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!
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)
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!
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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)
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.
“…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