Posted in Christmas Lit, Clean Read Romance, Clean Romance for Christmas, Contemporary Clean Read

Wildwood Lodge (2021)

About the Book

Book: Wildwood Lodge

Series: Snowfall Wishes #1

Author: Jennifer Griffith

Release Date: November 5, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Lit

She’s creating the perfect family Christmas–for perfect strangers.

This year TV personality Jayne Renwick will host the ideal family Christmas. She has even booked the luxurious Wildwood Lodge for her “perfect Christmas” activities. At the last minute, though, she is forced to revise her guest list.

It’s not all bad. In fact, one new lodger fits Jayne’s first-snowfall wish for love. However, another guest turns out to be the hottest guy from her office–and her biggest critic.

She catches one glimpse of him and thinks he’s there to ruin her week. He catches one glimpse of her and he’s ready to turn around and leave Wildwood Lodge.

Jayne’s far too kitschy. He’s far too traditional. But can kitschy and traditional mix in the magic of Wildwood Lodge?

Wildwood Lodge is book 1 in the Snowfall Wishes romance series by USA Today bestselling clean romance author Jennifer Griffith. The Snowfall Wishes series is three friends, one first-snowfall, and three wishes for true love.

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My Thoughts

I’m going to be 100% honest — I purchased Wildwood Lodge by Jennifer Griffith on impulse because I LOVE the cover. I didn’t even read the book summary to see if I would appreciate the topic. And, I don’t even know who Jennifer Griffith is. But the cover … it spoke to my soul. I would love nothing more right now than to escape to a winter hideaway that is as gorgeous as the lodge on this cover. And, in the vein of honesty, I should have been reading a different book for review purposes, but the siren call of Wildwood Lodge was just too much to resist! Boy, am I super glad I purchased this book — it is a super engaging, super sweet read that got me totally into the Christmas spirit. The characters are excellently written. I love Jayne so much, and Ben Bellamy is one swoony hero! I love how he always thinks a step ahead of Jayne and anticipates her needs. So sweet! And the chemistry between them is perfection. My only criticism is that this book is too short. I felt that the last couple of chapters and the epilogue are rushed and feel slightly unrealistic. But, overall, this book is a gem that I am SO glad I found. I’m definitely reading the next book in the series and I will make sure to check out all of Ms. Griffith’s books. If you are in the mood for a delightful Christmas read that’s sweet, Romantic, and engaging definitely check out Wildwood Lodge today.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on December 6, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Christmas Lit, Clean Read Romance, Contemporary Clean Read

The Twelve Holidates (2020): A Mini Review

About the Book

BookThe Twelve Holidates

SeriesLove Cliches #0.5

Author: Emma St. Clair

Release Date: December 20, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Rom-Com; Christmas Lit

If someone tells you that waiting for your boyfriend in a giant stocking is a good idea, they’re WRONG.

I learn this the hard way when I discover my boyfriend is cheating on me. Once again, I find myself crying on the very broad and sturdy shoulders of my best friend, Weston. And even though he rejected me when we were kids, my feelings for Weston start bubbling back to the surface. Especially when he insists that we work our way through the list of twelve holidates I had planned for my ex.

Twelve dates with my super hot and totally perfect BFF? Um, okay. You don’t have to ask me twice! Only… the dates continue to be disasters. The biggest disaster of all is the way I’m about to get my heart crushed AGAIN by my best friend. Because I can’t hide my feelings anymore, and I don’t think being just friends is enough.

Winning over Weston would take a Christmas miracle …

This Christmas novella is a companion story to the Love Clichés Sweet RomCom series. You’ll see some of the same characters from Falling for Your Best Friend’s Twin and Falling for Your Boss.

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My Thoughts

Another super fun, super cute story by Emma St. Clair! The Twelve Holidates is a sweet Christmas novella that’s part of St. Clair’s excellent Love Cliches series. As with Falling for Your Best Friend’s Twin and Falling for Your Boss, The Twelve Holidates has a thoroughly engaging and totally hilarious plot that kept me furiously turning pages. The hero and heroine — Weston and Taylor — are especially endearing. I enjoyed Weston’s strategy to finally show Taylor how much he loves her. And, Taylor’s cluelessness in regards to Weston’s true feelings adds to the hilarity of the story. There were several moments where Weston and his antics had me laughing out loud. And, Weston’s grandmother is a hoot! She definitely keeps others on their toes! The only complaint I have about this story is that it ended way too soon. All in all, The Twelve Holidates is a story I highly recommend. If you are still quite not in the mood to end the holiday spirit, and you are looking for a fun, fast-paced Rom-Com, then make sure to check out The Twelve Holidates ASAP!

