About the Book
Book: More to Love
Author: Robin Helm
Genre: Christian Historical Sweet Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2019
“She is tolerable, I suppose, but there is rather too much of her to tempt me.” Overhearing Mr. Darcy’s rude dismissal of her shocks and mortifies Elizabeth Bennet to the core. She is living her worst fear, and it galvanizes her into action. Soon, the gentleman cannot keep his eyes from her, but can she forgive his thoughtless judgment of her appearance and character? Especially since he faces a worthy competitor for her attention? Who will win the lady’s hand, along with the right to love her through thick or thin?
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Writing a Jane Austen retelling is no easy thing to do. I’ve read a few now and always have mixed emotions. Jane Austen is Jane Austen for a reason, you know? But every now and then I read one that puts a different twist on it, and it brings a smile to my face. Helm was able to do just that with More to Love. While staying true to many of the things we adore about the original, Helm manages to put little bits of herself into this story that make it enjoyable to read.
I must say that for a little part of the book, Elizabeth bothered me. I am a plump girl myself, and struggle with body image, much like she does. In that was I could totally relate to her character. I loved how she immediately latched onto her sister, began taking walks, and tried to eat better. But over and over again she kept dwelling on her appearance, how her size was a hindrance to life essentially. While I realize this is an important part of the story, because you have to eventually understand that beauty runs skin deep and all that, there were times I kind of read a little faster because I didn’t want to hear it again. In other words, I wanted her character to come to the looks aren’t everything lesson quicker. But that is just my personal preference. Again, I totally related to Elizabeth because we have this special thing in common. I have felt exactly what she felt. I had a person who started to make me see things a little differently too. I just wanted her to grow faster!
Darcy is really what held my attention throughout this whole story (and not just because I like the original Darcy either lol). He understood quickly that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover, and I enjoyed seeing his interactions not only with Elizabeth, but about her. **sigh** Yes my friends, there are a few moments where you just sit there and sigh over Darcy and his plans. It’s what keeps you turning the pages!
All in all, I enjoyed reading this story. My recommendation is to read it with an open mind. Don’t go in comparing it to Jane Austen. Just think of it as a story written by Robin Helm that just happens to have similar character names. I think you’ll enjoy it much more that way. The characters are funny, sweet, charming, and even a little devious at times. I think you’ll find you will keep the pages turning quickly too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Robin Helm’s books reflect her love of music, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction. Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy (Christian paranormal romance); the Yours by Design series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, andForever Yours ( ChristianTime Swap romance), and Understanding Elizabeth (Christian Regency romance). She contributed to A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 1, an anthology featuring like-minded authors, in 2017, and A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2, in 2018. New releases for 2019 include More to Love, a stand-alone Christian historical sweet romance dealing with body image; Lawfully Innocent, a Christian historical U.S. Marshal romance book in the Lawkeepers series; Maestro, a Christian historical sweet romance featuring a brilliant musician and his student; and A Very Austen Romance: Austen Anthologies, Book 3. She lives in sunny South Carolina where she teaches piano and adores her one husband, two married daughters, and three grandchildren.
More from Robin
Have you ever been judged on the basis of your appearance – what you weigh, how you dress, how you wear your hair or do your makeup? I am a professional dieter, and I have been on all of them. I lose, and I gain it back. I know the lengths a woman will go to after she overhears remarks about how she looks, so I relate to Elizabeth in More to Love in a way that’s a bit beyond my comfort zone.
Another aspect of this book which is personal is that I chose to base a supporting character on a wonderful, Christian lady at my church (with her permission). Mrs. Donna Bailey has been a constant encouragement to me in regards to my writing. She often gives me beautiful sugar cookies she painstakingly decorates with holiday themes. Mrs. Bailey is the housekeeper and dessert cook at Longbourn, and she helps Elizabeth through thick and thin, so to speak.
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To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away
Grand Prize: a $25 Amazon gift card
1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2
2nd Place: An autographed paperback of More to Love
3rd Place: A set of three eBooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books!!
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