- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609074610
- FTC, FYI: I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah M. Eden has become known as one of the Queens of Historical Romance writers. This new offering from her solidifies her reputation as knowing how to write, as the title says, "A Proper Romance". This is another book from Shadow Mountain in the category of clean romances.There is a lot of love shown in the writing of this novel. Sarah is Irish and has a great love for the Irish people. In fact, I found this on her blog proclaiming her love for the Irish this past St. Patricks Day.
"For those of you who are new around here, St. Patrick's Day is kind of a big deal. Kind of a really big deal. On this blog, it is The Holiday of Coolness. At the Eden home, it is my birthday! It is also the day we ramp up our ordinarily enormous Irish pride to levels approaching lunacy. Everything we eat is green. Everything we wear is green. The house is filled with green, green, green. And this blog gets the same Irish makeover.
This year, St. Patrick's Day is even more fun. We had the amazing opportunity to spend Christmas in Ireland and came home even more in love with the culture, the history, the people. We're dying to go back."
So this is why I said there was so much love shown in the writing of this novel and the Irish people. We follow the story of Katie Macauley who left Ireland to come to America. Her heart is broken after the death of her sister and her parents blaming her for this loss. She meets two different men who start shifting her world around. There are many surprises for Katie as well as the readers. The transformation of Katie's spirit and will is a worth-while journey to take with this main character.
There is a lot of hatred shown to the Irish in the town of Hope Springs, Wyoming. Katie has to decide whether to stay or to return home to Ireland. Katie struggles for the gifts of hope and forgiveness. I love main character Katie and had such empathy for all of her struggles and what had happened in the past.
The romance is as good as ever, but I have a warning, everything is not resolved in this first book. I truly hope that the next installment is being written so we don't have to wait very long to continue reading about Katie.
Meet the Author: Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone (2008, Covenant Communications) and Courting Miss Lancaster(2010, Covenant Communications). Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference, acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat and is one-third of the team at the AppendixPodcast.com. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency.
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