Review: Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker

I fell head over heels in love with this cover and couldn’t wait to start reading it. The cover reminds me of a Jane Austen novel and the summary boasted a charming and sweet romance—-a tough one to resist for certain!

I picked this one up early one morning and could have easily finished it in one sitting if life hadn’t interfered! As it was, I finished it in two sittings and was scouring the internet looking for more books by this new to me author.

This was just the book that I needed to read right now and I couldn’t be more excited to review it!

Summary

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. (summary from Goodreads)

Review

Books like this are one of the reasons I got into book blogging in the first place. This book has been published by a small publishing house and so often in the world of book reviews and blogging, smaller publishing house books get over looked. But just because they get passed over for larger books published from big name publishers, doesn’t mean they aren’t wonderful. This is why I read every review pitch that comes across my desk, because there are always diamond in the rough novels out there that may be over looked and this is one of those books for me!

I wouldn’t have probably ever have heard of this book had I not been part of this book tour, but I am so glad that I did because it was a perfectly sweet romance that left me feeling satisfied and happy and eager for more from this author.

I adored the love interest, Peter. He was genuine and I never once doubted how he felt about Amelia, even if she herself felt unsure at times, his feelings for her shined through any doubt for the reader. I thought Amelia was also likable and someone who I would enjoy being around. She was honorable and yet sassy at times which I loved. I thought the chemistry between the two was well balanced, believable, and while not necessarily ‘electric’, I thought it was swoon worthy and sweet.

The only thing that I thought was a little meah about this one was the ending. The ending seemed a little rushed and without giving too much away, I will say that after the final declaration between Peter and Amelia, I wasn’t sure the book needed to continue but rather wrapped there. Or if the last 25 ish pages or so were going to continue, then I think the book needed to be longer. It just seemed rushed and not as polished as the rest of the book. Overall though this was a minor thing and I was more than satisfied with how things ended.

If you love historical fiction and Jane Austen then this book is definitely going to be for you!

Book Info and Rating

e-copy, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Shadow Mountain
ISBN 1629727342 (ISBN13: 9781629727349)
Free review copy provided by publisher, Shadow Mountain in partnership with Austen Prose book tour, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: historical fiction, romance

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BLOG TOUR BLURB:

Debut novelist Megan Walker tours the blogosphere April 6 through May 1, 2020 to share her new historical romance, Lakeshire Park. 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 novel.

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)

AUTHOR BIO:

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 wrote her first novella, A Beautiful Love: A Regency Fairy Tale Retelling which was published in 2019. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children. Lakeshire Park is her debut novel.

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EARLY PRAISE:

“…readers will find it easy to invest in practical, business-minded Amelia as she learns to follow her heart. This gentle love story is a treat.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“An immersive drama…Walker effortlessly amplifies the decorum of Regency England with chic wit and delightful characters.”—Booklist

“Charming, beautifully written, and hopelessly romantic. Sure to be a new favorite.”—Julianne Donaldson, best-selling author of Edenbrooke

3 thoughts on “Review: Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker

  1. Sounds like a sweet and cheerful read, something we all need right now! If I’m brutally honest I think some of Austen herself’s endings feel a little rushed, so that wouldn’t necessarily put me off!

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