I enjoyed the characters of Lenora Wilton and Aidan Asher, all the way up until Chapter 8. Lenora is a teacher at a school for girls during the Regency Period. She has one particularly troublesome student, Catharine. We learn why Catharine is misbehaving: she hasn't received proper care and attention from her father and other relatives, being passed around constantly and kicked out of two other schools for misbehavior. When her father dies, her uncle, Aidan Asher, is asked to be the trustee of her estate, requiring him to come back from Jamaica to do so, where he has been for a long time (thus why he hasn't known previously that she has been so mistreated).
The Regency Period is well before slavery was abolished in Jamaica (1838). Aidan Asher has been there on a sugar plantation for a long time, apprenticing under his grandfather, then managing the plantation, then obtaining a partner to manage it after he moves back to English to provide stability for his niece. As much as I liked Aidan as a character, the way he treated his niece, and the way that he talked with Lenora, I just couldn't get past the fact that my first thought after learning he was a sugar plantation owner was, "He owns slaves." Slaves on sugar plantations in Jamaica were worked hard and had short lives because they could always be replaced with more slaves coming in from Africa. It was one of the corners of the triangular transatlantic trade system: sugar from the Caribbean, rum/manufactured goods from New England or Europe, and slaves from Africa.
Aidan does everything that he can to help his niece. He gives a sizeable donation to the school to ensure that they won't expel her, and the influence his wealth has on the school is a significant reason why Lenora continues to interact with him long enough to develop feelings for him. Wealth derived from the labor of slaves. If only the author could have come up with a less objectionable occupation for her hero, then I feel like I could truly call this a Perfectly Proper Regency Romance.
I enjoyed this book so much!
I adore this book! A sequel to Kilpack's The Vicar's Daughter (2017) that I suggest you read first, Miss Wilton's Waltz takes us through getting to know the character of Lenora more intimately from the side character she was in the first book. Some things I appreciate about Kilpack's writing: the fact that she can take one family and create such distinct books and situations--I like reading a sequel that doesn't feel like a carbon copy of the first book. In addition, Kilpack carefully crafts characters that are easy to fall in love with and root for. I felt that the introverted Lenora might have been difficult to write, but Kilpack does an amazing job with this! So believable and charming. Aiden is the perfect gentleman, a quiet hero that complements Lenora exactly. I couldn't love this book more!
I loved listening to this book. The main character grows so much within herself, as does Katherine. There is so much depth in Lenora and Katherine too, which I very much enjoyed.
A waltz can be a complicated thing. You're moving this way or that restricted to a 3/4 beat, one partner leads while the other follows, and maneuverability is limited due to the other dancers on the floor. Yet with all these parameters something graceful and beautiful comes forth. The same things happen when lives intertwine in this book. Society's rules create restrictions as Lenora and Aiden begin a waltz to one another. The rigid decorum of a teacher at a girls school and the people they 'bump' up against are very controlling as Aiden leads Lenora in an unexpected dance. It's all rather unsettling for a woman just finding and learning to be comfortable with who she is.
I had two favorite aspects of this book. First, is how it illustrates the strings by which a Regency woman was yanked around. Anyone and everyone could pull on them and there was often little the woman could do about it. The second aspect was the excellent characterization of Lenora. Capturing the inner workings of an extreme introvert is no small thing, especially when she is in transition to let her butterfly wings peek out. Josi Kilpack does an outstanding job.
This book would be a good match for any fan of traditional Regency romance and a brilliant match for anyone that enjoys Regency tales that envolve other than Lords and Ladies.
This is a great book and well written, like her other works. I listened to the audio book, which is very nicely done! I could not stop listening and enjoyed every moment. The book was captivating and I would recommend it to all the women out there.
I recently finished Miss Wilton’s Waltz and it was great! Its a sequel to The Vicar’s daughter and if you haven’t read that one yet, read it first and then this one. There’s definitely references from the first book that you’ll need to know. I was hoping Lenora’s story would be continued and here it is! I love Josi’s writing and both books are very entertaining and well written.
MISS WILTON'S WALTZ is a darling story about a woman who has found safety in music and hiding herself away, the man she falls in love with, and his troublesome niece who is also his ward. The characters are easy to fall in love with as the story progresses, especially as they change and develop, and as the reader becomes more familiar with them. The romance is perfectly sweet with plenty of chemistry. A delightful story from beginning to end!
I adored these characters! I loved how complex they were and the theme of right versus wrong... how life is so much more gray than black and white. It so easily fit with Lenora having a father as a clergyman and being raised with a black and white perspective and then that perspective being challenged. She is not your usual heroine. She is quiet, reserved, and does not dare hope to find love. I loved the contrast of proper English society and Lenora's secret nightly walks in men's trousers, especially as she is a clergyman's daughter and with her desire to hide. I also loved Aiden. He is an interesting character with his background in Jamaica and being wealthy, but not snobbish. His commitment to his niece is seen as unusual by society. Catherine took some time to grow on me, but grow on me she did. She is quite the conniving minx. I also loved Gwen, Lenora's aunt. I loved her wisdom and her love for Lenora. Miss Keighly I could care less for, but as that was her role, she played it marvelously well.
