Short & Sweet Review: Raising Her Hopes by May Williams

December 26, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from BTSe Magazine in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet Review: Raising Her Hopes by May WilliamsRaising Her Hopes by May Williams
Published by Turquoise Morning Press on June 19, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 48,000 words
Source: BTSe Magazine

When Sidney White arrives in England, he seems like the perfect man for Belinda Ferguson. She wants to love him, but first she must overcome her past before she is free to raise her hopes.


Sidney White has one objective when he arrives in Bath, England. He plans to leave his daughter with relatives before returning to the United States to embark on a dangerous mission for the Union Army. An encounter with the beautiful Belinda Ferguson strikes like lightning at his heart, but she doesn’t give her love or attention freely. Belinda’s past makes her cautious about placing her trust, especially in a man who must leave her to complete his task. Despite the separation his work requires, Sidney convinces her to risk loving him and she dares to raise her hopes.

short and sweetSuch a lovely story! It is quite short but right at the beginning I fell in love with the author’s writing and her ability to bring a historical world to life. Her characters are quite intriguing and although they both have some issues to work on, they are both interesting enough that I wanted to learn more from the get go.

My only slight dislike was that the main characters are so against each other at the beginning. Sidney is already thinking about how he can work his way into her heart but then bashes himself mentally because he doesn’t have the time nor resources to take care of her. This was like 5 minutes after they met! Too much for me! But apparently it wasn’t because I kept reading and kept loving it.

In short: Absolutely lovely, fun romance with great characters.

Full review coming to BTS

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
3.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4.5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.2 / 5
The Author

About May Williams

Although May Williams lives in a small town on the shores of Lake Erie, she’s always mentally traveling to different times and locations. Books have been leading her to faraway places since she was a child. Today, she shares her old farmhouse with her husband, two children, four cats, and an oversized dog. She enjoys sewing historical costumes, running, reading, and planning the next trip.

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