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Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband’s rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw nea Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband’s rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw near, an unexpected visitor arrives . . . Carter Alexander Harford, Seventh Viscount Devereaux, is a man driven to succeed. His work is his life, and the position of Prime Minister of England is within reach. But in truth, Carter is a man haunted by lost love. Estranged from his beautiful wife, Carter is shocked to find Miranda—the woman he loved and who he believes left him—in residence at his country home. As plans for a holiday party move forward, the uneasy couple realizes that to avoid further scandal, they must keep up appearances in a charade of marital happiness. Thrust together by fate, it quickly becomes clear that they have both been living beneath a conspired cloud of misunderstanding. As family, career, and social pressures threaten to keep them apart, can love have even a glimmer of hope?


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Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband’s rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw nea Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband’s rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw near, an unexpected visitor arrives . . . Carter Alexander Harford, Seventh Viscount Devereaux, is a man driven to succeed. His work is his life, and the position of Prime Minister of England is within reach. But in truth, Carter is a man haunted by lost love. Estranged from his beautiful wife, Carter is shocked to find Miranda—the woman he loved and who he believes left him—in residence at his country home. As plans for a holiday party move forward, the uneasy couple realizes that to avoid further scandal, they must keep up appearances in a charade of marital happiness. Thrust together by fate, it quickly becomes clear that they have both been living beneath a conspired cloud of misunderstanding. As family, career, and social pressures threaten to keep them apart, can love have even a glimmer of hope?

