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Brighton, England 1820 Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match Brighton, England 1820 Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of. Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.


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Brighton, England 1820 Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match Brighton, England 1820 Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of. Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

30 review for Lakeshire Park

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I loved this story. I really, really love a story that shows me exactly why two people fall in love. That is the one thing I miss from Jane Austen's stories, the talking. They hardly talk to each other. Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love only speaking to each other a handful of times. Most of that time is spent saying unkind things to each other. I think because I am such a huge word person I love an author that gives me lots of speaking words. Julianne Donaldson does a good job of this and that i I loved this story. I really, really love a story that shows me exactly why two people fall in love. That is the one thing I miss from Jane Austen's stories, the talking. They hardly talk to each other. Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love only speaking to each other a handful of times. Most of that time is spent saying unkind things to each other. I think because I am such a huge word person I love an author that gives me lots of speaking words. Julianne Donaldson does a good job of this and that is what I am comparing this book to. If you read Edenbrook and loved it, you will like this. Enemies to Lovers troupe worked so well in this story. I feel in love with them both as they fell in love with each other. There was the perfect balance of drama and play and the conflict was brilliant and then brilliantly resolved! SO happy I got to read this! Thank you Netgally:}

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved it. The writing was beautiful and all I wanted to do was read this until I finished it. I was so excited when I found out about this one because it’s my favorite kind of romance, with a HEA! The MC were great with lots of angst and chemistry. I laughed out loud many times. Just. So. Romantic. Some of my favorite parts of this book were the games that were played after dinner. It kept a huge smile on my face. It was so much fun. It makes me want to spend a fortnight there. Lik 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved it. The writing was beautiful and all I wanted to do was read this until I finished it. I was so excited when I found out about this one because it’s my favorite kind of romance, with a HEA! The MC were great with lots of angst and chemistry. I laughed out loud many times. Just. So. Romantic. Some of my favorite parts of this book were the games that were played after dinner. It kept a huge smile on my face. It was so much fun. It makes me want to spend a fortnight there. Like any good book there were characters I loved and characters I hated. I loved Peter and Amelia! They were so much fun to watch and it was nail biting waiting to see how this would play out. I hated Lord Gray, his family and their cruelty to the girls. **Sigh** I’m sad it’s over and hope the author writes her next one quickly. She’s definitely being added to my favorite authors list! I highly recommend this book and I’m buying a copy as soon as it’s released. This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    This was such a delightful and charming read. I couldn't believe that this is the author's debut novel. Very well done! It is definitely one of my favorite Regency reads this year. Along with Heidi Kimball's, Where the Stars Meet the Sea. The opening scene gives the reader a brief glimpse and understanding of what Amelia and Clara's lives are like. With little time left for them to make a match and secure their future, Amelia is determined to do all in her powers to help her sister's suit for Si This was such a delightful and charming read. I couldn't believe that this is the author's debut novel. Very well done! It is definitely one of my favorite Regency reads this year. Along with Heidi Kimball's, Where the Stars Meet the Sea. The opening scene gives the reader a brief glimpse and understanding of what Amelia and Clara's lives are like. With little time left for them to make a match and secure their future, Amelia is determined to do all in her powers to help her sister's suit for Sir Ronald. As they set out for Lakeshire Park for the house party Sir Ronald and his mother have invited them to, little do they know what is in store for them. I dare say that some of the other members of the house party are aware of what's in store for them either. My reading time was very limited but every chance I could find, you were sure to see me with my nose stuck in this book. I couldn't get enough. It took me several days to finish it and I was really trying hard not to set aside everything else so that I could be on this journey with Amelia and Clara. I was so hopeful for them and then my