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on December 27, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Christmas Lit, Historical Christian Fiction, Inspirational, TBR Challenge

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection (2020)

About the Book

BookJoy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection

Authors: Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Genre: Regency Romance novellas, Christmas Lit

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

“Heaven and Nature Sing” by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other’s arms?

“Far as the Curse Is Found” by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he’d fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

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My Thoughts

“Heaven and Nature Sing” by Carolyn Miller

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time then you’ll know that I’m a tremendous fan of Carolyn Miller’s novels. She is the queen of Regency-era storytelling. “Heaven and Nature Sing,” her novella in the Joy to the World anthology is another solid home run for the author. With a pace that kept me turning pages well into the night, I finished this delightful story in one sitting. The characters are well-crafted — a wonderful blend of unique, endearing, and realistic. The romantic tension is so thick it could be cut with a knife, and I rooted for the hero and heroine throughout the entire read. And, it wouldn’t be a Carolyn Miller story without excellent and timely themes. I especially appreciate her beautiful message on forgiveness and second chances. All in all, “Heaven and Nature Sing” is a Christmas Regency story I heartily recommend!

“Far as the Curse is Found” by Amanda Barratt

“Far as the Curse is Found” by Amanda Barratt is a phenomenal story. It’s a little bit Beauty and the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera, and then something wholly its own. The plot is SO engaging I read this book in mere hours. Seriously, the pages flew by, and since I was reading an actual book I was slightly worried I’d paper cut myself. LOL! Kidding aside, this story is one of those stories that’s so supremely written you stop to read out loud scenes so others around you can share in the beauty of sentence structures and turns of phrase. Drew, Jenny, and Anna, in addition to the cast of secondary characters, are so well crafted. Each one is a fully-fledged character, unique and endearing in his/her own right. Jenny and Anna’s story ripped my heart out. I wanted so badly to protect them from all the crazy bad! And, I 1000% love how Drew’s protective instincts came into play regardless of his personal desire to hide from society. This alone made him one swoony hero. There’s so much to say about this novella, I could go on and on. Suffice to say, “Far as the Curse is Found” is one story I won’t soon forget.

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch is a lovely Regency Romance. The plot did take me a minute to get into, but once I did I found the story engaging. Hamish is an insightful and handsome hero who sees Cilla’s true fiery spirit immediately. Cilla is a sweet, docile character who is a bit stuck in her life. It was fun watching her overcome her timidity and become the strong and independent woman she was always meant to be. My favorite aspect of this story is how Cilla’s small group of close friends, which also includes her brother-in-law and his wife, rally around her to buoy her up and help her realize her true sense of strength and purpose. I love the sense of solidarity and loyalty these friends illustrate. We should all be lucky to have intimate friendships like Cilla. Overall, “Wonders of His Love” left me smiling from ear to ear!

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection is a novella collection that will leave the reader satisfied. Its stories are enjoyable, engaging, and definitely put the reader into a Christmas spirit. I highly recommend this collection.

I purchased a copy of this novel in paperback from Amazon.com on September 27, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Christmas Lit, Clean Wholesome Romance, Historical Fiction, Inspirational, TBR Challenge

Thawing the Viscount’s Heart (2020)

About the Book

BookThawing the Viscount’s Heart

SeriesBelles of Christmas: Frost Fair, #3

Author: Mindy Burbidge Strunk

Release Date: November 7, 2020

Genre: Sweet Regency Romance, Christmas Lit

Spending Christmastide with her was the last thing he wanted.

After the death of her father, Gabriella Babineaux, left France to live under the protection of a family friend in England. The Frost Fair on the Thames seems the perfect place to begin her introduction into English Society, but when she bumps into a gentleman on the ice and he dismisses her merely for being French, she worries she will be a dismal failure at the upcoming Season. How will she ever find love if she cannot even fit in?

Aaron Campbell returned from the Napoleonic wars to assume a family title that was never meant to be his. A fact his mother never fails to point out to him. Hoping to escape his responsibilities for a few hours, Aaron attends the Frost Fair where he bumps into a French girl whose voice triggers unpleasant memories of betrayal. Now he cannot seem to push the voice from the past out of his mind. When Aaron returns to his country estate for Christmastide, the last thing he expects is to spend the holiday with the woman from the fair—the woman who reminds him of all he’s tried to forget.

As their time together passes, Aaron begins to see differences between the woman in his house and the one who betrayed him. But can he allow himself to overlook her heritage and instead see her as the woman he loves?

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My Thoughts

Thawing the Viscount’s Heart by Mindy Burbidge Strunk is a lovely Historical Romance. The plot is engaging and kept me turning pages well into the night. The characters are unique and endearing. I found Aaron and Gabby to be well-developed protagonists, and I loved getting to see each character’s unique perspectives throughout the story. The chemistry between Aaron and Gabby is spectacular. Electric sparks fly whenever they’re in the same room, which made the swoony moments seriously breathtaking. Overall, Thawing the Viscount’s Heart is a wonderful read that got me into quite a happy, smiley, Christmas mood!

