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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Robyn Reviews: LOVING HELEN by Michelle Paige Holmes (Mirror Press, 2015)

From Amazon: From Amazon Top 100 Regency Romance author, Michele Paige Holmes, comes LOVING HELEN, a regency romance from the Hearthfire Romance series. Revisit the characters from SAVING GRACE in this story of Grace’s shy, younger sister.

Eighteen-year-old Helen Thatcher grew up under the protection of her older siblings, Grace and Christopher. Living in their shadows and keeping to herself suited Helen just fine—until she met widower Samuel Preston. Watching Mr. Preston care for his young daughter and seeing his concern extend to her own family, Helen felt her reserve slipping away, as she learned first to trust him and then realized she had fallen in love with him. But instead of returning—or even noticing her affection—Mr. Preston developed his own tender, and unrequited feelings, for Grace. 

In the midst of each silently nursing their broken hearts, Helen and Samuel are faced with a daunting task—reuniting Grace with her fiancé, Nicholas Sutherland. Now it is Helen who must look out for her sister and sacrifice her own fragile heart, as she and Samuel pretend to be engaged. Helen finds the role surprisingly easy to play, allowing herself to imagine that Samuel’s loving remarks are sincere. As the time for their charade to end draws near Helen must summon her courage and tell Samuel the truth of her feelings, or risk losing him forever.


Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: 232 pages

Rating: 5

Review: Love, deceptions, misunderstandings,and sweet,swoon worthy scenes; all the ingredients for a romance you can curl up with and sigh. 

I loved this book from the first page. I read Saving Grace and couldn't wait to read Helen’s story. This is book 2 in he series, however, you can read this one without reading book one (Saving Grace), it will be more fun if you do, though. I actually had Saving Grace open and it was fun reading the same scenes from the two different points of view. I really liked that they were companion novels and happened at the same time. Did I say how much I liked seeing the different ways each sister saw a situation? 

Helen is fun and really great to get to know throughout the novel. We saw glimpses of her personality in k, but she really shines and comes to life in her own story. Samuel makes a wonderful hero and I was so glad that he didn't get left behind when Grace chose Lord Sutherland over him. The story has lots of ups and downs and I especially liked how good the sisters were along with their brother. They were good people despite the bad things that happened to them. The slight side story of the servants was very sweet. I liked how Helen had to become strong for herself before she could show Samuel how much she loved him. It is a wonderful story of forgiveness and love. You won't be disappointed. 

Content
Sex - 1—some kissing
Violence - 0
Language - 0
Overall Rating - PG – intended for adults 

Source - Review Copy 

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