Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre: Regency Romance
Dates Read: April 3-4, 2020
Format: Paperback ARC provided by publisher
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.”
This was such a fun and well-written Regency Romance! I am obsessed with a good Regency and this one was perfect!
𝗟𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 is the story of Amelia. Her and her sister are on the brink of becoming destitute with their stepfathers imminent death. When an invitation for them to join a house party at Lakeshire Park arrives, Amelia is eager to secure a match between her sister and Sir Ronald to secure their future. Little does she know that another guest, Peter Wood, will be in the same party with the exact same goal. What begins as a rivalry, soon has the pair calling a truce, which may cause Amelia more complications than she had in mind.
This was such a well-written and charming story. The setting was of course the English countryside which is always beautiful, and I really enjoyed the way Walker described the lovely setting of Lakeshire Park.
The real stars of this book are of course our MC’s Amelia and Peter. I really enjoyed their characters, and I thought their chemistry and banter was fantastic. They are the perfect “opposites attract” couple, and their enemies-friends-lovers relationship was very fun to see play out. It made it so much fun in face, that I couldn’t put it down, and might have stayed up way too late to read it….I had to see how it ended!! LOL
The side characters were also intriguing in this story. I especially loved Amelia’s sister Clara, her beau Sir Ronald, and Sir Ronald’s mother Lady Demsworth. They added such a fun side plot to the story that I highly enjoyed.
The pacing was well done also, and I felt that there were never any parts that felt dragged out or rushed. I was able to zip through it, but wished that it wasn’t over! This one will most definitely be going on my reread list!
Overall, this is a beautiful and sweet story and I highly recommend this one if you love romance, regency stories, or anything Jane Austen.
Special thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing for the advanced review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.
About the Author:
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 at Brigham Young University, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings wouldn’t leave her alone, so she picked up a pen, and the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three children.
“Walker effortlessly amplifies the decorum of Regency England with chic wit and
delightful characters who will stop at nothing to reach their nuptial goals.”
“This gentle love story is a treat.”
“Charming, beautifully written, and hopelessly romantic. Sure to be a new favorite.”
–Julianne Donaldson, best-selling author of Edenbrooke