Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker

About the book:

Brighton, England 1820

Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of.

Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

My Thoughts:

This is such a charming and enjoyable regency romance story! The meet-cute was absolutely unforgettable. These characters are dynamic and realistic. I felt like I was in the story with them, even to the point of talking to my book wishing the characters could hear me. I especially appreciated the pacing of the story and the fun banter between the characters! From start to finish all the scenes in the story played out like a movie in my head. I am completely smitten by this book!

If you are a fan of Regency Romance, then you won’t want to miss out on this delightful story! Megan Walker is defiantly an author you will want to add to your must read list! Be sure to snag a copy of this story for your own reading enjoyment.

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

View More: https://trishashelleyphotography.pass.us/megan-walker-headshots  Megan Walker was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings of Regency England wouldn’t leave her alone, so she picked up a pen. And the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children.

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Also by this author:

A Beautiful LoveA Beautiful Love
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 LAKESHIRE PARK BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

 April 06          The Silver Petticoat Review (Guest Blog)

April 06          Katie’s Clean Book Collection (Review)

April 06          The Readathon (Review)

April 06          Getting Your Read On (Review)

April 07          Heidi Reads (Review)

April 07          Romance Junkies (Guest Blog)

April 08          The Calico Critic (Spotlight)

April 08          Timeless Novels (Review)

April 09          Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)

April 09          From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)

April 10          Courtney Reads Romance (Review)

April 11          Clean Wholesome Romance (Spotlight)

April 12          The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)

April 12          English Historical Fiction Authors (Guest Blog)

April 14          Joy of Reading (Review)

April 15          The Book Diva’s Reads (Review)

April 15          Katie’s Clean Book Collection (Interview)

April 16          Frolic Media (Excerpt)

April 17          The Lit Bitch (Review)

April 18          Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)

April 19          Robin Loves Reading (Review)

April 19          My Jane Austen Book Club (Guest Blog)

April 20          Bringing Up Books (Review)

April 20          Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)

April 21          Lu Reviews Books (Review)

April 22          Bookworm Lisa (Excerpt)

April 22          Austenesque Reviews (Review)

April 23          So Little Time…So Much to Read (Review)

April 24          Half Agony, Half Hope (Review)

April 25          Relz Reviewz (Review)

April 26          Bookish Rantings (Review)

April 27          Probably at the Library (Review)

April 27          Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)

April 28          Laura’s Reviews (Review)

April 28          Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)

April 29          Heidi Reads (Interview)

April 29          Bookfoolery (Review)

April 29          From Pemberley to Milton (Review)

April 30          The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Excerpt)

April 30          A Bookish Way of Life (Review)

May 01           Bookworm Lisa (Review)

May 01           Impressions in Ink (Review)

First Line Friday: Lakeshire Park

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker. I just recently started reading this book, and I am really enjoying slipping back in time through the pages of this story and getting to know these delightful characters.

Lakeshire Park

Brighton, England, 1820

          My fingers held the last chord on the pianoforte a beat longer than necessary. 

 

 

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A Beautiful Love (Forever After #4) by Megan Walker

About this book:

Preston Blake had it all—wealth, a picturesque estate, and a growing affection with his childhood best friend Caroline Avery—until an unfortunate accident leaves him badly scarred in more ways than one. Isolated by the cruel eyes of society, Preston’s only wish is to find where he now belongs.

Caroline Avery is recently out in society, and thanks to Preston Blake’s broken promises, finds herself being chased by a determined earl instead of courted by her best friend. When, after a year’s absence, Preston finally accepts an invitation to visit her family’s estate, Caroline is determined to feign indifference to his company.

But being back together proves more challenging than either friend conceived. Caroline longs to return to the past, but Preston cannot let go of his fears. How could they possibly have a future together?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this sweet short story with a fairy-tale twist on the Hans Christian Anderson classic story of The Ugly Duckling. These wounded, yet charming characters warmed my heart. This is the first story in this Forever After collection that I have had the pleasure to read. I believe the stories each stand on their own and are joined with the theme of fairy-tales. I do hope to read the other stories as well.

