Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Saving Grace by Michele Paige Holmes

Saving Grace, by Michele Paige Holmes
2014, 380p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

From Whitney Award Winning Author, Michele Paige Holmes, comes SAVING GRACE, a regency romance from the Hearthfire Romance series:

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.

This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let up the entire time. Grace's father has a lot of debt and needs her to marry someone wealthy asap. Grace, however, has her own plans and is determined not to get married and finds ways for her suitors to reject her. They are quite entertaining and I got a laugh out of her antics. 

On the way to the last suitor's house, Samuel Preston, she is forced to make a stop at Nicholas Sutherland's home. While there, something happens and she concocts a plan to get her out of marriage altogether. However, when she meets Samuel Preston and gets to know him, she starts to wonder if she's made a huge mistake.

Grace is a great character! As she described the men her father wanted her to marry, I didn't blame her at all for trying to get away from them! She cares about her brother and sister and has a plan for them to live safely and happily together. While she's trying to figure a way out of her current predicament, she gets to know Samuel Preston and Nicholas Sutherland and begins to realize that maybe marriage wouldn't be so bad after all.

I loved Samuel and was glad that Grace got to know him. Nicholas had a gruff personality and it took more effort for her to get to know him. I was torn between the two men, but felt that she made the correct choice for her in the end. There were big issues between Samuel and Nicholas and as we got to know more of their history, I felt for each of them and wanted them to find a way to come to terms with each other. I thought the ending was perfect! This is a fantastic book for anyone looking for a clean regency romance!

Michele Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Northern California and Arizona. After marrying her high school sweetheart in the Oakland Temple they moved to Utah, and she now feels very blessed to enjoy a beautiful mountain view from her Provo home.

Michele graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in elementary education—something that has come in handy with her five children, all of whom require food, transportation, or Band-Aids the moment she sits down at her computer.

In spite of all the interruptions, Michele is busy at work, with more story ideas in her head than she will ever likely have time to write. Michele’s first published novel, Counting Stars, won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. All the Stars in Heaven continues the story of one of the characters from that first novel.


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