Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Loving Helen (A Hearthfire Romance) by Michele Paige Holmes

Read from April 20th - 22nd, 2015.

(Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.) 

From Goodreads:  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.

Loving Helen is a charming companion novel to Saving Grace.  Set in the Regency era, it is basically the same story as Saving Grace, but told from Helen's perspective rather than Grace's.  I really enjoyed getting both sides of the story, and I thought it tied everything together nicely.  

I could relate to Helen and her aversion to being around people until she was more comfortable with them, as I deal with the same problem.  The author included a few wise words of advice - via her characters - and I definitely took them to heart.  

Loving Helen is such a sweet, clean romance, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, which is supposed to be released this summer. While Loving Helen can be read as a standalone, I would suggest reading Saving Grace first.  If you enjoy clean Regency-era romances, I would highly recommend this series.  

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