30 review for Glimmer of Hope Book on cd

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Sadness. So. Much. Sadness. For a Regency romance, Glimmer of Hope is just one big bundle of gloominess and woe. The main couple are married but have been separated for three years as the story begins, and the question is whether they can get past hard feelings and huge misunderstandings (major trope alert!) and find happiness together again. Just about anything that can go wrong with a married couple does in this book: lack of communication, (view spoiler)[lying in-laws who will do absolutely anyth Sadness. So. Much. Sadness. For a Regency romance, Glimmer of Hope is just one big bundle of gloominess and woe. The main couple are married but have been separated for three years as the story begins, and the question is whether they can get past hard feelings and huge misunderstandings (major trope alert!) and find happiness together again. Just about anything that can go wrong with a married couple does in this book: lack of communication, (view spoiler)[lying in-laws who will do absolutely anything to keep their son from the "unworthy" woman he married, illness and permanently ruined health, a stillbirth (hide spoiler)] . It could only get worse if the husband or wife actually died ... which, frankly, might have been a relief for everyone involved. In fact, Glimmer of Hope is the perfect title, because any happiness for this couple(view spoiler)[ remains only a very muted, bittersweet type of happiness, even at the very end (hide spoiler)] . This "wallowing in misery" type of book is just not my cuppa tea. When I read a Regency romance I have a certain set of expectations (i.e., lots of witty repartee, charming hero, fairly light-hearted tone, and good romance) and I tend to get a little testy when they're not met. I'm not looking for catharsis or exorcising my internal demons. If you are, you might enjoy this book, but everyone in our Goodreads reading group had very mixed feelings about it, if not outright disappointment. Do not read if you are looking for a light, fun read. If you enjoy immersing yourself in fictional characters' angst and misery for a few hours, have at it. Personally I'd like my $10 back.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    'No Glimmer of Hope'... would be a more apt title I look at the title and wonder what was going on in the author's head-- Sarcasm, Irony or eternal optimism? *With spoilers* For me, the book is divided in two halves - pre and post the big reveal. The first part is a very engrossing read while the second is shocking and disappointing. The first half is angsty, emotional and so hurtful because of the H's supercilious and one-sided judgmentalism. He lets his parents'/mother's disdainful attitude towa 'No Glimmer of Hope'... would be a more apt title I look at the title and wonder what was going on in the author's head-- Sarcasm, Irony or eternal optimism? *With spoilers* For me, the book is divided in two halves - pre and post the big reveal. The first part is a very engrossing read while the second is shocking and disappointing. The first half is angsty, emotional and so hurtful because of the H's supercilious and one-sided judgmentalism. He lets his parents'/mother's disdainful attitude towards the quiet h, color his own. The h is quiet, shy and physically weak/drained. One wonders at her physical exhaustion and I thought it to be clinical depression, perhaps. The h/H married (three years ago) after a whirlwind courtship without the approval of his parents and they never thought her country ways suitable for their politically upwardly mobile son. Lots is suggested about the reason for their separation few months after their wedding and one gets it right mostly. The H thinks she's gone back to her loving Grandfather but she's actually living on one of his minor estates, and he comes here inadvertently, as he's planned a house party here. So, it's a shock for both of them to see each other. Not knowing what to do, he lets her stay on and be his hostess, much to the horror of his uptight and critical mother. The mother drives her ragged to make sure that London standards are met with. Even the guests see how she's being treated and slowly the H comes to see his mother for what she is. Of course, all this pans out slowly. The h/H come closer and decide to take another chance on their marriage. *Major major spoilers* Then the second half happens with the grandfather revealing the truth about her condition(view spoiler)[ and I wanted to drop the book there and then. Wasn't it enough that the h has suffered soooo much (a secret baby who dies after birth) that the author thought the reader needed this? I don't read my romance for HFNs. I NEED HEAs! What the h had is probably rheumatic heart disease and that's one sad condition with the patient always aware of the whooshing murmurs and discomfort in their chest. It's no reassurance, rather is overkill for the doctor to pontificate that he's sure that one day a cure will be discovered. Eff that! And the H is an idiot to not see what was in front of him - his parents' duplicity. How could he believe that his sweet and mild wife had turned overnight into a willful and spoiled woman who 'broke' his heart? What man would rely on estate managers and middle men to relay what his wife feels or thinks. How difficult would it be to ride down, find and confront his wife? And one big elephant in the room is conveniently shoved away - sex and babies. No mention is made whether they will have sex which equates with pregnancies in those times. And what does happen if she does fall pregnant with her condition? We are left to wonder whether the h will live for six months, six years or thirty years. Wow, lovely! (hide spoiler)] Angst is good but not so much hopeless gloom and doom. 2.75*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I can't believe I'm saying this but I did not love this book. :( I know! I think Sarah Eden and myself are at a little bit of an impasse because I didn't love her "ghost" book from last October either. I thought this story was so promising. Love that is lost through mis-understanding and yet it gets regained. *spoilers ahead!!** But, what I thought and what it turned out to be were two different stories. I really enjoyed the beginning. I felt like both of their feelings were justified for what w I can't believe I'm saying this but I did not love this book. :( I know! I think Sarah Eden and myself are at a little bit of an impasse because I didn't love her "ghost" book from last October either. I thought this story was so promising. Love that is lost through mis-understanding and yet it gets regained. *spoilers ahead!!** But, what I thought and what it turned out to be were two different stories. I really enjoyed the beginning. I felt like both of their feelings were justified for what we knew from the story. Then, I felt like it took a turn and kind of became depressed through the last quarter of the book. I mean (spoiler) it ends up she is dying and his parents betrayed him. Wow! It was so serious. Included in all of that was also that she had a baby who died at birth and Carter never knew about it. Wow again! Then it turns out that his parents hid all of her letters begging him to come and the letters of her Grandfather. Through all of this(and much more that I do not mention)no one decides that they are going to physically go and see what is going on? No one? Carter never decides that he is going to approach Miranda directly and no one that loves Miranda makes the same choice about approaching Carter? Especially with how serious it all turned out to be. To be honest my heart couldn't handle this story. There was just too much sadness and not enough sweet romance(which is why I pick up these books). I am sad to also say from now on I don't think I will be buying Sarah Eden books until I read the reviews. Dramatic? Maybe. But when they are $10 each, I guess you can just call me a drama queen. :) Can't wait to hear what the rest of our bookclubers think about this one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I don’t remember exactly how I came upon Ms. Eden’s books, but it was a few years ago while I was living in San Diego. I read the description on a few of her books and Through All Hopes stood out to me. I love the whole lost-love plot and this one sounded especially good. I went to Amazon and ordered a copy. I waited and waited and after a month or two Amazon emailed me and said they were unable to fulfill the request. As some of you know, Ms. Eden’s earlier books were no longer being published I don’t remember exactly how I came upon Ms. Eden’s books, but it was a few years ago while I was living in San Diego. I read the description on a few of her books and Through All Hopes stood out to me. I love the whole lost-love plot and this one sounded especially good. I went to Amazon and ordered a copy. I waited and waited and after a month or two Amazon emailed me and said they were unable to fulfill the request. As some of you know, Ms. Eden’s earlier books were no longer being published at that time, I believe she was working with a new publisher and had learned that she would eventually be re-releasing them. I was so disappointed; I wanted to read Through All Hopes and was sad I wouldn’t be able to. At least not for a long time. When her books started coming out again I couldn’t wait, after reading Courting Miss Lancaster (I think that was the first one re-published) I knew I was hooked. I was beyond excited when I saw on Ms. Eden’s Facebook page the other day that Glimmer of Hope was coming out and that it was the new version of Through All Hopes. So, my expectations for this one may have been a little high. While I wasn’t by any means disappointed, I was surprised how the story unfolded. I liked our heroine Miranda, she is easy to like and relate to. The story starts three years after her husband, Carter, abandoned her. I liked that the story picks up right when Miranda and Carter meet again after being separated for three years. You have a lot of questions about what happened to cause the separations, since from each characters POV each thought the other had left. So there is a bit of a mystery about what had kept them apart. There is some great tension between the two and a lot of hurt feelings. I liked that we got to hear from Carter’s POV, I think we actually get more of him than Miranda. I liked seeing the growth and understanding he goes through. I wasn’t too surprised by the reasons for the separation, but it does break your heart to think of all they had missed out on. (view spoiler)[ Stupid interfering family! (hide spoiler)] On top of everything else going on with them reuniting and a sudden house party, there is also a mystery about Miranda. Something is just a little off. (view spoiler)[ It turns out that Miranda has a heart condition and is not that healthy. She tires easily and is on a special diet. One where her mean mother-in-law forbids her to partake of. The seriousness of her condition I think took me by surprise. It definitely makes Carter really reconsider his life and decisions, but it’s also kind of a downer. I was left feeling a little uncertain about their future. I would have LOVED an epilogue where it’s a few years down the road and they were still happy and she was doing well. Maybe have a baby or two. Although, with her condition having a baby might not be the safest thing. I still would have liked a little more closure in regards to her health. I loved that they reconciled and it seemed genuine that they would put each other first and be sure to communicate better in the future. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I really enjoyed the story and I probably would end up liking it more the second time around. Ms. Eden can’t write fast enough, I love her stories and characters and I’m always sad when I finish her books. Maybe I should read slower? Content: Squeaky Clean. *Previously published under title Through All Hopes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I did have a few issues. The whole story is about how miscommunication between the two characters keeps them apart, but it bothered me that it had been a whole 3 years before they saw each other again! 3 years! I felt that if they truly loved each other, as was implied, than one of them would have hunted the other one down to see what was really going on. And once they did see each other again it took them forever to talk about the details of what caused their I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I did have a few issues. The whole story is about how miscommunication between the two characters keeps them apart, but it bothered me that it had been a whole 3 years before they saw each other again! 3 years! I felt that if they truly loved each other, as was implied, than one of them would have hunted the other one down to see what was really going on. And once they did see each other again it took them forever to talk about the details of what caused their separation. Every time the subject was broached one of them would say, "I don't want to talk about this right now." Why the heck not?! It's been 3 years, I wanna see a fight! :) It was also mentioned several times that to prevent further scandal while their guests were visiting, they would have to act like a normal married couple. But Carter tells his friend everything as soon as he gets there anyway and everyone already knows about the separation so I don't see the point. I feel like I just tore this story to shreds. I really did like it, but when I compare it to her other work, it falls slightly short.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OK I wanted to give this book more stars. I had such a difficult time suspending belief that two married people who have been separated for three years, who had apparently loved each other at one time, would reunite and not immediately address the gigantic elephant in the room. Why did they separate in the first place? It would've gone something like this: "Why did you leave me?" "Why did YOU leave ME?" "I didn't leave you!" "I didn't leave you either!" "What?" "Huh?" "I sent you letters explaining ever OK I wanted to give this book more stars. I had such a difficult time suspending belief that two married people who have been separated for three years, who had apparently loved each other at one time, would reunite and not immediately address the gigantic elephant in the room. Why did they separate in the first place? It would've gone something like this: "Why did you leave me?" "Why did YOU leave ME?" "I didn't leave you!" "I didn't leave you either!" "What?" "Huh?" "I sent you letters explaining everything. " "I never received them. Did you receive my letters?" "No!" "But I love you!" "I love you too!" "Who could have messed with our lives like this? " "Could it possibly be your mother who shoots venom at me from her eyeballs and tried to convince you not to marry me?" "Yes if I had any brains at all I would've put that together! Let me kick her out and we will be happy together forever (or for six months until you die!) even though we are fools for letting three years go by without actually traveling to see why the other person never showed up!" "The end." OK so it would've been a paragraph instead of a book. I love clean Regency, I love clean romance and I especially enjoy plot twists. The premise has got to be a little thicker than this though. When I first started the story and read how he was so cruel to her I thought he had abused her verbally or physically and that she had escaped him. Being a communications major, miscommunication this flagrant is too much for me to take. Will still read all of Sarah's books, but did not love this one quite as much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    I LOVE Sarah Eden!! She is a fantastic writer and a darling person. Her books are full of witty dialogue, fun characters, and interesting situations. She is the modern queen of the Regency era--in writing at least. However, this story was a bit on the depressing side. I tried to get a hold of this book before going on vacation, but it wasn't on the shelves yet, so I waited. And then I heard how sad it was, so I decided to listen to it on cd--a little here, a little there. It is quite the sad sto I LOVE Sarah Eden!! She is a fantastic writer and a darling person. Her books are full of witty dialogue, fun characters, and interesting situations. She is the modern queen of the Regency era--in writing at least. However, this story was a bit on the depressing side. I tried to get a hold of this book before going on vacation, but it wasn't on the shelves yet, so I waited. And then I heard how sad it was, so I decided to listen to it on cd--a little here, a little there. It is quite the sad story, with just the tiniest glimmer of hope. I prefer to read things on the lighter side, but I still liked it. Because of some pretty hefty misunderstandings, Carter and Miranda, a married couple, have been separated for 3 years and the story picks up right when they first meet up again. I thought Carter was a total jerk at first, but then, as the story unfolded, I realized that he wasn't. Miranda comes across as a meek and accepting woman, one who is likable, yet a bit on the coward side. Yet again, as the story unfolds, she is not as she first appears to be. I did like it, but was frustrated at the length of time it took to figure things out. Content: clean.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mela

