Historical Romance Book Review: Holding the Line
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About the Book
Title: Holding the Line
Series: Love Along the Wires, Book 3
Author: Jennifer Delamere
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: December 6, 2022
Publisher's Book Description
“Can she find the strength to heal the wounds of her past--and open her heart again?
A widow at just thirty years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.
As the guardian of his two widowed sisters' financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he's faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.
When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear--including their growing attraction--in jeopardy.”
Holding the Line, by Jennifer Delamere, is the third book in the Love along the Wires series, but it reads very well as a stand-alone novel. Well-written and truly thoughtful, this story is creative and engaging. With moments of romance and gripping drama melding beautifully together page after page, this novel is genuinely enjoyable and compelling. Its vivid characters and memorable plot strengthen a story that is as meaningful as it is entertaining.
From busy post offices, to foggy London streets, to the warmth of neighborhood tea rooms, Ms. Delamere incorporates settings that are wonderfully descriptive and immersive. From these settings, the story unfolds naturally as the characters’ personalities and motivations are developed. Chapter by chapter, the main characters reveal themselves to be hard-working, resourceful, and kind. They grow increasingly sympathetic and intriguing as they endeavor to overcome setbacks and achieve their goals. Despite the effects of loss and uncertainty, the characters open their hearts to healing and to the possibility of a future redeemed by grace.
Holding the Line is a charming story of friendship, family, faith, love, misunderstandings, truth, and second chances. From beginning to end, it is moving, uplifting, and utterly enjoyable. A wonderful addition to a fabulous series, it is a pleasure to read, and I gladly recommend it.
*I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Jennifer Delamere
“Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past...and new beginnings. Her novels have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America RITA® award finalist, a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books.” --Biography from Jennifer Delamere’s author page on Amazon.com.