|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Cedar Fort 2017|
Ashtyn Newbold has another great book available in Lies & Letters.
I was intrigued by the description, and the cover caught my eye. Then, I cracked the book open, and I have to admit that I was immediately put off by the main character, Charlotte. That worried me because I prefer stories with a likeable main character. Someone who isn't perfect, but has good qualities that you want to root for. Charlotte was . . . horrible. I mean, really, really, horrible. I was worried about liking the book because of her, but thankfully the story is about Charlotte's transformation. Her mother was a piece of work, but Charlotte was able to learn from her mistakes and grow a lot throughout the story.
There is an accident at one point in the story that felt a little abrupt. Yes, accidents typically happen quickly, but I would have loved some more detail after it happened. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the story. Lies & Letters is a very good, clean, story with a sweet romance. I would recommend it, and can see myself reading it again.
First let's start with the cover. I wouldn't be able to to leave a book store without this beautiful book. I am a book cover lover. I often walk out of book stores with books just because the covers are so beautiful.
Now, I saw this meme on Facebook the other day and I thought it explained my thoughts about this book pretty well.
ME: I like reading because it relaxing
ME: *screams at book*
ME: *throws book against the wall*
ME: *cries over characters for days on end*
ME: *curses the author's name to the winds*
ME: so relaxing
I loved this book so much, but there were a LOT of those feelings going on while reading. I LOVE it when an author brings out so many emotions in me.
Charlotte & Clara are banished to a little town called Caster, England after their father disgraced the family. Charlotte is sent to secure a marriage with an Earl. It was all she was raised to do. Marry a man for fortune and station.
Caster became so much more than that to Charlotte and Clara. They met Mrs. Abbot and her girls, and found out what it was like to live in a home with love in it.
This story captured me from the very first page. I read it in a day. Seriously, I couldn't put it down.
Newbold's writing is amazing. She brings the world alive. My heart ached. My heart blossomed. My heart screamed. Seriously all the feels in this book. The love story in this book is so wonderful and frustrating at the same time. Just fabulous.
source: I was given this book as part of the tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
I'm going to get this out of the way right from the start--I did not like the characters at all....at first. The mother is like Cinderella's evil step-mother personified and her two daughters aren't any better. Charlotte is a spoiled rotten brat with no tact, and Clara is a sniveling wimp. Luckily, through a series of unfortunate events, two-thirds of these characters changed. The growth they experienced gives me hope for the worst of characters because I grew to absolutely adore them.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the thought that you can make your choices, but you sure can't choose the consequences from those choices and that's exactly what happens with this story. Many events lead these girls to crossroads, where they had to choose how to act or react and each choice left them softer and better, especially as they had to deal with the aftermath, both good and bad. I loved their journey and the lessons that came from so many different sources. I especially love the idea that love really can conquer all.
This is a great flip-side to a Regency point-of-view. The desperate attempts to fit in were definitely portrayed, as were many other feelings, including the intense efforts to find acceptance and love. Ms. Newbold does a great job bringing emotion and conflict to some pretty flawed characters, giving them life and transformation. I enjoyed my time spent in this story.
Content: mild romance; mild violence.
*I received a copy from the publisher, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*