Delighted by the Series – Yours by Design Trilogy by Robin Helm #Review #TrilogyReview

Posted August 16, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Delighted by the Series – Yours by Design Trilogy by Robin Helm #Review #TrilogyReview
Yours by Design Trilogy

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Series: Yours by Design Trilogy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
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#1 Accidentally Yours Pub Date: 1.8.14

#2 Sincerely Yours Pub Date: 7.6.14

#3 Forever Yours Pub Date: 4.5.15

I thought I would try something a little bit different from the usual review by reviewing a series in one post. Now don’t back away in fear. I promise to keep it brief (well..brief for me).

As most know by now, I am a Jane Austen geek so any offerings to read a story associated with her or her books and there is no bribing necessary to read that book. In this case, I was delighted when I was generously offered the whole trilogy for my reading/reviewing pleasure.

Series Overview:

Will Darcy lives in modern-day Atlanta, Georgia. He is a successful, wealthy businessman, a solid member of the community, and a loving grandson to his beloved Nana Rose. However, his life is not devoid of tragedy and want. He lost his parents when he was young and now he has lost his grandmother as well. He is lonely and wants to find his very own Elizabeth like the heroine in his nana’s favorite story, Pride and Prejudice. He is a believing man so he prays for this to come about just before he experiences an accident that carries him back to 200 years in the past.

Sincerely Yours by Robin HelmFitzwilliam Darcy is the proud, wealthy gentleman with so much to offer any woman let alone one with inferior bloodlines and no wealth so it comes as a nasty shock when Elizabeth Bennet soundly rejects his proposal. He goes from wanting her as his wife to praying that he will never see her again. A riding accident sends him 200 years into the future. It is both a fresh opportunity to make good and a terrifying prospect for a man who was sure of his place and the world he lived in.

The two men swapped places and have their challenges right from the start not only adjusting to their new world, but now living the life of someone else. Will has it easier in some respects because he as the benefit of knowing much of what went on in the past. His challenges occur when he meets the woman of his dreams only to learn that Fitzwilliam scuttled his chances with her by his arrogant behavior. Will also realizes that there are people around him with their own agendas that he has to be wary of.

On the other side of it, Fitzwilliam has the job of learning from his past mistakes and not messing up his new opportunity with an intriguing lady who reminds him of Elizabeth.

Basically, this is two wonderful stories for the price of one. The two men share the narration that switches between them every other chapter. The first book lays the ground work of introducing the situations and characters, the second finishes with the character introductions and sets things along a path toward the moment when both men must tell the truth about who they really are. The third book is the one loaded with lots of conflict and rather exciting climaxes and tender denouements.

As I indicated, the first two books move along at a gentle pace. They are sweet and slow building. I enjoyed the large cast of characters particularly the larger role of Colonel Fitzwilliam in the past and Lance in the present who were the close friends of the respective heroes. The past story with Will as the hero is the mellower of the two.

Forever Yours by Robin HelmI had this idea that the two heroes and their surrounding characters would be nearly identical in each time period and got a surprise when they were not. This was a good thing. Even though they hit similar milestones at the same time, I still got a very different story for both men.

Will is very put together and because of that he doesn’t struggle with relationships or decisions so this alters everything about his story such as his tender romance. His heroine doesn’t really stand out to me and if I had a niggle, it would be to wish that she had some fire to her.

Will has the challenge of thwarting the greedy or vengeful plotting of his enemies while keeping those in his care safe.

Now Fitzwilliam on the other hand, he needs some work. He offends wherever he goes in the beginning and he’s rather unlikeable so he as some serious growing to do. He doesn’t completely lose his pride and arrogance which makes for a livelier storyline especially when he encounters Liz. Liz has her own flaws and past so they have some rather spirited encounters.

The romances are both on the sweet side. The past one happens fast and isn’t really the focus while the present one builds slow and is more up front in the storyline.

The inspirational theme is strong and prevalent throughout the series. This doesn’t mean that the books are insipid particularly the third one. The villains take things into dark places particularly the modern storyline where the climax is pretty intense stuff. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough at that point.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and would definitely read more from this author. As to recommendations, I would definitely say Sweet Romance and Inspirational Fiction lovers who like Time Travel style reading.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read these books in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lover Of Romance
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whew…this sound unique and a bit different type of read. Don’t you just love books that have you so involved that you can’t read it fast enough? I see this is a series I really need to look into.

Sophia Rose
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I was so curious with it being a time swap situation. I liked seeing how they would handle being dumped into very different worlds.

Sophia Rose
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I was so curious with it being a time swap situation. I liked seeing how they would handle being dumped into very different worlds.

RO
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Hey There Super Sophia, I love the way you put this review together. Totally makes sense. May I also say that this story is amazingly unique, making me want to read more. This author seems very talented to do this type of theme and have it all make sense so eloquently. I’m definitely keeping my eye on this author! Hugs…

Sophia Rose
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Ah, hug-backs, Ro! I felt they did better as one review so I’m glad it worked well for others to read, too.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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I love seeing all of the versions you read of the original. Sounds like a pretty interesting take on things. Love that 😀

Sophia Rose
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Oh man, it is a sick addiction so I’m glad you all humor me and let me engage with all these variations on the original. 😉

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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I love seeing all of the versions you read of the original. Sounds like a pretty interesting take on things. Love that 😀

Lola
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Sounds like a well written trilogy! And I think you did great reviewing this as a series without making the review too long and more focussing on the series as a whole instead of each book seperate. It sounds nice how you basically got two stories in on series thanks to the two main characters!

Lola
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Sounds like a well written trilogy! And I think you did great reviewing this as a series without making the review too long and more focussing on the series as a whole instead of each book seperate. It sounds nice how you basically got two stories in on series thanks to the two main characters!

Sophia Rose
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Good! I was hoping it would be a seamless review since i put the three together. It was neat getting both their stories in the past and present.

kimbacaffeinate
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I like the three in one review it gives me a real feel for the trilogy.

Sophia Rose
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Good to hear! I was hoping it would work that way for folks. I will probably do it again if I end up with multiple books in a series. It makes more sense than stringing out separate reviews like I did for the Jaci Burton ‘Hope’ series.

GraceMyBookSnack
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I haven’t heard of this trilogy before, and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites! I liked how you were pleasantly surprised by these books. Wonderful series review, Sophia.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, its small-publisher, Grace, so I imagine its not very well know. That’s neat that you are also a fan. I couldn’t pass up a P&P time swap romance.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, its small-publisher, Grace, so I imagine its not very well know. That’s neat that you are also a fan. I couldn’t pass up a P&P time swap romance.

Sharonda
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wow, how interesting! A time travel Jane Austen book…what fun you had with this one Sophia. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I surely did, Sharonda. 🙂

Sassy
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Sassy

Thanks so much, Sophia Rose! I don’t know how I missed this earlier, but I truly appreciate the wonderful review!

Robin

Sophia Rose
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LOL! Easy to do with all that you have going one. It was a real pleasure, Robin.