Friday, April 24, 2020

Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker ~ Review

Title: Lakeshire Park
Author: Megan Walker
Genre: Regency romance
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: April 7th, 2020
Number of Pages: 256
Version Read: Print

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: I was very intrigued when I got invited to read and review this book. However, when I went into the book I got very frustrated with it. First of all Lord Gray just throws over his stepchildren from the love of his life. I understand that they are reminders of his wife's first husband but Clara and Amelia are not bad people. They are basically told that they need to find husbands at a house party they are invited to. Clara has a prospect there but not Amelia until she runs into Peter Wood on the way to the party.

Peter is immediately smitten with her but she straight up hates him at first. He bargains away her afternoons so that he will stop Clara's attempts to spend time with Sir Ronald. Oh yeah, his sister wants Sir Ronald too and throws a fit when Clara blocks her attempts to get him to herself. Peter and Amelia spend a lot of time together unchaperoned but you know she's not considered ruined but Georgiana kisses Sir Ronald in the ballroom and they automatically have to marry. I get that that it wasn't acceptable behavior for the time but come on.

Everything works out alright in the end but damn I wish the author had done some research before she wrote. However, if you ignore all my complaints it's actually a good read.

Rating: 3½ stars

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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