Lord Blackwell’s Promise (2022)

About the Book

BookLord Blackwell’s Promise

SeriesLarkhall Letters #5

Author: Ashtyn Newbold

Release Date: November 18, 2022

Genre: Historical Romance

Never make a promise you cannot keep…

Margaret Lovell tries her best to love everyone, if only to make up for the fact that she loathes one man far more than she should, but no less than he deserves. After the young Earl of Blackwell accused her father of cheating and tricked him out of his fortune, she has despised him for causing their disgrace and lack of security. So when she learns that Lord Blackwell is on his deathbed, she cannot help but feel a lack of sympathy. With her family’s financial situation worsening, she doesn’t have time to think of anything else, especially the man who caused it.

Peter Trafford, Earl of Blackwell, has never had reason to evaluate his life before now. But with certain death looming before him, he is awakened to a sense of his guilt. When this strange desperation to repair all his wrongdoings comes over him, he does what any sensible man would: He writes a letter to Margaret Lovell, the daughter of the man whose reputation he singlehandedly destroyed. In the letter, he offers to marry her.

…And promises to die shortly after.

As his widow, Margaret would have an abundance of wealth and comfort, and he would be free of a small measure of his guilt. But promises—fickle as they are—have a way of breaking.

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My Thoughts

I am so sad my time with this outstanding series is over; but, man, did I enjoy every single book. Lord Blackwell’s Promise is the fifth and final installment in the Larkhall Letters series by Ashtyn Newbold, and I found it to be an excellent conclusion. I enjoyed this novel for many reasons. First, Ashtyn Newbold really knows how to tell a good story. She’s one of those authors where when you start one of her books you are hooked and don’t ever want to put the book down. I love that about her writing. Her sentences are the best. I love how she uses words. One minute, the reader is laughing out loud and the next her heart hurts for one of the characters. It’s SO good! I also enjoyed this novel because of the characters. We meet Margaret in book 1, so I have very patiently been waiting for her story. I love her. She is fiercely loyal to her family, to the point of sacrifice. She takes on the burdens of all her loved ones much to her detriment. And she is stubborn. I mean really, really stubborn and this gets her backed into very interesting corners. Lord Blackwell — Peter — is truly unique. He is a case of nurture vs. nature. His nature from a very small boy is to be sweet, kind, generous, and loving, but his nurture at the hands of his father turned him into a monster. At the start of the novel, Peter’s father has been dead for a while and Peter himself is at death’s door (or so he is led to believe). He wants to set all his monstrous acts to right before he passes and begins his acts of penance with Margaret and her family. I appreciate Peter’s struggle throughout the course of this novel. He desperately wants to be the good guy again, but he’s caused so much bad in so many people’s lives that people (especially Margaret) don’t know how to trust his change. I really enjoyed how Newbold explores this topic. There are a lot of frustrating moments for Peter because people struggle to believe his change in nature is real. I actually felt badly for him often because he is actively working to change, but almost everyone keeps putting his past back in his face. It’s a really odd, contradictory thing we humans do to others — we say people can change, but we don’t really allow space for them to do so. We want immediate change, but change takes time. How many people have we discouraged because we expected, demanded, immediate change when change takes time? Food for thought indeed. Margaret definitely struggles with this issue as she navigates her changing, growing feelings for Peter. It’s a rough journey at times, but definitely worth it. I very much enjoyed traveling with Peter and Margaret as the wove their way from hate to friendship to love.

Lord Blackwell’s Promise is a wonderful story that I highly recommend. If you love excellent writing, if you love Historical Romance, and/or if you just love a really good book then I implore you to purchase a copy of this story today. You won’t regret your purchase!

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on November 17, 2022, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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