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And a beautiful study of what makes us truly beautiful. I am loving the A Proper Romance series. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a historical fiction series with a variety of authors, but I have loved every book I have read in this one. The editing is terrific.

The authors are all well chosen. And the subject area goes beyond the predictable to something much deeper. View all 3 comments. Aug 20, Lyuda rated it it was ok Recommended to Lyuda by: Linda. Shelves: historical-regency-period. Even though, the story didn't work for me, our discussion was so much fun. Loved it! If I think of an overall message of the story, it is this: 1. Working class will provide the above guidance to their betters. She is an epitome of narcissistic and spoiled rich mean girl. In cases like this, I would expect to encounter an indulgent, quickly forgiving parent s.

This is clearly not the case here.

Moreover, we left to believe that she is constantly looking for approval of her distant and truly despicable parents. Her goal is to make them proud of her. She is also smart and calculating. This could fit nicely with her initial portrayal. But, when her circumstances change, she seems to lose her brain and capability to use critical thinking. She still wants to marry and not just anybody but the biggest title to boot. A father who is a viscount… And that where I came to the turn of the story that stretches credibility for me in a big way.

A daughter of a viscount is sent to live in a rundown cottage with only one maid not very reliable in terms of staying-or-going and not even a chaperone? Nope, would never happen. The only thing I could think of is that this turn is there to drive an overall moral message of the story see above. And since the message must be driven, the narrative also needs to show how this smart, calculating, spoiled rich girl just meekly accepts her circumstances and let her maid guide her through.

I think when I read about Amber churning butter, milking cows, carrying for chickens, baking bread and making all manner of roasted vegetables and soups I thought to be done with the book. At the begging, he lusts after the heroine for her looks, latter distances himself because of her nastiness. And then, over the course of a handful of meetings, only two of which where he actually sees her, they fall in love. Not sure I can buy this. View all 13 comments. Apr 06, Lisa Bookworm Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: clean-read , received-to-review , , romance , favorites , historical-fiction , regency.

Amber Sterlington is the bell of the London Season. She turns all heads when she walks into the room. Men flock to her. She knows she is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage. The unthinkable happens and she is disgraced, sent into exile, and humbled. Thomas Richards is an exceptional man. He is pulled to Amber whenever he hears the sound of her voice. He tries to stay away, even when she publicly embarrasses him. In her time of greatest trial, he is the only one who extends kindness. This book is not a typical regency romance. Balls and the antics of the ton are found at the beginning of the book, but then it takes a huge turn.

The book takes a closer look at the condition of the human heart. It looks at how a person can change and see their faults. The book follows both Amber and Thomas. Most of the book they are not in the same room. Instead the book looks at societies emphasis on the outward appearance of a person and social expectations. It also looks at family ties. Amber learns that to be wealthy doesn't bring happiness.

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I really enjoyed this book. If you read it, don't expect for the romance to be typical regency. Expect something a little more. Dec 25, Court rated it liked it. It's a cute story, and I absolutely loved the author's writing style. I loved all the literary references in the latter half of the book, and I almost thought the author was going to do a play "Believe me if all these endearing young charms. I also appreciated that though she was beautiful in the beginning, she was not in the end, and it was her inner beauty that attracted Thomas.

The one fault I find with the book is that the characters were more developed separately than they were together, so the romance happens suddenly and kindof unbelievably at the end. I like the characters individually and the way the story developed, I just think that as a "romance," that could have been played up more. Jun 24, QNPoohBear rated it really liked it Shelves: clean-romance , kisses-only , regency-romance.

Amber Sterlington, the daughter of Viscount Merchant, is the reigning belle of the ton. So what if her sister was supposed to come out with her - her sister can take a back seat for all Amber cares. She aims to have a good time and carefully choose her husband based on who has the highest title and most money NOW. When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is d 3.

When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is dismayed. After a retreating from the public temporarily to work out her problem, Amber emerges only to find her sister has taken her place and her suitor. A jealous moment leads to public humiliation and Amber is banished to the wilds of Yorkshire with only Suzanne for company.

