Saturday, July 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Lies & Letters by Ashtyn Newbold


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.


Charlotte Lyons has been raised by her mother to think that her whole life revolves around winning a husband.  As a result, she has followed in her mother's footsteps and become cold, competitive, and selfish. But underneath it all, Charlotte wants more than anything for her mother to love her.  So when the family finances take a dive and her mother tells her that it's up to her to repair the damage by finding a wealthy husband, Charlotte takes it seriously.  The problem is that she can't do it in London as she and her sister have been sent to a small northern fishing village to live.  The fact is that Charlotte is not at all likable for the first part of the book, she's selfish and proud.  But as she and her sister slowly start to settle into the small cottage they live in and learn to start taking care of themselves, Charlotte starts to see things that she'd never noticed before.  Above all else, she's away from her mother's corrupting influence and her heart slowly starts to come to life.  But even as Charlotte's heart is opening up to her previously annoying little sister and relationships with others around her, her old habits and desires refuse to die.  Even after her heart finds someone to love, Charlotte can't quite bring herself to let go of her deep-seeded desire to please her mother and it may lead her to give up everything of real value in her life.  I enjoyed reading this one, especially once Charlotte meets James, who doesn't buy her fake efforts to charm and manipulate.  Clara, Charlotte's sister, is a great character from the beginning as she has more sense and openness than does her sister.  If you enjoy great regency romance with some rather unusual, interesting twists, I can recommend this one.

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