After "Halfway to Heaven" where we meet Helena and Michael for the first time, I was looking forward to this book. I was disappointed and enjoyed "Halfway to Heaven" so much better. I did not get drawn in to the Michael/Helena relationship. In fact, I didn't think they should get together at all. Plus, the relationship between Michael and Helena's husband was too coincidental. That being said, I did like watching Helena's transformation and what she created to help those around her.
An interesting stufy in growing indepedent as a woman...the hard way. Wiggs becomes more and more accomplished as an author with each book. I wasn't as impressed with this plot as books I have already read bI enjoyed it anyway. I like the way her characters are introduced in each book, to be expanded upon in another book to follow. I look forward to reading the next in the series but each book can and does stand on its own. It just helps to know the "history" of each character.
Inventor Professor Michael Rowen breaks the heart of Helena Cabot because he believes she, as the daughter of the most powerful US Senator, would never marry him. Pregnant with Michael's child, Helena turns to New York's Junior Senator Troy Barnes. They forge a loveless marriage of convenience that has fooled the international upper crust into believing this couple shares the perfect matrimony.
Almost a decade later, two events destroy the Barnes couple alliance. First her father dies leaving Helena with no protector. Second Troy learns that William is not from his seed. Fearing retribution for herself and her son from her authoritative abusive husband, Helena tries to obtain a divorce, but no attorney will go up against Troy. Desperate she flees to Upstate New York and opens a woman's shelter, but also turns to Michael for help. Though neither trusts one another William is Michael's son and Helena, knowing Troy has a rep to maintain, is coming.
Names aside (Helena and Troy!), ENCHANTED AFTERNOON is an exciting nineteenth century romantic intrigue that provides readers with a vivid look at the plight of women in a society granting no rights. The story line is fast-paced once the key cast members are introduced so that the reader understands how they react to tribulations. Though how Troy hid his true colors from his spouse even if she lived in Sarasota Springs while he in Georgetown for much of that time seems a stretch, the audience will relish Susan Wiggs delightful historical tale.
This is a real good book.
Beautiful, charming and repected as the wife of an ambitious senator. Helena married for all the wrong reasons. fearing for her safety, she ends her marriage and flees to legendary Moon Lake Lodge, where she creates a refuge for other woman in need of a safe haven. With a defy hand a unique voice, acclaimed author Susan Wiggs creats an enchanting story that will take your breath away as it reaffirms the power of love and the magic of forgiveness.
Beautiful, charming and respected as the wife of an ambitious senator, Helena Cabot Barnes is the leading lady of Saratoga Springs. But beneath the facade lies a terrible deception. Helena married for all the wrong reasons-and discovered too late that her husband is a dangerous man. Fearing for her safety, she ends her marriage and flees to legendary Moon Lake Lodge, where she creates a refuge for other women in need of a safe haven. And there she finds the courage within to become the woman she was meant to be.