Saturday, July 1, 2023

Grace Under Fire by Julie Garwood


Book review of the latest Buchanan Family romantic suspense novel.

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The six brothers and two sisters in the Buchanan Family are all involved in either the technology field or law enforcement, most particularly the FBI. Julie Garwood's books in this series revolve around one or more members of the family and their extended families of the Renards and the MacKennas. 

Grace Under Fire features Grace Isabel MacKenna and the Buchanan brother we have not heard much about to date – Michael.  


Julie Garwood's Grace Under Fire novel

Grace Isabel MacKenna had a hundred things to do today. Killing someone wasn't one of them.

Isabel MacKenna  is on her way to a Buchanan Anniversary Party in Boston before leaving for Scotland to collect an inheritance. After flying from California, where she just graduated college, to Boston, Isabel decides to take a brisk walk before checking into her hotel. But she gets lost and ends up with a wounded man in her arms and is forced to shoot his attacker. 

The Buchanans send Michael, former Navy SEAL and now lawyer, to assist Isabel through the police questioning. Then, mysterious threats against Isabel surface and they appear to be related to the land in Scotland known as Glen MacKenna, which Isabel is due to inherit on her 21st Birthday. 

After the Anniversary party, Isabel flies to Scotland to claim her inheritance. Michael Buchanan follows her and appoints himself as Isabel's bodyguard, even though she is determined not to need one. Isabel knows she should be grateful for Michael's help, except she has harbored an extreme dislike for him for years. Now she seems to be stuck with him despite their constant bickering and sizzling attraction. 

Isabel and Michael may have to deal with their growing feelings for each other – but first Isabel must survive the threats from those who want to keep her from inheriting Glen MacKenna. 


Grace Under Fire is a fun and fascinating read, as are all the books in Julie Garwood's Buchanan Family series. 

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  1. No doubt it is suspenseful, but it also sounds like a fun book to read. Would it be necessary to go back to the first book in the series or do you feel like we learn enough about this characters in this book that it could be a stand alone book?

    1. I think any of the Buchanan Family novels in Julie Garwood's series can be read as a stand-alone, Mouse, but it is fun to read any or all of the others because then you get to know all the characters. With 8 'kids' in the Buchanan family, there are lots of interesting stories told. And while there is a suspenseful side to each, there is more of a romantic angle as each Buchanan meets their ideal mate. :) I think you would enjoy Garwood's books. :)

    2. Yes, indeed! You know romance novels appeal to me the most, but I do like the occasional mystery or suspense. These sound perfect for me!

  2. I enjoy Julie Garwood’s writing and love a good series. The Buchanan family saga books are on my Audible wishlist!

    1. I think you will really enjoy meeting the various characters/members of these families, Margaret. The series is a delightful read.

  3. This sounds like an a really good book - I could get into this one - in fact, they need to make a movie of this, I'd absolutely watch.

  4. This book sounds a really good read, very fascinating with suspense and romance! I agree it would also make a good movie ! Thank you for your excellent review.


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