How will Amber ever survive? Thomas Richards, third son of a Baron and gentleman farmer has come to town from his farm in Yorkshire to seek a wife. He wants his wife to be intelligent and desirable -is that too much to ask? He sets his sights on the beautiful Amber Sterling, but she doesn't even know he exists.

How can he get her out of his mind? This story is sort of a fairy tale similar to Beauty and the Beast in reverse. In this story it's the female character who is vain, spoiled and selfish. It is she who turns into the beast character and has to learn a lesson while the hero becomes the selfless person who would do anything to help his loved ones.

Despite a few historical inaccuracies and the almost fairy tale nature of the story, I enjoyed it. I had a really hard time putting it down. The hero is missing from a large chunk of the novel but when he reappears some of the story is told from his point-of-view, which is nice.

It seemed like this might end up a Christian novel but it isn't. The characters attend church and Thomas believes in God's will and that's it except for a message of love and acceptance that will appeal to any reader. The characters in this novel are well-drawn and realistic. At first Amber is spoiled, selfish, vain and a completely horrid, unlikable person. I hated to admit that I probably would have reacted the same way in her situation with Suzanne at that age. It takes time to grow up and Amber's character growth is excellent. My only major problem is that women commonly did wear hairpieces.

Hair extensions are nothing new and due to poor diets people probably needed those false hair pieces but once the story got going and Amber's condition worsens, the story gets more believable. It takes a little too long to get there though. Amber's relationship with Suzanne reflects Amber's feelings about herself and shows how her character is growing, rather than telling the reader which I really liked. The same can be said with Suzanne. Suzanne is a bit too impertinent to be realistic but her relationship with Amber shows her true character and how she is also changed by Amber and their situation.

Thomas is a perfect gentleman. He's almost too good to be true. He doesn't exhibit the same kind of growth that Amber does. He's a kind and loving brother, uncle and caring friend. He loves poetry and Shakespeare, wants to work his own land and own his own land to pass down to future generations- what's not to love?

Well, he's the third son and though his eldest brother is deceased, his second brother has an infant son, making Thomas unlikely to inherit; therefore, he is unworthy of Amber's attention. He's way too good for her. I wish the relationship hadn't been quite so rushed. The author could have cut out a lot of repetitive domestic scenes with Thomas to further the relationship more. Young Adults should read this book as well. It has just enough period detail to set the scene but not enough to throw off first time Regency readers and the message is important. The romance is squeaky clean too.

View 1 comment. Jun 03, MaryannC. Book Fiend rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , england , drama , romance. A nice and pleasant romance. I was going to make my review short and simple, but I feel the need to express that though it was nice and pleasant to read, you knew exactly where this was going and how it was going to end. Sometimes that's what I want in a great story, but I also want a few twists and turns to keep you wondering if maybe it will end differently than you expected. I guess the bottom line for this was that it was a nice, safe read without a lot of excitement.

Apr 17, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-tours , clean , regency , romance. I'm most familiar with Josi Kilpack for her culinary cozy mystery series which I love so I was interested to see how she would do in the regency romance arena. I'm glad to say that she delivered! Amber Sterlington is beautiful and knows it. She's a snob and extremely unlikable. She's shallow and has men lining up for her attention. Thomas Richards doesn't have title or a fortune. He's kind and likable and isn't too serious about finding a wife. He feels drawn to Ms. Sterlington but she is rude to I'm most familiar with Josi Kilpack for her culinary cozy mystery series which I love so I was interested to see how she would do in the regency romance arena.

Sterlington but she is rude to him and he decides to avoid her. Suzanne is Amber's new maid. She's not treated well but needs the job. Early on, we get a taste of what the "scandal" will involve and I was interested to see how it would play out. I liked that it was different from the typical scandal with regency romances--and it certainly would have been easy enough for Ms.

Kilpack to go in that other direction. It builds to one humiliating incident at which point Amber is exiled. When that happens, Suzanne goes with her but doesn't plan to stay for long. I enjoyed the character development of Amber, Suzanne and Thomas. Amber had a lot of changes to make and they didn't happen overnight. It still took her a while to understand the sacrifices Suzanne made to stay with her and help her. She was put in a situation she wasn't at all prepared for and Suzanne's compassion showed as she made unselfish, yet quiet, choices.

