Welcome to my stop for His Saving Grace: Secrets & Seduction #4 by Sharon Cullen. Please be sure to check the other tour stops, read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 eGift Card of Winner’s Choice Bookseller and Loveswept Mug & Tote!
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.
Title: His Saving Grace
Author: Sharon Cullen
Series: Secrets & Seduction #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 23 December, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 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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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.