    Recalling after almost a year after reading. I remember the story as a clear romance with a wise message. I was a little annoyed with misunderstanding between hero and heroine. I thought for some time that it was too absurd but eventually it didn't matter for me. It isn't a typical clear romance, because of the end. The title of the book is really suitable. Don't read it when you look only for a pleasurable romance. In this story is quite a bit sadness and sorrow. But it is truly a glimmer of hop Recalling after almost a year after reading. I remember the story as a clear romance with a wise message. I was a little annoyed with misunderstanding between hero and heroine. I thought for some time that it was too absurd but eventually it didn't matter for me. It isn't a typical clear romance, because of the end. The title of the book is really suitable. Don't read it when you look only for a pleasurable romance. In this story is quite a bit sadness and sorrow. But it is truly a glimmer of hope.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Anyone else waking up uneasy in the middle of the night? I find my sleep these days is interrupted so I try to read myself back to sleep with romance. And while I love the writing in this one and Eden's hallmark gentle touch, I found this one bordered on sentimental. A lot of drastic secrets. A lot of missed opportunities. I applaud Eden for wanting to delve into grief, uncertainty and perceived abandonment in a genre that largely favours more conventional happy ever afters. But the division and Anyone else waking up uneasy in the middle of the night? I find my sleep these days is interrupted so I try to read myself back to sleep with romance. And while I love the writing in this one and Eden's hallmark gentle touch, I found this one bordered on sentimental. A lot of drastic secrets. A lot of missed opportunities. I applaud Eden for wanting to delve into grief, uncertainty and perceived abandonment in a genre that largely favours more conventional happy ever afters. But the division and one party being too sweet and trusting and the other too far out of the situation made it hard for me to carve out the nuance and complexity of this tradition ( one of my favourites: married couple ripped apart and reunited ). I love Eden's books but this one might just have been a case of intersecting the wrong reader at the wrong time. That being said, I applaud her delving deep and subverting expectations. Her characterization is always master class.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne Osterlund

