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Glimmer of Hope

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,344 Ratings  ·  535 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 2013 by Covenant Communications Inc. (first published November 7th 2008)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Sadness.
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Sadness.
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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)
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Deborah
Jan 04, 2014 Deborah rated it liked it
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
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
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 ...more
Casey
Jul 30, 2013 Casey rated it liked it
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
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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 ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jul 14, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
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
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Mela
Jun 27, 2016 Mela rated it liked it
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
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Tausha
Nov 06, 2013 Tausha rated it it was amazing
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!
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
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Carol Nicolas
Aug 11, 2014 Carol Nicolas rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Miss Clark
Jul 18, 2015 Miss Clark rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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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
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Valerie Waters
Jan 01, 2014 Valerie Waters rated it liked it
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.
Kristen
Jun 18, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
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.

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Moral Note: Clean
Tori
Apr 05, 2016 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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. ;)
Melissa
Jul 03, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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.
Trissa White
Jan 05, 2014 Trissa White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Erica
Aug 19, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I just finished this book. and Wow!

I love Regency Romances! They're sweet, clean and set in England. I love seeing two sweet characters fall in love, share witty banter and find happiness; it brings a smile to my face and a squee to my lips.

That said, this story isn't exactly your typical Regency Romance. This is the "after" they-all-lived-happily-ever-after story. Miranda and Carter have already experienced the joy of falling in love, the beginning of wedded bliss and have had a ma
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This is another republished work for this author. I actually own the original book called, Through All Hopes, and read it back in 2009. I don't know what, if anything, was changed when it was republished. I'll have to see if I can find out without having to go page by page comparing my two copies. I also don't know what was different this time around, but the first time I read it I gave it three stars and this time, I gave it five. I loved it!

This is one of Sarah's more depressing (that's not q
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Megan
Full review- 4/1/16

I don’t even know what I could possible say to accurately review this book. My emotions were quite raw while reading. Carter talked that Miranda used to keep her feelings on her sleeve but as their history revealed itself I felt more and more for her. My heart hurt for her. My stomach ached. I felt so much.

Personally, I believe this was a real struggle at that time. I feel the other historical romance reads I’ve loved have had such strong female leads that I feel Miranda was p
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Megan
Aug 17, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok
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Julie
Mar 24, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book, even though I'm an avid Sarah Eden fan, because I had heard that it was really depressing. I picked it up, though, and was hooked at the first page.

Our heroine, Miranda Harford, is coming home from a walk when her estranged husband of three years, Viscount Devereaux, appears suddenly. She's under the impression he wanted nothing to do with her and can't imagine what's really going on. The Viscount tells her he's hosting a house party and she better be re
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Kathryn
Aug 09, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
A must read, heart warming romance that makes you sigh with pleasure. A true journey of lasting love!

Carter's parents had always expected great things for their son and marrying the common Miranda, wasn't part of the plan. Carter's parents created distance between the newlyweds when carter went to London to meet some influential people to help further his career in politics. He leaves Miranda behind at the suggestion of his father, breaking his promise to his wife. She leaves for a holiday of he
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Kaitlin
Nov 04, 2013 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing
I really have enjoyed reading Sarah Eden's books. They are predictable and seem to all follow the same formula but still end up being highly enjoyable. This story was a little different. Rather than two people meeting and due to miscommunication dislike each other only to find that once someone clears the air all is well and they fall madly and deeply in love.
That is what happens here but from the other side of marriage. We aren't rooting the whole time that these two people can finally get mar
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Amy Halbern
Sep 13, 2015 Amy Halbern rated it it was amazing
Sarah Eden has become one of my favorite authors. I love all of the books that she has written so far. I loved Glimmer of Hope. I finished the book in two days which is a record for me!!!! I loved Miranda's character what heroine she is. I admire her with all the difficulties she had to endure. I absolutely loved all of the Carter/Miranda Moments. I love how Sarah puts a lot of witty remarks and bantering with the characters. I loved all the oh so sweet moments as well. There were some what the ...more
Charlynn
Feb 23, 2014 Charlynn rated it liked it
I don't know if the author was trying to squeeze in some more backstory on the back cover, but the spoiler is a little misleading. In any case, the things I liked about the book is how the story slowly unfolds and you are able to piece together what happened with the same amount of information that the two main characters have. I guessed a few things before they were revealed which is always fun. I didn't think the villain or "bad guy" was extremely realistic. There could have been a bit more ...more
Andrea
Jan 29, 2014 Andrea rated it it was amazing
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
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Jill
Dec 27, 2013 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read has a new title, "Glimmer of Hope", it it is the same story.
**Spoiler Alert***
Stop reading now if you don't want a glimpse of the plot.

Okay. Mandatory alert given. Moving on.



This is romance yes, but there is a lot more. To tell anymore would give too much away. It wasn't as light and breezy as some of her other books which is why I liked it. I was surprised how I enjoyed the ending; however there is a question that wasn't answered and it still lingers. What about the investigati
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Tatjana
Jul 20, 2013 Tatjana rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in a matter of a few hours. (I'm gonna be hating life with the lack of sleep I've forgone reading). I mean this in a really good way; I've never cried through a whole book before. It was so gut wrenchingly wonderful. I could almost feel what the characters felt and i laughed along with them, cried when they did and got really pissed at the appropriate places. It was just a very very sweet romance novel.
And in all honesty, I really want to find a man like Carter. The man he
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