more engaged in the journey the once proud Michael takes towards recovery as it resonates very deeply in my own life for many reasons. Grace has loved Michael since she was very young and each moment they were together is forever etched in her memory. When she heard of his death a little of her died too. After being shuffled off to the dower house by an uncaring and pompous brother-in-law life looks to be a lonely one until Nigel, the new Earl of Blackbourne, informs her of her impending marriage. As her intended is nothing more than a friend to her she's desperate to end her engagement. The arrival of a dark carriage might at first offer salvation but soon immerses her in the unknown as the return of her husband doesn't go as she dreamed it would. Michael is back but he's changed and to reach HEA they'll both have to work hard and let love be their guide. Michael went away to war with dreams of gallantry but returned lost and broken after a catastrophic head injury changed him irrevocably. The once proud Earl now has trouble remembering words and events, is sometimes overcome with rage, and has excruciating headaches and memories from the war. His body is like a stranger and it scares him. It kept him from returning home as he wanted to hide from what he'd become. He feels less than the man he once was and fears he won't be able to live up to his duties. His fears have him pushing Grace away instead of holding her close as he wants to do. It all leads to a marriage that was once so strong now rocky as insecurities from both of them weigh heavily. To be the man Grace and his earldom needs he'll have to accept that which can't be changed and let Grace in completely as an equal so they can stand together in solidarity when the outside world comes to judge him. Grace and Michael are a strong and compelling couple. Grace is smart and caring and through everything her love for him never waned. She felt frustrated and alienated by Michael's reliance on the stranger Tarik for help early on but it forced her to accept reality and from there on she was Michael's biggest champion. She was loyal and dedicated and had more faith in Michael than he had in himself. Michael's pain, physical and mental, was palpable. It was easy to get caught up in his frustrations and self-loathing at what he's become. The glimpses of the old Michael though remind us of what brought him together with Grace and give us hope for their future. This story puts readers through the emotional wringer with lots of tears and a few smiles along the way. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming and I credit Ms. Cullen with its realism. It's an emotionally draining journey that I feel privileged to have taken as the characters are richly depicted, their actions believable, and the message of love conquering all vividly witnessed. Though this is the fourth installment in the Secrets & Seduction series it can be read on its own, but I hope to see this couple again in the future as they left an indelible mark on me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Klock

    Three and a half stars It amazes me that so many historical novels send their heroes off to war, yet rarely do they sustain any significant injuries. Usually a scar or a limp is the worst that occurs. In reality, the death tolls were high, and the wounded were numerous, even among the aristocracy. It stands to reason that many soldiers suffered traumas such as brain damage. Sharon Cullen deals with this issue realistically providing no quick fix for our hero in His Saving Grace. Lady Grace Ashford Three and a half stars It amazes me that so many historical novels send their heroes off to war, yet rarely do they sustain any significant injuries. Usually a scar or a limp is the worst that occurs. In reality, the death tolls were high, and the wounded were numerous, even among the aristocracy. It stands to reason that many soldiers suffered traumas such as brain damage. Sharon Cullen deals with this issue realistically providing no quick fix for our hero in His Saving Grace. Lady Grace Ashford, the Dowager Countess of Blackbourne, has been sent to the Dower House after her husband was killed in battle. Her brother in law, Nigel, doesn't care that she is still young and that the house is in disrepair. He's interested in the income she derives from the former Earl's estate as his widow. That's why Nigel has arranged for Grace to marry Sir Clayton Timmons, a kindly man who obviously dotes on her, yet one whom she still rejects. It's only been ten months since the true love of her life was killed in the Crimean War. Still, she is lonely and perhaps the gentle Sir Clayton would make a good companion. Then, miraculously, her husband returns from the dead. Grace is ecstatic, until she realizes that the post war Michael is very different from the loving husband she remembers. Of course, there is a problem. Although Michael looks fine, he has a secret which he refuses to share, brain damage resulting in excruciating headaches and memory lose. Names elude him and the past is fuzzy. Instead of turning to Grace, Michael relies on his Cossack Servant, Tarik, who nursed him back to health out on the battlefront. Although Michael continually rejects his wife and tries to push her away, Grace persists in her attentions, seducing him so that he eventually accepts her help and, together with Tarik's assistance, they learn to cope. The one glitch is Nigel who would take over the Earldom if he ever discovered the truth. Grace easily dispatches her brother-in-law before he becomes too much of a nuisance. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the other three books in the Secrets and Seduction series by Sharon Cullen, so I was looking forward to previewing His Saving Grace, a romance from the Victorian Era. Unfortunately, it was somewhat of a disappointment. Cullen usually has numerous twists and turns in her novels, but this book is pretty straight forward. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough plot to carry an entire novel which included too much repetition of the main characters' thoughts. Even though this topic is an issue which needs to be explored, there should have been some additional conflict. Perhaps more of the story could have involved the nasty Nigel, or the author could have delved into the life of the rejected suitor and found a romance for him. A novella might have been a better choice for this particular story. Although His Saving Grace is well written, has stimulating sex scenes, and explores a difficult subject, it needed a little something more. I can only give this book three and a half stars. I would like to thank Loveswept Books and Netgalley for allowing me a free download in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted on my blog, Gotta Read. Clara

