Marrying Christopher (Review & Giveaway!)

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 😀
Olivia’s Question: Would you ever want to go on a cruise?
Olivia-Savannah x

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