Book Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway - His Saving Grace (Secrets & Seduction #4) by Sharon Cullen
Saving Grace Secrets & Seduction # 4
By: Sharon Cullen
Releasing December 23rd, 2014
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?
(from Chapter 1)
“Timmons will make an excellent husband and will see to all of your
needs,” Nigel said. “His status as a new baron is quite proper, as well as his
annual income from his investments.”
Grace could care less about Timmons’s income. What bothered her was that
she was being pushed off on a man for whom she held no feelings other than mild
friendship. And that she would spend the rest of her life living with one man
while mourning another.
“It’s a disgrace, I say.” Ida Fisher, Grace’s lady’s maid, cook,
housekeeper, and companion all rolled into one, followed Grace around the
sitting room of the dower house, her anger taking up all the air. Grace
couldn’t blame Ida; she was just as furious. But really, she wished Ida would
stop her indignation for just a moment so Grace could think in peace.
“There’s nothing to be done, then?” Ida asked. “Nothing?”
“I don’t believe so. Nigel has everything tied up in a neat bow, right
down to the reading of the banns and the date of the wedding.”
Ida harrumphed. “I don’t like this. You have no family to turn to, and he
Grace didn’t like it, either. Ida was right. Grace had no family to turn
to, since both her parents had died in an influenza epidemic four years ago.
She’d had only Michael for family.
“Seems the least he could do was let a lady decide her own wedding date,”
Yes, it seemed.
“So what are you to do?” Ida picked up an antimacassar from the back of a
chair to twist the lace.
Grace gently took the mutilated lace and smoothed it back into place on
the chair. “What am I going to do? I’m going to attend the festival committee
meeting, like I had been planning, that’s what I’m going to do.”
“But my lady, how can you even think of festivals at a time like this?”
“Because, Ida, I can’t think of Nigel or marriage or anything else right
now.” Because going to the festival planning committee was the most she could
do at the moment without falling apart. And she knew if she stayed within these
walls and thought about what had happened up at the manor house, she would fall
So she gathered her parasol, adjusted her hat in the mirror, and set off
for Prudence Davison’s home. Prudence was the chair of the festival committee
and the wife of the local solicitor, a very nice woman who managed to pull
together the festival every year with her long lists and her ability to corral
everyone together and browbeat those who tended toward laziness. No one dared
to take her place; neither did anyone want the position of committee chair; so
everyone deferred to Prudence and was happy to do so.
Grace had her driver and all-around handyman, George—also known as Ida’s
husband—drop her off a few blocks from Mrs. Davison’s home, situated just off
the main street. Grace enjoyed the exercise and nodded to the people she knew
as she passed them. Hadley Springs wasn’t London, and that had been just fine
with her and Michael. William, Michael’s older brother and the earl at the
time, had allowed them the use of Blackbourne Manor because he preferred the
excitement of London, while Grace and Michael were much more suited to country
living. The arrangement had been simple and convenient for all parties involved.
When he’d been home from his duties as an officer in the First Royal Dragoons,
Michael would see to the vast expanse of lands and the income Blackbourne Manor
generated, and William would see to all the other estates and investments.
The memories of Michael were sharp today and her grief fresh. Some days
she missed Michael so much it took everything she had to get through the day.
There were still moments when she made mental notes of things to tell him
before she remembered that he would never walk through the front door again or
laugh at a funny story she’d told.
Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The
Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl, and Pleasing the Pirate, as well as many
novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If
you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her
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