Thursday, 27 November 2014

Saving Grace (Review)

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Title: Saving Grace (Heathfire Romance #1)
Author:  Michele Paige Holmes
Publisher:  Mirror Press 

Published Date:  15th October 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I am someone who loves a good historical fiction. Seeing as I have also been trying to read more romance as well, putting the two together seemed like a good idea. And this novel definitely followed through.

We get Grace Thatcher, a girl who has been trying to escape marriage and avoid her father selling her off to pay his debts. I had to admire her, because she was someone who had a tricky past, living underneath a father who had gambled away everything they owned, her mother dying when she young and being left to care for her two younger siblings. She had a hard life as a child, and when her Grandfather came to show her the life of luxury it was the best thing that happened to her. Yet Grace didn’t let it take over who she was. She may have joined the upper class, but she hadn’t forgotten her own hard life. It made her a caring, responsible and graceful character. I loved her.
 

We also have the two love interests who she was torn between. Mr. Preston seemed to be almost as perfect as possible – slow to anger, kind and willing to hear your opinion on matters before making a judgment. Lord Sutherland seemed to be just the opposite – a storm of emotions, commanding and cold. But really, both of them were suffering from the grief of loving someone they both lost who happened to be Nicholas Sutherland’s sister and Mr. Preston’s former wife.

The plotline of this book was good, because although it was a romance with a love triangle, it wasn’t just a romance.  I can’t stand when the book goes on and on about which guy to choose. Instead this one was more about what it means to be part of a family, about making choices and also about trying to be independent. All the time Grace is caught between her difficult situation and with the two men at each other’s throats, she is also trying to help them escape from her grief and watch over her siblings. She was definitely a strong woman.

The one thing that lacked for me in this novel was the setting. It did have the customary things like maids, balls and carriages and horses, but I felt like it could’ve delved a bit deeper into the historical side of things. But that aside it was a great book! I look forward to 2015 when the next in the series is published.

Olivia’s Question: Would you have liked to attend a historical ball?

Olivia-Savannah x

14 comments:

  1. Is it weird that I love romance when the book is historical fiction and not when it's just another contemporary? No? Good LOL One of the many reasons why I love historical fiction is actually the romance because it is different from nowadays. The author needs to take into account the time period and that's so awesome! I'm so happy you enjoyed this one and I'm even more happy to know it was not focused on the love triangle. YAY! and regarding the setting, well, that sucks a bit but if it is also a trilogy maybe we get to know more with the other books =)
    Fantastic review Olivia! Loved the gif by the way hahahaha and yes, I would love to attend a historical ball, it would be awesome! I've always wanted to dress up with the typical Venetial costumes for Carnival with the mask and all that jazz ;)

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    1. I would agree! Contemporary romances can sometimes be so boring and all the same as each other xD When it comes to historical romances where get more setting and the slow romances and politeness makes me so happy :) Yeah, hopefully because it is a trilogy we can see more about it in future books. The gif just seemed to fit :c
      I would be happy enough to go with a ball with you, the idea of the gowns make me so happy.

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  2. Historical fiction couple with romance is my favorite combination. There is more drama, a pace that is slow yet gripping, and the language of course. And the courting! It is so refreshing compared to the present day romantic stories.

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    1. I love the courting most of all <3 I always find it such a great way or romance! The language is often beautiful as well!

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  3. I'm really glad that you enjoyed this one. It looks really interesting, although I must admit that I don't read many historical fiction books. I'm also not one who reads many romance books. This one seems pretty interesting though, so it's a series I'd probably consider.

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    1. Because I follow your blog, I think I understand why you don't read too much romance. But yes, I am someone who loves historical fiction <3

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  4. Ohh this sounds like a fab book! I love historical fiction so I'm going to check this book out soon ! Amazing review as always :)


    Amazing review! Cant wait to check out this read! This will be added to my to read list right now. Thanks for sharing =) Keep in touch x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! I have a feeling that this is a good book for you. And yes, I will be stopping by soon =)

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  5. This looks interesting, though it is not my cup of tea. But I am always down for a well written book. Thanks for the review.

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    1. I am glad to know you still read though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Ooohhh - This sounds very good. I don't always like the combo of romance and historical fiction, but sometimes the author weaves it all together so well. :)

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    1. It's a shame you don't like these kind of books! But yes, authors can do wondrous things when they use the right words!

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  7. I love a good HF book, so this one does sound good. I don't remember hearing of it before- so thanks so much for sharing! :) I will look for it at the library.

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    1. Historical Fiction is an awesome genre. I hope you are able to find it!

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