13 November 2018

Tour & Giveaway: The Truth about Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker



The Truth about Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance.
Publication: November 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications.
Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

Reviewed by Kelly...

How could anyone not fall in love with The Truth about Miss Ashbourne?! The debut author writes a beautifully enticing story of finding what it means to be part of a family, having a desire to do something good and become independent, and finding someone who makes you laugh and fall in love with. I know that was a very overly long sentence but I wanted to put it all out there first!

Miss Ashbourne has guarded her heart and lived only to be a governess with a desire to open a school for girls. A school to teach them all the things of the world that are only taught to boys. She is definitely a modern day woman born in the wrong era for her goals. She has always expected to be a spinster. She never thought she would have love or a husband. She does seem to attract the wrong kind of men though. To find out what I mean by that, you will have to read the book. She learns about her mother’s side of the family and where she thought she would not care for them, she finds their unconditional love and she returns it as well. I loved watching her grow.

What I most loved though, was watching the relationship with Julianna, Miss Ashbourne, and William grow. They have such an easy banter. I found myself smiling and giggling many times with their conversations! I was just a little frustrated that I couldn’t hear what was inside William’s head to know how he felt about her. It was about ⅔ the way in until I could see how he felt for her. It is in first person, so I understand we don’t get to know. But I really wanted to know where Julianna and William were headed. Because William was helping Julianna with her dream of starting her school for girls and well I didn’t want her to start it and leave William. I was totally swooning over him! He was her confidante, her saviour, her friend and teacher. He was a man worthy of Julianna and I would accept nothing less. So the long wait was killing me. I enjoyed every minute of it though.

Just to get a tiny glimpse of Julianna’s personality, Julianna has never ridden a horse and she was a little scared. William was giving her some riding lessons and this was her first encounter with a horse (whose name is Miranda)…

I took a fortifying breath and forced myself to walk to the mounting block. William close behind. I tried to picture Miranda as a great big armchair, one I just needed to climb upon. I failed. She was very clearly a horse.

If you love independent women, stories about love, family, leering men, stories with lots of bantering/teasing, stories that make you smile and laugh,balls, sewing, horses then this might be for you! It definitely was for me!!


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​Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.






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4 comments:

  1. Wonderful review. It makes the characters come to life and me want to read it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Thanks. IT was really good! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Interesting. I've read several different reviews of this book from the tour hosts and you're not the first one to say you wish you could have peeked into William's head. I didn't feel that way at all! I liked the story being told entirely from Juliana's perspective, but you're right -- dual perspectives are much more common in Regency romances. I didn't even notice this one was different in that way!

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    1. I'm ok either way, but for some reason I really really wanted to hear his thoughts! Thanks for commenting

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