A Home For Helena
After a gypsy suggests that she has been misplaced in time, Helena Lloyd travels back two hundred years in an attempt to find out where she belongs.
Widowed father James Walker has no intention of remarrying until he makes the acquaintance of his daughter’s lovely new governess.
Lady Pendleton, a time-traveling Regency lady herself, suspects that these two belong together. First, however, she must help Helena discover her true origins—and hopefully, a home where she belongs.
A Home for Helena is Book 2 of The Lady P Chronicles.
Book 1, The Ultimate Escape, originally published in the Bluestocking Belles’ anthology, Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem, will soon be available individually.
This story satisfied all my time travel romance needs. It really had an interesting aspect to it. We all find ourselves drawn to certain objects and time periods wishing that we can somehow travel back in time and visit. Helena is no different. The moment Helena appeared on the page, I felt that I had a lot in common with her. Sometimes you just don’t fit in and Helena goes through her whole life feeling like that. Adopted, with only a locket that might shed some light on her parentage, she is in limbo. When she finds a painting of a Regency Era family, she is instantly drawn (also instantly attracted to the man in the painting) and can’t help but feel like she knows them.
It is when she meets the elusive Mrs. Hearne that she is given the stone that might change her life forever. For those who read the previous book in the story, will know that Mrs. Hearne helps those in distress. Since Helena desperately wants to know who the people in the painting are, she is transported to Regency England.
It is no surprise that she meets the man from the painting shortly after arriving, but he also finds her attractive. I love insta-attraction in a story, but what makes this good is that there are obstacles in their paths and of course, Helena’s secret of being from the future. I was anxious to find out how she would explain that particular aspect to James.
James was the typical man of his times. Responsible, at times stuffy, and a gentleman through and through. A widower with a child, he was a hunky single dad with a past that provides all the guilt he needs to overcome. He does have those moments where the reader will want to reach through the pages and shake him. For instance, his snobbery comes through in this sentence,
“I’ve never known a governess to have such a permissive attitude. Is it possible that I have placed my daughter in the care of a woman who is-unchaste?”
Ugh! Way to go James.
However, I liked that James faces the same problems with Helena as he did with his wife. Would she want to be with a gentleman farmer?
One cannot read a story from The Lady P Chronicles without mentioning the exuberant Lady Pendleton! Since she knows about time travel and does it quite frequently, she is the perfect haven for any time traveling heroine. She also dabbles in a bit of matchmaking as well and is considered a meddler. Lady P is sassy and is very easy to like.
This was definitely a world in which I didn’t want to leave. The writing style is fun and the story is well paced. It was a sweet romance that leaves much to the imagination, which is perfectly fine.
“Hunky Regency gentlemen didn’t fit into her plans.”