hopes would be dashed only to rise and fall again and again. The more learned about their family life and circumstances the more I ached for them and increased my hope. I loved these characters and cheered them on. I couldn't help but want for them to find joy and love. I must admit that although Amelia didn't find it humorous, I found her first meeting with one Mr. Peter Wood quite delightful and humorous. And each subsequent meeting just added to that humor and delight. Their bargain and budding friendship was charming. Now, don't get me wrong, amid all that humor and delight and charm there were definitely moments of frustration, uncertainty, alarm, fear, sorrow, and hurt. But combined all together, they created a lovely journey that I can't wait to enjoy again and again as I return to this book. My older children kept asking me for book suggestions while I was reading this one and I kept telling them you have to read Lakeshire Park. I can't wait for them to follow through with my recommendation because I know it will become a favorite for them as it has for me. Content: Clean. I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    I'm pretty sure this book will go down as one of my very favorite regency romance books of the year. I absolutely adored it. From the very beginning I was pulled into the life of Amelia. It's a troubled life and the difficulties and cruelties weigh heavy on poor Amelia's shoulders. I felt them too, along with her clear determination to give her sister Clara what she not only needs but what she wants as well. This book gave me so, so many moments to sink my heart into. Honestly, if I could picture I'm pretty sure this book will go down as one of my very favorite regency romance books of the year. I absolutely adored it. From the very beginning I was pulled into the life of Amelia. It's a troubled life and the difficulties and cruelties weigh heavy on poor Amelia's shoulders. I felt them too, along with her clear determination to give her sister Clara what she not only needs but what she wants as well. This book gave me so, so many moments to sink my heart into. Honestly, if I could picture it out on a keyboard it would look something like this: ~~{ 💙 } ~~{ 💜 } ~~{ 💚 } ~~{ 💛 }~~{ 💗 }~~{ 💖 }~~{ 😍💋💙 } It was like going from one beautiful scene to the next. Amelia and Peter have a terrible first meet and it carries into their next encounters but the chemistry was there from the beginning- the battle of the wills, the angst (mostly on Amelia's part). But every single moment there was a tangible shift, little by little and I could feel it. I could feel my heart turning, softening and falling with Amelia's. It was so beautiful. So, so romantic. Ummmm. I loved it. Lovey- loved it. Read it again, loved it. Clean regency romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    This book was an absolute delight to read! It had it all for me- conflict, sacrifice, humor, yearning, and interestingly complex dynamics. The relationship between Amelia and Peter started with friction- more antagonistic on her side because of a debacle over a pair of gloves. It was fun to see how their interactions altered over time as she got to know him better and see more layers to his personality. Peter reminds me a bit of Philip from Edenbrooke- charming, loves to laugh, teasing, and full This book was an absolute delight to read! It had it all for me- conflict, sacrifice, humor, yearning, and interestingly complex dynamics. The relationship between Amelia and Peter started with friction- more antagonistic on her side because of a debacle over a pair of gloves. It was fun to see how their interactions altered over time as she got to know him better and see more layers to his personality. Peter reminds me a bit of Philip from Edenbrooke- charming, loves to laugh, teasing, and full of longing for his secret love, bringing a sense of vulnerability as well. The dynamics of those in the house party kept me on my toes as Amelia struggles to forge a future of security for her and Clara. She has to decide between a guaranteed practicality or a risky choice of love, which she has never believed in due to her parents' example. I loved how everything builds up to the climax and ending where I was satisfied with the resolutions for all my favorite characters. Highly recommend to fans of sweet Regency romance, especially those who enjoyed Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    This story was SO charming! And witty...romantic...delightful. I read it in the span of a couple of days and enjoyed it from beginning to end. Great banter, lovely writing and a new spin on Regency romance. I'm glad to have found a new author to follow!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Extremely likeable characters, genuinely charming hero and banter and loved the first person pov here. Does well to reiterate the powerlessness women experienced in fashioning their own destinies in the regency period. I did find the liberties and some of the time spent in Peter and Amelia's unofficial courtship to read more modern than we see and there were some anachronisms but easily overlooked due to the joy of the story. I look forward to reading more by this author

