Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Marrying Christopher (Review & Giveaway!)

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Title: Marrying Christopher (Heathfire Historical Romance #3)
Author:  Michele Paige Holmes
Publisher:  Mirror Press
Published Date: 30th July 2015
Rating: 4 stars
 
*Thank you to ebooks4review  for the review copy*

My reviews of book one - Saving Grace, and book two - Loving Helen

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I was so eager to read this book because it was the third in a historical romance series I have been following by the wonderful Michele Paige Holmes. I have enjoyed each and every one of the previous books, but was even more excited for this one seeing as it was from Christopher’s point of view. We had yet to have a male voice as the center of the story and knowing Christopher’s reluctance to fall in love from previous books hooked me.

I loved that at the beginning of this novel we were able to see how the two women are doing with themselves after we have finished their novels. It was so lovely to see Helen from Loving Helen doing well and her confidence blossoming as well as seeing Grace from Saving Grace thriving in her own relationship.

This book is set during the historical time where inventions are taking flight. In fact, the majority of this novel is spent on one of the first steamboats which is attempting to cross from England to America. The is also mention of quite a few other inventions, especially the photo camera. I loved having those little details in the story.

And Christopher said it was impossible for him to
fall in love. :) 
I wanted to see the majority of this one in Christopher’s point of view, so we could truly see the male point of view. But I will say that this was mostly told from Marsali’s perspective – the love interest. I can’t begrudge the author from writing in the gender voice she is most comfortable with. Occasionally we do flicker to the point of view of Grace when convenient, but it doesn’t happen off. It was a shame about not seeing as much of Christopher as I wanted to, but the dual point of view was done well.

If I am honest I would say that I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. In the beginning we spend the majority of time on the ship with a limited cast of characters and things the characters can do. Even though that was fairly slow paced, the romance felt a bit rushed. Of course, it had to be for reasons the novel mention, but it went from playful banter to a full-fledged romance too fast for my liking.

BUT, when we got over the second half line, things blossomed! Michele Holmes managed to create more suspense in this romance than I have seen her do with the previous two. I didn’t see the plot twist coming in the slightest so it took me by complete surprise. The events that follow the plot twist made me feel so wonderfully frustrated. I wanted certain things to happen, and there were plenty of close saves that kept me glued to reading and wanting to know how things would end! Michele Holmes definitely tugs on your heart strings and feelings for this one.

In general the romance is one I wouldn’t say had the intensity of Grace’s, or the sweetness of Helen’s but is a more passionate one. I liked all the characters. I loved getting into the mind of Christopher, especially as he had been the mastermind behind the previous romances and yet found himself entangled in his own. I loved Marsali and her independence, even for a woman of that time. She was so strong-willed, till the very end. Captain Gower grew on me, as did Lydia as well. All the secondary characters had detailed backstories which were able to see into.

This was the perfect summary to this particular line of family’s romantic stories. I am looking forward to more novels from this author in the future!

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TBR Read-a-thon Wrap Up!
Unlike usual one-month-ahead-prescheduled me I am falling behind on blogging because of school work and have 0 posts scheduled for October so far. And I have some books I need to finish within the week as well. Oh great. 

Anywho! I have decided to add on my read-a-thon wrap up because this ended on Sunday for me! I made a lovely post saying which books I planned to read and ended up reading none of those. It's sort of the reason I never film/post TBR posts - because I never stick to them. Anyway, I did manage to finish some books, and these were them!



FINISHED Dangerous Lies - Becca Fitzpatrick: 200 pages (for review)
FINISHED Order of Dimensions - Irene Helenowski - Pages 93 - 262 (for review)
FINISHED This Ordinary Life - Jennifer Walkup: pages 0 -  240 (for review)
FINISHED Saidjah en Adinda (Dutch) - Max Harvaller pages 0 - 60 (for school)
FINISHED Dissonance - Erika O'Roruke: Pages 167 - 484 (for review)

I also had some books I was in the middle of reading or just started. These were: 