It took a while for Amber and Thomas to meet back up again. Thomas showed his patience during this time as he was trying to put the pieces together yet didn't want to scare her off. The romance unfolded slowly, but in the end, it was completely satisfying. I wasn't crazy about the way Amber's family treated her, especially when Amber learns something significant towards the end.

There was a lot to this book and I enjoyed it all! If you enjoy regency romance, this is one you'll want to pick up! I received a copy of this book to review. Mel's Shelves Jun 02, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical , romance , whitney-award-eligible. A genre jump for Kilpack, but I thought she did an excellent job. One of Kilpack's strengths is character development, and I loved watching Amber's character develop and change.

Usually regencies focus on the "sweet girl who is about to make a love match," but Amber is not one of the sweet girls. She's spoiled and arrogant. When a life-changing event occurs, it still takes her time to truly change her heart. Jun 11, Julie Carpenter rated it really liked it Shelves: part-of-a-series , austenesque , , personal-library , go-to-read-agains. Amber and Thomas are two main characters who are definitely opposites.

The beginning does a great job setting up the scene of the spoiled debutante who is going to get all that she sets her mind not her heart to and the humble third son of a baron searching for a wife who will build a good life with him. He can't understand the pull that Amber has over him and continues to try to avoid her though everything keeps setting them within each other's paths.

She is oblivious to him and honestly every Amber and Thomas are two main characters who are definitely opposites. She is oblivious to him and honestly everything and everyone that doesn't bring her towards her goal of marrying the highest titled man and also the wealthiest. She goes to such great lengths that along the way she loses her allies who happily give her up when disaster strikes. Nothing scandalous but definitely something that would place her hidden away from society You should be.

As she is hidden away by her family she comes to realize through circumstances and the help of her maid that she is not a kindhearted lady and has many shortcomings. She learns that life in high society wasn't as wonderful as she originally believed but that working and living simply can truly bring happiness. Thomas yet again is brought to a point where their paths cross and realizes immediately who she is although she doesn't even remember him. He continues to come visit and she thinks she will ruin any respect he has in society if they continue their friendship.

I must say I didn't care for Amber at all to begin with but then loved the growth and change in her that she was someone to admire. Thomas was always a great gentleman who you were cheering for when he was safe from Amber at the beginning and then cheering again as his goodness and desires were being rewarded. I just loved it! I have read many other books by the author and love all her genres and must say I'm super duper glad she wrote that regency book she had contemplated years and years ago! I highly recommend this one and hope you take the time to enjoy it too!

Happy Reading!!! Apr 08, Mindy rated it it was amazing. First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. It is already getting rave reviews, and I now that I am finished I can see why! Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and so on and so on, all agree it is a fabulous book. Way to go, Josi!!

This book was beautiful. The writing was flawless and the characters were strong and developed well. I loved how the author took her time in helping the reader learn to like Amber, because I admit, I didn't like her at first. She was so wonder First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. She was so wonderful. I loved how she was with Amber and how she didn't take any guff from her, and was brave enough to tell her. I loved how their relationship grew into a treasured friendship.

One of my favorite things happened at the end of the story with Amber's sister Darra, I was in tears. As the story progressed, my heart broke for Amber, not knowing what was happening to her and learning her new life in her tiny cottage. I loved how she learned to take care of herself and appreciated her friendship and need for Suzanne. I honestly could go on and on, but you will need to read it for yourself, and love it as much as I did. Josi is also the author of the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, another favorite of mine. Plus many other novels and novellas.

She is amazing, and I am a huge fan of her writing and Josi herself. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Jan 07, Heidi Robbins Heidi Reads I don't normally enjoy reading stories where the main character is so flawed that she is unlikeable, but in this case the author did such a fabulous job with Amber's character arc. Amber's vulnerabilities and motivations for her attitudes and behavior are revealed as we get to know her and her family situation. As a sister to three, I could even relate to some of her sibling rivalry and frustrations.

