About the Book
Book: Her Silent Knight
Series: Belles of Christmas: Frost Fair, #1
Author: Ashtyn Newbold
Release Date: October 10, 2020
Genre: Sweet Regency Romance, Christmas Lit
For Selina Ellis, a crowded fair held on the frozen surface of the Thames is the perfect opportunity to meet with her secret suitor—the son of her family’s solicitor—without being caught. But when an acquaintance from her childhood, Sir Edmund, discovers their courtship, a bargain is struck. In order for Edmund to keep her secret, she must convince her mother to allow him to stay in their home for Christmastide, where he will be close enough to keep watch on her and her secret suitor…a man of whom he strongly disapproves.
Though he hadn’t planned on staying in London longer than his grandmother’s funeral, Sir Edmund cannot leave an innocent young woman like Selina in the grip of a man as manipulative as Mr. Skinner. Loyal to his new purpose, he sets out to thwart Selina’s efforts to marry Skinner, unleashing a rivalry between himself and Selina. When she matches his subterfuge with ease, and Skinner threatens to destroy all he has, Edmund must take a new approach—one with more risks than it’s worth.
As Selina’s feelings for Edmund shift from enmity to friendship, her uncertainty grows. She must choose whether love is worth sacrificing her pride. And Edmund must choose whether the price of his silence is worth losing his heart.
Her Silent Knight by Ashtyn Newbold is the first story I’ve read by this author but it will not be the last. This Regency Romance is a great read and fully put me in a holiday mood. I was so thoroughly engaged in the narrative that I read it in under 24 hours. I found the characters to be well-written, unique, and relatable. The romance between Selina and Edmund is sweet and grows naturally and realistically over the course of the story. I especially LOVE the witty banter between the hero and heroine. I have to admit I laughed out loud a couple of times! And, I appreciate the historical details. I have never heard of London’s Frost Fair, but it sounds like it was a once-in-a-lifetime historical event. I can only imagine the trepidation one felt walking on the frozen Thames. Personally, knowing my luck, I would have been the person to step on the one crack that would send me into the depths of the river. LOL!
Edmund is an excellent hero and my favorite character in this story. He is tall, dark, and handsome. He is literally a knight who will rescue Selina from certain peril! Edmund is a planner. He is aware that Selina has unknowingly found herself in a romantic predicament and so he makes a plan to save the day. But that plan doesn’t work the way he wants or in the best interest of Selina, so he takes a step back and plans better. I love this! It was fun to see Edmund’s brain in action and it was awesome to see him re-work his plan to better help the woman he comes to love. I also really appreciate Edmund’s sacrificial nature. Early in the story, we see that Edmund is trapped in blackmail. This blackmail involves Selina. Of course, it’s a seriously frustrating scenario for Edmund. How do you help someone when helping directly leads to you getting hurt? This is the question Edmund has to wrestle with in this sweet story. I will not spoil a single second of his journey through this pickle; however, I will say that Edmund truly is a knight in shining armor and it’s really fun to watch him save his fair maiden from a very persistent dragon.
Her Silent Knight by Ashtyn Newbold is a highly engaging, fast-paced, Regency Romance that I highly recommend. I had so much fun reading this story and can’t wait to read book 2, All is Mary and Bright. If you are in the mood for a lovely Regency Romance that will get you into the holiday spirit then Her Silent Knight is the book for you!
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on October 9, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.