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars A great historical romance for fans of Jane Austen with a slow-burn, antipathy-to love relationship and great banter. Lakeshire Park is a promising debut and I really enjoyed my time with it. Amelia Moore and her sister Clara have lived at the sufferance of their stepfather after the death of their mother. He is now near death and will leave them nothing. Their only way out of a penniless existence is marriage and Amelia is determined to provide happiness for her sister. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars A great historical romance for fans of Jane Austen with a slow-burn, antipathy-to love relationship and great banter. Lakeshire Park is a promising debut and I really enjoyed my time with it. Amelia Moore and her sister Clara have lived at the sufferance of their stepfather after the death of their mother. He is now near death and will leave them nothing. Their only way out of a penniless existence is marriage and Amelia is determined to provide happiness for her sister. So when an invitation comes to visit Lakeshire Park, home of Clara's friend and potential suitor, this seems the perfect way out. Unfortunately, Mr. Peter Wood also joins the party in hopes of making a match for his younger sister Georgiana. He and Amelia get off very much on the wrong foot and she despises his haughty selfishness. But of course, he feels quite differently and is determined to win her over. I found much of this to be very entertaining and the snarky dialogue between Amelia and Peter made me laugh out loud. This is a sweet, quiet romance that definitely takes it's time. The ending left a bit to be desired. It was okay, but the final conflict was a tad melodramatic and the final ending felt less romantic and emotionally resonant than I would have liked. However, it's not easy to write good banter and I would definitely read more from this author in the future. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    A definite favorite! I was deeply captivated from the moment I picked this book up until the final page was finished. In a time of life that is full of uncertainty and chaos, the time I spent within these covers was purely magical and I honestly couldn't get enough of this delightful Regency story. I loved everything about it, from the winsome characters, to the subtle love triangles, to the witty banter and flirtations. I knew I was going to be totally hooked from that delicious first meeting be A definite favorite! I was deeply captivated from the moment I picked this book up until the final page was finished. In a time of life that is full of uncertainty and chaos, the time I spent within these covers was purely magical and I honestly couldn't get enough of this delightful Regency story. I loved everything about it, from the winsome characters, to the subtle love triangles, to the witty banter and flirtations. I knew I was going to be totally hooked from that delicious first meeting between Amelia and Peter and that hook never released me. In fact, days later, I'm still daydreaming about this beautiful escape. Amelia and Peter both have the best interests of their sisters at heart, but sometimes the whispers of the heart speak louder than intentions. This house party was so much fun and one of the best ones I've read about, especially the scenes that bordered on inappropriate for the times. Those moments brought giddy smiles to my face, yet my emotions were tugged upon in the nagging threads of desperation that threatened Amelia and her sister. This story is one of my favorites to date and I'm eagerly anticipating more from this new author. Content: mild romance *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Well ... I picked up Lakeshire Park at 9 p.m. one evening, thinking I'd read for an hour or so before bed. I finally put it down at 1:30 the next morning, after I'd read the final page. The story was so engaging that I simply couldn't stop reading! From the moment Amelia and Peter met and re-met (in two really fun scenes), I knew I was going to love them together! Their flirtatious banter was so fun, and I loved the way Peter slowly won Amelia's affection. She was so focused on the task at hand—s Well ... I picked up Lakeshire Park at 9 p.m. one evening, thinking I'd read for an hour or so before bed. I finally put it down at 1:30 the next morning, after I'd read the final page. The story was so engaging that I simply couldn't stop reading! From the moment Amelia and Peter met and re-met (in two really fun scenes), I knew I was going to love them together! Their flirtatious banter was so fun, and I loved the way Peter slowly won Amelia's affection. She was so focused on the task at hand—securing a proposal for her sister and thereby saving them from poverty—that it took her a while to see what (or who!) was right in front of her. Theirs is a swoony-yet-chaste romance, which is exactly what I want to see in a Regency! I also have to mention Peter's sister Georgiana. Though she is ... pretty much terrible for most of the book, I actually would love to see her story continue! She shows flashes of humanity a few times, which makes her a compelling villainess, one who I think could be reformed and have a great story of her own. Lakeshire Park is perfect for fans of Regency romance—it's romantic, humorous, and captivating. I highly recommend it! Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Utterly Charming! I was first drawn to this book by its beautiful cover. It's very inviting, warm and makes you want to go exploring the beautiful grounds. And you know, some book just call to you, begging to be read. I felt early on that I would enjoy this book and even had to start recommending it to friend when I was only about halfway through! I was quickly sucked into the story and connected with our heroine, Amelia early on. She is a likable lead, she'll do anything to secure the happiness Utterly Charming! I was first drawn to this book by its beautiful cover. It's very inviting, warm and makes you want to go exploring the beautiful grounds. And you know, some book just call to you, begging to be read. I felt early on that I would enjoy this book and even had to start recommending it to friend when I was only about halfway through! I was quickly sucked into the story and connected with our heroine, Amelia early on. She is a likable lead, she'll do anything to secure the happiness and security of her sister, even if it costs her own. I thoroughly enjoyed when Amelia and Peter meet for the first time, I'm a sucker for a good "meet cute" and thought theirs was great. The chemistry between them was swoon-worthy and it was fun watching their feelings develop. The pacing was nice, believable and just enough tension to keep things interesting and kept me grinning throughout. Lots of great scenes in this one. I enjoyed Ms. Walker's writing style, the story has an easy flow to it that makes you forget you're reading and get carried away in the story. This was the first book I've read of hers, but I eagerly look forward to reading more. Reminiscent of Edenbrooke, so if you enjoyed that book you'll want to give this one a try. Highly recommend to everyone! Content (G): Clean romance, kisses, no violence or language Similar Books You May Enjoy...