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For Elise Kindle Edition
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.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00N56K8DA
- Publisher : Covenant Communications (September 1, 2014)
- Publication date : September 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 905 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #510,648 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For Elise is a standalone novel by Sarah M. Eden, published by Covenant Communications. The story is set in Cheshire, England 1815 and is about Miles Lindwood, Marquess of Grenton who enjoyed a happy childhood with his neighbor and inseparable friend Elise Fulong. During the upheaval after the murder of both their fathers, Elise goes missing. Miles searches for her for years until he happens upon her in a little town. She appears totally transformed and lives in poverty with her mother-in-law and 3 year old daughter. When Miles tries to treat her like a long lost friend she does not trust him, but to better her daughter’s life she agrees to come live on his estate. Elise struggles to feel safe while the murderer is still out there and to trust Miles with the truth of what really happened. Miles gets help with investigating the murder a second time, while the criminal seems to be threateningly close.
Main character Miles Linwood, Marquess of Grenton seems a very caring person who gets overwhelmed with the consequences and responsibilities following his father’s death. He seems to have an admirable determination to get Elise to open up.
Secondary character Elise Furlong Jones is a lady who has suffered great loss and come through it with noticeable scars. Her character touches my heart as she struggles to deal with seemingly impossible circumstances. She is my favorite character of this story.
For Elise includes Sarah M. Eden’s signature writing which I love so much and the captivating plots she creates. This story stands out as it starts with the triple murder where Elise was present. It deals with how the loss of their fathers affect Elise and Miles’ lives and relationship. As there is a second murder investigation, drama builds up a second time.
My favorite part of the story was the murder-mystery where Elise got shot and wounded. I enjoyed how I was kept wondering through the whole story who the murderer might be, his connection to the family and what motive he could possibly have had.
My least favorite part of the story was how Miles was forced to treat Elise like an acquaintance to avoid rumors below stairs and among neighbors. With my modern-day glasses on I felt angry Elise had this unnecessary burden added to her already fragile state, but I thoroughly appreciated it as a dramatic element.
The ending to this story was dramatic and surprising as my suspicions were on a red herring. Miles and Elise managed through all the drama to rebuild their relationship into a romantic one.
Conclusion: The dramatic and romantic story of a triple murder, a disappearance and rekindling of a relationship. This would be the perfect read for anyone who enjoys historical romance with a murder mystery element. Similar authors to explore might be Josi S. Kilpack or Jennifer Moore. All opinions in this review are completely my own.
The heroine struggles with trust issues and a scarred past, but she mostly seems to get over it quite quickly. The beginning of the story, when she is struggling with her history is compelling, but she suddenly decides she's going to let it go and just does. She suffered an extremely traumatic event, yet seemed to get past it relatively easily once the story got underway, which was really disappointing. (SPOILER) At one point, it is hinted that the heroine was raped by the man who murdered her father and the hero's father. It's never stated, though it's obvious, and then it's never brought up again. As far as I can tell, she was more traumatized by the fact that the hero blew her off when she asked for help or witnessing the murder than being raped and giving birth to her rapist's baby. It was strange that it was such a strong story line, yet then dropped the minute it's revealed (and very subtlety mentioned).
I loved the hero, though it was a little inconsistent. He's oblivious and can't remember very important moments, yet then can remember very detailed conversations that were rather unimportant at other times.
I give it 3 stars for the first half, but the second half is a solid 2 stars for me. Where the first few books I read from this author made me was to jump into buying anything she wrote, this book has made me more purchase shy.
Unlike most of her books in this sequence, I found the characters less-involving, and also the plot points more shocking than expected.
The book circles around a mystery, one which involves several violent deaths and unpleasantness, and I thought that given that the characters needed to be more scarred.
But this is not a typical expectation for these books, so I found it jarring, and perhaps not as well handled as many other books from Eden.
If you are a fan of the clean romance found in her Jonquil/Lancaster books, and are not interested in darker topics you may want to skip this title, despite the character connection.