Friday, September 21, 2018

Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor by Sarah L. McConkie ~ Blog tour with a giveaway!

Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor
Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor by Sarah L. McConkie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description:  Wealthy socialite Christine Harrison's life seems perfect until the man she planned to marry, Mr. Davenport, proposes to someone else. Heartbroken, Miss Harrison's sure she'll never love again, and to distract herself, she sets out to rescue a fallen young woman. Little does she know that her journey will reveal more than she expected about her friends, her seemingly perfect life, and her own heart.

My thoughts: Appearances can be deceiving. That is one lesson that is apparent in this book. There are several little twists and turn that take the story in a different direction that anticipated.

This book is told from different points of view. You get the full story one piece at a time. The author does a good job at giving you a little bit, enough to make you guess, before she adds more. `Sarah L. McConkie does well at describing the social expectations and then adds the maneuvering for social gain.

I enjoyed her writing style, it seems true to the time period. It was easy to imagine myself in the ballroom or on the shores of ocean. The Regency period is one that I enjoy reading, and this one did not disappoint me.

I liked that the characters had to grow and develop. Everything did not turn out according to expectations. They had disappointments and learned from them. I love it when characters learn to look beyond themselves.

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Read an Excerpt:
Christine breathed deeply, circling her arms around herself. As she stood among those high, stalwart cliffs, she formed a resolution. Their presence spoke to Christine once more, reminding her that she could change. She could be more steadfast in her desires. She determined then to look outward, toward others, and stop caring about herself and her status in life. She affirmed that day that she did not need high connections to validate her existence. She did not need a man to establish or promote her social standing. And perhaps most importantly, Christine resolved to never again let these base motives stand in her way of real and lasting relationships with the people around her.


Sarah headshotAbout the Author:  From writing an award-wining tale of a dragon falling from the stars in the 3rd grade to regency romance written at thirty, Sarah McConkie has always had a passion for creating intriguing stories. After years of singledom looking for romance (and teaching Junior High Choir to fill up real life), Sarah began a Master’s degree in Literacy. When love finally found her, she married and became a wife and eventually a mother. After tucking in her own little princess one January evening she determined to attempt her life-long dream to write and publish a novel. Using her many years of experience in the single realm, a robust knowledge of regency classics, and a love of all things old fashioned and proper, Sarah wrote Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor. She now lives with her own Mr. Right and her two daughters, and believes providing stimulating and moral stories promotes literacy in a world which needs more readers. This is her first novel.

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