    Miranda hasn’t seen her husband in three years, since he rode off for London without her. When he arrives at her home--technically it’s his home--and announces that she will be hosting a house party, she really has no alternative. Nor any idea of what has finally led him to cross her threshold after years of failing to answer her letters. Carter had no idea she was there. His wife? Why would she be at his country estate after leaving him three years before? And after refusing to offer a single wo Miranda hasn’t seen her husband in three years, since he rode off for London without her. When he arrives at her home--technically it’s his home--and announces that she will be hosting a house party, she really has no alternative. Nor any idea of what has finally led him to cross her threshold after years of failing to answer her letters. Carter had no idea she was there. His wife? Why would she be at his country estate after leaving him three years before? And after refusing to offer a single word of explanation? Or answer any of his letters. Clearly, this marriage has a flaw in communication. The question is: Will Miranda and Carter ever find a way to communicate long enough to figure out the source? Glimmer of Hope is a fast-paced, gentle love story about heartache; mistakes; and, of course, hope. This is my fifth Sarah M. Eden read in roughly three weeks, and they are all fabulous!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Oh I love Sarah Eden! I was a little worried after reading a couple of the other reviews that this would be a disapointment. But I should not have worried! The Characters were amazing and complicated. The story was so heart wrenching! I love a happy ending book and was satisfied with the ending. Ahhh I just loved it! So good. Very clean regency romance with no Christain theme.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    Oh the feels! I can't write a review to do this book justice. Just know you may need some tissue nearby. Oh the feels! I can't write a review to do this book justice. Just know you may need some tissue nearby.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tausha

