Title: Loving Helen
Author: Michele Paige Holmes
Series: A Hearthfire Romance
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: Feb. 14, 2015
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.
Delightful story! This is a companion novel to SAVING GRACE, also by Michele Paige Homes. The stories take place simultaneously but are each about a different sister and told from her POV. I read them about 9 months apart from each other. It might be fun to read them simultaneously sometime. Each can be read independently without having read the other. Helen’s personality is much different than that of her sister, Grace. She would rather not stand out in a crowd. She is reserved and wants a quiet life. She is also reluctant to let her true feelings be known. Grace is quite lively. Therefore, the tone of this book is much different than the first. Sometimes I missed Grace’s personality. Truthfully, I found myself relating to Helen quite a bit though. The author is great at developing characters and drawing the reader into their lives. Samuel Preston is perfect for Helen, even though he cannot see that through most of the story. It’s fun to see him find a woman who is perfectly capable and excited to be a mom to his little girl, Beth. I am anxious to read the next book about their brother Christopher. He made me laugh a number of times in this book. He is one of my favorite characters.