Lady Helen Finds Her Song
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 int he 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 o 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?
|Audiobook Narrator||Aubrey Warner|
|Runtime||6 Hrs 49 Min|
By Susan K, Submitted on 2016-09-01
Romance, clean, some fighting/battles/dangerous elements with animals.
This was definitely a 4.5 for me, but loved so many elements that I rounded up. I generally reserve 5's for classics. This was just a lovely period romance, but so many elements added up to a beautiful portrait of the time and place that I was totally immersed in the story. I loved the cultural elements, and the sweet, tender feelings. The secondary characters (Lieutenant Bancroft and his sidekick) were definitely not as well developed, but it was obvious that he wasn't a focus. I so enjoyed the two points of view, seeing things from Lady Helen and also from Captain Rhodes point of view.
I had just read Jennifer Moore's other novel, "Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince", and so was familiar with Lady Helen's parents and Lady Helen from that novel. Really, this was such a lovely portrait of this new 'life' for Helen, the adventures, her wide open views of a new culture and society, it just was beautiful. I had put off getting the novel, just wasn't sure that I would like it, but just loved this after I did. Beautiful lush scenery, characters that developed this tender, sweet romance with definite attraction, chemistry, and just lovely emotions and feelings made for a perfect read for me. One I will definitely re-read again and savor.
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
By Taunya, Submitted on 2016-08-02
It is so nice to read a story that has a little action, adventure, and romance that is clean. This is a good book to read if you like all of the previous mentioned item plus the added bonus for a non traditional location such as India. It was nice to hear about other cultures and traditions.
By Heaather, Submitted on 2016-06-23
Once again, Jennifer Moore hits it on the nose! Hated when I had to put the book down! And......she got me in the last Chapter - don't know why I did not see the ending coming the way it did. It was awesome!
By Amy, Submitted on 2016-06-01
Growing up in England, during school I learned a fair amount regarding British rule in India, during the days of the Empire. It wasn't something I particularly enjoyed, nor was India a place I could imagine I'd want to visit. Along with that I tend to also avoid stories set in this location & era. However, Jennifer Moore writes consistently well, and it was enough to persuade me to give 'Lady Helen Finds Her Song' a try. I actually found the parallels between my own feelings about India, and those of the ladies as they arrive on the boat to be similar. It created a connection, that developed into intrigue & interest as Jennifer tells this story with such attention to detail, it leaves you being 'Wowed' by the sheer effort she must have put into researching and writing this novel! Such a delight to read, the final few chapters are worth the wait, and the genuine approach that both Lady Helen & Captain Rhodes feel towards India is 'enlightening' to the reader. I learnt a lot from this book, a new gratitude for my own history & a renewed sense that Jennifer Moore is one of the best LDS historical fiction writers out there. I also enjoyed the small snippets in which there is a nod towards God, no matter how you worship Him, no matter your religion. Sometimes I feel it's a little bit lacking in the LDS book market. Many Christian writers include inspirational messages within their novels, and it is something I enjoy & appreciate. Who can not love a spiritual boost within the pages of a wonderful novel?!
Great read, thanks to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for the digital copy in return for my honest review.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2016-04-27
This Regency romance is uniquely set in India. Helen has moved there with her mother and stepfather, Brigadier-General Jim Stackhouse, who has a military assignment there. She immediately meets two men--Captain Michael Rhodes, who has lived in India for a while and knows the people and customs very well and Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft, a handsome man who makes her swoon.
We get to see India through Helen's eyes and she's eager to take in the culture. I loved the descriptions and felt like I was experiencing India myself. There were parts that weren't appealing to me since I enjoy the comforts of living in America. Helen had a tough time with some things, too, and I liked how Michael helped her see things from a different perspective.
This is a gentle love story, that slowly grows throughout the book. Helen thought she knew what she wanted in a man but there were events that made her question that and focus on other characteristics. This is a book that I can easily recommend to anyone that enjoys a clean regency romance! I've enjoyed every book I've read of Jennifer Moore's and look forward to reading more in the future!
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.
By Katie, Submitted on 2016-04-14
India has always sounded so exotic, especially from the perspective of an English lady during the 1800s. The beautiful, and sometimes horrifying, imagery that is described in this book is very vivid and caused me to picture it all so clearly. Add to that some great, yet flawed, characters, and a charming story is born!
Lady Helen is accompanying her mother and step-father to India and has a great attitude to change. She is willing to learn, adapt, and accept the customs and people around her. I find that to be a refreshing view from a refined lady. Lady Helen is very likable and the Captain and the Lieutenant couldn't agree with me more. Both men are delightful and each has imperfections to overcome, but those qualities are what really draw me to them and it makes me like them all the more.
The adventures, mishaps, and relationships in the story are very engaging and I couldn't read it fast enough. I love a good, clean romance, as well as strong family ties. There are a few twists that surprised me, but overall, it is a satisfying and gentle read. The pacing is spot on, as things keep moving, but not so fast that the reader can't get to know the characters. I can't wait for more!
