For Elise by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Description: In the sprawling gardens of their neighboring estates, childhood friends Miles and Elise spent countless pleasant days together in the spirited adventures of youth. They were inseparable—until Elise vanished without a trace. Miles searched, but Elise could not—or would not—be found . . . After years spent laboring on the family plantation in the West Indies, Miles Linwood is shocked by the unexpected news: he has inherited his distant cousin’s estate and the title of Marquess of Grenton. Miles’s return to England is tarnished by only one thing—he is still haunted by Elise’s mysterious disappearance. So when he glimpses a woman with a startling resemblance to his lost friend, he’s shaken to the core. This is no mere shadow of the past: it is truly Elise. But his dear friend has changed—to the point that he questions whether it is really her, though he knows it is. Accustomed to rescuing Elise from childhood escapades, Miles takes her and those in her care back to his estate, even as he struggles to understand her fear and mistrust. As their friendship and feelings slowly blossom again, the shocking truth of their separated years is revealed, and Miles realizes more than ever that he must protect Elise. She slipped away once, and he cannot lose her again.
My thoughts: Sarah M. Eden always writes a compelling and beautiful story. I don't think I have read anything of hers that I haven't loved. She accomplished the same level of writing that I have found in all of the books of hers I have read. In fact, I pretty much try to read everything she writes! :)
Elise in the story has been broken. There is a mystery to her past that controls her thoughts and actions. The people she once loved and trusted she holds at arms length away.
While passing through a town, Miles noticed a small girl who reminded him of his childhood friend. They were impoverished and he felt compelled to help. It was shocking to discover that it was Elise. Her living situation and widowhood tore at his heart. His desire became to help them anyway he could.
The life of the characters in this story are far from ideal. It took time for the back story to be told. I couldn't help but feel compassion for Elise and her situation. This book is one that kept my interest and wanting to figure/find out what could have happened to a once sociable young woman.
This book can be read by grandmother, mother, or teen. It's appropriate for anyone who loves a good clean romance.
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About the Author: M. read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone andCourting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
(Bio taken from Deseret Book)
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