    I was enthralled with this book. I have been trying to stay away from "heavy" books lately because of enough real drama in the real world...I like to read to get away from the real world. Anyway I was worried about this one because I had heard it was not a very light hearted book and that is true! But I was captivated from page one. It was very sad...yet hopeful. My heart ached for the main characters, yet I marveled at their strength. Very compelling read! I was enthralled with this book. I have been trying to stay away from "heavy" books lately because of enough real drama in the real world...I like to read to get away from the real world. Anyway I was worried about this one because I had heard it was not a very light hearted book and that is true! But I was captivated from page one. It was very sad...yet hopeful. My heart ached for the main characters, yet I marveled at their strength. Very compelling read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    3.5 stars. Other title option: Miscommunication and Connivings(Yeah!!) A charming book with lots of fun amidst all the tears. It was also really refreshing that the couple was already married, even though we did go through them falling in love (again?), it was still a nice change. Miranda and Carter are a tiny bit at odds with one another, especially considering that both of them think that the other abandoned them. How is it such a stunning lack of communication possible, you ask? Well, I'm sure M 3.5 stars. Other title option: Miscommunication and Connivings(Yeah!!) A charming book with lots of fun amidst all the tears. It was also really refreshing that the couple was already married, even though we did go through them falling in love (again?), it was still a nice change. Miranda and Carter are a tiny bit at odds with one another, especially considering that both of them think that the other abandoned them. How is it such a stunning lack of communication possible, you ask? Well, I'm sure Miranda and Carter would also very much like to know. Irregardless, Miranda is fairly happily living her life with her grandfather when, out of the blue, her less than attentive husband shows up, planning a party. Miranda, while not super thrilled by this turn of events, is even more curious as to why her husband has decided to show back up. Even more confusing, he seems to blame her for their marital issues, though the subject is mostly studiously avoided. Carter is just as confused as Miranda. She left him, didn’t she? Why should she be angry at him and, more importantly, why does his demmed heart keep acting up whenever he’s around her? He has been down that road before and it only ends in heartbreak. Well, it can’t hurt to bring her a coat when she’s cold, can it? And then sooner or later he finds himself trying to make her smile and attempting to spend as much time in her company as he possibly can. But his mother, ugh! Miranda is not of the ton; in fact, she’s never even been to London!! *cue horrified gasps* Carter’s mother is convinced that Miranda cannot properly host the ongoing party, so even though it is Miranda's right and appearances must be kept, she will not stop running Miranda into the ground with tasks here and lectures there and, gads, will the woman ever stop treating Miranda so horridly? Can’t she see that Miranda is not at all feeling well? And then some secrets come out; some sorrowful and others terrible, but all with heavy impacts on Miranda and Carter's lives. (view spoiler)[ Miranda’s past pregnancy was most distressing to me, especially as told through the letters Carter discovers. And I have to say that I was a little bit shocked at just how heartless Carter's parents were. I assumed that his witch of a mother was involved in nearly permanently ruining Miranda and Carter's marriage, but she was so matter-of-fact when Carter confronted her. Can't say I was surprised concerning Miranda's heart condition. That was pretty obvious, though it clearly wasn't meant to be surprising to us but to Carter. (hide spoiler)] Only complaint was that Sarah Eden seems to have a a few plot points/events/scenes that take place in nearly all her books, or at the very least, the ones I've read. They're good stuff, don't get me wrong, but they start to blend together because they are so very nearly the same.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol Nicolas