I don't want to give anything away, but the trial that sends Amber to the far north country and I don't normally enjoy reading stories where the main character is so flawed that she is unlikeable, but in this case the author did such a fabulous job with Amber's character arc. I don't want to give anything away, but the trial that sends Amber to the far north country and outcast from her family and society is one that is truly humbling. I loved Suzanne, her lady's maid who unwillingly accompanies her and learns to find the good in their situation and the good in Amber.

They lean on each other and become sisters of a sort as they fend for themselves in a meager cottage without the amenities they are used to. Thomas is presented as something of an anomaly in England's high society- a man who would rather work his own farm than rely on an annual income from his brother. A man who values the character of a person over their standing in society. His own quality of character becomes apparent to Amber as she forms a friendship of sorts with him during her exile and gives her the hope than she can be accepted for the improved individual she has become despite her outward appearance.

Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review Nov 03, Chrissy rated it really liked it Shelves: i-own-hardcopy , clean-romance , historical , read-again , regency. I was thankful that I had read my friends' reviews and knew that Amber started out horrible. I like heroines who are strong and kind, yet for the first third of the book, Amber is mean and arrogant. The author did a good job of establishing the negative so I could truly appreciate the change in her throughout the book.

I thought the hero was truly a hero. I also appreciated that this story points out the power of overcoming tribulation. Amber learned so much through her trial, much more than any I was thankful that I had read my friends' reviews and knew that Amber started out horrible. Amber learned so much through her trial, much more than any teacher or book could have ever taught her. She was truly a different person in the end and found her true love.

Mar 03, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: clean-romances , regency-romance. I had very high hopes for this book and I really wish I could have liked it more and given it more stars but I have to be honest. The first pages I just really didn't like. I almost put it down and took it back to the library.

I finally decided to skim the next pages I ended up reading a little more then skimming because the main character finally started to change. I really disliked her and the leading man for most of this book. The leading man was not a big part of this book, he was in I had very high hopes for this book and I really wish I could have liked it more and given it more stars but I have to be honest.

The leading man was not a big part of this book, he was in very few chapters, so I really didn't get to know him till the last pages. Basically this is a book about a girl who has a trial that changes her life and how she comes to grip with it and changes. The whole first pages of this book should have been shorted to 30 pages.

There was too much negative and much of it was repeated. Over and over we hear about conflict with her mother, this could have been done in one or two scenes not The redeeming factor and the reason this is getting two stars and not one is the last 60 pages, they were awesome, but they couldn't pull the book up enough. So basically a page book should have been about if that. Oct 13, Tangi rated it it was ok. Not what I was expecting. I wanted a little more romance.

Interesting story line but not what I was expecting. Jan 05, Eva rated it it was ok Shelves: regency , female-lead , Well to tell the story without any spoiler is rather impossible. Amber Sterling is the diamond of the first water, the star of the London season. Everybody loves her but she declines all men because she only wants a title and money. Lots of both preferable.

Suddenly things happen. Sent to Yorkshire where she is about to live isolated in a cottage far away from neighbors or the next town and has only one maid left.

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One day her neighbor is looking for documents and asks to search her library — the neighbor is Thomas. Fact is that the story is about two different characters, developing separately from each other. Thomas is a nice guy, I am sure, but well … no thrilling male you want to lean on. Amber no bluestocking, no heroine you want to be.

Emotionless for a long time. And even in Yorkshire it takes its time to change. Did I like any of the characters? Not really. But is sympathy enough to like a book — not in my opinion. I really made myself read it, finish it but it was so lacking of passion, of … of being more than a boring Rosamunde Pilcher novel.

There is really no passion, no tension — nothing. Not even in the end — I mean, okay there is some kissing. The story idea was nice. Kilpack could have made so much more out of it adding chemistry, tension and yes, passion to it. To not keep it PG-rated. View all 5 comments. These books are fall exactly in my sweet spot for reading. This book was a bit of romance, but mostly it was a journey of self- discovery for Miss Amber Sterlington.

