The Masked Baron by Anneka R. Walker

About this book:

Andalin is accustomed to her father’s frequent travels—and to being left behind. So when he returns home and instructs her to pack her belongings, she is bewildered—but there is no time for questions as she is whisked away on a mysterious journey under the cover of night. When their tense flight leads them into the forbidding Black Forest, the pair quickly finds themselves in great peril. With little hope of escape, father and daughter are spared when rescue appears in the form of the mysterious Dark Rider, a notorious deadly highwayman feared by all he meets. But his assistance does not come without a price: he is taking Andalin with him. Now her fate rests in the hands of the enigmatic masked man whose secrets are inescapably tied to the beautiful young woman now in his charge. 

My Thoughts:

There is so much to love about this fabulous story. It has something for everyone. Mystery, a dash of fantasy, sigh-worthy romance, page-turning drama, dynamic characters, and an engaging plot, all set in the forested English countryside.

This isn’t your typical Regency Romance, it is filled with twist and turns that are sure to keep your attention and reading long past your bedtime. I really enjoyed reading this story from Author Anneka Walker and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

(I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own)

About the Author:

Anneka Walker was raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor’s degree in English and History. When she isn’t dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she’s busy living her own together with her husband and adorable children.

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A Foreign Crown (Royal Regency #1) by Jen Geigle Johnson

About this Book:

Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.

Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this Regency Romance. Lady Aribella grew up in the country as an only child. Given all the upbringing of a Lady-in-waiting, yet not afraid to get her hands dirty and help the servants when years of hardship and drought nearly ruin her family’s home and very legacy. Aribella’s kindness and genuine heart draw other’s to her. I have to say that I was slightly surprised toward the end with her unexpected boldness, but I won’t spoil anything by telling you more.

Prince Layton arrives in England seeking an audience with the King on behalf of his own father the king of Oldenburg in hopes to gain the English King’s support and help with Navy Ships to help protect his county from attack by Napoleon. But when his path crosses that of Aribella, his heart can not help but long for more than a passing friendship.

Will political intrigue and machinations keep Lady Aribella and Prince Layton from discovering a future that they only dared dream of? I guess you will just have to pick up a copy of this intriguing book to find out!

(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:

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

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Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies (Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #3) by Jen Geigle Johnson

About this Book:

She has a secret to hide. He has a hurt to cover. But they both start having too much fun to notice.

Miss Kate is full of spontaneity and dreams of fashion. Put her in a room with Ackerman’s fashion plates, the makings of a new bonnet, and a strong cup of tea, and she would be happy for hours. But she is not your typical Regency miss. No one knows that she is the designer behind London’s famous fashion section, the woman who knows every fashion trend before it happens.

Lord Dennison, the ton’s best most brightly dressed dandy, the prodigy of Beau Brummel himself, is often the subject of Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies, a gossip column in the Morning Star newspaper. He moves in circles with the most fashion conscious set. But he hides a deep hurt and doesn’t plan to ever ask another girl to marry him…ever again.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read from Jen Geigle Johnson, and I really enjoyed these delightfully unique characters. Spunky and not afraid to take risks, these characters had me holding my breath and rapidly turning pages to see what the results would be of their risky choices. The outlandish outfits that these characters design had me drawing pictures in my imagination.

While this is the third book in this series, readers like myself can easily jump right in with book #3 and not feel lost. I do want to go back and read the first two books in this series, now that I know these sisters, I am anxious to know the earlier stories and to read book four!

If you enjoy reading clean, Regency Romance, then you are sure to be delighted with this book just as I have been, just be forewarned that you will undoubtedly want to snap up the other books in this series as well!

(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:

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

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A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

About the Book:

Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience’s elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister’s antics – but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone. 

Taken on as household staff by her brother’s former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth – and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn’t helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated that she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong – even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control.

