Monday, April 11, 2016

Book Review And Giveaway: Lady Helen Finds Her Song

I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Jennifer Moore's new novel, Lady Helen Finds Her Song. (It had such a great cover, I couldn't resist!)

This book will transport you back to India during 1813 when Lady Helen Poulter has come with her mother and General Stackhouse, her stepfather, as he claims his new military post. Lady Helen is fascinated with the country, its colorful animals and people, its strange customs and food, despite her friend Fanny's disgust with it all. It all seems like an adventure, a dream come true, as she goes to balls, meets an Indian prince, and finds love with a military man.  Just as everything seems to be coming together as Helen always imagined, some political intrigue threatens everything and everyone she loves. Will she follow her heart to the man and country she's come to love? Or go back to the familiar shores of England?

I really enjoyed all the details and research that went into this book because it made the setting feel very real. I could imagine the gardens, the ball, the animals, the shops, and the people. I thought the description of the Indian palace was particularly well done and showcased the author's talent in letting her readers experience the exotic locales with her characters.

Lady Helen was a sympathetic character with so many good qualities and yet some insecurities that linger as well. It made her relatable and had me rooting for her to get her happily ever after. The character that surprised me the most, however, was General Stackhouse. His reactions to having a family were so sweet. The little family he'd gained softened him to such a degree that he became so dear in every scene he was in.  I love it when characters just feel so real.

As for the romance, well, I definitely had a preference for the love triangle, and so as to not give any spoilers, I will just tell you that I closed the book with a smile because the ending was just that good.

If you love historical romance, you definitely have to read this one!

(Don't forget to scroll all the way down for the giveaway!)

Here's the back copy:

Spring 1813 --The exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement in the unusual locale. It is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend. Her love, in truth, has been captured by dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier represents the embodiment of all she’s dreamed of in a husband. Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?

You can buy your copy here

Here is the blog tour schedule so you can see what everyone else is saying!

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1 comment:

Jenny Moore said...

JULIE!! Thank you! What a nice review!