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tin

    Disclosure: I received this review copy for this blog tour. Thank you to Sharon Cullen and Loveswept for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review. * * * Grace and Michael have had a fairy-tale story with a fairy-tale ending, except that Michael goes off to war shortly after their marriage and has vanished and is presumed dead by everyone. After nearly a year, Michael returns home to Grace. Michael's return is a miracle, and both of them should have celebrated their happy reunion, but Michael Disclosure: I received this review copy for this blog tour. Thank you to Sharon Cullen and Loveswept for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review. * * * Grace and Michael have had a fairy-tale story with a fairy-tale ending, except that Michael goes off to war shortly after their marriage and has vanished and is presumed dead by everyone. After nearly a year, Michael returns home to Grace. Michael's return is a miracle, and both of them should have celebrated their happy reunion, but Michael isn't the same man anymore -- the new Michael is a mystery to Grace: Who is Tarik? How did Michael learn Russian? Why does he keep pushing her away and keeping her at a distance? Sharon Cullen's His Saving Grace takes a look at what happens to a marriage when things don't go as planned. Marriage has become a terrible battlefield for Michael and Grace: Michael has shored up his defences and fortified the walls to his heart, but Grace is determined to make things work. I have to admire Grace for her steadfast devotion to Michael and for her faith in their love. I can understand Michael's need to withdraw -- he knows he has changed and his flaws are greater now and he feels he doesn't deserve what Grace is offering him. For so long, all he'd thought about was coming home to his Gracie. He'd just known that if he could be with her, everything would be fine. That thought kept him company through horrendous pain, nights when he was positive he wouldn't see the sun again and had so many doubts that he couldn't count them. - loc 711 Cullen's use of flashbacks, showing us of the couple's happier times served to make their current challenge even more heartbreaking -- and the need to make things right more meaningful and urgent. There is no doubt that Grace and Michael love each other -- the question that faces them now is how do they live with the changes that has happened in their lives. This story is very emotional and honest about the struggles that any married couple face -- it's also very candid about the darkness that threatens to engulf us when we are at our most vulnerable. "What do you need me to do?" He wanted to hug her. Just hug her. Take her in his arms and feel her body next to his. They used to hug all the time. It had been one of the greatest joys of his life to hold his wife. He refrained. The old Michael would have done that, but the new Michael was still feeling his way and unsure of everything around him. - loc 1021 His Saving Grace celebrates love's power to overcome any and all difficulty. It's inspiring to see Michael and Grace weather through their problems and see them work towards a new happily-ever-after for themselves.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Originally reviewed for Buried under Romance www.buriedunderromance.com It’s been a long time since a book I was reading made me cry, but His Saving Grace, the fourth novel in the Secrets and Seductions series by Sharon Cullen, had me in both tears of joy and tears of sadness many times. It is a well written, emotional story of a war widow, Lady Grace Ashworth, who has lost the love of her life, Michael, and she knows she will never again be whole without him. A year after being informed of Mi Originally reviewed for Buried under Romance www.buriedunderromance.com It’s been a long time since a book I was reading made me cry, but His Saving Grace, the fourth novel in the Secrets and Seductions series by Sharon Cullen, had me in both tears of joy and tears of sadness many times. It is a well written, emotional story of a war widow, Lady Grace Ashworth, who has lost the love of her life, Michael, and she knows she will never again be whole without him. A year after being informed of Michael’s death, Grace is in shock when Michael shows up at her door unannounced and very much alive. Although his injuries are not readily evident, it is painfully clear to her that this is not the same Michael that left her to fight for his country. Grace is sure, however, that she still loves Michael with all of her heart, and that she is determined to help him deal with whatever comes. Michael still loves Grace but is not sure that he wants to burden her with living with a man who is frequently confused, forgetful and angry. Sharon Cullen has written a very touching and believable story of Grace and Michael as they begin to navigate the new world of Traumatic Brain Injury. She leads the reader through their emotional ups and downs with a realism that is compelling. While Grace is strong in her determination to stay with Michael and support him fully through the challenges his head injury has