Given how little they interact and the difficulty I have buying Thomas actually falling for Amber I'm going to call this a solid four stars. Kilpack is an outstanding author and I look forward to reading more of her work. I seriously do not get this as that seems crazy over-priced. I was originally thinking I'd buy the book, but at that price, I turned to my library instead.

I may be the only sale they lost, but I can't believe that is true. Not at that price. A note about Chaste : Most of this story takes place with the protagonists apart. They share a single kiss in the end, though it's an outstanding one. So this is an entirely chaste read.

Feb 12, Mela rated it really liked it Shelves: psychological-and-philosophical , british-literature , historical-romance , historical-fiction. A surprising book. It isn't what I call Regency romance. It isn't witty and amusing in a way those romances are. This book is of an own kind. I have enjoyed it very much, there were even moments when I thought it was amazing. What I love the most is a transformation which Amber underwent, although she wasn't the only one which changed. Her changes were very realistic. They weren't sudden. They needed time to evolve. The second thing I like the most is a story of relationship between sisters and b A surprising book.

The second thing I like the most is a story of relationship between sisters and between a daughter and a mother. It was priceless. Yes, it was a little sad but it was so true and I am afraid it reflected many such kind relationships not only in those times As for a love story it is charming and sweet.

For me there were two novels: a clean romance and a wise psychological book about self-acceptance and finding an own path and meaning of own life.


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And I like more the latter. I would like to know and understand them better. We pass our discomfort to someone else so as not to carry so much of it ourselves She had never before imagined that one aspect of a person could have such power as to change every detail of their existence "No one can expect approval from every other person in the world—even the young woman you were in London did not expect such a thing—but I believe all of us can expect those few who matter to us to see past our limitations" View all 7 comments. Jun 08, Anne Osterlund rated it it was amazing. Thomas Richards is a less-than-exalted member of the elite.

In London for the Season, he will be lucky to find a wife willing to move to the north country. He has no business falling for raging beauty, Amber Sterlington. As she confirms for him, sternly, when he dares to ask her to dance. Amber is in London to secure her position. Everything Amber has done, her entire life, h Thomas Richards is a less-than-exalted member of the elite. Everything Amber has done, her entire life, has trained her for this opportunity. And then, to her horror, a mysterious condition threatens to alter everything.

To strip away her greatest asset—her beauty. Very good. A very unlikely heroine. A courtship different from any I have ever read. And a beautiful study of what makes us truly beautiful. I am loving the A Proper Romance series. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a historical fiction series with a variety of authors, but I have loved every book I have read in this one. The editing is terrific. The authors are all well chosen. And the subject area goes beyond the predictable to something much deeper.

View all 3 comments. Aug 20, Lyuda rated it it was ok Recommended to Lyuda by: Linda. Shelves: historical-regency-period. Even though, the story didn't work for me, our discussion was so much fun. Loved it! If I think of an overall message of the story, it is this: 1.

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Working class will provide the above guidance to their betters. She is an epitome of narcissistic and spoiled rich mean girl. In cases like this, I would expect to encounter an indulgent, quickly forgiving parent s. This is clearly not the case here. Moreover, we left to believe that she is constantly looking for approval of her distant and truly despicable parents.

Her goal is to make them proud of her. She is also smart and calculating. This could fit nicely with her initial portrayal. But, when her circumstances change, she seems to lose her brain and capability to use critical thinking. She still wants to marry and not just anybody but the biggest title to boot. A father who is a viscount… And that where I came to the turn of the story that stretches credibility for me in a big way.

A daughter of a viscount is sent to live in a rundown cottage with only one maid not very reliable in terms of staying-or-going and not even a chaperone? Nope, would never happen. The only thing I could think of is that this turn is there to drive an overall moral message of the story see above. And since the message must be driven, the narrative also needs to show how this smart, calculating, spoiled rich girl just meekly accepts her circumstances and let her maid guide her through.

