Loving Helen (Hearthfire Romance #2) by Michele Paige Holmes

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: Helen has had a crush on Mr. Preston for some time now, but she knows there is no hope for her when not only is he still in love with his late wife, but developing strong feelings for her older sister, Grace. However, with Grace engaged to another man, and as Helen spends more and more time with Mr. Preston, perhaps her love story is not as doomed as she once thought.

My Thoughts: This book was a fun read in many ways, but not quite as good a story as I had hoped after reading the first book. I definitely loved Helen as a main character. Though she might come off as sensitive and weak at first, I really connected with her. Her shyness and wariness toward others was not only relatable, but made complete sense with her past.

I was not a huge fan of Mr. Preston, especially with the way he thought and treated Helen the first half of the book. Not that he was mean or anything, but he pretty much ignored her. It also bothered me that he kept saying he enjoyed Grace’s company more. It just rubbed me the wrong way. All that said, though, when they did finally develop feelings for each other, their connection was believable and sweet. I just wish they had gotten to that point earlier than they did.

If you’re a fan of the first book, or just historical romance in general, you will definitely enjoy this book.

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