This is a companion novel to Saving Grace.
Genre: romance, historical fiction
Thatcher grew up under the protection of her older siblings, Grace and
Christopher. Living in their shadows and keeping to herself suited Helen
just fine—until she met widower Samuel Preston. Watching Mr. Preston
care for his young daughter and seeing his concern extend to her own
family, Helen felt her reserve slipping away, as she learned first to
trust him and then realized she had fallen in love with him. But instead
of returning—or even noticing her affection—Mr. Preston developed his
own tender, and unrequited feelings, for Grace.
In the midst of
each silently nursing their broken hearts, Helen and Samuel are faced
with a daunting task—reuniting Grace with her fiancé, Nicholas
Sutherland. Now it is Helen who must look out for her sister and
sacrifice her own fragile heart, as she and Samuel pretend to be
engaged. Helen finds the role surprisingly easy to play, allowing
herself to imagine that Samuel’s loving remarks are sincere. As the time
for their charade to end draws near Helen must summon her courage and
tell Samuel the truth of her feelings, or risk losing him forever.
When I read Saving Grace I quite enjoyed the book, but I have to say Helen and Samuel Preston, the main characters of Loving Helen, were my least favorite characters. I was especially a little annoyed with Helen's extreme shyness. This book however, completely changed my view on them and I think I actually ended up liking them more than Grace and Nicholas Sutherland, who are the main characters of Saving Grace. I really enjoyed getting to know Helen better, there was a lot more to her than was apparent in the previous book. She went through a wonderful tranformation throughout this book; she really grew as a person. Now that I got to know Samuel better I also liked him a lot more, his love for both Helen and his daugther Beth was wonderful.
The end of Saving Grace felt a little rushed and it was nice to see some details explained more in this book. I generally really enjoyed seeing the story from another viewpoint. There where a lot of reminders throughout this book of the previous story, but not so much that it became annoying.
I did feel like the ending of this book was again a bit rushed, but all in all I enjoyed this book even more than the previous one!