“Saving Grace”, published James Gang Publishing is the first book in the Safe Havens series by Sandy James. I read this book in a day and a half because it was really hard to put down.
The story begins in 1881. We meet Grace Riley as she tries to talk with a man of her acquaintance in his suite in the San Francisco Arms. The circumstances turn very ugly and Grace is in a struggle for her life. A gun she had hidden goes off and she sees blood on this man’s chest. She runs for her life, afraid that the law will find her and hang her.
One week later finds her at the Twin Springs Ranch outside White Pines, Montana during a heavy thunderstorm. She is at the door of the ranch house seeking Jake Curtis, her long-lost brother. Adam Morgan, the ranch owner, comes to the door to find a bedraggled, wet and sick young woman. He tells her that Jake is not there and she turns to retrace her journey, but she collapses in front of him. He takes her in and, along with his daughter Victoria, nurses her back to health meanwhile falling in love with her. She is falling in love with him too, but doesn’t want to stay because of the secret she carries about her past.
Grace’s brother Matthew, who has tried to save her by running with her, follows her to the ranch. He and Victoria don’t hit if off very well and their constant run-ins make the story more interesting.
I enjoyed this novel very much because it kept me guessing all through each page to the end. I highly recommend this book as a very good western romance novel. The characters have more problems than I can count, but it is very entertaining trying to figure out how they will survive them. I look forward to reading book two in the series, "Runaway".
Grace Riley is on the run—from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.
Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.
Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?