Blog Tour Review: For Elise by Sarah M. Eden


Welcome to my tour stop for For Elise written by one of my favorite historical romance authors, Sarah M. Eden! I read the original book that she self-published some time ago, so I was ecstatic to see it republished and to see how I liked it the second time around. Check out my review and enter the giveaway below...

For EliseFor Elise
by Sarah M. Eden
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback259 Pages
September 1st 2014 by Covenant Communications

Summary

In the sprawling gardens of their neighboring estates, childhood friends Miles and Elise spent countless pleasant days together in the spirited adventures of youth. They were inseparable—until Elise vanished without a trace. Miles searched, but Elise could not—or would not—be found . . .

After years spent laboring on the family plantation in the West Indies, Miles Linwood is shocked by the unexpected news: he has inherited a distant cousin's estate and the title of Marquess of Grenton. Miles’s return to England is tarnished by only one thing—he is still haunted by Elise’s mysterious disappearance. So when he glimpses a woman with a startling resemblance to his lost friend, he’s shaken to the core. This is no mere shadow of the past: it is truly Elise.

She slipped away once, and he cannot lose her again.
   

My Review

For Elise is probably one of the more desperate and sad tales from this author. The heroine has been hiding away in poverty, trying to make ends meet for her daughter, mother-in-law, and herself. It was desperate circumstances that took her from a life of privilege to what she is when her old friend and hero of this story, Miles Linwood who is now a Marquess, finds her. They both don't know how to take the other. There are secrets and old hurts between the two of them that they must overcome to really form a true friendship again.

I really loved the characters in this story. I loved both the heroine and hero for the delicate balance that they face daily between trusting each other, being friends, and the attraction and desire for something more. I loved Miles' sister who brings reason, and her husband who is loyal and becomes a friend to both Miles and Elise.

I also liked that this story had some suspense to it. I guessed who the villain was, but wasn't sure until the end. The danger to Elise added an additional aspect to the story that drove the plot and forced Miles and Elise to look at their feelings honestly.

Overall For Elise was another great story from this author. If you enjoy historical romance, especially set in the Regency time period, likable characters, and sweet romance then I would recommend For Elise.

Content: Some violence and references to rape, but I would consider this clean.

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Covenant Communications, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone, Courting Miss Lancaster, and AML's "2013 Novel of the year" Longing for Home. 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 and acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at D4EO Literary Agency.
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26 comments

  1. This sounds like a good book...I'd like to read it.

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  2. Thats a hard question, I am a fairytale lover in general. I love the tale of Sleeping Beauty

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  3. Of course I HAVE to read it, I love everything Ms. Eden's ever written! :)

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  4. It was a good book. I hope you get to read it! :)

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  5. I pretty much love all fairy tales too. Good choice. :)

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  6. I do too, Cassie. Glad to find another fellow fan!

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  7. The book sounds intriguing, and one that I'd really enjoy reading.

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  8. I enjoyed this book too! Sarah Eden always does a great job. :)

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  9. Kim@superbookgrl13.blogspot.co9/20/14, 9:57 PM

    AGH I missed the giveaway deadline :( book sounds good though

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  10. Melissa Lemon is a wonderful writer. I love what she does with fairy tales. I've been waiting for this third novel since she talked about it's idea.

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  11. I hope you enjoy it if you do.

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  12. She does! I just love her too! :)

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  13. Bummer! I do like it when they don't end giveaways the last day of the tour. I think they should extend them a few days or a week, but oh well.

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  14. I do like it when authors can use one story for a basis, but then still make what they write a story of their own. She definitely did that here, particularly with Beast.

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  15. Sherry Hoernig9/21/14, 2:27 PM

    Peter Pan w/out a doubt. I was so head over heels in love w/him that when I found out the part of Peter Pan in the 1960 TV Adaption was played by a woman (Mary Martin), I was crushed.....My porr mother didn't know what to do for me...lololol

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  16. Oh my goodness! What a let-down!! Lol! Thanks for sharing. ;)

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  17. I LOVE Sarah Eden!!!! LOVE her! I cannot wait to read this :)

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  18. I think you'll really like this one! :)

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  19. Natalie Hughes9/22/14, 9:08 PM

    I love all fairy tales, but The Little Mermaid is my favorite :)

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  20. Darlene Ysaguirre9/25/14, 11:07 AM

    My favorite Fairy Tale would be little red riding hood i actually use to be scared of the story when i was younger and thats why i liked it lol

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  21. Bella Flores9/29/14, 3:01 PM

    I really like alot of fairy tails, I would say snow white, or cinderella but i like most of them, and retailings are great. thank you

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  22. 12 Dancing Princesses...we had a video when we were younger and I'd watch it over and over and over...lol Also like Rapunzel

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  23. Lisa Loves Lit10/2/14, 12:09 PM

    Probably Cinderella. Also, when I go to like the author's page, there is no link, so I can't do that entry. :-(

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  24. I really love the classic Cinderella :)

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  25. Sorry about that, Lisa!!!

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