Saving Grace

Saving Grace

by Michele Paige Holmes


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941145265
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 12/03/2014
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 1,138,885
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

Her first novel, Counting Stars (Covenant Communications 2007), won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. Her companion novel, a romantic suspense titled, All the Stars in Heaven (Covenant 2009), was a Whitney finalist, as was her first historical romance, Captive Heart (Covenant 2011). My Lucky Stars (Covenant 2012) completed the Stars series.
Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over thirteen years and feels privileged to meet weekly with fellow authors Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, LuAnn Staheli, Sarah M. Eden, J. Scott Savage, and Robison Wells. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.
When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear, in a house with a wonderful view of the mountains. You can find Michele on the web at and on Facebook and twitter (preschooler permitting).

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Saving Grace 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
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Predictable ending, a good read to past the time; however, wouldn't bother continuing the series. Didn't grab my interest, hence 3 star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read from start to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so much more than I expected! From a bit of a romp at the beginning, it went to a story with depth and real human interest. Not all of the book was reasonable or convincing, but it was all compelling. I particularily liked Nicholas and his nuances, but really all the characters were engaging - flawed but not cliche. I think Grace would be happy in America, and I quite see why Christopher eventually heads there. I look forward to reading the rest of the series - despite the promise of bloodshot, dry eyes with how engrosing this author's writing is! Overall, a pretty original story. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend this book. The sort of novel that's so well done one is inspired to write one's own book. Chaste story with nothing more than a few kisses. Not religous or preachy.
lighthousequilter More than 1 year ago
Delightful book! I was lost in the story from page one. The characters were so well written that I felt as if I knew them. I could really understand who they were. I loved how the story had twists up to the end that made it so very hard to put down. It definitely has a regency mixed with Beauty and the Beast feel- loved it!
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Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This story reminded me of Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden and The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch, but of course it has its own twists and turns that make it a story worth reading- especially if you enjoy a Regency England setting and the marriage of convenience trope. I enjoyed the characters and the conflicts that had to be resolved as the story progressed and relationships grew complex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clean, decently written story of romance. Kind of drawn out in places, but enjoyed the read.
LisaMason77 More than 1 year ago
Saving Grace was a fabulously written love story with a Beauty and the Beast feel. So thoroughly told, I found myself deeply connected to the characters, especially Grace. I loved her ability to be kind and strong at the same time. We all have known people in life who are difficult to like. It becomes easy for us to just say, "they are rude to me so why should I extend kindness to them?". Grace had many of these encounters and was wronged many a time in her life, but remained soft and able to extend friendliness and even forgiveness. I loved how this book taught that forgiving someone doesn't mean you say what they have done to you is okay. It just means that we can look past others mistakes and feel compassion for them and release ourselves from anger and ill feelings towards another. In the end, those feelings will destroy us as it almost did, Lord Sutherland. Wonderful read from beginning to end!
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Samantha23 More than 1 year ago
I received this ebook through ebooksforreview in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book. It is a sweet historical love story, funny at times and sad at other times. The story is about Grace, a young woman who was sent out by her father to marry; so that he could pay is gambling debts.   The problem is that Grace has not intention to marry and the only reason she agreed to take the trip was to save her younger sister from that fate. So Grace’s plan is to make sure that no man will take her. She manages to be sent away by every man who once wanted to marry her. But each time, it only leads her to another man’s home. Until one night, she is in a carriage accident and find herself seeking help. She is welcome in an estate and is offered a room for the night. Only, the master of the house, who was away at the time, returns unexpectedly and go to bed... the same bed in which she is laying. That’s when she sees an opportunity to spread the rumor that she is ruin, hoping no one will want her. The story continues with Grace reaching the next man’s house. Only that man seems different and she starts to regret her decision, especially when the man who supposedly ruined her comes back in her life trying to save her reputation. The story is absolutely moving. It is told from altering points of view, which brings even more depth to the story.  I loved the way the characters evolved through the book. The author seems to want the reader to see that people can actually change. But the characters also make many mistakes while trying to make things right. This makes the story even more realistic. Finally, the book is a good example that everything happens for a reason and that in the end everything will turn out fine, but also that every decision you make affects others in many more ways than you might imagine. Highly recommended to any romance lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good Regency romance and this one was great! When Grace attempts to escape a man who has less than desirable intentions, she finds herself without a carriage and with poor health in the middle of the night. Her servants take her to a home to rest up and she ends up in the funniest situation. It had me laughing out loud! That's where the story really got interesting. I wasn't really excepting a love triangle, but that what happened. Grace is very clever, resourceful, and kind-hearted. She will go to any length to finally be free of her father--including "ruining" herself. I adored her character. Grace is a good mixture of strong and meek, if that makes any sense. There's something about Grace that both endears her to Nicholas and riles him up. He is a suspicious man by nature, one who holds grudges for far too long, but he's a big softie with so many walls built around his heart, that it's hard to break in. He can be gruff and prickly, yet underneath that exterior, I really liked him. Samuel, the closest neighbor, doesn't need anyone else to blame him for things that have happened in his life--he heaps enough guilt on himself. Grace regrets trying to ruin herself when she realizes that Samuel is a very kind man and a dear friend. From what I read, I was expecting to hate Samuel, but there's more to him than I realized. I enjoyed watching the story and relationships play out. There were some secrets that needed to be uncovered and a few things that needed to be resolved. I thought everything was wrapped up nicely when a few twists happened that I wasn't expecting. I love to be surprised! This is going to be a fun, new series. Content: no language or violence; mild romance--very brief and vague talk of mistresses, mild kissing. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