I think when I read about Amber churning butter, milking cows, carrying for chickens, baking bread and making all manner of roasted vegetables and soups I thought to be done with the book. At the begging, he lusts after the heroine for her looks, latter distances himself because of her nastiness. And then, over the course of a handful of meetings, only two of which where he actually sees her, they fall in love. Not sure I can buy this. View all 13 comments. Apr 06, Lisa Bookworm Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: clean-read , received-to-review , , romance , favorites , historical-fiction , regency.

Amber Sterlington is the bell of the London Season. She turns all heads when she walks into the room. Men flock to her. She knows she is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage. The unthinkable happens and she is disgraced, sent into exile, and humbled. Thomas Richards is an exceptional man. He is pulled to Amber whenever he hears the sound of her voice. He tries to stay away, even when she publicly embarrasses him. In her time of greatest trial, he is the only one who extends kindness.

This book is not a typical regency romance. Balls and the antics of the ton are found at the beginning of the book, but then it takes a huge turn. The book takes a closer look at the condition of the human heart. It looks at how a person can change and see their faults. The book follows both Amber and Thomas. Most of the book they are not in the same room. Instead the book looks at societies emphasis on the outward appearance of a person and social expectations.

It also looks at family ties. Amber learns that to be wealthy doesn't bring happiness. I really enjoyed this book. If you read it, don't expect for the romance to be typical regency. Expect something a little more. Dec 25, Court rated it liked it. It's a cute story, and I absolutely loved the author's writing style. I loved all the literary references in the latter half of the book, and I almost thought the author was going to do a play "Believe me if all these endearing young charms. I also appreciated that though she was beautiful in the beginning, she was not in the end, and it was her inner beauty that attracted Thomas.

The one fault I find with the book is that the characters were more developed separately than they were together, so the romance happens suddenly and kindof unbelievably at the end. I like the characters individually and the way the story developed, I just think that as a "romance," that could have been played up more. Jun 24, QNPoohBear rated it really liked it Shelves: clean-romance , kisses-only , regency-romance. Amber Sterlington, the daughter of Viscount Merchant, is the reigning belle of the ton. So what if her sister was supposed to come out with her - her sister can take a back seat for all Amber cares.

She aims to have a good time and carefully choose her husband based on who has the highest title and most money NOW. When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is d 3. When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is dismayed.

After a retreating from the public temporarily to work out her problem, Amber emerges only to find her sister has taken her place and her suitor. A jealous moment leads to public humiliation and Amber is banished to the wilds of Yorkshire with only Suzanne for company. How will Amber ever survive? Thomas Richards, third son of a Baron and gentleman farmer has come to town from his farm in Yorkshire to seek a wife. He wants his wife to be intelligent and desirable -is that too much to ask? He sets his sights on the beautiful Amber Sterling, but she doesn't even know he exists.

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How can he get her out of his mind? This story is sort of a fairy tale similar to Beauty and the Beast in reverse. In this story it's the female character who is vain, spoiled and selfish. It is she who turns into the beast character and has to learn a lesson while the hero becomes the selfless person who would do anything to help his loved ones. Despite a few historical inaccuracies and the almost fairy tale nature of the story, I enjoyed it.

I had a really hard time putting it down. The hero is missing from a large chunk of the novel but when he reappears some of the story is told from his point-of-view, which is nice. It seemed like this might end up a Christian novel but it isn't. The characters attend church and Thomas believes in God's will and that's it except for a message of love and acceptance that will appeal to any reader.

The characters in this novel are well-drawn and realistic. At first Amber is spoiled, selfish, vain and a completely horrid, unlikable person. I hated to admit that I probably would have reacted the same way in her situation with Suzanne at that age. It takes time to grow up and Amber's character growth is excellent. My only major problem is that women commonly did wear hairpieces. Hair extensions are nothing new and due to poor diets people probably needed those false hair pieces but once the story got going and Amber's condition worsens, the story gets more believable.

It takes a little too long to get there though. Amber's relationship with Suzanne reflects Amber's feelings about herself and shows how her character is growing, rather than telling the reader which I really liked. The same can be said with Suzanne. Suzanne is a bit too impertinent to be realistic but her relationship with Amber shows her true character and how she is also changed by Amber and their situation.

