About the book: 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.
My review: I really enjoyed this book! I love books written about the Regency Era and this one was really well done. I loved the shy Helen, I thought that her character was especially well done. I felt sad for her as she was trying to catch the attention of Mr Preston, but it didn't really seem to work. I loved that she was able to create a friendship with his sweet daughter, Beth, and the way that the two seemed to light up each other's worlds.
It was really fun to me how this book kind of tells the other side of the story from Saving Grace. The two books happen during the same time period. It kind of seemed as though this book was the behind the scenes look for that one. I thought the plot was great and I was happy with the ending. Now I just want to know, what happens to the two sisters and most especially with their brother Christopher?
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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