Loving Helen

Loving Helen

by Michele Paige Holmes


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941145531
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 07/11/2015
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

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. The sequel, 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.

In October 2014 Michele launched the Hearthfire historical romance line with the publication of SAVING GRACE (Mirror Press 2014). The companion novel, LOVING HELEN (Mirror Press 2015) was released in February 2015. A third book about this same family, MARRYING CHRISTOPHER, will be published in summer 2015, with another historical to follow later this year.

Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over fifteen years and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. 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.

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Loving Helen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's odd, I like Helen and Samuel more than Grace and Nicholas, yet overall, I think Saving Grace was better than Loving Helen in plot development and sufficient length for plot. Perhaps this is partly because elements of the plot will be resolved in the high-handed and managing Christopher's book. All that being said, this book was the most romantic and a clean, chaste love story.
LisaMason77 More than 1 year ago
Loving Helen was a marvelous branch off of Saving Grace. It revisits the same characters and storyline of Saving Grace, yet tells an even richer version from another characters point of view. I love how some of the same scenes played out but I was able to see it from another characters eyes.....so clever!!! I absolutely loved it and I love Saving Grace even more now that I have more detailed information about the other characters. This series is a definite literary investment I am glad I made!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Loving Helen is a companion book to Saving Grace and I highly recommend reading Saving Grace first. The events that take place parallel each other, but are a completely different perspective and therefore, a completely different story, but a reader will be lost without reading the first book. I adore Helen! She's the younger sister of Grace and Christopher and is shy. She enjoys keeping to herself, but when she meets young Beth, she can't help but fall in love with her...and with her father, Samuel. Helen is reserved, yet she's so much fun; she's quiet, but she has such great ideas; she knows what she wants, yet she is willing to sacrifice everything for her sister's happiness. Helen spans both ends of the spectrum, depending on her setting and there's so much to her personality. Samuel is a great father and as a widower, he's hesitant to jump into love again. When a charade is called for, he's completely on board and enjoys every minute of it. He's very kind and has a way of drawing a person out. He's very easy to fall for. I love a story where there is a pretend relationship, especially one with sparks. This story was very romantic and I could feel the anticipation, but it was completely clean. I can't wait to read Christopher's story! Content: Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This book is a companion novel to Saving Grace and I would definitely recommend you read that one first! The first part of Loving Helen is from Helen's limited point of view on significant events from Saving Grace- it would be hard to grasp the importance without reading the first book previously. That being said, Loving Helen surprised me with some twists and turns that kept the pace of the book moving swiftly even though some events are being relived from Saving Grace. Since Helen's experience with men has been manipulative and abusive, she naturally is drawn to the kind Samuel with his gentle humor and loving parenting methods for his young daughter. I found Samuel's shifting affections annoying since it made him seem wishy-washy, but once he focuses completely on Helen they have some wonderfully romantic moments :) (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)