Here is a favorite quote, Aunt Gwen sharing her wisdom with Lenora:
"Life never comes with guarantees, Lenora, and there is security in never taking a chance. But if you do not take hold of the opportunities of happiness that come your way, you will only find empty tomorrow. Life is both too long and too short to allow fear to guide your ship."
The pace of the story was perfect as was the plot. I didn't know if I would love Lenora's story after reading The Vicar's Daughter. She takes some time to find her backbone, but she does find it. I enjoyed seeing her character change and grow. The author did a fantastic job of allowing the situation to develop in such a way that it was realistic, fit with the historical setting, and challenged Lenora to fight for her happiness. I also thought the romance was well done. It develops slowly and felt like it was teased little by little as the characters are intrigued by one another, which builds an attraction, and then more without them consciously allowing love to blossom. You can feel the chemistry and the characters' frustrations quite easily. Not every author can pull of this kind of character development and plot without changing who the character is or without certain plot points feeling forced. Kilpack definitely had no issues doing so.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a heartwarming story full of complex characters who were easy to relate to, an engaging plot, and a sweet romance. Perfect for historical romance fans who love cheering for the underdog and looking for a happily-ever-after story that will touch the heart and leave the reader joyfully content.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
Miss Wilton's Waltz is a great read! This book is a sequel to The Vicar's Daughter. You don't have to read The Vicar's Daughter to understand what is going on in the story. Miss Wilton's Waltz focuses on Lenora's character and story. I like this book because Lenora must find courage to help herself overcome her anxieties. I feel most of us can relate to Lenora about certain anxieties or fears we may have and may need to overcome. I also like another character in the story named Catherine who has a disability and how she deals with her struggles to learn. The characters in this book are relatable and likeable. This would be a great book club read. It is a light and easy read! As a bonus at the end of the book there are book club questions.
I love when I can empathize with the struggles of the main character. Lenora's shyness and social awkwardness is something I experienced outside my family and close friends all the way through high school. Lenora's move to embrace a new life allows her to become more confident and I felt that going to college and leaving behind the role I felt trapped in opened up a refreshing sense of freedom to be happy with myself and all the opportunities before me. I admired Lenora's fortitude with the daunting situations and people she had to deal with. Catherine is not the typical orphan from stories like these- instead of being filled with gratitude, she is manipulative, cruel, and uncaring. I felt like it was a realistic portrayal of an abused child and it was gratifying to see her layers peeled back as Aiden doesn't give up on her, but is determined to help her in any way possible. Lenora's reactions to Catherine were realistic as well, and depicted the real struggle and sacrifice it took to be a part of her recovery and success. I loved Lenora's aunt and the compassion, nurturing, and wisdom she brought to both Lenora and Catherine's lives. The sweet and tender romance between Lenora and Aiden is worth fighting for, and I was filled with tension and anticipation until Lenora reached her happily ever after.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Here is Lenora! She played a vital role in The Vicar's Daughter as her intended fell in love with her sister. Yeah, Lenora was jilted, embarrassed but not exactly heartbroken. All the same, she moved to Bath to live with her aunt and start as a teacher in an all-girl's school.
I loved getting to know Lenora. I loved watching Lenora get to know herself! Josi Kilpack has a way of writing characters that are so interesting. They unfold gently, layered and vulnerable. It's so easy to like them, to root for them. It's also easy to be frustrated with them! I love when all my emotions get involved in a book. Characters are what make or break a book for me so when I emotionally connect to the characters, I am a happy, happy girl!
Although this book can stand alone easily, I would highly recommend reading The Vicar's Daughter first only because it will give you valuable insight and an emotional connection to Lenora. It makes this book all the more satisfying.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
Do you ever read a book where at the end you really wish you knew what was going to happen to one of the supporting characters? That is exactly how I felt about Lenora when I read The Vicar's Daughter, and I was so happy when I heard that she would get her own book.
Kilpack writes excellent stories, and I love what she did with Lenora's book. Lenora's family had coddled her, and their attentiveness, although well-intentioned, forced her to stay in the brittle mold that encased her. The change we got to see in Lenora while she lived with her aunt in Bath was wonderful. I was so surprised at her midnight walks (especially her attire), but I loved it. She kept reverting back to her anxiety and self-doubt, but I loved how much she had grown at the beginning of the story, and then how much more she grew throughout.
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. None of them fit the mold society would have them fit in, and it was so entertaining to see them mesh with each other.