Thomas is a perfect gentleman. He's almost too good to be true. He doesn't exhibit the same kind of growth that Amber does. He's a kind and loving brother, uncle and caring friend. He loves poetry and Shakespeare, wants to work his own land and own his own land to pass down to future generations- what's not to love? Well, he's the third son and though his eldest brother is deceased, his second brother has an infant son, making Thomas unlikely to inherit; therefore, he is unworthy of Amber's attention.

He's way too good for her. I wish the relationship hadn't been quite so rushed. The author could have cut out a lot of repetitive domestic scenes with Thomas to further the relationship more. Young Adults should read this book as well. It has just enough period detail to set the scene but not enough to throw off first time Regency readers and the message is important.

The romance is squeaky clean too. View 1 comment. Jun 03, MaryannC. Book Fiend rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , england , drama , romance. A nice and pleasant romance. I was going to make my review short and simple, but I feel the need to express that though it was nice and pleasant to read, you knew exactly where this was going and how it was going to end.

Sometimes that's what I want in a great story, but I also want a few twists and turns to keep you wondering if maybe it will end differently than you expected. I guess the bottom line for this was that it was a nice, safe read without a lot of excitement. Apr 17, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-tours , clean , regency , romance. I'm most familiar with Josi Kilpack for her culinary cozy mystery series which I love so I was interested to see how she would do in the regency romance arena. I'm glad to say that she delivered! Amber Sterlington is beautiful and knows it.

She's a snob and extremely unlikable. She's shallow and has men lining up for her attention. Thomas Richards doesn't have title or a fortune. He's kind and likable and isn't too serious about finding a wife. He feels drawn to Ms. Sterlington but she is rude to I'm most familiar with Josi Kilpack for her culinary cozy mystery series which I love so I was interested to see how she would do in the regency romance arena. Sterlington but she is rude to him and he decides to avoid her. Suzanne is Amber's new maid. She's not treated well but needs the job. Early on, we get a taste of what the "scandal" will involve and I was interested to see how it would play out.

I liked that it was different from the typical scandal with regency romances--and it certainly would have been easy enough for Ms. Kilpack to go in that other direction. It builds to one humiliating incident at which point Amber is exiled. When that happens, Suzanne goes with her but doesn't plan to stay for long. I enjoyed the character development of Amber, Suzanne and Thomas.

Amber had a lot of changes to make and they didn't happen overnight. It still took her a while to understand the sacrifices Suzanne made to stay with her and help her. She was put in a situation she wasn't at all prepared for and Suzanne's compassion showed as she made unselfish, yet quiet, choices. It took a while for Amber and Thomas to meet back up again. Thomas showed his patience during this time as he was trying to put the pieces together yet didn't want to scare her off. The romance unfolded slowly, but in the end, it was completely satisfying. I wasn't crazy about the way Amber's family treated her, especially when Amber learns something significant towards the end.

There was a lot to this book and I enjoyed it all! If you enjoy regency romance, this is one you'll want to pick up! I received a copy of this book to review. Mel's Shelves Jun 02, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical , romance , whitney-award-eligible. A genre jump for Kilpack, but I thought she did an excellent job. One of Kilpack's strengths is character development, and I loved watching Amber's character develop and change. Usually regencies focus on the "sweet girl who is about to make a love match," but Amber is not one of the sweet girls. She's spoiled and arrogant.

When a life-changing event occurs, it still takes her time to truly change her heart. Jun 11, Julie Carpenter rated it really liked it Shelves: part-of-a-series , austenesque , , personal-library , go-to-read-agains. Amber and Thomas are two main characters who are definitely opposites. The beginning does a great job setting up the scene of the spoiled debutante who is going to get all that she sets her mind not her heart to and the humble third son of a baron searching for a wife who will build a good life with him. He can't understand the pull that Amber has over him and continues to try to avoid her though everything keeps setting them within each other's paths.

She is oblivious to him and honestly every Amber and Thomas are two main characters who are definitely opposites. She is oblivious to him and honestly everything and everyone that doesn't bring her towards her goal of marrying the highest titled man and also the wealthiest. She goes to such great lengths that along the way she loses her allies who happily give her up when disaster strikes.