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    There are books that make you feel good while you are reading them and it is sad to see them end. This was one of those books for me. I fell in love with the characters and the story. It was a hard book to put down! This is her first full-length novel. The book is polished and the voice is fantastic. Megan Walker is an author that I will be looking for in the future. Amelia Moore and her sister Clara are in dire circumstances. Their stepfather is on his deathbed and will not provide for their fut There are books that make you feel good while you are reading them and it is sad to see them end. This was one of those books for me. I fell in love with the characters and the story. It was a hard book to put down! This is her first full-length novel. The book is polished and the voice is fantastic. Megan Walker is an author that I will be looking for in the future. Amelia Moore and her sister Clara are in dire circumstances. Their stepfather is on his deathbed and will not provide for their future. Soon they will be destitute with nowhere to go. An invitation to a house party takes them to Lakeshire Park where it is vital that one of them make a match. Amelia puts all of her hope into Clara making a good match and is willing to sacrifice her happiness for her sisters. What she didn't count on is Peter. I don't know if I could adequately describe Peter. He is by far my favorite character of the book. He has a talent for drawing Amelia out of her shell and helping her to see the possibilities for happiness in her future. He is persistent and fun. There is so much to recommend in this book. It is now a favorite of mine. This may be one that I revisit in the future. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    It’s been such a long time since I’ve adored a book as much as I adored Lakeshire Park, but from the moment I began reading, I was sucked into Megan Walker’s beautiful writing and even more beautiful story. The romance between Amelia and Peter captivated me from the beginning and didn’t let me go as it gently led me from one wonderful and romantic scene to the next as the relationship between our hero and heroine deepened and unfolded. It was simply a delightful, magical story, and I’m trying to It’s been such a long time since I’ve adored a book as much as I adored Lakeshire Park, but from the moment I began reading, I was sucked into Megan Walker’s beautiful writing and even more beautiful story. The romance between Amelia and Peter captivated me from the beginning and didn’t let me go as it gently led me from one wonderful and romantic scene to the next as the relationship between our hero and heroine deepened and unfolded. It was simply a delightful, magical story, and I’m trying to find the words to describe why I loved it so much. The prose was gorgeous, while Amelia’s first-person narration was both immersive and added an element of mystery for us not to know what Peter was thinking. Both Amelia and Peter were fantastic characters who had fantastic chemistry with one another and helped each other experience such satisfying growth throughout their story. The conflict of both of their sisters wanting to marry the same man and both Amelia and Peter wanting their happiness added some wonderful tension that made this enemies-to-lovers romance even more engaging. Their journey of falling in love and finally coming together was utterly delightful, charming romantic, and truly beautiful. Lakeshire Park has definitely become a new favorite. I enjoyed every moment of it and know this is a delightful story I’ll not only treasure but reread many more times. I can’t wait to see what Megan Walker writes next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    All Amelia Moore wants and needs to do is find a suitable match for her younger sister Clara so she'll be taken care of and provided for. Their mother died two years ago and their stepfather has reluctantly provided the necessities since then only because of his promise to their dying mother. His health is failing and he's made sure Amelia knows that his promise to care for them dies with him. When an invitation arrives from Sir Ronald to attend a house party at Lakeshire Park arrives, Amelia kn All Amelia Moore wants and needs to do is find a suitable match for her younger sister Clara so she'll be taken care of and provided for. Their mother died two years ago and their stepfather has reluctantly provided the necessities since then only because of his promise to their dying mother. His health is failing and he's made sure Amelia knows that his promise to care for them dies with him. When an invitation arrives from Sir Ronald to attend a house party at Lakeshire Park arrives, Amelia knows this is their last chance for Clara to capture his attention and form an attachment. There's only one problem, Mr. Peter Wood wants the same thing for his sister Miss Georgiana. I loved this book and can't believe it's a debut novel. I knew Amelia and Peter would end up together after their run-in in the dress shop over a pair of gloves, but I didn't know how Peter would win Amelia over considering their sisters were vying for the attention of the same man. I loved how the author got them together. House party settings are so much fun because of the secondary characters and their interactions. I find them more enjoyable than London parties and balls because they're set in the country and have many activities in which the characters of the story can be placed. I liked both Amelia and Peter. They wanted the best for their younger sisters, and Amelia learned to trust her heart, and I was thrilled that both sisters find their happily ever after. I liked several of the secondary characters and hope the author gives a couple of them their own stories. I look forward to reading more from Megan Walker. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and Shadow Mountain. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    “I want to go to Paris, to learn French, to see the Seine.” With each statement, I tore the letter again and again, until the pieces were small enough to float on the wind. “I want a life full of laughter and scheming and dancing underneath the stars.” ✨ Lakeshire Park is everything you want in a beautifully written romance. I could not put this book down. From the moment you read the first page you feel pulled into the world of Amelia. Her up’s and her down’s feel like an emotional rollercoaste “I want to go to Paris, to learn French, to see the Seine.” With each statement, I tore the letter again and again, until the pieces were small enough to float on the wind. “I want a life full of laughter and scheming and dancing underneath the stars.” ✨ Lakeshire Park is everything you want in a beautifully written romance. I could not put this book down. From the moment you read the first page you feel pulled into the world of Amelia. Her up’s and her down’s feel like an emotional rollercoaster that you are riding together. The book felt very well researched in terms of historical accuracy of the independence of women. As I was reading, I felt Amelia’s sadness of not being able to create her own life and the overall frustration of being a woman in a man’s world. I won’t spoil it for you... but I loved the bit of unexpectedness towards the end. This book kept me entranced all the way to the very last word A 5/5 🌟’s from me. I would highly recommend this book. The publication date is set for April 7th 2020. You won’t want to miss this one! Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC. .... www.instagram.com/probablyatthelibrary

