Review: Glimmer of Hope

Glimmer of Hope
by Sarah M. Eden
Historical Romance
June 2013 by Covenant Communications

Goodreads summary:
Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband’s rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw near, an unexpected visitor arrives . . .

Carter Alexander Harford, Seventh Viscount Devereaux, is a man driven to succeed. His work is his life, and the position of Prime Minister of England is within reach. But in truth, Carter is a man haunted by lost love. Estranged from his beautiful wife, Carter is shocked to find Miranda—the woman he’d loved and who he believes has left him—in residence at his country home.

As plans for a holiday party move forward, the uneasy couple realizes that to avoid further scandal, they must keep up appearances in a charade of marital happiness. Thrust together by fate, it quickly becomes clear that they have both been living beneath a conspired cloud of misunderstanding. As family, career, and social pressures threaten to keep them apart, can love have even a glimmer of hope?

What I thought:
This is another republished work for this author. I actually own the original book called, Through All Hopes, and read it back in 2009. I don't know what, if anything, was changed when it was republished. I'll have to see if I can find out without having to go page by page comparing my two copies. I also don't know what was different this time around, but the first time I read it I gave it three stars and this time, I gave it five. I loved it!

This is one of Sarah's more depressing (that's not quite the right word) books, but I really liked the characters and I wanted so desperately for things to work out for them. They both have misconceptions of how things went wrong and neither are completely in the right, but mostly they don't know where they have been wrong. I literally had to hold back tears regarding some of the things that Miranda had to deal with. I am a mother, a wife, and have experienced something that happened to her character (trying to not give away any spoilers here) and couldn't imagine going through that with an estranged husband.

The plot moved at a nice pace, but with tension, sadness, and happiness here and there. What also struck me was that the author let us see the more fake/manipulative side of the English aristocracy during that time period. Not everyone had loving families and parents who let them marry for love, in fact I don't believe that most did marry for love, but for rank and wealth.

So, dealing with all those difficulties, why did I love it? The characters, my interest in the plot, and that there was hope for a happy ending. I think the title fits perfectly. I also love the cover! If you like Sarah's books or Historical Romance, I would definitely recommend reading this!

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