Nothing scandalous but definitely something that would place her hidden away from society You should be. As she is hidden away by her family she comes to realize through circumstances and the help of her maid that she is not a kindhearted lady and has many shortcomings.

She learns that life in high society wasn't as wonderful as she originally believed but that working and living simply can truly bring happiness. Thomas yet again is brought to a point where their paths cross and realizes immediately who she is although she doesn't even remember him. He continues to come visit and she thinks she will ruin any respect he has in society if they continue their friendship. I must say I didn't care for Amber at all to begin with but then loved the growth and change in her that she was someone to admire. Thomas was always a great gentleman who you were cheering for when he was safe from Amber at the beginning and then cheering again as his goodness and desires were being rewarded.

I just loved it! I have read many other books by the author and love all her genres and must say I'm super duper glad she wrote that regency book she had contemplated years and years ago! I highly recommend this one and hope you take the time to enjoy it too! Happy Reading!!! Apr 08, Mindy rated it it was amazing. First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. It is already getting rave reviews, and I now that I am finished I can see why!

Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and so on and so on, all agree it is a fabulous book. Way to go, Josi!! This book was beautiful. The writing was flawless and the characters were strong and developed well. I loved how the author took her time in helping the reader learn to like Amber, because I admit, I didn't like her at first. She was so wonder First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. She was so wonderful. I loved how she was with Amber and how she didn't take any guff from her, and was brave enough to tell her.

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I loved how their relationship grew into a treasured friendship. One of my favorite things happened at the end of the story with Amber's sister Darra, I was in tears. As the story progressed, my heart broke for Amber, not knowing what was happening to her and learning her new life in her tiny cottage.


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  • I loved how she learned to take care of herself and appreciated her friendship and need for Suzanne. I honestly could go on and on, but you will need to read it for yourself, and love it as much as I did. Josi is also the author of the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, another favorite of mine. Plus many other novels and novellas. She is amazing, and I am a huge fan of her writing and Josi herself.

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Jan 07, Heidi Robbins Heidi Reads I don't normally enjoy reading stories where the main character is so flawed that she is unlikeable, but in this case the author did such a fabulous job with Amber's character arc. Amber's vulnerabilities and motivations for her attitudes and behavior are revealed as we get to know her and her family situation. As a sister to three, I could even relate to some of her sibling rivalry and frustrations.

    I don't want to give anything away, but the trial that sends Amber to the far north country and I don't normally enjoy reading stories where the main character is so flawed that she is unlikeable, but in this case the author did such a fabulous job with Amber's character arc. I don't want to give anything away, but the trial that sends Amber to the far north country and outcast from her family and society is one that is truly humbling.

    I loved Suzanne, her lady's maid who unwillingly accompanies her and learns to find the good in their situation and the good in Amber. They lean on each other and become sisters of a sort as they fend for themselves in a meager cottage without the amenities they are used to. Thomas is presented as something of an anomaly in England's high society- a man who would rather work his own farm than rely on an annual income from his brother.

    A man who values the character of a person over their standing in society. His own quality of character becomes apparent to Amber as she forms a friendship of sorts with him during her exile and gives her the hope than she can be accepted for the improved individual she has become despite her outward appearance. Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review Nov 03, Chrissy rated it really liked it Shelves: i-own-hardcopy , clean-romance , historical , read-again , regency.

    I was thankful that I had read my friends' reviews and knew that Amber started out horrible. I like heroines who are strong and kind, yet for the first third of the book, Amber is mean and arrogant. The author did a good job of establishing the negative so I could truly appreciate the change in her throughout the book. I thought the hero was truly a hero. I also appreciated that this story points out the power of overcoming tribulation. Amber learned so much through her trial, much more than any I was thankful that I had read my friends' reviews and knew that Amber started out horrible.

    Amber learned so much through her trial, much more than any teacher or book could have ever taught her. She was truly a different person in the end and found her true love. Mar 03, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: clean-romances , regency-romance.