  16. 5 out of 5

    JP

    About this book • Release date April 7, 2020 • Published by Shadow Mountain • 320 pages • I didn’t want to put it down • one of my favorite romances • wonderful characters • beautifully written • great chemistry • angst • so romantic • loved the after dinner games • HEA • highly recommend • Netgalley • all opinions are mine alone • definitely buying this one ♥️

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yara

    I DNF’d this book after reading 40%. One of my favorite tropes in romance is that of enemies to lovers. So, as you can imagine when I read the premise for this book I was intrigued by the prospect. The book started well enough, with Amelia and her sister Clara living as wards to their stepfather who hates them. I thought it was a little over the top with the mustache twirling evil stepfather but I let it go. The writing was unsophisticated, yet not bad, though the author tends to lean to much tow I DNF’d this book after reading 40%. One of my favorite tropes in romance is that of enemies to lovers. So, as you can imagine when I read the premise for this book I was intrigued by the prospect. The book started well enough, with Amelia and her sister Clara living as wards to their stepfather who hates them. I thought it was a little over the top with the mustache twirling evil stepfather but I let it go. The writing was unsophisticated, yet not bad, though the author tends to lean to much towards the purple prose spectrum of romance writing. Unfortunately, this was complimented with anachronistic language and behavior and as anyone who knows me knows, I hate anachronisms in historical novels. I can let small things slide but there’s some truly egregious anachronism in this book. A reviewer mentioned that this felt like a YA Regency Romance novel and I thought that was the perfect description for this book. The characters were very young , almost immature in their behavior even though Amelia is 19 and Peter is 24. There’s a maturity that is expected of people of that age living in Regency England. Then we have the exaggerated behaviors, such as that of the evil stepfather, the evil London chaperone, the extremely caddy romantic rival. It’s not that there can’t be truly terrible people in stories, in fact that can enrich them as there are truly terrible people in this world, but there’s a way to write them that doesn’t feel cartoonish. A few examples. Amelia and Clara’s parents married because their father “compromised” their mother by being seen kissing her at a ball. This is a bit of a stench but we’ll let it go. However, then Amelia and Peter spend countless hours and days together alone without a chaperone and no one bats an eye about it. Hmmm, Additionally, after knowing each other for mere hours they refer to each other using their first names (Christian names). This is after not being formally introduced the first time they meet and having Peter grab Amelia by the arm until she told him her name. Really? Yes, really. Then we have the standard YA romantic triangle (I’m not a fan of romantic triangles (especially with one of the girls acting completely outrageously). I’m not a fan of the love triangle but it can be done right at times. Now, there’s a way to do this, where there’s a “bad girl” -though why do girl have to be caddy, I don’t know - who tries with her sophistication and higher breeding to snare “the man” without acting, well, caddy. There are a few other examples but you get the picture. I think this author would have benefited from doing better research. It would have helped with the anachronistic scenes and language. I think the sophistication in her writing will evolve as she continues to write but she should work on it. She’s not a bad writer, there’s potential there but she needs to elevate her writing if she want to write serious adult romance. Overall, this book could have been a sweet simple romance but it suffered from poor research and unsophisticated writing. P. S. There are a lot of very good to excellent Proper Romance books out there but you have to really search for them. There’s too many that try and fail because they confuse clean romance with simple people who’s most complex emotion is anger.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Amelia and Clara's parents are dead and their stepfather is dying. Upon his death, they will be thrown out and have nothing. With this looming difficulty, Amelia wants to secure her sister's future and travels with Clara to Lakeshire Park upon the invitation of Sir Ronald. This is what's most important to Amelia and we see her make decisions with the sole purpose to achieve a good match for Clara, who has feelings for Sir Ronald. Unfortunately, despite Amelia's good intentions, there are many pro Amelia and Clara's parents are dead and their stepfather is dying. Upon his death, they will be thrown out and have nothing. With this looming difficulty, Amelia wants to secure her sister's future and travels with Clara to Lakeshire Park upon the invitation of Sir Ronald. This is what's most important to Amelia and we see her make decisions with the sole purpose to achieve a good match for Clara, who has feelings for Sir Ronald. Unfortunately, despite Amelia's good intentions, there are many problems in her way. She discovers Peter Wood, also staying at Lakeshire Park with his sister Georginana, wants to secure his sister's intentions with the same Sir Ronald. You can see how the situation is intense for all the parties involved. I liked seeing how Amelia and Peter evolve from her not liking him at all to seeing him as a