You have to love a book in which the heroine gets to grow and become more than even she thought possible. That's what happens in Garwood's Saving Grace.
Set in the 1100's, Saving Grace tells the tale of Lady Johanna whose circumstances have forced her to remarry. Something she's been dreading, as her first husband was a cretin who used mental, emotional and physical abuse to keep her shackled to him. Freed from him by tales of his death she's content to remain a widow.
Unfortunately, her king isn't quite as happy with the situation and gives her, hand and holdings, to Laird Gabriel McBain. But, luckily, Johanna gets just what she deserves. A place to heal and a place to belong. Once Johanna the person replaces Johanna the waif, the fun finally begins as she developes into a secure and confident woman.
Our hero, Gabriel is a great deal of fun to read about. A typical highlander, he can roar and war with the best of them, but eventually even he has to acknowledge that his wife has captured his heart and there's no hope of easing her hold. Grumblng that warriors have better things to worry about, Gabriel nevertheless wants to ensure that the flow of love goes both ways. And sets about capturing Johanna's heart with gruff tenderness and grumbling sweetness.
I had a wonderful time reading, or rather rereading, Saving Grace. This is one of my all time favorite books by Garwood, who is one of my all time favorite authors. I've read and reread this book at least thirty times and I will probably read it at least thrity more. How many books can still bring a smile to a readers face or draw a laugh from one's throat after the thirtieth read? If you've never picked up a Garwood, this is a great one to begin with.