My Thoughts:

I immensely enjoyed this delightful Regency Romance. I was pulled into the story and blissfully captivated until the last page was read, I was loathed to put it down, and actually finished the book in a day. Granted I didn’t get much else done, but it didn’t hurt the family to eat PB&J and left-overs for one day.

I enjoyed numerous laugh-out-loud moments that cased some rather odd looks from others. I have to admit that on more than one occasion I quite forgot where I was. When I finished the story I closed the book with a smile on my face and contentment in my heart. Time well spent!

(I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.

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Rakes and Roses (Mayfield Family #3) by Josi S. Kilpack

About the book:

Lady Sabrina endured an abusive marriage, a miscarriage, and early widowhood to emerge as a smart, successful, confident woman who found a way to make her mark in a man’s world. She has friends and purpose, but cannot hide from the emptiness she feels when the parties are over and the friends have gone home to families she will never have.

Harry Stillman may be charming and handsome, but he’s a gambler and a rake who has made a mockery of his privileges. He turns to the mysterious Lord Damion for financial relief from his debts, but still ends up beaten nearly senseless by thugs and left in an ally.

When Lady Sabrina comes upon Harry after the attack, she remembers the kindness Harry once showed to her six years ago and brings him to her estate to heal. Though their relationship begins on rocky footing, it soon mellows into friendship, then trust. But Lady Sabrina needs to keep Harry at a distance, even if he is becoming the kind of man worthy of her heart. After all, she is keeping a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything she’s so carefully built.

My Thoughts:

This story is unique and filled with dynamic characters that are sure to not only charm you but have you in their corner cheering them on. A story that flips convention on its head by the heroine coming to the rescue of the hero.

Lady Sabrina has known her fair share of the hard knocks of life, yet she continues to rise above her circumstances and make something out of her life. She has learned the hard way that she can not depend on a man to provide for her. Lady Sabrina has a big heart and wants to make a difference in the world around her, and as unlikely and uncommon as it may be, she found a way to do just that.

I have to admit that I was irritated with Harry on more than one occasion. He has a hard head, he is not one that learns his lesson the first time or often third time for that matter. Of course if a character gets under your skin enough to upset you, then you know the author has done a great job in making that character real!

There were a few chapters in my humble opinion seemed to be bogged down with information dumping. A few things that could have been cut out that would have tightened the story and the reader not miss anything. Keeping in mind that the copy I read was the ARC (advanced reader copy) and those things could be changed in the finial version. With that said, as a whole I did enjoy the story!

(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:

Josi Kilpack  Bestselling author Josi S. Kilpack tours the blogosphere May 4 through May 22, 2020 to share her third novel in the Mayfield Family series, Rakes and Roses. Forty popular book bloggers specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, exclusive excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed Regency romance.

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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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Lakeshire ParkLakeshire Park

Also by this author:

A Beautiful LoveA Beautiful Love
(click here to read my review of A Beautiful Love)

 

 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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First Line Friday: A Beautiful Love

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

Today I am excited to be featuring A Beautiful Love by Megan Walker. This sweet regency romance is the debut book for Megan Walker and quite the delightful story. A fun twist on The Ugly Duckling. CLICK HERE to see my review.

A Beautiful Love

     “Welcome back to Mayberry Park, Mr. Blake.”

   A footman held the coach door open in anticipation. Though Preston’s mind told him to move, some invisible force glued him to his seat. He was not ready to be back at the Avery’s estate. A year was too soon after all that had plagued him.

 

Okay, so you caught me. I couldn’t just stop at the first line! I just had to include a little extra to give you a little taste. Why does Preston not want to be at the Avery estate? What has happened in the last year? Hmmm…. guess you’ll have to pick-up a copy and find out!

A Beautiful Love  A Beautiful Love

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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

 

First Line Friday: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2) by Sarah E. Ladd. This new Regency Romance releases early January. Available for per-order now.

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Cornwall, 1818

        Julia Twethewey never considered what it would feel like to look down the barrel of a flintlock pistol.

 

 

 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)

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