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- Publisher: Mirror Press (September 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2016
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- Language: English
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Hearthfire Romance Collection--Box Set (Volume 1) (A Hearthfire Romance) Kindle Edition
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Saving Grace - definitely worth a read. It grabbed my attention right at the beginning. Though the pace did slow down quite a bit until about 2/3 of the way through. I think it was an enjoyable and a good clean read.
Loving Helen - I thought it was a good read. This book is so sweet and romantic. I was hooked from the beginning all the way to the end. I loved the setting, the characters, and the storyline. I loved everything about it.
Marrying Christopher - I must say this one is my favorite of the series. Michelle Paige Holmes did a fantastic job developing these characters. I feel like they are my family and feel like I was actually there and the scenes. I really enjoyed the scenes with Christopher and Marsali. This historical is well written, clean, sweet and romantic.
Twelve Days in December is a beautifully written Christmas novella. I love marriage of convenience stories. This is a great, sweet, clean, romantic story to be read anytime, especially during Christmas.
5 plus stars
<i>Loving Helen</i>: This is a companion book to Saving Grace. It's not a sequel, as it takes place at the same time as the events in the first book. However, I don't think you can read them out of order because there is a lot alluded to about Grace in this book that the author assumes you know. Helen is a lot more timid than her sister Grace, and I like Grace's character more, but I still enjoyed the relationship developing between Helen and Beth and also the relationship between Helen and Samuel.
<i>Marrying Christopher</i>: This is the final book in this series about siblings finding love. While I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and their interactions with one another, there was a lot going on and trying to be accomplished and move things forward and it got a little bit much for me, struggling to make the story line and aspects of it come together. In the beginning, they mention taking care of Crayton, who has been a problem for them through the other books, then it jumps forward with no mention that any of that was actually resolved, that the plan they wanted to put in motion was in fact carried out. However, I still enjoyed the writing and the character and relationship development. Good ending to the series, especially the epilogue.
<i>Twelve Days in December</i>: This was a fun epilogue to the series, taking over where Marsali leaves Charlotte to marry William so she can find Christopher and the first 12 days of Charlotte and William's marriage, and the last 12 days of the year. It is well done and well developed for a shorter story. I enjoyed this wrap-up so we weren't left wondering about Charlotte and William, and even Lady Cosgrove.
***I received a copy of each of the books in this set for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.***
I loved this story.
Grace is a strong-willed lady willing to do anything to protect her brother and sister from her awfull father. She comes up with a plan to protect her sister from being married of, and her plan goes miserably wrong. Yet she finds herself in the care of Lord Sutherland, a hard man, having gone through quite a bit of lose, and unable to forgive.
What follows is a beautiful love story. Many a times I felt like I was reading an Austin book, and during the sad parts I found myself feeling the pain right along with Grace. It has been a while since a book has moved me like this one.
After thinking the Author's name seemed familiar, I looked it up, and realized I read her first 2 stars books. I would definitely say this book is a lot better than I remember those ones to be. I feel this is a much more developed tale, in which you feel even more connected to Grace and Nicholas.
I loved this book. I don’t read historical romance often, but fell in love with Miss Holmes’ style in the first book Saving Grace. It was an excellent read with enchanting characters.
In this second book we get more of the wonderful Mister Samuel Preston, and his journey to loving Helen. Helen has always seemed shy, a wallflower in comparison to her sister Grace. She has preferred to stay on the sideline, and not shine in the spotlight. She has very valid reasons to be so apprehensive around people, especially men. Grace always protected her as a child, but considering the upbringing these three children endured, there is only so much protection you can give.
This book takes you on a journey of getting to know Helen for whom she really is, the complex, caring, compassionate, fun, adventurous and funny person she really is, but rarely reveals to just anyone.
Beth, Samuel’s 3-year-old daughter immediately sees all of this in Helen, and the two form a deep bond. Beth also possesses the ability to bring out all of these qualities in Helen. It’s as if with Beth Helen lets all her guards down, and is the person she really is. It makes for a very interesting read.
Samuel goes on a journey of his own, recovering from Grace’s refusal to pretending to be besotted with Helen, to maybe, just maybe seeing what is in plain sight. He has to determine if he can truly open his heart up after losing his wife.
Then there is Christopher who plays the matchmaker, and gives us all the impression he is the happy-go-lucky kind of guy. In actuality he is a lot more cunning and clever than anyone, even his sisters give him credit for. I cannot wait to read his story, which will release later this year. I hope to do a feature of that book also.
This book is exactly what a historical romance should be. It give you the impression you are in a Jane Austin fairy tale, with all the complexities of the typical characters, a slow-paced yet exciting read, and a wonderful happily ever after!
This book had a slightly different feel than the first two books in the series, as it starts of on a great journey towards a new beginning for Christopher. We see him saying goodbye to Grace and Helen, and it is a sad goodbye indeed!
As Christopher sets of on his great adventure, he is determined to start anew, in a place where the name Thatcher does not drag along all the unfortunate disaster he has had to deal with his whole life. He is also set on not having to rescue anyone, but think of himself for a change. All of that changes almost instantly, as his is introduced to Miss Marsali Abbott even before the ship sets sail for America. Instead of having a carefree crossing, he is troubled with worry over Miss Abbott’s lot once she sets foot on American soil. His instincts kick in, and he soon realises he cannot continue dennying the blosseming attraction he feels for Miss Abbott.
Together with the captain he comes up with a great plan to help Marsali, but tragedy hits harder than anyone could suspect, and they are torn apart.
What follows is an unravelling of events in which fate seems to play a horrible trick on Marsali and Christopher. Yet their undying love an devotion to each other migh just be strong enough to conquer all.
Christopher is a colourful character. He is full of spirit, yet a real gentleman. He has gone through so much, but come out with such humour, love, devotion, and depth. He is a real catch, even if he has a hard time seeing it himself. His undying dedication to Marsali is what every woman dreams of, and had me rooting for their HEA throughout the whole book.
Marsali is a wonderful lady. She reminds me of Grace in certain ways, yet she is her own unique self. She has buckets full of spunk, is quick with her comebacks, keeps Christopher on his toes at all times, yet she has the poise and elegance of a true lady. I loved her frankness and kindness. She was someone I could truly relate to.
The supporting cast were really great. They were very divers, and added such a great dimension to the story. Often times you can read a book and find the supporting characters to be boring, underdeveloped, or to involved in the story. Miss Holmes gave just enough attention to make them important, yet didn’t take any of the main attention away from what really mattered. I found it a great mix.
I loved having another dose of Grace and Nicholas and Helen and Samuel. They are true favourites, and parting with all at the end of the book was hard for me. I have grown to love these characters, and will miss them greatly. As with good friends, I’m sure I will revisit them often in the future. I’m excited to see which works Miss Holmes will release in the future.
Book 4 - Novella
In book 3 we get to meet Mister Vancer, and Marsali’s sister Charlotte. When they decide on a marriage of convenience, Marsali is so focused on her own quest at hand, little attention goes to what will become of this pair.
I was very excited to see a novella giving us their story, and I am a real sucker for a marriage of convenience with a HEA.
This is just such a tale, a sweet, slow buildup of first an understanding, to a friendship based on respect and candid communication, to an attraction, to deep feelings of love and longing. And all comes to pass in the short span of twelve days in December. As much as it seems to be so short of a span of time, and only a novella, the whole tale is executed exceptionally well, and sweeps you right off your feet along with Charlotte.
I am forever grateful to Miss Holmes for restoring my love for regency reads, and the elements so typical to that style. I look forward to her next book!
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