“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”.
I was sent a free kindle copy of this book by Night Owl Reviews in return for my honest review.