Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Review: Glimmer of Hope by Sarah M. Eden

Publication: June 2013
Length: 208 pages
Book Description: 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 loved and who he believes 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?

My Review: Let me just say this: I LOVE Sarah Eden!! She is a fantastic writer and a darling person. Her books are full of witty dialogue, fun characters, and interesting situations. She is the modern queen of the Regency era. However, this story was a bit on the depressing side. I tried to get a hold of this book before going on vacation, but it wasn't on the shelves yet, so I waited. And then I heard how sad it was, so I decided to listen to it on cd--a little here, a little there. It is quite the sad story, with just the tiniest glimmer of hope.

Because of some pretty hefty misunderstandings, Carter and Miranda, a married couple, have been separated for 3 years and the story picks up right when they first meet up again. I thought Carter was a total jerk at first, but then, as the story unfolded, I realized that he wasn't. Miranda comes across as a meek and accepting woman, one who is likable, yet a bit on the coward side. Yet again, as the story unfolds, she is not as she first appears to be.

I did like it, but was frustrated at the length of time it took to figure things out. If you're in the mood for something on the heavier (sad) side, then pick this one up here. If not, wait until you are.

Content: clean.

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