About the Book
Book: Lakeshire Park
Author: Megan Walker
Genre: Clean Regency-era Romance
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Release Date: April 7, 2020
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.
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, 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.
Praise for Lakeshire Park
“…readers will find it easy to invest in practical, business-minded Amelia as she learns to follow her heart. This gentle love story is a treat.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“An immersive drama…Walker effortlessly amplifies the decorum of Regency England with chic wit and delightful characters.”—Booklist
“Charming, beautifully written, and hopelessly romantic. Sure to be a new favorite.”—Julianne Donaldson, best-selling author of Edenbrooke
Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker is an exquisite story. I was pulled in from word one and did not want to put this book down. The relationship between Amelia and Peter is simply breathtaking. The pacing of their relationship is perfect. From early squabbles to burgeoning feelings of mutual love and respect, it is clear there is ample chemistry between these two unique and relatable characters. And the tension between the two is sublime. The blend of passion + reserve throughout the story is perfect! Lakeshire Park, in my humble estimation, is one excellently written Regency Romance.
Amelia takes the world upon her shoulders. She is a problem solver constantly searching for the best path to take in order to properly care for her sister, Clara. Amelia’s goal is that Clara should not be burdened by sadness, bad news, or pain. In order for Amelia to achieve this, she has to become a self-sacrificer. While it is incredibly noble and honorable to be this self-sacrificing for a sibling’s sake, it is also completely impossible to take on the whole world. Eventually, things will start to become too much for one person to handle. I was often exhausted for Amelia! As I was reading this story, Proverbs 4:9-10 came to mind: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Amelia has been forced to be alone nearly all her life. When Peter comes along she is unsure of how to unburden herself. How does one trust someone when she’s been relegated to a corner so often in her life? I admit I yelled at my copy of this book a time or two, desperately imploring Amelia to divulge her truths to Peter — “Lay your soul bare, girl! You need help.” (I love it when a book is interactive. LOL!) In all seriousness though, Amelia’s inability to unburden herself made me consider myself. I totally get Amelia. There is something about being the lonely, independent, first-born, self-sacrificing sibling. We can only do this self-sacrificing job for so long before we burn out, and when we burn out we burn out badly. Peter comes into Amelia’s life exactly when she needs him. It just takes her a minute to figure this out — and, man, was the journey well worth it! I am leaving Lakeshire Park one truly satisfied reader.
If you are a fan of Regency Romances, Lakeshire Park is the book for you. If you are a fan of well-written, highly engaging, thought-provoking Romances, Lakeshire Park is definitely the book for you. Lakeshire Park is a glorious read that I highly, highly recommend!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
BLOG TOUR INFO
Debut novelist Megan Walker tours the blogosphere April 6 through May 1, 2020, to share her new historical romance, Lakeshire Park. Forty popular book bloggers specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, exclusive excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed Regency romance novel.
Blog Tour Stops
April 06 The Silver Petticoat Review (Guest Blog)
April 06 Katie’s Clean Book Collection (Review)
April 06 The Readathon (Review)
April 06 Getting Your Read On (Review)
April 07 Heidi Reads (Review)
April 07 Romance Junkies (Guest Blog)
April 08 The Calico Critic (Spotlight)
April 08 Timeless Novels (Review)
April 09 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)
April 09 From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)
April 10 Courtney Reads Romance (Review)
April 11 Clean Wholesome Romance (Spotlight)
April 12 The Christian Fiction Girl (Review)
April 12 English Historical Fiction Authors (Guest Blog)
April 14 Joy of Reading (Review)
April 15 The Book Diva’s Reads (Review)
April 15 Katie’s Clean Book Collection (Interview)
April 16 Frolic Media (Excerpt)
April 17 The Lit Bitch (Review)
April 18 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
April 19 Robin Loves Reading (Review)
April 19 My Jane Austen Book Club (Guest Blog)
April 20 Bringing Up Books (Review)
April 20 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
April 21 Lu Reviews Books (Review)
April 22 Bookworm Lisa (Excerpt)
April 22 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
April 23 So Little Time…So Much to Read (Review)
April 24 Half Agony, Half Hope (Review)
April 25 Relz Reviewz (Review)
April 26 Bookish Rantings (Review)
April 27 Probably at the Library (Review)
April 27 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)
April 28 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
April 28 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review)
April 29 Heidi Reads (Interview)
April 29 Bookfoolery (Review)
April 29 From Pemberley to Milton (Review)
April 30 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Excerpt)
April 30 A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
May 01 Bookworm Lisa (Review)
May 01 Impressions in Ink (Review)