Monday, November 12, 2018

Blog Tour/Review: The Truth about Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker

The Truth about Miss Ashbourne, by Joanna Barker
2018, 272p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

I loved this book from beginning to end! Juliana works as a governess and is fiercely independent. Her life gets turned upside down and she ends up in a situation she never imagined, with a family she's never known. She feels out of place and is grateful for the acceptance she feels from some of her family members. She has a dream which may now become a reality and she is grateful to have someone to turn to who gives her sound advice. 

Juliana and William are easy to fall in love with and cheer for. Their banter and chemistry are fantastic! There are lots of other great characters as well, both likable and unlikable. I enjoyed Juliana's journey and the adjustments she made as her life completely changed. I loved the writing and, once I got started, I couldn't stop until I finished. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys clean Regency romance!

Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.

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Elma brooks said...

My type of reading ,would love to read this book thank you for this giveaway.

Susan said...

I really enjoyed this one, too. The chemistry between the main couple can definitely be felt. I also loved the characters and just felt that, overall, this was a very well-written Regency romance. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

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