Lies and Letters by Ashtyn Newbold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from publisher for review purposes.
Genre: Clean Regency
Book Description: After a season in London, Charlotte Lyons is still regrettably unattached. With her family’s finances in peril, she is sent away with her sister to a bleak coastal town where she is expected to pursue a wealthy earl. Beautiful and talented, how could she possibly fail? But when her heart is captured by someone entirely unexpected, Charlotte finds herself caught up in a web of lies and intrigue. Between hardship and sorrow, she finds more than she bargained for, forced to choose between the life she once wanted and a new love she never imagined.
My thoughts: Charlotte and Clara were unfortunate to be raised by one of the most horrible mother's I have ever read about. I don't think that woman had an ounce of nurturing or cared for anyone other than herself. She used her daughters in her scheme of making her life better. Even going so far as to cause contention and favoritism between the two of them.
As the book begins, Charlotte is following in the footsteps of her mother. She has been groomed to fulfill this role and doesn't know how wrong or horrible she is. She lies about her sister and puts her down at every opportunity. When their family honor is disgraced, the mother doesn't even care enough to go with her daughters into exile, she cares more for her own comfort. While at the time of reading the situation, I was mortified, I quickly realized what a blessing it was for the girls.
The girls learned to respect each other and find common ground and compassion, it was amazing! I didn't like Charlotte felt beholden to continue in her flirtatious and unkind ways to secure a financial match. I loved watching her learn form a mother figure what love is. An amazing family took them under their wing and the girls softened and grew character.
The love interests for the girls have their own secrets and burdens. It takes a lot for the characters to grow enough to appreciate what they have before them. I don't want to say much, because the growth and understanding is remarkable and makes this book a wonderful read.
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About the Author: Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi, Utah with her family.
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