Friday, August 30, 2013

Longing for Home: A Proper Romance by Sarah M. Eden Review & Giveaway

Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she'll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots. The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the Irish and the "Reds" the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on as his housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.

I wasn’t sure whether I would like this book or not, even after I started reading it I was still having mixed feelings about it until I reached chapter twenty four , then I was really into the story and I found that I liked Katie who is one of the main characters.

 I found this book to be a lot better and more different than most of the other “romance” books out there. I found that it wasn’t about sex like many other books that are labeled as just romance. I believe that is why I wasn’t really sure if I would like this story or not.

I realized that as I was getting closer to the end of the story that it was an actual story as well and I enjoyed that aspect of this author. I feel Ms. Eden would do well writing these kinds of romance books because it has an actual story and plot centered on the characters and it isn’t completely about sex. I think both romance book readers and historical fiction readers would like this book the best. I give this book and author a “B+.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Tiffany

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 Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency.

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