BOOK BLURB: Charlotte Lyons has ambitions, and she won’t let anything or anyone come in her way. When her first Season in London failed to make her a suitable match, and she failed to win the heir to Willowbourne the following summer, she is desperate to find a titled and wealthy husband, if only to appease her mother. But when her family is struck with financial ruin, the stakes are raised even higher.
Sent to the cold, wintery northern tip of the English coast with her sister, Clara, Charlotte faces an uncertain future. Although she is expected to pursue the wealthy Earl of the town, Charlotte finds her heart and attention captured elsewhere–by a kind, mysterious man below her station. Between hardship and sorrow, she finds more than she bargained for, forced to choose between the life she once wanted and a new love she never imagined.
Clara stopped trying to reach the book, but melted into tears. “Stop! Stop!” She wrapped her arms around herself and leaned over, hiding her face from me.
I pulled out and crumpled another fistful of the pages. “You will thank me,” I said. When I finished, I dropped the binding to the dirt and laughed.
“How can you be so awful?” She spit the words at me and tears fell slowly down her cheeks. “I hope you fall in love someday, Charlotte. And I hope he breaks your heart.”
I shook my head with my hands on my hips. “Impossible.”
She stooped over the bench, gathering up the remaining pages and organizing them in a neat stack. Amid her movements, she glanced up at me, eyes like stone. “You’re right. I don’t believe you even have a heart.”
I kicked the crumpled pages away from her reach before turning to leave. Before I moved, I said, in a voice just as hard, “That is because a woman is much better off without one.”
REVIEW: There’s a lot to like in this well written tale.
What I liked the best was the plot, as well as the character development of all the protagonists. It is the character of Charlotte that I had a very hard time liking. Throughout the story she comes off as very selfish and narcissistic. It’s true that she grows with every hardship she encounters, but for some reason it was very hard for me to warm up to her, meaning that at the very end I did, but boy was it hard.
On the other hand, I loved James, a man who was a perfect match for Charlotte, except that she was too stubborn to see, and Clara, Charlotte’s sister that was everything I wanted Charlotte to be.
Let me close this review by saying that I also found prose to be uplifting and poetic at times. Seriously, if you’re in a mood for a quick read with a clean romance, I think you’ll find this story enjoyable.
Melanie for b2b
Gift copy provided by the publisher for an honest review.
AUTHOR BIO: Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead.
When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi, Utah with her family.