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Friday, August 14, 2015

Blog Tour Review for Marrying Christopher(A Hearthfire Romance) by Michele Paige Holmes



Product Details:

  • Title: Marrying Christopher
  • Author: Michele Paige Holmes
  • Genre: Regency Historical Romance
  • Paperback: 347 Pages
  • Publisher: Mirror Press (August 30, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1941145434
  • FTC, FYI: I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review.





Book Description:
Having seen both his sisters Grace and Helen happily married, Christopher Thatcher is free to pursue his dream of life in America. With adventure in his heart and mind, he boards one of the first steamships set to cross the Atlantic in the record breaking time of only twenty-five days. Within the first two of those, his resolve—to avoid women and the complications they often bring to a man’s life—falters when he meets Marsali Abbott, a young woman with a past even more troubling than his own. Whether from years of habit protecting his sisters, or simply because he feels drawn to Marsali, Christopher chooses to help her and becomes her friend. As the truth about what awaits Marsali in America becomes evident, he is faced with a more difficult choice, one that will impact their lives far beyond four weeks together at sea.  


My Review:

 I have read all of the books that Michele Paige Holmes has written. There isn't one book that I wouldn't highly recommend to other readers. This author truly knows what she is doing. For example, have you ever read a book where you liked the plot and it was a pretty good novel, but you didn't care about the characters? This is something that will NEVER happen to a book written by this author. In fact, her characters are always the strongest part of her books. You get hooked into the stories so quickly because she writes characters that you care about, and you want to invest your time into their lives and stories.

The romance between the two main characters of Christopher and Marsali is realistic and very believable. There is an attraction there, but they both fight it for so long. The characters have both been through painful pasts and carry around emotional baggage. This doesn't stop them from growing as people, nor from allowing them to take a chance at their friendships. 

I also enjoyed the minor characters that were on the ship with Christopher and Marsali. Even though some could be annoying, they added extra flavor to the story like Lydia's non-stop chattiness or her mother, Lady Cosgrove's stodgy ways. The captain of the ship,Captain Gower, was another who I grew to like a lot.

This Regency Romance also has it's share of surprises that keep you hanging on the edge, and not sure of the outcome. 

Overall, this book in the Hearthfire Romance series is one of my favorites. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend you reading the first two books in this series about Christopher's two sisters. Michele has written a book that is wonderful and hard to put down. I stayed up late reading it. I can assure you, that this clean romance, with characters you'll love, and a well thought out story, should definitely be your next book to read. I give this book 5 stars since Michele clearly hit this one out of the park! I loved it!
 
 Meet Author Michele Paige Holmes:

 Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children’s literature. 

Her first novel, Counting Stars (Covenant Communications 2007), won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. Her companion novel, a romantic suspense titled, All the Stars in Heaven (Covenant 2009), was a Whitney finalist, as was her first historical romance, Captive Heart (Covenant 2011). My Lucky Stars (Covenant 2012) completed the Stars series.
After having a novella published in A Timeless Romance Anthology European Collection (Mirror Press, 2013), Michele decided to focus on historical romance and began Hearthfire Historicals, with the debut novel Saving Grace. A companion novella, Loving Helen was released February 2015.


Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over fourteen years and feels privileged to meet with fellow authors Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, J. Scott Savage, and Robison Wells. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences. 


When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear, in a house with a wonderful view of the mountains. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Facebook and twitter .


Michele's website http://www.michelepaigeholmes.net/ 




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