His Saving Grace

His Saving Grace

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by Sharon Cullen

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.…  See more details below


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?

Praise for His Saving Grace
“Cullen writes an emotional and unique story about a couple’s journey to salvation. . . . Recommended for historical romance readers who appreciate feel-good, emotionally substantial, ‘love conquers all’ tales.”Library Journal
“Cullen has marked herself as an author to watch.”Publishers Weekly
“Heart-wrenching and full of real emotion, proving that love is always the answer, His Saving Grace is the best book I’ve read this year!”USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans

“Few writers can spark a lonely heart to life like Sharon Cullen in His Saving Grace.”—Violetta Rand, author of Surrender

“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, and I’m giving it five stars.”—Buried Under Romance
“If you enjoy a well-written historical romance with great character development then I have no hesitation in recommending His Saving Grace.”—Romantic Historical Reviews
“Michael and Grace’s story [made] me sit with crossed fingers hoping everything turned out like it should. Everything did, of course, but that ending wouldn’t have been as perfect if not for the journey that got these two wonderful characters there.”—Written Love
“This was a very moving and powerful story by Cullen. I can’t wait for the next book.”—Historical Romance Lover
“A beautiful story that was well written.”—What I’m Reading
“This was a wonderful novel. . . . Every once in a while, I want to read a book that makes me think.”—Laura Tague
“With secondary characters that fill in the story nicely, [His Saving Grace] is a wonderful installment to the series.”—I Am, Indeed
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cullen (The Notorious Lady Anne) explores the ravages of war in this heart-wrenching historical set in 1855 England. Michael Ashworth went missing, presumed dead, in the Crimean War, leaving his brother, Nigel, to inherit the title of Earl of Blackbourne and look after Michael’s widow, Grace. Nigel arranges a betrothal for Grace, who is considering accepting it when Michael unexpectedly returns. Grace is thrilled, but her loving husband suffered horrible head injuries in battle and has changed dramatically. As he and Grace return to the manor house, she tries to help him understand that she still loves him and that they can work together to help him return to his rightful place in society. But Michael’s increasing depression, depicted in vivid detail, seems an almost unsurmountable obstacle, and Grace has no idea how to heal his ills. While many historicals explore the physical wounds of war, rarely do authors focus on the devastating effects of brain injuries. Grace is an admirable protagonist, very unlike the superficial aristocrats who are her peers, and unerringly loyal to her husband. Cullen has marked herself as an author to watch with this emotional tale. Agent: Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Lady Grace Ashworth, devastated by the death in the Crimean War of her beloved husband, Michael, is elated when he mysteriously returns. However, she soon realizes that he is not the man he used to be but now battle-scarred and strange, and she resolves to help to heal his wounded soul. Michael fears he may be a burden to his wife, unable to perform his duties as an earl and as a husband. VERDICT Recommended for historical romance readers who appreciate feel-good, emotionally substantial, "love conquers all" tales. [LJ Xpress Reviews, 11/7/14.]—J. Harris, New Hampshire

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His Saving Grace 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It didn't knock my socks off but it was nice to lay back and relax to.Very easy to follow.There were 255 pages,actually about 20 of the last of them were promotions for other books.I'm trying to include the number of pages in hope that other folks might do the same I know l appreciate it. Granny B.
gaele More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I cried and I never cry... A wonderful story of healing..
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
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***
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Lady Grace Ashworth has been mourning her husband for almost a year. She is still madly in love with him and can't imagine loving another man. She is shocked when her brother-in-law decides it was time she re-married. That all changes when her husband shows up alive at her front door. Having received a devastating head injury during the war, Michael has finally made his way back home. But he is a different man than the one that left and he doesn't think that he deserves Grace's love. Despite all the obstacles that Michael puts in their way, can he and Grace capture the love they once had? This is definitely different from Cullen's other books, but I loved it just the same. The other books Cullen has put out have revolved around grand adventures and this is more sedate staying close to home. It also touched at my heartstrings more coming from a military family and knowing how war can change people mentally and physically. I loved that Grace was not willing to give Michael up. She had spend so much time mourning his loss that she knew whatever life they had together would be better than that and she fought for it. Michael on the other hand had to be convinced that even though he was not the same man he was before the war, he was worthy of Grace's love. This was a very moving and powerful story by Cullen. I can't wait for the next book Cullen puts out, which comes out in March 2015. Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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
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kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful well written love story. But it was still rather depressing. I loved the couple and they did have a HEA. But I guess I like a little more hope in my HEA. Still I would definitely read this author again.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Not sure if I liked this story or not. For some reason it just was not interesting to me. The flow of the story was slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet book and really brought home how sometimes you have to really work for what you love!!
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with amazing characters that bring so much emotion to this story. In today's world, many people will be able to relate to this story, which make the characters all the more real. Grace has been mourning her husband, whom she thought was killed in the Crimean War, only to have him return to her a changed man instead. Michael is returning home, feeling like a broken man, and not deserving of Grace. Grace will have a battle of her own ahead of her if she is to keep her marriage together. This story will have a happy ending, but many battles full of deep emotion are ahead for these characters. This book is a change of pace from the traditional romances I've read, but I enjoyed this story and hope that you will too. Happy Reading.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Sharon has gone above and beyond writing this book! I really liked this book but it was hard to read this story. This was another "tear you apart" book. Keep the tissues nearby! Poor Grace. She is barely living since her husband was listed as dead. Then her brother-in-law informs her he has found her a new husband. Whoa Nelly! She finally decides not to argue as she is tired of being alone. So, of course, Michael comes back to her after being injured. He has a bad head injury and has loss of short term memory. There are so many deep problems and spoilers. After all this it is a book one should read. If only to be glad our doctors can do so much more now. Please read story!
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely wonderful but I will warn you, it's very hard to read.  The intense emotions involved in this book made for a very difficult journey.  The love between the characters was never in question as you find with many romances, the absolutely loved each other.   The historical aspects of this book also didn't play too much into the book either because this wasn't a story of the times so much as a story that could fit into any timeframe and any life.  Watching these two people struggle to come to terms with the damage that was done by war was so painful but the beauty came shining through as they worked out a way to handle it together. By the time that I finished this book I was completely worn out emotionally and it's taken me a couple of days to be able to write this.  I have found that the true impact of the story had to sink in because it's a very personal, emotional impact that is delivered so expertly, crafted so well that you don't feel the full effects until you are able to step back from the reading and absorb it all. One thing I do have to say though, I think this books would be better stated as a "stand alone" than part of the Secrets & Seductions series.  I can only speak for myself but this didn't really fit with the rest of the books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good...not my typical read...I like my scoundrels , womanizing cocky men...this was a little to sweet for me...the love scene's were not passionate or emotional enough..I found them lacking...there were love scenes , I just didn't feel on there connection ...for a couple so in love they should have been better... that's just my opinion .