One aspect to this story that really made me take note is how Gabby is treated by others. Gabby is French, born and raised, but is in Britain awaiting her first London Season. Her guardian is a British Lord who brought her from France to England so she could find herself a husband. At the time of this story, Britain is at war with France so tensions run high as soon as Gabby opens her mouth to speak. Because she is French and cannot hide her accent very well, many of the British people she comes into contact with spurn her immediately. Many refuse to see Gabby as Gabby and choose to see her as France. Painted with a broad stroke, Gabby is THE enemy on Britain’s soil. My heart hurt for Gabby. Of course, once people get to know her they mostly love her, but it’s the hate she always encounters, the ugliness spewed at her, that hurt me deeply. What struck me the most is how some characters hate just to hate. What a horrific, dark, sad life to choose to live when one hates just because. Imagine all one is missing out on. But Gabby is amazing. She never really lets anything get her down. She always extends an olive branch. When it is accepted, she is grateful and gives her whole heart to the relationship, but when it is not she just moves on. In this, I found Gabby to be quite a remarkable heroine!

Thawing the Viscount’s Heart is a really sweet read that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. If you are looking for a well-written, heartfelt Regency Romance that will also get you into a holiday spirit then Thawing the Viscount’s Heart is the book for you.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on November 6, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Celebrate Lit Tour, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Christmas Lit, Giveaways, Historical Christian Fiction

An Ivy Hill Christmas (2020) — A Celebrate Lit Tour: A Guest Post, My Thoughts, and a Giveaway

About the Book

Book: An Ivy Hill Christmas

Series: A Tales from Ivy Hill novel

Author: Julie Klassen

Genre: Christmas Historical Romance

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Richard Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill’s most prominent family, hasn’t been home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life–unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over.

But Christmas in the country presents many surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled–and determined to have nothing to do with him.

Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, and joyous songs, change his heart . . . and hers as well?

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About the Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full-time. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies, and three of her books, The Silent GovernessThe Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and a Christian Retailing‘s Best Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

More from Julie

My fascination with England began as a girl when I read The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre, and watched A Christmas Carol. I have now been to Great Britain several times, and my affection for the place has only grown. I love the country villages with their stone buildings and thatched roofs, the narrow, winding roads (though not driving on them), the ancient churches, friendly people, plummy accents, and history. Writing fifteen novels set there has been a real pleasure.

An Ivy Hill Christmas includes all the elements of an idyllic Olde English yuletide: A charming village setting, snowfall, mistletoe, caroling, gifts for less fortunate neighbors, and festive gatherings of friends and family. I thoroughly enjoyed researching 19th century Christmas traditions and weaving them into this novella.

In the story, a confirmed bachelor is determined to remain aloof from the celebrations going on around him—and from his mother’s matchmaking schemes. But divine hope, friendship, and unexpected romance change his heart…and his mind.  I love a transformation story; don’t you?

If you’ve read the TALES FROM IVY HILL series, you will enjoy returning to the village and spending time with favorite characters. But rest assured, the novella is a standalone, meaning you can enjoy it whether or not you’ve read the other books, as these reviews attest:

“[A] standalone novella that not only beautifully captures the kindness, hope, love, and faith of Christmas but also skillfully evokes the period holiday atmosphere of Regency England.”  —Booklist

“This feel-good tale of love and redemption will delight Klassen’s fans and new readers alike.” Publishers Weekly

And if you like the novella, I think you will like the other books as well. An Ivy Hill Christmas would also make a lovely gift for a reading friend.

Finally, if you want to add a British flair to your own modern-day celebrations, buy (or make) mince tarts or Christmas pudding, place Christmas “crackers” (pull-apart gift tubes) on your table and wear the included paper crowns. Refer to Father Christmas instead of Santa; and instead of “Merry,” wish everyone a hearty, “Happy Christmas.”

Happy Christmas!

My Thoughts

An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen is a delightful Christmas read. I loved every minute spent in this story. The pacing is perfect. The plot is highly engaging — so much so I could not put this book down. The characters are lovely. They are unique, endearing, and very, very memorable. I enjoyed following Richard as he navigates being with his family, dealing with his past, and reconciling his future. I also really enjoyed the sweet romances. They left me smiling from ear to ear. My most favorite aspect though is the witty dialogue. This story had me chuckling often because the subtle verbal jabs and the imagery conveyed through the diction is just excellent. An Ivy Hill Christmas is a joy to read and I’m so glad I took the time to escape into this story!

