Sunday, December 8, 2013

Review: The Silk Romance by Helena Fairfax

Title: The Silk Romance
Author: Helena Fairfax
Source: Author Request
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Sophie Challoner is sensible and hard-working, and a devoted carer of her father. One night her grandmother throws a ball for her in Paris…and Sophie does something reckless that she can never forget. 
Jean-Luc Olivier is not a man to treat lightly. And so when fate takes a hand years after the ball, and reunites him with Sophie in Lyon, he is determined not to let her go a second time.
But it seems the fates are conspiring against their happiness. Jean-Luc has secrets of his own. And when disaster strikes at home in London, Sophie is faced with a choice—stay in this glamorous world with the man she loves, or return to her family to keep a sacred promise she made her mother.

The Silk Romance is a rich and luxurious story about Sophie, the English student, and Jean-Luc Olivier (love that name) the famous French race car driver.  After a disasterous first encounter years ago - neither one has really been able to forget about the other.  When Jean-Luc "arranges" for Sophie to spend time working at his silk factory, he is hoping for answers as to what went wrong the last time they were together.  On the other hand, Sophie is only hoping that her time there will end quickly so she can return home to her brother and her ill father.

Neither one of the expects things to go the way they do.  Helena is excellent at slowly drawing the history and feelings out of the characters.  You discover everything right along with them which really helps to bring the characters to life.  This is no smooth ride either.  They come from two different worlds, and trying to bring them together doesn't always work out as well as they hope.  It was a fantastic and smoothly flowing story that was wonderful to read.

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