1984 - George Orwell: page 34 - 72 (for class)
Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult: Page 0 - 33 (in Dutch, for class)
The Art of Sylvia Plath - Charles Newman: Page 0 - 51 (for class)
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare: Page 0 - 57 
All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven: Page 0 - 35 (buddy read)
Revised Orders - Irene Helenowski: Page 0 - 61 (for review)
Dreamstrider - Lindsay Smith: Page 0 - 200 (for review)

In conclusion I finished 5 books and read a bit of seven different ones. The result? A good 1404 pages and a chunk out of my TBR pile. I'm happy :D

Olivia’s Question: Would you ever want to go on a cruise?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. I'm not a big fan of romance novels in general and unfortunately that cover screams a big NO to me. Just too cheesy but we all know that what is important lies within and you enjoyed it a lot so there's that! and wow, you did great during the read-a-thon even though I have no idea about those books hahahaha I need to read 1984 though since I loved and adored Animal Farm :)
    And hell yes, I would love to go on a cruise. But I will take some pills because I can't get sea-sick and that is not a pretty thing hahaha

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    1. Usually covers like this do for me as well - but I do like this series so I am glad I randomly gave it a try :D I felt like I wasn't making any progress during the read-a-thon but it was probably because I started and read a bit of many books instead of finishing some!

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  2. Well done on Tackling your TBR... tackling is the main thing! Sorry I didn't visit sooner ...

    Jemima

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    1. I tackled it quite a bit and didn't get new books because I have been working on cutting back. But still quite a few more to go ;) Thanks for visiting at all; timing isn't important!

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  3. how do "All the bright places" seem? I have that on my TBR list... :) (thanks for stopping by my blog ;) )

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    1. So far so good, and really enjoying it! I am only about 60 pages in though. And you're welcome ^.^

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  4. I remember seeing these on a few blogs and I think the first book is on my TBR. I've not read a straight up historical romance in months, possibly a year. All the others have fantasy or mystery subgenres, so it'll be nice to get back into. Saving Grace will be my step back. OAN: I'm having a hard time getting into our buddy read. I'll try to pick it back up today. I'm juggling 4 at the moment.

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    1. Yeah, this is series is one of my returns and currently only hold on historical fiction romances lately. I am also struggling with it because I have a finger (or more so a bookmark) in a lot of books at the moment. I will get to it eventually!

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  5. Hi, Olivia - I'm not big into romances, but this one interests me. Great review! :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I am glad there is something about it that makes you think twice!

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  6. I would love to go on a cruise.

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    1. I would be too scared I think. All the endless water unsettles me, but the ship itself would be pretty cool.

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  7. Oh aren't these books the ones you told me about? I love historical fiction so much <3 I used to hate romance novels but I started reading books like this recently and I've been loving them! This one sounds really good! ^-^

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. They actually are! Of course, I would suggest the first one first but you actually can jump in anywhere with these ^.^

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  8. Question: Is it just me or that girl on the cover looks so young? Lol. I've been meaning to tackle Historical Romance lately (because everyone's doing it), but I haven't found one I could genuinely like. Will try this one!

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    1. Ahaha the model does look pretty young xD I hope you manage to enjoy it!

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  9. You are on a reading frenzy. Congrats on all the books you are reading and I like the review. I've heard of Clockwork Angel, so I'm curious what you think of it when you're done. Take care.

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    1. I have been reading quite a bit of books I want to as well, which makes me happy. I will be sure to let you know :3

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  10. Glad you enjoyed this. Especially since it picked up in the 2nd half, which sometimes I've given up on books before that. Great review!

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    1. I like to keep going on with my books unless they are really rubbish, because otherwise I might have missed out on the goodness this one could bring!

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  11. Yes indeed I would love to go on a cruise.

    Glad you enjoyed the characters even if romance wasn't quite as good

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    1. I hope you get to go on one at some point. The characters really did help me like this one more. x

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  12. Best of luck with the giveaway!

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  13. You are doing so awesome with your TBR pile and I have only read one book that I actually purchased in 2015..let alone touched my tbr pile.

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    1. I am getting there but I still have a very long way to go! I am sure you will get there too.

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  14. I would love to win the giveaway, I love to read.

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    1. It's always good to meet another bookworm :)

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