given him, Ms. Cullen also allows us to see the vulnerable Grace that is hurt by many of Michael’s words and actions; the Grace that is so afraid of the future that she goes against her husband’s wishes to bring in yet another doctor to see if something will cure Michael’s damaged brain. Ms. Cullen has also given us a very realistic character in Michael, from his sadness and frustration at his inability to remember even the simplest words or to write a quick note, to his, at times, uncontrollable anger. She doesn’t shy away from even the most uncomfortable dilemmas of someone in Michael’s position, from not wanting loved ones to see him “like this”, to the effect of the head injury on his sex life. She even tastefully, but honestly, addresses the contemplation of suicide. I heartfully applaud Ms. Cullen for writing this book, considering the sensitive nature of the subject matter. Historical Romance novels rarely tackle such a serious subject, but Ms. Cullen does it with sensitivity and honesty. I highly recommend this book, whether you have read the others in the series or not. It is a pleasure to give His Saving Grace five stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Dandashi

    Sharon Cullen writes very memorable and deeply emotional stories with unique plots and heart-riveting expressive inner conflict and dialog. This particular read is no less than the others I’ve read of the series. She begins her stories with action, intrigue and immediately the reader will be asking why this situation occurs and soon she has trapped your mind, and later your soul, much like the hero and heroine are trapped. Lady Grace Ashworth lives up to her name of Grace. An elegant, compassiona Sharon Cullen writes very memorable and deeply emotional stories with unique plots and heart-riveting expressive inner conflict and dialog. This particular read is no less than the others I’ve read of the series. She begins her stories with action, intrigue and immediately the reader will be asking why this situation occurs and soon she has trapped your mind, and later your soul, much like the hero and heroine are trapped. Lady Grace Ashworth lives up to her name of Grace. An elegant, compassionate, strong woman who has not let losing her husband drag her into oblivion, even when her brother-in-law works stridently to do so. But she is a woman who is desperately alone and only has so many choices in her life. Nigel, the new earl of Blackbourne was the very epitome of greed. He wants all money to his coffers since he enjoys debauchery and gambling to the extreme, which costs him plenty. To rid himself of Lady Grace, he’d get her out of the dowager house without her allotted inheritance quite simply by marrying her off. Grace agrees, rather reluctantly because she was at a point someone is better than no one. Then, Michael comes back, not her Michael, yet it was he. War hadn’t maimed him physically, it did something many people can’t understand. It injured his brain. Michael was prone to overpowering headaches, anger and unbelievable pain for he knew he wasn’t the same man. His short-term memory was injured and loud noises sent him into panic. Michael came back for one reason. He felt if he returned to Grace, somehow all would be well. His return changed a lot. Michael’s brother was out to show he was incompetent to be the earl which further aggravated the environment he returned to. This story was about learning to live with changes, knowing the power of love, understanding that some things in life can’t be changed while others can, that love is not something you choose, it chooses you. Sharon Cullen is a relatively new author with a great capacity to entertain with some very thought-provoking stories. The themes she uses are very appropriate in our contemporary times. I’ll be reading and reviewing the last in her series, SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY, next month. After this read, you may like to understand more about the Crimean War. This is the war that Lord Michael Blackbourne returned from with his very wise friend, Tarik who was a Cossack, also a victim of the treachery of war. Here’s a link which will briefly mentioned why the war was fought and who were fighting. http://www.britannica.com/event/Crime...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    What an amazing tale of a love that was meant to be and two people who cannot be separated by anything but death. Can you imagine what it'd be like to be the widow Grace, to have the life you've lived for the past year completely upended when your presumed-to-be-dead husband turns up very much alive at your front door? I would've screamed, fainted, maybe even slammed the door in his face. Not Grace. She was shocked, understandably so, but she reacted so...well to Michael's return. It gave visual What an amazing tale of a love that was meant to be and two people who cannot be separated by anything but death. Can you imagine what it'd be like to be the widow Grace, to have the life you've lived for the past year completely upended when your presumed-to-be-dead husband turns up very much alive at your front door? I would've screamed, fainted, maybe even slammed the door in his face. Not Grace. She was shocked, understandably so, but she reacted so...well to Michael's return. It gave visual proof to how much she missed him, how much longed for him, how much she merely existed without him. I love how Grace dove into Michael's problems, and I love how persistent she was. There were times where I thought she'd give up, give in, admit defeat and leave him be. She didn't. She stuck to her guns and showed him that she not only wanted to be a part of his life, no matter what kind of life it was, but that she loved him regardless of how much the war had changed him. For the majority of this story, I sympathized for Michael. His frustration with his disability was sincere and bled through the pages. I admired his attempts at keeping Grace away, even though she managed to slip