Friday, May 23, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice by Heidi Ashworth
A themed tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to my tour stop for THE ROSE GARDEN TOUR for

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice

by Heidi Ashworth
Roses in the Miss Delacourt Series

It all begins when the Dowager Duchess of Marcross sends her grandson, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, to accompany her niece, Miss Ginny Delacourt, to their country estate to check on the roses. The Dowager is concerned since her neighbor is keen on stealing cuttings from her spectacular rose garden for Rosehaven, his rose-inspired country home. On the way, they have a carriage accident and are held up by highwaymen but it isn't until they are quarantined at Rosehaven for the pox that Ginny's and Sir Anthony's love begins to bloom.

Thus the series begins...

Heidi Ashworth, the author, has a beautiful rose garden
and each stop is showcasing one of her roses. 
Here is mine:

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
by Heidi Ashworth

Adult Historical Romance

Ebook, 274 pages

April 24th 2014 by Dunhaven Place Publishing

Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and his friend, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, make a pact to avoid the fair sex during the course of an entire season in order to nurse their wounded hearts. As they shake hands on it, they have no idea that one would soon be off on a trip to escort a young lady to the country and the other soon to fall head over heels in love with Miss Elizabeth Armistead. Sadly, Miss Armistead is only interested in those she trusts not to become so besotted with her beauty that they cannot see her true self. Prior to meeting Colin, she had only met one man fitting that description and she has promised to be his bride. However, Mr. Cruikshank is not due to arrive in London for a full month. Can Colin convince Miss Armistead that he loves her for more than her beauty before her betrothed's ship arrives on British shores?

There's a lot to love about this book! It's a Regency romance and proper speech is used. That took me a little bit to get used to, and I loved it! Elizabeth Armistead is beautiful but doesn't want that to be what men focus on. She's engaged to Mr. Cruikshank, who is blind so she knows he loves her for who she is and not how she looks. He's planning to join her in a month. She meets Colin Lloyd-Jones who had just broken off an engagement and was determined to stay away from all social engagements. Their first meeting doesn't go very well, but they soon feel safe around each other and manage to become friends.

I also loved the characters! Elizabeth is beautiful, kind and loyal, yet she is capable of feeling jealous. Colin is wealthy and handsome and not interested in pursuing any type of relationship. There were some great scenes between the two of them, especially when Elizabeth would describe her life with Mr. Cruikshank once they were married and it didn't seem like it would be appealing to anyone. Then there was her best friend, Katherine, who decided that Colin was the man for her. Her interest in him made Elizabeth think twice about how she felt.

I was sure the ending would be happy but it almost seemed like an impossible situation. How would loyal, determined Elizabeth get out of an engagement to a blind man? There are some twists and turns and I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The entire book was enjoyable and what I love the most is that it's 100% clean!!

This is the first book I've read in the Miss Delacourt series, and even though it's #6, I didn't feel lost at all. I'm sure there are some references and characters that I didn't quite understand so it would be fun to read again after I've read the other ones!

Purchase from Amazon.


Heidi Ashworth, author of the popular Miss Delacourt series, including the award-winning Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, is a busy wife and mother who's grateful for a bit of peace and quiet in which to write. An unapologetic anglophile, she is determined to return to England to see the home of Jane Austen, a landmark she missed during her first trip across the pond, though she knows Lord Byron's house to be a suitable substitute. She's smitten with books, chocolate, and roses, not necessarily in that order, and is never averse to a round of Guitar Hero.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- US Grand Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice

- 3 ebooks of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (US and open INT to these countries: England, Canada, Belguim, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Italy, France, Japan, and Australia)

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Heidi said...

Thank you so much! I would love it if you posted this review on Amazon. :-)

Melanie said...

You're welcome! I've now posted it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Rita Wray said...

I love roses and pansies.


Unknown said...

I like most all flowers, they just brighten a room or yard so much... thank you

Unknown said...

I love the dress, I need it :). I am happy to know that I can read it as a stand alone. Great review :)

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