friend and eventually something more. I really liked Lady Demsworth and the other secondary characters. The ending was a whirlwind with HEA for (almost) everyone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Stunning, stunning, stunning! I stole every spare minute I had to race through this book. I loved the attention to detail, the way in which the reader is given such a vast multitude of moments, and places - events happening. Often in these kind of books, the same thing is occurring every day. It gets tiresome and overdone. This, however has you turning a page, knowing the end result but never knowing how they’ll get there, or what twists will come along the way. The conflict between both Peter & Stunning, stunning, stunning! I stole every spare minute I had to race through this book. I loved the attention to detail, the way in which the reader is given such a vast multitude of moments, and places - events happening. Often in these kind of books, the same thing is occurring every day. It gets tiresome and overdone. This, however has you turning a page, knowing the end result but never knowing how they’ll get there, or what twists will come along the way. The conflict between both Peter & Amelia’s sisters added a great dynamic. So refreshing to have such a bold personality from both of them, and even though there are secrets - there is much that is more openly shared between the two, considering the era. I loved that. It felt fresh and different in all the right places. This book is going on my bookshelf the minute it’s released. The best regency I’ve read in a long while. Thanks to Netgalley for the eARC. This is my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    Marrying for Security or Marrying Love Amelia and Clara Moore are two sisters soon to be facing an uncertain future without any family, inheritance, or prospects. Their irritable and unfeeling stepfather, who begrudgingly kept them on as part of his household these last few years after their mother passed, warns Amelia that any support or responsibility he owes to them comes to a swift end with his death. With Lord Gray’s health in rapid decline and an unsuccessful London Season behind them, the Marrying for Security or Marrying Love Amelia and Clara Moore are two sisters soon to be facing an uncertain future without any family, inheritance, or prospects. Their irritable and unfeeling stepfather, who begrudgingly kept them on as part of his household these last few years after their mother passed, warns Amelia that any support or responsibility he owes to them comes to a swift end with his death. With Lord Gray’s health in rapid decline and an unsuccessful London Season behind them, the sisters are almost in dire straights. But then an invitation to a house party hosted by Sir Ronald Demsworth at his estate, Lakeshire Park, arrives… Amelia is determined to give her sister every opportunity to make a match with Sir Ronald – who she already is smitten with – but decides to keep their looming homelessness to herself. After all, if anyone deserves to find happiness and marry for love it is her sister, Clara. Amelia’s plans and hopes are immediately thrown awry upon their arrival at Lakeshire Park as they discover the beautiful and wealthy Georgiana Wood is also vying for Sir Ronald’s heart. And what’s more, her older brother, Peter, is there to encourage and support the match. But Amelia won’t let that stop her, she plans to distract and thwart all of Peter Wood’s matchmaking schemes, even if it means spending time with this the insufferably teasing man herself! What happens between Amelia and Peter when an unexpected friendship develops and their sister’s rivalry intensifies??? There is so much I adored about this splendid and beautifully composed Regency Romance! Megan Walker’s writing and characters had me completely consumed. And I loved every aspect of the house party at Lakeshire Park – the pleasant walks and picnics, the games and competitions, horseback riding, dancing, meeting in the gardens – what can I do to secure an invitation to the next house party at Lakeshire Park? Lastly, I love the unexpected course this story traveled. I was smugly thinking I had it all figured out, but I was pleasantly surprised by some clever and unpredictable twists. I immediately fell in love with the Moore sisters – who, with their deprived inheritance, opposing romantic natures, and dependence on others, reminded me of the Dashwood sisters. Especially Amelia, who quietly carries all responsibility on her shoulders, takes prodigious care of her younger sister, and has a very unromantic outlook on life and love. I completely adored Amelia – she is wise, playful, selfless, brave, and all things endearing. This next paragraph is all about Peter, who is the type of hero that will ruin readers for all other heroes…! Peter was dangerously charming, adorably provoking, and an incorrigible flirt. But underneath all his irreverence and scheming hides a man full of sincerity, caring responsibility, and unexpected depth. His earnest desires for home and love had my heart melting, and I absolutely adored every single moment he share with Amelia – their banter, powerful chemistry, and sweet scenes of friendship were so heart-touching and memorable. Lakeshire Park is a riveting and rollicking romance full of engaging characters, house party diversions, subtle Jane Austen nods, and an exquisitely-developed romance. This expressive and romantic tale will delight readers who love Regency romances and are wanting to escape to an English country estate! I highly recommend! Austenesque Reviews

