Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Marrying Christopher by Michele Paige Holmes

Marrying Christopher, by Michele Paige Holmes
2015, 350p, Clean Historical/Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

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.

I read the first two books in this series and was excited for Christopher's story!! At the beginning, we get to catch up with Christopher's sisters, Grace and Helen, and learn what's currently going on with them and that was a lot of fun. 

Christopher is ready to take off for America and has secured passage on a steamship. In the meantime, we meet Marsali Abbott, who is also traveling to America but has some difficulty making it to the ship. Life is hard for her but she doesn't let on to that at all. They become friends right away and as they spend time together, it turns into more. Towards the end of their journey, Christopher presents her with a plan which will impact both of their lives, but they are both to be tested in a way they could never even imagine.

Christopher and Marsali were easy to root for from the beginning. I loved their interactions and how their relationship grew. I had their story all mapped out in my mind and was then thrown a curve ball which I didn't see coming. At that point, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough since I wanted to know how it would all be resolved in the end.

There are some great side characters that each had a hand in what happened to them and added to their story: Captain Gower, Lady Cosgrove and her daughter, Lydia, and Mr. Vancer. This is a fantastic series!! I enjoyed getting to know the Thatcher's and am looking forward to reading what Ms. Holmes comes up with next!!

My reviews of the first two books in this series:

Michele Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Northern California and Arizona. After marrying her high school sweetheart in the Oakland Temple they moved to Utah, and she now feels very blessed to enjoy a beautiful mountain view from her Provo home.

Michele graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in elementary education—something that has come in handy with her five children, all of whom require food, transportation, or Band-Aids the moment she sits down at her computer.

In spite of all the interruptions, Michele is busy at work, with more story ideas in her head than she will ever likely have time to write. Michele’s first published novel, Counting Stars, won the 2007 Whitney Award for best romance. All the Stars in Heaven continues the story of one of the characters from that first novel.

Tour Schedule:

August 10

August 11

August 12

August 13

August 14


Michele Holmes said...

Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour and posting such a great review.

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