Friday, June 17, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Willowkeep by Julie Daines

Willowkeep, by Julie Daines
2016, 280p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Kingston upon Hull. When a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.

Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of money. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after, as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.

Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those desperate to get their hands on her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte turns to the ghost of the beheaded queen, Anne Boleyn, for help. But no matter the size of the fortune, life—and love—are never smooth sailing.

I love Regency and a rags to riches story and this one had both! Charlotte is struggling financially when she learns that she is the heir to a large estate. She quickly learns that having wealth has its own set of problems but she is kind and determined to stay that way. She is fiercely protective of her younger sister, Susie, who is mentally disabled, and will do whatever she needs to in order to keep her out of an asylum. She meets Henry, the steward of her estate, and they form a deep friendship, especially when Susie takes to him right away.

Charlotte and Henry both have lost their mothers and have absent fathers--Charlotte's is presumed dead and Henry's is in debtor's prison. Their family backgrounds are full of sadness yet they aren't depressing characters but are rather full of hope for the future. It was interesting to see where those storylines led.

I loved how their relationship developed. Henry was easy to fall in love with since he was so selfless, patient and kind. There were characters who had other plans for Charlotte and, even though she was somewhat naive, she wasn't easily pushed around. She'd lived a tough life and could physically take care of herself. She just needed to be okay with falling in love!

This was an enjoyable book from beginning to end! There were some sad moments, but it also had mystery, romance and humor. I've enjoyed other books I've read by this author and was glad that this book delivered as well. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good, clean regency romance!

Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies--anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

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Julie Daines said...

Thank you so much for this great review! I really appreciate your time in reading it and your wonderful comments.

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