Lady Helen Finds Her Song by Jennifer Moore
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: 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?
My thoughts: This is a beautifully written book. Lady Helen has just come to India with her mother and step-father. The year is 1813. She is full of enthusiasm and excitement. She loves to learn from the people, find out about their culture, and take in the exotic animals and sights. Her optimism is not typical of a British Lady. She quickly finds that others do not share her love of the culture.
Jennifer Moore brought this story to life for me. I loved her descriptions of the country and the different religious sects in India. I could picture her descriptions as Helen first meets the monkey, Badmash. His elegant manners made me laugh. His owner wasn't too bad himself. :)
This book has a bit of a love triangle. Lady Helen is trying to figure out what is important to her. She is finding "her song", the melody that describes her life. She learns many important lessons about life and the things matter to her. I thrilled in her journey.
I enjoyed the non-typical regency setting. The mannerisms and politics of the time are present in this book. I loved that it wasn't in the ballroom, London, or Bath. The setting is in India. Lady Helen is adjusting to her place in society while exploring another country.
This is a wonderful regency romance.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.
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