    Abandoned by her husband, Miranda Harford flees to his English country estate where she struggles with health problems and a broken heart for three long years. When her politically successful, wealthy husband, Carter, shows up at the estate to throw a holiday party, he and Miranda are shocked to see each other. To avoid scandal, they pretend to be a happy couple, but they are both suffering from heartache. Carter’s mother plays to perfection the part of evil step-mother as she makes life unbeara Abandoned by her husband, Miranda Harford flees to his English country estate where she struggles with health problems and a broken heart for three long years. When her politically successful, wealthy husband, Carter, shows up at the estate to throw a holiday party, he and Miranda are shocked to see each other. To avoid scandal, they pretend to be a happy couple, but they are both suffering from heartache. Carter’s mother plays to perfection the part of evil step-mother as she makes life unbearable for Miranda. As the unhappy couple begin to talk to each other, it soon becomes apparent that someone has been manipulating them, and nothing about the past is as it seems. This Regency romance was darker than other books written by Sarah M. Eden, but I enjoyed the unfolding story, which showed just how badly things can go when there is a lack of communication, and when others conspire to drive a couple apart. Never fear, there is a happy ending in store for the main characters. Glimmer of Hope is definitely worth reading, and YA and Adult audiences will both enjoy it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kiera Beddes

    Genre: misunderstood relationships, stubborn men, illness Summary: Carter and Miranda Harford were once happily married but a slight misunderstanding and familial interference lead to a three year estrangement. When they are forced to spend some time together during the Christmas holidays, they either have to reconcile or be torn apart forever. Response: I really enjoy Sarah Eden's books. They are sweet and heartfelt. This book wasn't my favorite necessarily. I have little patience for characters Genre: misunderstood relationships, stubborn men, illness Summary: Carter and Miranda Harford were once happily married but a slight misunderstanding and familial interference lead to a three year estrangement. When they are forced to spend some time together during the Christmas holidays, they either have to reconcile or be torn apart forever. Response: I really enjoy Sarah Eden's books. They are sweet and heartfelt. This book wasn't my favorite necessarily. I have little patience for characters that cannot communicate clearly and directly with one another. And I felt as betrayed when I found out the reason for their estrangement, it seemed so cruel without any real explanation why. Also, another thing that bothered me about the book, it seemed like every kind of disaster accompanied their estranged relationship. It wasn't only miscommunication, it was illness and disease and death and a whole bunch of heartache. (The book is also known as Glimmer of Hope )

