Publisher and Publication Date: Shadow Mountain. April 7, 2020.
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction.
Source: I received a complimentary advanced reader copy from Shadow Mountain, but I was not required to write a positive review.
Audience: Readers of clean regency romance stories.
For more info at the publisher: Lakeshire Park.
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.
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.
I love this story!
•I’m drawn to stories when there are characters who are sisters and they are close. For example: Sense and Sensibility and Little Women. I have two sisters that I’m extremely close to and I love reading about other close sisters. A strong love is shown between the sisters in their faithfulness and devotion to one another. The older sister, Amelia, is willing to sacrifice her own happiness so that the younger sister is cared for. Their nemesis is the stepfather. His serious illness places an additional burden and hurry to a plan for the sisters. He directs them to an ultimatum. Amelia creates a plan of her own. This points me to an additional reason for loving this story.
•Amelia is an intelligent, wise, charming, crafty (in a good way), talented, and witty person. She is a person of high character. She is a character I admire. She is a character who draws me in to her story, because I must know what will happen to the heroine. Amelia is not perfect. She shows admirable traits, but she also shows weaknesses and mistakes in judgment. She is a believable character.
•The romantic element of the story reminds me of other stories (including in film) of couples who have chemistry. They spar back and forth with clever words; and, there is an atmosphere of intrigue and attraction between the two.
•Overall this is an outstanding story.