Road to Rosewood by Ashtyn Newbold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received review copy from publisher.
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Lucy Abbot longs to return to the country estate where she spent the best days of her childhood with her cousins and their charming neighbor Nicholas. Her protective parents, however, have other plans for her. When she finally dares to escape, her carriage is besieged by highwaymen with a familiar man leading them. Could this mysterious outlaw be exactly the person Lucy has been searching for?
My thoughts: This book was just what I needed right now. It is light story that is full of fun and adventure.
Lucy lives a life of privilege. She has all that she could want, but misses the adventure of her childhood. She hasn't visited her cousin in years, and misses the young man of her dreams since childhood. She is melancholy, and thinks that a trip to Rosewood will cure her.
She defies her parents and takes a mail coach, that is held up by highway men. That is where the adventure begins. The unexpected happens, often. I enjoyed Lucy's character. She tries to see her life in Rosewood as wonderful, because that is what she chooses to remember from her youth. But, Rosewood is not perfect and as an adult, there are secrets and mysteries that surround it.
Nicholas, her crush from her youth, is complicated. I think as a child she put him up on a pedestal, but his actions didn't live up to her expectations. He is a character that you really like, but shake your head at some of his decisions.
For me, this was the perfect escape book.
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About the Author: Ashtyn Newbold was introduced to the Regency period early on, and the writing soon followed. Fascinated by the society, scenery, and chivalry, she wrote her first novel, Mischief and Manors, receiving a publishing offer before high school graduation. Ashtyn is currently attending college with plans to obtain a degree that will help her improve in writing and creativity. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, singing, spoiling her dog, spending time with friends and family, and dreaming of the day she’ll travel to England.
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