by his defenses a little at a time. But I was fed up with his self-pity by the time Grace left him. It wasn't her choice; he made it for her, just like he made every other decision concerning their relationship and her happiness. His wallowing nearly cost him the one thing he claimed kept him alive and sane while at war. It nearly cost him the reason why he'd come home. He was given a second chance to be with the woman he loved and he almost blew it. To say I was furious with his shortsightedness would be a huge understatement, because I. Was. Livid. Thank God that was totally short lived though. Thank you, Ms. Cullen, for not drawing out the last third of the book dwelling on their separation, instead delving into their relationship being repaired and made better. I've said before that I adore PTSD stories. They pull at the heartstrings, make me hate, sympathize, pity, and love the soldier who suffers from it. Michael and Grace's story did just that while making me sit with crossed fingers hoping everything turned out like it should. Everything did, of course, but that ending couldn't have been more perfect if not for the journey that got these two wonderful characters there. ***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    Sometimes the ravages of war are oft repeated, and Sharon Cullen uses the remove and distance that comes with fiction and presents a story that is timely despite the setting. Grace is a young woman, believing herself widowed and is oft bullied and harassed by her brother in law. A particularly grasping and distasteful character, he is determined that Grace shall live by his rules as the ‘new’ head of household, a position previously not in his future. Grace is amazingly strong-willed and determi Sometimes the ravages of war are oft repeated, and Sharon Cullen uses the remove and distance that comes with fiction and presents a story that is timely despite the setting. Grace is a young woman, believing herself widowed and is oft bullied and harassed by her brother in law. A particularly grasping and distasteful character, he is determined that Grace shall live by his rules as the ‘new’ head of household, a position previously not in his future. Grace is amazingly strong-willed and determined to do ‘right’ as she sees fit, and she is not amenable to his determination to beat her down. When Michael, Earl of Blackbourne and survivor of a traumatic head injury during the war returns to his home and wife Grace, everyone must make adjustments for the change in circumstances. Most striking is the parallel of Michael’s situation with so many returning from far afield today, and Cullen uses that commonality of experience to enrich her portraits of these two characters, adding depth and emotional elements that bring their relationship to the forefront. Rather than focusing solely on the historic or distasteful societal machinations of Michael’s brother, this story transcends time and place and gives us a look into the rekindling of the relationship between Grace and Michael, and the trials that come with his injury, anger and guilt from the trauma. Grace is a stand-out character in this story; not only does she love and want the best for Michael, and is willing to overcome any obstacles in her path, she also is unwilling to capitulate to Nigel’s demands. In fact, she finds evidence to discredit his claims and grasping for the title, all while learning and coping with her newly arrived / recently returned husband. With secondary characters that fill in the story nicely, holding the feel of the time and social station, as well as a villain that it is easy to mistrust in Nigel, this is a wonderful installment to the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sassy Moms Say Read Romance

    Firstly I would like to thank Tasty Books Tours, NetGalley, Random House Loveswept for providing us with a copy of this book so that we can bring you this review. Ok, Im going to start this review by saying TISSUE WARNING!!! So none of you can say I didn't give fair warning about the content beforehand. Because the one thing I know for sure about this story is that even though it takes place a long time ago, the situation could fit in todays way of life just as easily. The things that Michael dea Firstly I would like to thank Tasty Books Tours, NetGalley, Random House Loveswept for providing us with a copy of this book so that we can bring you this review. Ok, Im going to start this review by saying TISSUE WARNING!!! So none of you can say I didn't give fair warning about the content beforehand. Because the one thing I know for sure about this story is that even though it takes place a long time ago, the situation could fit in todays way of life just as easily. The things that Michael deals with are very similar to things many of our injured returning soldiers deal with. The not only feelings of no longer being good enough for those he/she loves but that they are a burden on them. Sadly not always do they have people observant enough to see how close to the edge they are, like Michael had with Grace. Grace's strength, love and loyalty helped bring him back from a dark place more then once. Not only when he was first dealing with his injuries, but when he was home and feeling sorry for himself. There was one scene that showed how badly Michael had PTSD and how little things have changed over the years. Sharon does such a great job of writing these characters, of what they go through and make us feel like the story is taking place in todays society as easily as transporting us in time to the past. Though much of this review has been based on Michael, since he is my personal favorite of the story, I cannot forget about Grace, her emotional strength, her faith in her love helping Michael and her ability to put her own hurts behind her to help him are fantastic. This is definitely a book to read in this coming year. Which is why I give it 5 kisses. Happy Reading... Adri

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