Marrying Christopher by Michele Paige Holmes (Blog Tour Review)

Welcome to my tour stop for Michele's third Hearthfire Romance, Marrying Christopher! I'm a sucker for sweet historical romance, so I've been highly anticipating this one. Check out the book and author info, as well as my full review below...

Marrying Christopher (A Hearthfire Romance)Marrying Christopher
(A Hearthfire Romance #3)
by Michele Paige Holmes
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 226 Pages
July 30th 2015 by Mirror Press

Summary

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.

 

The Hearthfire Series

 


My Review

Marrying Christopher was a romantic adventure that began from historical England, continued upon a sea voyage, and then to the new America. These two main characters, Marsali and Christopher, had both experienced so many hardships in their lives before they began their journey. Then they were faced with more difficulties on the voyage and when they reached America. Their struggles made the happy moments even sweeter and made for a beautiful ending.

I really liked Christopher and Marsali. It cracked me up a little when they both tried to resist their building attraction. I also loved the captain of the ship and his role in the story. There were several other characters that also added to the story and brought some frustration, entertainment, and friendship. Christopher's family, who were the focus of the first two books, have cameos as well, but weren't involved enough in the story that it required the other two books to be read to read this one. 

I got into this book from the beginning with the cruel aunt and uncle of Marsali's and her plight. I was also curious about Christopher and what he would find once he reached America. Things slowed for me a bit during the first part of the sea voyage and then picked up again at almost the half-way point. This was also where things began to heat up a little romantically. Then the rest of the book all the way to the end flew by. There was romance, heartbreak, deception, danger, family, and friendship. I especially loved the ending.

I'd recommend Marrying Christopher to those who enjoy historical romance, especially sweet and clean stories.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host for the purposes of review, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Michele Paige HolmesMichele 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.

Michele is the author of six romance novels, including the 2007 Whitney Award winning COUNTING STARS. In 2014 Michele launched the Hearthfire historical romance line with the publication of SAVING GRACE and LOVING HELEN.

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.

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