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.
Bubby: Although this is the 3rd book in the Hearthfire romance series (book 1 is Saving Grace and book 2 is Loving Helen), Marrying Christopher works just fine as a standalone read. After the first few chapters I was sure that I could predict the entire outcome of the novel. Christopher and Marsali fall in love, Christopher and Marsali get married, drama ensues in Virginia, over the course of time everything gets figured out, the end. I got the first one right…
Sissy: What a large and unexpected surprise that you were wrong, Bubby! That hardly ever happens (more than twice a day…)! Michelle Paige Holmes threw in some major twisty wrenches in the plot to assure us that we don’t know it all when it comes to regency romances. There are surprises on board ship, nuances in New York City, revelations in Virginia…you get the idea. The secondary characters, such as Lydia, Mr. Vancer, and the nefarious plantation owner, make the story move along in a satisfying manner and add spice to the whole unlikely love story.
Bubby: I’m going to ignore your insults, Sissy and carry on with my comments. Watching Christopher’s character evolve from a nice boy who just wants to be free from entanglements and responsibilities to a stalwart man who will do anything and everything to safeguard the woman he loves was the best part of the book for me. Not having read books one and two, I am really curious to go back and peruse the stories of Christopher’s sisters Helen and Grace and learn more about Christopher in his youth.
Sissy: What more can I say? Pirates. There is a small bit involving pirates, which Bubby says is too miniscule to address, but I disagree!! The pirates are essential to the plot line!! And so you see, dear reader, that this book has all the elements that you might seek in a regency romance and so much more! Well done, Ms. Holmes. We want more.
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