We each mask pain in various ways. Often by pushing away the very ones that love us the most. The enemy takes the opportunity to whisper his lies, and before we know it feelings of unworthiness, and depression creep into our very souls. We lose our focus and our identity when we take our eyes off our loving Creator.

There were moments that I laughed out loud with the characters, gasped in surprise and smiled while happy tears pooled in my eyes. If you are looking for a sweet regency romance to enjoy, I highly recommend this story. I look forward to reading more from Megan Walker in the future!

(I purchased a digital copy of this book from Amazon for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

View More: https://trishashelleyphotography.pass.us/megan-walker-headshots  Megan Walker was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings of Regency England wouldn’t leave her alone, so she picked up a pen. And the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children.

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A Beautiful Love

Also from this author:

Lakeshire Park

 

In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson

From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a mysterious Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.

Synopsis:

Orphaned Sybil Delafield jumps at the opportunity for a position at the mysterious Croft Towers. She believes she was hired to act as companion to a dying woman, but a highway robbery and a hostile welcome from the Chalcroft family cause her to wonder if she was actually hired to help someone spy for France.

An unsolved murder adds intrigue to this already secretive family, and Sybil recognizes Mrs. Chalcroft’s handsome grandson as one of the infamous highwaymen who robbed her. Sybil must determine if this man’s charming smile and earnest eyes speak the truth or if he is simply using her like others in the house. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Sybil must decide who to trust while also coming to terms with the truth about her own past.

My Thoughts:

Filled with suspense and page-turning mystery this story is sure to keep you guessing. With plenty of surprises and secrets to uncover you are sure to enjoy time spent reading this debut novel from Abigail Wilson.

Sybil Delafield is a little too trusting, and often blindly goes along with others when I wished she’d push for answers and ask more questions. Of course, this kept me guessing, which after all is the point!

About the time I’d decide who could be trusted, something would happen and my tower of cards would tumble down, only for another character to emerge as the one to believe. This story has a colorful cast of eccentric characters that are sure to keep you on your toes! I enjoyed reading this page-turning story!

While this book is published by a Christian publisher, and listed as Christian Fiction there is no mention of God, and lacking in Christian content. I would label this a clean, regency, Gothic romance.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

AbigailWilson  Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

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In the Shadow of Croft Towers

 

 

 

 

Chasing Someday (Home In You #4) by Crystal Walton

A country boy looking to win his best friend’s heart. A waitress afraid of giving hers away. And one crazy, impromptu dating plan that’s about to change everything.

Synopsis:

Ex-model Livy Hensley has exactly three talents: making coffee, landing herself in the most awkward moments known to man, and failing miserably at relationships. But when the sweetest southern boy on the planet offers to be your dating coach, who could say no? Between struggling to open a café and trying to atone for a consequence of her past, Livy can use all the help she can get. Besides, what could possibly go wrong on a few practice dates with your best friend?

Chase Thompson’s no stranger to hard work. If that’s what it takes to prove to Livy they should be together, then he’s all in. He can handle pretending he’s not hopelessly in love with her. Sort of. Almost. Okay, nowhere close. But with a conflicting solution to his family’s greatest trial on the line, the stakes of keeping his dating coach plan from backfiring have never been higher.

Up against the countdown of choices, Chase and Livy must find the courage to risk what they fear most for the someday they’ve always hoped for.

My Thoughts:

This story packs lots of emotion and captured my heart right from the start. I couldn’t put it down, because I felt invested in the lives of the characters. I just had to know what would happen next.

Livy and Chase are friends, best-friends if you were to ask Livy. Livy see’s Chase as her rock, a solid presence and a stable person that she can depend on. But she’s holding back her deepest secret for fear of what Chase would say. Will Livy find the courage to trust Chase with her past and allow a deeper relationship to grow?

Chase is such a patient, hunky-hero. From the moment he first met Livy he fell in love, yet found himself firmly in the “friend-zone”.  In a effort to get closer to Livy, Chase suggests taking Livy on “practice dates”. Chase’s cowboy charm and gentle perseverance is sure to win hearts!

