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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: GLIMMER OF HOPE by Sarah M. Eden (Covenant, 2013)

From DeseretBook.comStunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband’s rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw near, an unexpected visitor arrives . . .
Carter Alexander Harford, Seventh Viscount Devereaux, is a man driven to succeed. His work is his life, and the position of Prime Minister of England is within reach. But in truth, Carter is a man haunted by lost love. Estranged from his beautiful wife, Carter is shocked to find Miranda—the woman he loved and who he believed left him—in residence at his country home.
As plans for a holiday party move forward, the uneasy couple realizes that to avoid further scandal, they must keep up appearances in a charade of marital happiness. Thrust together by fate, it quickly becomes clear that they have both been living beneath a conspired cloud of misunderstanding. As family, career, and social pressures threaten to keep them apart, can love have even a glimmer of hope?
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Length: 208 pgs

Rating: *****
Review: I know. Reading my reviews of Sarah's stuff is probably getting a little old for all of you. Same old "I love this so much I could die" stuff. BUT I'm going to tell you anyway. I read this book in one night. I went to bed and picked it up to start, got thirty pages in and didn't want to stop. I had to know how everything worked out for Miranda and Carter. I mean, I knew it would turn out fine. Sarah hasn't let me down (yet...we'll see what I say when HOPE SPRINGS comes out next year...). After reading so many of Sarah's books, I have to describe to you the feeling I got as I read the first few pages. Familiar, comforting, like home. I literally sighed and sank back into my pillows.
I loved how things rolled along. How the relationship between Carter and Miranda seemed like a hesitant tug-of-war. Give some here, take some back, give more, falling back in love a little bit at a time. Carter is no prince, and of course you can't help but want to cuff him a time or two, but it's fantastic to watch him grow and grow up. Miranda is so sweet, and I adored how she trusted Carter a little, taking tiny steps into the dark without throwing herself right back into his arms just because she wanted to. Sweet and loving yet guarded. Perfect.
I'm not sure if it's just because I know Sarah better since her last few books have been released (DROPS OF GOLD and LONGING FOR HOME) or what, but I connect with each book more and more, getting to see inside the soul of it. It's so fantastic and I love finding a writer who can do that. 
Content: Rated 1-5, 1 being minor instances and 5 being saturated
Sex: 0
Violence: 0
Language: 0
Try this Love Regency Romance like me but have already read all Sarah's books? Check out EDENBROOKE by Julianne Donaldson
Source: Bought a copy from DeseretBook.com

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