Miss Wilton's Waltz has depth and plenty of emotion. There were a few times when I was a little impatient for things to work out, but overall it was a great read. I can see myself reading this one again.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
I was so glad that Lenora got her own story! I loved The Vicar’s Daughter, but Lenora was kind of the last string hanging out that needed fixed for me. I was so glad to get to see into her head and understand how she is just a little bit better.
I loved Lenora. She’s moved on from not getting married and now she’s teaching in Bath. This really would have been a courageous thing to have done at this period of time. It would have kind of marked her as a spinster, even though she was still of a marriageable age. But Lenora didn’t want everyone talking about her. That leads me to another thing about Lenora that I loved. Lenora deals with anxiety. I love that she has learned ways to calm herself and that she uses these when she needs them. I don’t deal with anxiety but I have a loved one who does, so seeing this in the open gives me a lot of hope.
Then there’s Aiden. I loved him! He’s a gentleman, even though you may not think so from Lenora’s first encounter with him. I love that he’s dealing with his niece’s behavior in the best way he knows how. That may not always lead him to doing the “right” thing, when he blackmails Lenora into making sure she stays at the school for one thing, but he does try his hardest.
His niece Catherine, wow! She was a holy terror through part of the book. It was fun to see her grow with Lenora though. Lenora learned a lot of things from her, just as Catherine learned from Lenora.
I LOVED this Regency Romance by Josi Kilpack, it’s one of my very favorite ones that I’ve read!
It was easy to fall into the pages of Miss Wilton's Waltz. I liked Lenora, even though she was very sad about her past and her current life situation. I could relate to her broken heart and moving forward in her life as best as she could. Things start shifting as soon as her new student, Catherine, makes her life unbearable at school. To make matters worse, the man that she encountered late at night as Lenora took her midnight stroll, is none other than Catherine's Uncle, Aiden Asher. As a fellow teacher, I could relate to a troubled student like Catherine who only wants to create mischief in class. This brought out many emotions in me. But I also knew how Lenora felt in trying her hardest to find ways to help this child too.
I quite liked Aiden from the start. He was thrown into raising his niece who'd never truly felt love because of her harsh upbringing. Aiden flounders a lot but his intentions are good. There are many problems as Aiden and Lenora start having feelings for one another. Lenora's Aunt Gwen is another very likable character who adds much grace and depth to the story and helping out often to solve problems for all involved. It was great to read a romance that felt real and where the characters had many struggles along the way. I rarely like a romance where the characters fall in love quickly. There is a lot of character growth for not only Lenora, but for Aiden and Catherine too. This all leads to a very satisfying end.
First of all, I have to say how much I love the cover. It is simple, but so well represents Lenora Wilton's character - a complex blend of hesitation and boldness.
I've looked forward to this book ever since reading, 'The Vicar's Daughter'. The sequel was so worth the wait. Lenora moves from her family home in a small village to Bath England to escape the scandal of having her younger sister marry Lenora's former fiance. As a companion to her Aunt Gwen, the normally shy and quiet Lenora, thrives. She gains confidence as a music teacher at a local girls boarding school, and mixes with society on the weekends. She does harbor a secret - one that would be an even greater scandal than being jilted if its found out: Lenora sneaks out of her aunt's house late on Sunday evenings dressed as a man to seek the peace and solitude of the River Avon. Her routine goes unnoticed for months, but one night there's a man in her favorite spot. They have a small altercation during which Lenora injures the man and then flees. She's upset, but thinks her secret is still safe until the same man, Aiden Asher, shows up at the boarding school the next day - and recognizes her. His charge, who is a new student at the school, is Lenora's most difficult student, but he enlists Lenora's help to keep her in school by promising to keep her nighttime walks a secret. This leads to much conflict for Lenora as she tries to work with the impossible girl, and keep her growing feelings for Aiden in check.
This is the kind of story to make everyone fall in love with reading. It is so well crafted. Josi Kilpack's prose and descriptions paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind, the plot holds your attention from start to finish, and the romance is totally swoon worthy. You won't want to put it down.
"Bold as brass, yet as calm as the summers morn". This has to be one of my favorites from Josi Kilpack. This story is about Lenora (who you learn about in the story, "The Vicar's Daughter"--which I suggest you read before this book, as this one would contain mild spoilers to the story.) Lenora is shy, nervous and timid when it comes to relationship. However, she is strong, confident and patient as a teacher, especially when it comes to a new unruly student, Catherine. Then in comes Mr. Asher, Catherines uncle who will do almost anything to help his young niece. Lovely story, with great characters. You won't be disappointed by this story.
"Life never comes with guarantees, and there is security in never taking a chance. But if you do not take hold of the opportunities of happiness that come you way, you will only find empty tomorrows."
*I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. (less)