This book could easily be read as a stand alone, however I’m sure you won’t want to miss out on the other delightful stories in this series.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

profile-pic-backmatter-min  Crystal Walton received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David.

Crystal writes relevant, inspirational romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband.

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  Chasing Someday (Home In You #4)

Don’t miss out on the other books in this series:

  Still Falling (Home In You novella)

Write Me Home (Home In You #1)

Begin Again (Home In You #2)

  Just Maybe (Home In You #3)

 

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Each book in the Home In You Series is a standalone and can be read separately. However, I recommend reading the books in order to follow the overall timeline.

 

 

 

The Raveling (Age of Faith #8) by Tamara Leigh

Synopsis:

BY HONOR BOUND TO SEEK THE FOUND, HERE BEGINS A TALE
Sir Elias De Morville is no ordinary man of the sword, possessing both the heart of a warrior and a troubadour. When he sets out to rescue a boy who may be his son, more than ever he must prove worthy of the Wulfrith dagger that ranks him among the greatest of knights. And more difficult it becomes when not only must he protect the enigmatic woman who aids him, but guard against attraction to one forbidden him—she whose deceit could bring his family to its knees.

OF RAVELING AND TRAVELING BEYOND THE MOONLIT VEIL
Honore of no surname is of the world only insofar as she ventures into it to pluck unwanted children from dark places. When a foundling is stolen from the abbey, her greatest hope of recovering him is a knight to whom she dare not reveal her face nor the identity of the rebel priest whose flight from King Henry they aid. Finding herself cast in the role of Sir Elias’s wife, she struggles against a heart that longs to be his in truth. And prays what seems a necessary deception does not lay ruin to him.

My Thoughts:

I’ve long been a fan of Tamara Leigh’s medieval stories, so I just had to snag this one as soon as it was released! I was happy to learn that Sir Elias was getting his own story and excited to meet the Lady Honore that would keep him on his toes!

In signature Tamara Leigh style, this story delivered all the page-turning, heart-pumping, sword-clashing moments I expected. With a dash of unexpected twists that left me holding my breath in anticipation.

Honore is a heroine that I won’t soon forget. She has a quiet strength about her that draws you in and invites you to linger. She underestimates her own worth, yet champions others who have been cast-out and deemed unworthy.

To say much more would spoil the story for you, so I will simply say that I loved reading this story. I didn’t want to put it down and it kept me up way past my normal bedtime. I eagerly anticipate reading more wonderful stories from Tamara Leigh.

The Raveling can be read alone, however, it does reference characters from previous books. These stories are so good, in all honesty, you’ll want to enjoy the entire collection!

If you enjoy stories with castles and kings, knights and ladies, then you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic collection of stories!

(I purchased a copy of this book for my collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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  The Raveling (Age of Faith #8)

About the Author:

TamaraLeigh Tamara Leigh holds a Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994. Continuing to write for the general market, three more novels were published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, Tamara’s first inspirational contemporary romance, Stealing Adda, was released. In 2008, Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie and Splitting Harriet won an ACFW “Book of the Year” award. The following year, Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award. In 2011, Tamara wrapped up her “Southern Discomfort” series with the release of Restless in Carolina.

When not in the middle of being a wife, mother, and cookbook fiend, Tamara buries her nose in a good book—and her writer’s pen in ink. In 2012, she returned to the historical romance genre with Dreamspell, a medieval time travel romance. Shortly thereafter, she once more invited readers to join her in the middle ages with the Age of Faith series that includes The Unveiling, The Yielding, The Redeeming, The Kindling, and The Longing. Lady at Arms and Lady Of Eve, the 1994 Bantam Books bestsellers originally titled Warrior Bride and Virgin Bride, are the first of her early medieval romances to be rewritten as “clean reads.”

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Don’t miss out on the other stories in this collection!

The Awakening (Age of Faith #7)

  The Vexing (Age of Faith #6)

  The Longing (Age of Faith #5)

The Kindling (Age of Faith #4)

The Redeeming (Age of Faith #3) 

The Yielding (Age of Faith #2)

The Unveiling (Age of Faith #1)

  The Age of Faith  (8 book series)

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