hard copy edition
From the publisher:
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?
Over Mother’s Day weekend I had three new books sitting in my to-be-read- pile and I couldn’t wait to dive in! Lady Helen Finds Her song, Summerlost and The Earl’s Betrothal. Lady Helen Finds Her Song was the winner of the three because I’ve loved Jennifer Moore’s other regency romance books. (You can look for the reviews of the other two coming soon!) Moore’s books are always clean and witty and come with a little bit of war/action as well. I’ll be honest, I didn’t end up getting much reading time that day as I would have wished for, but this weekend was the Father/Sons camp out so while 5 of the boys in our house were out camping, I made up for lost reading time! And it didn’t disappoint!
Set in India, the book is full of realistic descriptions and such detail it almost feels like you are there. I really enjoyed reading some of the differences in the culture and learning more about India. I don’t know a lot about Indian culture, so I found myself feeling a little out of place, similar to Helen’s character. I thought it was genius how myself, as a reader, could learn and grow into this culture along with the main character.
There is a little bit of a love triangle for Helen between Captain Rhodes and Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft, but I’m not even sure why because one of the two men is so annoying to me and I can’t stand him! Without giving it all away, I will say that I was happy with the ending, and I loved how Moore even wrapped it up for both men. It made me smile and laugh a little to think who they all ended up with.
Similar to Moore’s other books there is a bit of war and action packed into this book too. Nothing too graphic or distributing but just enough to add to the story and keep my interest.
Moore’s book are not a series and can be read in any order, but some of the characters appear in different books. Her other books that I’ve loved are:
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