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was another of Eden's better ones. I really liked the main couple and I liked that they were already married, albeit estranged. I found the reason for their separation convoluted (basically family members conspired to keep them apart and misunderstanding and hurt feelings contributed enough that they did not look too closely into the situation), but believable. Frustrating, but all too possible when people get hurt and stubbornly refuse to reach out because of pride. I very much liked watchin This was another of Eden's better ones. I really liked the main couple and I liked that they were already married, albeit estranged. I found the reason for their separation convoluted (basically family members conspired to keep them apart and misunderstanding and hurt feelings contributed enough that they did not look too closely into the situation), but believable. Frustrating, but all too possible when people get hurt and stubbornly refuse to reach out because of pride. I very much liked watching them come back together again. The history of their little child was so sad. Poor Miranda dealing with this all on her own. There is the subplot with Miranda's health condition. Carter's mom is certifiably a villainess. She is so cruel towards Miranda. Ugh. I have high hopes that with care and healthy living Miranda will be all right! She has to be! Suffice to say, I cared what happened to Carter and Miranda and for that alone, Eden wins this round.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I loved this book. I know we all read these types of books for an escape when you'd rather your mind was filled with living in the regency era versus watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood for the thousandth time. I liked this book because of it's departure from all things light as the content was much more serious. And if you think you've got it rough with your mother-in-law, think again. Our perceptions are distorted by the self-invented looking glass we see the world through. This book is a rem I loved this book. I know we all read these types of books for an escape when you'd rather your mind was filled with living in the regency era versus watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood for the thousandth time. I liked this book because of it's departure from all things light as the content was much more serious. And if you think you've got it rough with your mother-in-law, think again. Our perceptions are distorted by the self-invented looking glass we see the world through. This book is a reminder that the looking glass needs to be tweaked often or cast off altogether. Philosophy over, back to Daniel Tiger. Grrrrrrrific!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I had bittersweet feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it don't get me wrong, but I really enjoy happy endings, and while this was one, it had that "chance" of not being so. (view spoiler)[I loved how they story had them come back together, and how it came about. So sweet. The mother - what a piece of work! And the ending was sweet, just wished there was an epilogue 16 years later saying she was still alive. (hide spoiler)] Moral Note: Clean I had bittersweet feelings about this book. I really enjoyed it don't get me wrong, but I really enjoy happy endings, and while this was one, it had that "chance" of not being so. (view spoiler)[I loved how they story had them come back together, and how it came about. So sweet. The mother - what a piece of work! And the ending was sweet, just wished there was an epilogue 16 years later saying she was still alive. (hide spoiler)] Moral Note: Clean

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Waters

    This book was ok. I really liked the middle and it was interesting to find out who was hiding things from him. I did start skipping some of the self thoughts. It was a little too much for me and I felt like the end of the book was dragged out and very repetitive. Oh and before the house party the girl told Carter that his mom could just do everything but then he was like no you have to do it. Then later he was like just let her do it all.....kinda weird.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trissa White

    I adore Sarah Eden' s books. That said, this (Glimmer of Hope) was my least favourite. 3.5 stars. I missed the wit and humor that is normally present alongside the trials and heartache. I still flew through it and recommend it. I can't articulate exactly what was missing from the main characters or storyline but it did not give me the same joy I've found in her other novels. I adore Sarah Eden' s books. That said, this (Glimmer of Hope) was my least favourite. 3.5 stars. I missed the wit and humor that is normally present alongside the trials and heartache. I still flew through it and recommend it. I can't articulate exactly what was missing from the main characters or storyline but it did not give me the same joy I've found in her other novels.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Well this was kind of a silly book. I get kind of aggravated when the whole premise of a book revolves around a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding that could be cleared up with a five minute conversation. Plus I just didn't like the two main characters. It ended better than it started, but not the best book I've ever read. Well this was kind of a silly book. I get kind of aggravated when the whole premise of a book revolves around a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding that could be cleared up with a five minute conversation. Plus I just didn't like the two main characters. It ended better than it started, but not the best book I've ever read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    *This was re-released as Glimmer of Hope I enjoyed it the 2 time around more than the first. :) I wonder how many books would not exist if people swallowed their pride & learned to communicate. ;) *This was re-released as Glimmer of Hope I enjoyed it the 2 time around more than the first. :) I wonder how many books would not exist if people swallowed their pride & learned to communicate. ;)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeri Larsen