KelseyP More than 1 year ago
Grace Thatcher is being forced to marry for her father’s monetary gain. If Grace refuses matrimony, her father will force her younger sister to wed instead. Grace has managed to off put two potential grooms and is en route to suitor number three when her carriage is overturned.  Her servants put her on a horse and deliver her to the nearest house. Apparent scandal ensues and Grace decides to use it to her advantage, after all, who wants to marry a supposedly scorned woman or her sister. Lord Nicholas Sutherland is the other recipient of this hypothetical scandal and he thinks Grace is out to trap him into marriage. Will Grace’s father win and get his daughter down the aisle, or is  Lord Sutherland as stubborn as they say? It is a fun story about a woman striving for independence but stuck in her circumstances. 
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Saving Grace is a regency Beauty and the Beast type story. We have Grace Thatcher, who while attempting to protect her siblings from their unscrupulous father, is being introduced to questionable men to enrich her father’s pockets. By trying to thwart her father and the men he has chosen for her to wed, she comes up with some pretty hair brained schemes. Grace wants her freedom so that she may choose her own spouse or not marry at all and live quietly in the country. This is not an instant love story. The characters we meet don’t even like each other at first and are thrown together not by their own choosing but by circumstance. There are also two love interests for Grace to choose from. Along with Grace, we find that both are worthy gentlemen, but whom will she choose? With one bent on revenge and the other hiding a secret, Grace becomes an unwilling pawn between Nicholas Sutherland and Samuel Preston. This is a clean read and I really enjoyed watching the character growth. I look forward to more of this author’s work. I received an e-copy for review however the opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Saving Grace, Michele Paige Holmes's brand new release. It was a delightful book to read and one of those books where I was disappointed when the book ended because I enjoyed reading the story so much. While the setting seems typical of other regency romances, the plot was anything but trite and Holmes’s characters so genuine it was sometimes hard to see the plot play out. The story begins with Grace traveling from between the homes of potential suitors that have bargained with her father to pay handsomely to marry her. Through inventive exploits, Grace manages to remain single despite being pawn to pay off her father’s gambling debts. But with an unfortunate accident, Grace and her trustworthy servants find themselves at Sutherland Hall and in a mess. Grace immediately sets another plan in action to free her from the exploits of marriageable men, only to discover that for once she has acted rashly and placed her happiness and the security of her siblings into the hands of strangers. Michele Holmes has a gift for creating characters that are genuine, unaffected and so realistic they were easy to love, easy to hate, easy to criticize and easy to champion. In short, Grace, Nicholas, and Preston were so human and their troubles and triumphs so compelling and relatable despite mansions, money and titles. So the question remains, who really saves Grace? I highly recommend reading Saving Grace and discovering the answer for yourself.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Saving Grace is definitely worth a read. It grabbed my attention right at the beginning. Though the pace did slow down quite a bit until about 2/3 of the way through. I think it was an enjoyable and a good clean read. 3 1/2 stars.
Chrissybelle More than 1 year ago
Saving Grace is now sitting quite high on a short list of favorite books. I had no idea when I started reading that I would be so enchanted. The characters each carried their own burdens on shoulders tired from their weight. I ached for each of them as their tales unraveled before me. I was filled with emotion many times as I read. Each halting attempt at interaction between Grace and Nicholas seemed hopeless, yet you could almost see their hearts and minds changing. Too many obstacles seemed to be in the way of happiness for any of the characters in this story, and yet somehow happiness was the end result of a great deal of misunderstanding and missteps. The road to love was certainly rocky for all involved. I highly recommend this wonderful, sweet romance, particularly to lovers of Regency romances. If I had the option, I would rate Saving Grace 6 stars!
anjlde More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written book with real characters. The writing is descriptive and not over the top dramatic or unbelievable. It the story of a young women who is in a real pickle and how she fights hard for her dignity, her family all while doing her best not to let life get her down! I enjoyed all the characters and admit I couldn't put it down after starting! I felt the story could have ended sooner but overall a very worthy read!
Adelynne More than 1 year ago
The romance and the characters were written so well in Saving Grace. I enjoyed every moment of the book.  Although there was somewhat of a love triangle, it was not an aggravating one; it was quite clear as to whom Grace would end up with. All the characters were written out very realistically, and the romance developed in a slow, believable way. There was no insta-love or insta-lust; in fact, Grace and Nicolas actually did not find each other attractive at all in their first meeting. The whole romance was fun, but heavy at some times. Grace was a delightful and enjoyable character to read about, and I loved the fact that she had flaws of her own but accepted them and tried to fix them. There was a cliche "future mother in-law versus future daughter in-law" in this, but I really liked how the two fixed their relationship.  The only qualm I had about this book was its somewhat ridiculous and unrealistic plot. What happened to Grace would be almost impossible in real life, and the repercussions she suffered for her actions were not realistic at all. A lady losing respectability during that time period would have had much more heavier consequences compared to the ones that Grace faced. Although this story is historical fiction, it did not have many historical elements to it at all. It focuses more on the characters rather than the setting.  Despite the plot, the book was a very enjoyable romance novel overall to read. I would highly recommend it for those less focused on the time period and searching for a good romance.