Richard’s character really pulled at my heart strings. He hasn’t been the rake he once was for a very long time, but his reputation won’t stop preceding him. Everyone keeps treating him as he once was, refusing to believe or acknowledge that he is a changed man. Several times in this story a character will say something like, “I know who you [Richard] are … you are X.” But they say this after he just showed them he is no longer X anymore. It was so frustrating to me. No wonder Richard believes he is never deserving of forgiveness — no one ever lets anything go! It doesn’t help that Richard hides behind sarcasm and dry wit, but still, give the guy a break already. I thoroughly enjoyed Richard and Arabella’s journey to romance, but often she is the worst offender. She constantly judges Richard by what she thinks she knows even though his actions prove otherwise. There is a really good reality check in all this for me. Am I judging a loved one in my life by his or her past? Am I so comfortable keeping that person trapped in the persona they used to have I refuse to see the progress they’ve made even when it’s right in front of my face? And, worse of all, am I the reason why someone believes he/she can’t ever be forgiven for a past deed? This is some serious food for thought!

An Ivy Hill Christmas is a wonderful read. I truly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. If you are a fan of Christmas lit, Historical Romances, or just plain superior storytelling, then this is the book for you!

I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Julie Klassen, via Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I also purchased a copy of this story in eBook form from Amazon.com on September 8, 2020 in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.


GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Julie is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of An Ivy Hill Christmas and the other three books in her Ivy Hill series, plus the winner’s choice of Bingley’s Tea!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

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Posted in Christmas Lit, Clean Wholesome Romance, Historical Fiction, Inspirational, TBR Challenge

All is Mary and Bright (2020)

About the Book

BookAll is Mary and Bright

SeriesBelles of Christmas: Frost Fair, #2

Author: Kasey Stockton

Release Date: October 24, 2020

Genre: Sweet Regency Romance, Christmas Lit

He’s found the woman he wants to marry—it’s a shame she is already engaged to someone else.

Mary Hatcher traveled to London to procure a trousseau for her upcoming marriage. When she attends the Frost Fair and meets a different man that ignites her interest, she tamps down the unwelcome feelings. But when her host’s son arrives at dinner and she learns he is the man she met at the Frost Fair, she has a new challenge: she must spend the Christmas Season in the same house as him without falling in love. 

Andrew Bright, the Earl of Sanders can never live up to his father’s legacy, so why bother trying? When he runs into a charming woman at the Frost Fair and later learns she is his mother’s guest, he is overjoyed. At least, until he learns of her engagement. But friendship with her is better than nothing, until she threatens to push him into doing what he has long avoided—stepping into his father’s shoes.

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My Thoughts

Kasey Stockton has become my new favorite author. I discovered her excellent writing when I read The Jewels of Halstead Manor. I knew after that read I had to get my hands on more of her novels. When I saw she had a Regency Christmas novel releasing, I rushed to pre-order it immediately. Am I glad I did! All is Mary and Bright is an excellent read. I loved every minute of this story. The storyline is highly engaging, sweet, and satisfying. The characters are well-crafted, realistic, and unique. And the romance is perfect. It begins as a sweet attraction but slowly blossoms into something much more. This story had me smiling from ear to ear and it definitely helped me get into the Christmas spirit.

Andrew Bright is the best part of this story. He is tall, dark, and handsome. He is commanding and powerful when he needs to be, but he is also genuinely sweet and thoughtful. What makes Andrew the best hero is manyfold. First, he may be handsome and commanding as the Earl of Sanders, but he is truly just a book nerd at heart! Yes, I find this particularly swoony … and so does Mary, the heroine of our story. Andrew loves novels, loves visiting bookstores, and longs for a woman he can share his book thoughts with. How perfect is that?! Second, Andrew actually longs to do well by others. He wants to make the lives of others better. He wants to be like his father, whom he believes is the paragon of what it means to be a man. At first, Andrew feels like a failure in comparison to his deceased father, but comes to realize that what really matters is a heart that longs to serve. So, he begins to serve others to the best of his abilities and chooses not to be held back by what he thinks are his shortcomings. Finally, what makes Andrew an excellent hero is his attention to detail. Andrew is a man who watches, who sees things where others might not, and then he acts based on the information he has gathered. The best is how he grows to anticipate Mary and her feelings and needs. He really does become one of the sweetest heroes I’ve ever read. In my humble opinion, Andrew makes this novel a real winner!

There really is so much to love about All is Mary and Bright. This book packs a real punch in just under 250 pages. It’s a well-done Regency Romance that will keep the reader turning pages well into the night and will help get them into the holiday spirit. I highly recommend this wonderful story and look forward to reading more novels by Kasey Stockton.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on October 23, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Posted in Christmas Lit, Clean Wholesome Romance, Historical Fiction, TBR Challenge

Her Silent Knight (2020)

About the Book

BookHer 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.

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My Thoughts

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.