    Bleh. This one is like Nicholas Sparks meets the Regency era. Don't bother unless you enjoy catharsis. I love Ms. Eden, but no love for this one. Bleh. This one is like Nicholas Sparks meets the Regency era. Don't bother unless you enjoy catharsis. I love Ms. Eden, but no love for this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was one of the most unusual plots I've ever read. There were many twists and turns, and it was impossible to predict what might happen next. The ending was bittersweet but very satisfying. This was one of the most unusual plots I've ever read. There were many twists and turns, and it was impossible to predict what might happen next. The ending was bittersweet but very satisfying.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is a stand alone though I believe Carter is mentioned on one page of Courting Miss Lancaster and this takes place about a year after that one I think. Loved the Hartley's (is there a book with them?) This book was SO sad, it had hope but only a glimmer as the title implied. It was full of misunderstanding, hurt feelings, grudges, etc and all that is involved when people get their feelings hurt. It had more too though which just made it feel as though the cards are stacked against Mirand This book is a stand alone though I believe Carter is mentioned on one page of Courting Miss Lancaster and this takes place about a year after that one I think. Loved the Hartley's (is there a book with them?) This book was SO sad, it had hope but only a glimmer as the title implied. It was full of misunderstanding, hurt feelings, grudges, etc and all that is involved when people get their feelings hurt. It had more too though which just made it feel as though the cards are stacked against Miranda. Which I didn't like, she is quiet yet strong and really in love with her husband. Then she tries to make the most of an awful outcome and isn't supported by him as she should be till he finally realizes he should determine what really happened all this time. One thing I never did quite understand is how the two of them met in the first place when their stations/upbringing are so different. A lot of what made this sad is the situations are believable. The Lord of the manor would receive all mail, even if it wasn't for him and letters were the primary form of communication back then. I really dislike parental manipulation and this story isn't short on it. So it is good for what it is but I can't say I like reading about the sad realities of some families back then. Hence my rating. It isn't a pick me up or a sigh at the end, I'm so happy kind of book. More a wow, what a lot to have thrown at you, I'm so sorry kind.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elise Derr Griffin

    Carter and Miranda Harford have been separated for 3 years. What seems to be a simple "falling out of love" after only 3 months of happily wedded bliss is actually a thick cloud of deception, misfortune, and distraction. Without realizing it, Carter shows up for an impromptu house party at the home where Miranda has been living. While hosting his mother and the families of two fellow members of Parliament, the couple explores the possibility of a renewed relationship and discovers the reasons be Carter and Miranda Harford have been separated for 3 years. What seems to be a simple "falling out of love" after only 3 months of happily wedded bliss is actually a thick cloud of deception, misfortune, and distraction. Without realizing it, Carter shows up for an impromptu house party at the home where Miranda has been living. While hosting his mother and the families of two fellow members of Parliament, the couple explores the possibility of a renewed relationship and discovers the reasons behind their separation. All of the classic Sarah Eden moments are there for these characters: playful, flirty, feisty, cute, frustrating, confusing. Be prepared for an emotional ride, though -- the plot includes everything from health concerns to grieving losses to rocky relationships with the in-laws. Unlike most of Ms. Eden's books, the anticipated result of Glimmer of Hope is not a marriage, but a rekindling of hope for the future. The happy ending doesn't fit the usual romantic fiction mold but does provide a satisfying resolution. All in all, Glimmer of Hope is a good reminder to be cautious of misunderstandings and never to take for granted the relationships we value. Pointing fingers and assigning blame only ever results in pain for everyone involved, but forgiveness can be a healing balm -- if we let it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Holt

    I loved this book! I can see why it's rated lower than her previous novels. This book is very different from her others, and it is a bit sad. Sarah so eloquently show us the harsh reality of pride, mistrust, and selfishness and how it can drastically effect our relationships and, in turn, our lives. This book does not exist in a "fairytale" sort of world where everything always goes right. If you are looking for your typical regency romance with the near perfect gentleman and almost flawless lov I loved this book! I can see why it's rated lower than her previous novels. This book is very different from her others, and it is a bit sad. Sarah so eloquently show us the harsh reality of pride, mistrust, and selfishness and how it can drastically effect our relationships and, in turn, our lives. This book does not exist in a "fairytale" sort of world where everything always goes right. If you are looking for your typical regency romance with the near perfect gentleman and almost flawless love, this might not be the one for you.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought the interactions between Miranda and Carter were suitably awkward at first, and then increasingly warm and familiar as they remembered how and why they initially grew to love each other. I will admit that I had my suspicions about what might have happened to make Carter think Miranda had left him, and vice versa, but when the full story was revealed, it was even more heartbreaking than I had anticipated. My favourite quote from the book: "God gave us hope. God I really enjoyed this book. I thought the interactions between Miranda and Carter were suitably awkward at first, and then increasingly warm and familiar as they remembered how and why they initially grew to love each other. I will admit that I had my suspicions about what might have happened to make Carter think Miranda had left him, and vice versa, but when the full story was revealed, it was even more heartbreaking than I had anticipated. My favourite quote from the book: "God gave us hope. God also gave us love. You can't have one without the other." 4.75 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nikol

    I liked this but it was so sad!! Even if it ends somewhat happy, it’s still depressing!

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