16 June 2016

Blog Tour & GIveaway: Willowkeep by Julie Daines

Willowkeep by Julie Daines.
Audience/Genre: Regency Romance, Clean Read.
Publication: June 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications, Inc..
Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Kingston upon Hull. When a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.

Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of money. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after, as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.

Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those desperate to get their hands on her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte turns to the ghost of the beheaded queen, Anne Boleyn, for help. But no matter the size of the fortune, life—and love—are never smooth sailing.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Sometimes, I don’t want to write a review. I just want to savor the book and the feelings I had about the book to go to others by osmosis.

I love the cover!. It depicts the story perfectly. I love the willow branches on the start of every chapter. It is soft and inviting. The characters give the story depth. The words gave to me a range of emotions.

Charlotte and her special needs sister Susie is all she has left of family. Her mother drowned herself and her father thought sunk at sea and her brothers all died also having had special needs. Charlotte scraped by to take care of her and her sister in a harbor town. Charlotte’s mother was someone important once but left it all to marry the man she loved. Charlotte is definitely not like her mother or of high society; she likes to bite her nails and she has a perfect aim throwing a stone but her heart is gold! She vows never to marry. You have to get to the end of the book to find out why. Charlotte is just about out of money when she finds that her mother’s brother has left his estate to her. Charlotte is excited to be able to provide for her sister but is also skeptical of the world she is going into.

She didn’t need to worry because Henry Moreland, the steward, is there to help Charlotte every step of the way. He is utterly kind and fair and everything a perfect gentleman should be. And Susie has taken to him. Henry finds himself losing his heart to Charlotte and knowing that they could never be. He teaches her how to live in this new world with all the protocols. He also saves her time and time again against those that would try to get her newfound money as well. He would do anything for her; no matter the price! He had me swooning!

The story has action, mystery, drama and finding love with some twists and turns to boot! I love the emphasis on how important family is in this book. It is a very sweet love story. You have to read the acknowledgements at the end. It opens your heart some more and makes you giggle with Julie Daines’ inspiration places.

“You are the light that steals away the dark.”

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Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

She has three published novels and a novella, has won several awards for her writing, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Award.

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