Dearest friends who still pop by my blog from time to time—please don't think I'm off my rocker for participating in the cover reveal for a *gasp* ROMANCE! I am in full control of my faculties (well, mostly) and retain all previous reasoning abilities.
This is a special case. I have good reasons for agreeing to participate in this cover reveal for Marrying Christopher (Hearthfire #3) by Michele Paige Holmes, which is coming out in July. And those reasons aren't just because it is a lovely cover. (Although it is lovely, isn't it?)
First, I loved Counting Stars (2007 Whitney Award Winner for Best Romance), Michele's debut novel, because it wasn't your stereotypical romance (read my review here). I read all the rest of the books in that series too and really liked them.
I also enjoyed her book, Captive Heart (2011 Whitney Award Finalist for Best Romance), a more traditional historical romance, but still a strong book with character depth and interesting plot.
While I have not read the first two books in the Hearthfire series, my mother has read Saving Grace and liked it, and I just sent her Loving Helen as a gift. Without reading it first. Why take that risk? Because of the past level of quality and enjoyment Michele Paige Holmes has given me.
Here's a bit about the book:
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.
To add this book to your GoodReads list, click here: Marrying Christopher on GoodReads
To find out more about Michele, visit her website: www.michelepaigeholmes.com.