Content: mild romance; mild violence and moments of peril. Clean!
*I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2016-04-14
Jennifer Moore has done it again, creating characters that I fell in love with immediately. I also thoroughly enjoy the fact that this book connects to several of her others. It's fun to run into familiar characters again. I found Helen to be a delightful character with her sweetness of spirit but low self esteem. I loved the way Captain Rhodes treats her and the way their friendship forms. The details about India and life there during this period of time were enjoyable as well. Certainly very different than the life Helen lived in England, yet she doesn't let the differences stop her from appreciating the beauty she sees around her. But it doesn't take long before she starts to realize that this land has plenty of flaws as well and she struggles to come to grips with some of the traditions she sees/hears about. In addition, her crush on the lieutenant versus her friendship with the captain must be faced as well. Once again, Moore has created a compelling, wonderful story of love and life.
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2016-04-13
I'm so happy to be a part of this tour. Jennifer Moore is a favorite of mine and I just gobble her books right up.
This book is a regency, but set in India so you get a completely different feel than most typical regency novels. I loved seeing India through Helen's eyes. She was so excited for a new adventure and took in every sound, smell and sight with new eyes willing to know and understand this rich new culture. It was not the typical English response which put Lady Helen a bit on the outs of her social circle.
Lady Helen is a character that is so easy to like. I loved her gentle and kind nature. She was adventurous and courageous. Lady Helen and Captain Michael were the perfect match. Their growing friendship and love was just perfect.
I loved how this book gently enveloped me. It was easy to settle in with and it left me feeling happy and content. So, so good.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2016-04-12
This was such a sweet story! I loved it and read it very quickly. I liked that the main characters weren't typical and how this probably helped them be at ease with each other immediately. The Indian setting was definitely new for a Regency novel and it really added a lot to the story. The idea that two couples truly loved each other and didn't care for titles or money made the story heartwarming. That along with Michael's personality and that he would do anything for Helen even though he felt that she didn't love him.
Lady Helen Finds Her Song is a great story that I would read again.
By Lisa F, Submitted on 2016-04-11
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 that are important 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.
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2016-04-11
I LOVED this book! I loved the way the things that Lady Helen sees are well enough described that I felt as though I too was in India. I loved the setting, the plot, the monkey and the romance of the whole situation!
Lady Helen is accompanying her mother and her mother's new husband, Jim, on his latest military assignment to India. She's uncertain just what she will find when they arrive but is delighted with all of it. The country is beautiful and she is quite taken with the people and the customs that she is able to see as well. I loved the way she still loves these things, even when those around her (the annoying Fanny in particular) tell her that these people are heathens - that nothing they do could ever be beautiful.
I loved the way that Lady Helen came to care for those that she met there, there is a scene where she meets the woman who basically amounts to the queen and Helen is gracious and kind. I loved the way that she truly came to be a friend of this young woman and the easy way she came to care for many of the natives of India. Lady Helen is one of my favorite characters ever!
I loved Michael too! I love the way that he sees Lady Helen for the first time and falls head over heels for her, even though he thinks there's no way she could ever feel the same. I love the way he sacrifices himself later, thinking that he's doing something for the woman that he loves, even when that proves to be incorrect. And who wouldn't want to have a pet monkey?!
Jennifer Moore has written another amazing regency romance and you won't want to miss this great book!
By Heidi Reads..., Submitted on 2016-04-11
I loved this unique Regency reading experience! The setting of India was a character in itself, and the authors descriptions were vibrant and blended in to the narrative without becoming overlong. Seeing the country and culture through Helen's experiences added a feeling of wonder and appreciation since she savors the new and interesting aspects of her journey. She begins somewhat naive, but because of her observant and open nature she embraces the differences. Her friendship with Captain Rhodes helps her to become more confident since he has a deep love for India and they feel a connection. She is musical and has developed melodies representing members of her family. She hasn't been able to write one for herself however, and hopes to discover her song on this life-changing journey. I also enjoyed the gentle romance between Helen's mother and stepfather that serves as an example to Helen of what it means to love. A beautiful story of discovering what is truly important.
(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
By Charissa, Submitted on 2016-04-05
This story was amazing. It’s set in 1813 in India. Lady Helen has just arrived in Calcutta with her mother and her new husband, Brigadier-General Stackhouse. She finds herself fascinated with the exotic splendors of India, but her fellow British expatriates make her feel stupid for being enamored with what, in their opinion, is a heathen, awful country full of disease, killer beasts, and horrible climate. When she meets Captain Michael Rhodes, she finds a sympathetic spirit and feels safe in his company as they journey to different realms and she experiences more of India—the good and the bad. But there is also the dashing and much younger Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft who is competing for her attention.
This story’s setting is divine—so many colors, smells, sights and sounds to experience as I read. The author is a master at capturing readers and transporting them to a new time and place—immersing them in her characters’ world. I thoroughly loved this one and could hardly put it down. Bravo Jennifer Moore for another masterfully done Regency romance. I highly recommend this one.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for my fair and honest review.