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    In this novel, Amelia and her sister Clara are weeks away from destitution. Their stepfather is near death, and has made no provision for them. When they are invited to pay a visit at the home of a gentleman admirer of Clara, Amelia knows it is their last and best opportunity to secure a permanent home. Unfortunately, when she gets there she finds that another guest has a similar idea. Peter Wood has brought his sister Georgiana to pay a visit in hopes of engaging the same man. Amelia and Peter In this novel, Amelia and her sister Clara are weeks away from destitution. Their stepfather is near death, and has made no provision for them. When they are invited to pay a visit at the home of a gentleman admirer of Clara, Amelia knows it is their last and best opportunity to secure a permanent home. Unfortunately, when she gets there she finds that another guest has a similar idea. Peter Wood has brought his sister Georgiana to pay a visit in hopes of engaging the same man. Amelia and Peter are both determined to forward their sisters' pursuit of a good match, so in the interests of fair play, they agree to keep each other preoccupied so that neither has too much chance to sabotage the other. Afternoon excursions, banter, and friendship ensue. This Regency love story was easy to read, funny at times, and had a very engaging romantic lead. What I liked about it was that even though the two main characters are somewhat at odds at the beginning, they don't snipe at one another for no good reason, as I've seen done in other books in an attempt to ratchet up the tension. The interaction in this book is handled in a more realistic way, and is actually cute. Although I felt there were probably a few anachronisms in dialogue, they weren't significant enough to really impact my enjoyment of the book. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for this digital review copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Amelia Moore has one goal in mind - that of ensuring her younger sister Clara's future. So when attending a house party Amelia does her best to ensure that Clara finds a find match. This is very important to Amelia as their stepfather's impending demise will leave them penniless. So Amelia hopes to bring Clara together with their host, Sir Ronald. There is someone else vying to match his sister with Sir Ronald, Mr. Peter Wood. If his sister can be soon married to the man, Peter is certain her fut Amelia Moore has one goal in mind - that of ensuring her younger sister Clara's future. So when attending a house party Amelia does her best to ensure that Clara finds a find match. This is very important to Amelia as their stepfather's impending demise will leave them penniless. So Amelia hopes to bring Clara together with their host, Sir Ronald. There is someone else vying to match his sister with Sir Ronald, Mr. Peter Wood. If his sister can be soon married to the man, Peter is certain her future will be protected. What ensues is a battle between Peter and Amelia. Whose sister will win? And, in the meantime, will their own hearts be protected? Amelia and Peter certainly do not see eye to eye from the very start. Furthermore, Peter's sister rubs Amelia the wrong way. However, there is an underlying attraction between Peter and Amelia that quickly finds its way to the surface. There is strong reason, however, that anything that grows from their growing friendship can never be more than that. Lakeshire Park is a touching story where readers get to seen genuine love evolve. I loved Amelia and Peter together as they always tried to put their siblings first, even if it meant giving up their hope of forever happiness. I love reading stories like this back in a time when house parties threw people together. When close circumstances, bonds of friendship, family responsibility and duty all come together to bring a wonderful result in the end. This is my first book by Megan Walker at was truly an excellent read. Many thanks to Shadow Mountain and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (BookObsessedJess)

    Holy OMG. Lakeshire Park was....OMG. I have read so many historical fiction books as of late and TBH I have less than zero regrets. Who doesn't want to read about a swoon-worthy gentleman who can legit only exist in books? Who doesn't want to read about a couple and wonder if they will just get together already?!


Before I get into my opinions and the whatnot, I want to say thank you to the publishers over at Shadow Mountain for sending me an ARC to review. AND NOOOOW, here is the synopsis: 
Syn Holy OMG. Lakeshire Park was....OMG. I have read so many historical fiction books as of late and TBH I have less than zero regrets. Who doesn't want to read about a swoon-worthy gentleman who can legit only exist in books? Who doesn't want to read about a couple and wonder if they will just get together already?!


Before I get into my opinions and the whatnot, I want to say thank you to the publishers over at Shadow Mountain for sending me an ARC to review. AND NOOOOW, here is the synopsis: 
Synopsis:
 
Brighton, England 1820

Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of.

Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

OK. Can we just acknowledge that the gentleman's name is a little....I mean, his name is Peter Wood. PETER. WOOD. And if your mind doesn't go where mine did, well, good for you. Peter Wood was different than any other man I’d ever met. In everything he did, he gave too much. He was too bold, too aware. And entirely too handsome. 
Name aside. He was perfect. The first time our heroine meets the dashing and infuriating gent, it's in a glove shop, where he has just come out from under the table with the absolute last pair of gloves. A true tragedy in that day and age where showing your hands was scandalous. Their first meeting is funny and cute and endears you to both of them immediately. Amelia and Peter are both vying for their sisters to end up with the object of their desire, Sir Ronald, and they will both stop at nothing to succeed. 
Even if it means taking themselves out of the matchmaking by spending their afternoons together. 
I. 
Cannot. 
You must read this book. It's fun, funny, heart-string pulling, and endearing. 
As a bonus, Julianne Donaldson (author of Edenbrooke) gave her seal of approval, so you KNOW it’s good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Fordham

    It's been a while since I've read a Regency romance. To be honest first person is not my favorite POV to read but it worked here. I read this over the course of a couple days and found myself eager to get back to it. If you're looking for a sweet, love story- pick this up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Judith McGinn

    Beautiful!!!! I read it in a day!! It is such a beautiful love story. I love the wonderful friendship that the main characters share and how it makes their love so strong!! Definitely a must read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    Matchmaking MC's battle for the happiness of their respective sisters. This is my first book by this author, and I have to say I'm very impressed by the quality of her writing.  
 I was surprised to learn that this is only her second book, the first being A Beautiful Love.  
 Yes, I went after her backlist. It was that good! 
 The book tells the story of Amelia, a young woman who lived with her ailing step-father and her sister, in Brighton, England.  
 The relationship between the girls and their step Matchmaking MC's battle for the happiness of their respective sisters. This is my first book by this author, and I have to say I'm very impressed by the quality of her writing.  
 I was surprised to learn that this is only her second book, the first being A Beautiful Love.  
 Yes, I went after her backlist. It was that good! 
 The book tells the story of Amelia, a young woman who lived with her ailing step-father and her sister, in Brighton, England.  
 The relationship between the girls and their step-relative was very problematic, and upon his imminent death, both sisters would be destitute. 
 In a last attempt to marry them off, their step-father sent them to a house-party in Lakeshire Park. The invitation came in a very opportune moment, as their host had paid particular attention to Amelia's sister during her only London Season. 
 Amelia, a dutiful older sister, went to the party bent on matchmaking and saw on Sir Ronald the answer to all their problems. Unfortunately, her intentions were opposed by those of Mr. Peter Wood, a friend set on uniting Sir. Ronald to his sister Georgiana. This is an enemy-to-lovers story, but the relationship between the main characters is romantic, sweet, and full of understanding and companionship.   The heroine is strong and principled, but she is also loyal and kind, and I loved her from the first pages. The hero is a tender, funny, and loving brother. Definitely marriage material. 
 The book is gentle and lovely. It is a clean romance that focuses on small gestures, inner beauty, personality, and disposition of the characters. A truly heartwarming story of family and love.  
 Highly recommended! 
 Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    (4.5 stars) I was so lucky to get an advanced copy of Lakeshire Park, Megan Walker's addition to the Proper Romance line. I loved it! Amelia Moore is in a bad situation. Her mother has passed away, leaving them in the care of their stepfather who wants to wash his hands of both Amelia and her sister. She has one last chance to save them both by encouraging an attachment between Clara and Sir Ronald. Luckily, Sir Ronald invites them to a house party which is the perfect opportunity to cement the ma (4.5 stars) I was so lucky to get an advanced copy of Lakeshire Park, Megan Walker's addition to the Proper Romance line. I loved it! Amelia Moore is in a bad situation. Her mother has passed away, leaving them in the care of their stepfather who wants to wash his hands of both Amelia and her sister. She has one last chance to save them both by encouraging an attachment between Clara and Sir Ronald. Luckily, Sir Ronald invites them to a house party which is the perfect opportunity to cement the match. Unfortunately, the arrogant Mr. Peter Wood also wants a match between Sir Ronald and his sister. It becomes a sort of competition and Peter and Amelia are thrown into some circumstances that are fun and funny! I thought the author did an amazing job with the wit between the characters and still held true to the society rules and expected decorum of the regency period. I loved the chemistry between Amelia and Peter and the building attraction between them. There is a good character arc as Amelia realizes that her judgments may not always be correct and Peter also sees things in a different way the longer he knows Amelia. I really enjoyed the ending and all the twists and turns Amelia had on her journey to love, as well as her sister Clara. The secondary cast was well-rounded and there were several characters that I hope to see in future books. Ms. Walker is definitely an author I would love to read again! Don't miss this one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    What can I say about Lakeshire park that hasn't already been said? Its simply one of the loveliest regency romances i've read this year. Proper romances that convince me of their chemistry in strictly words exchanged by the two main characters is a straight home run for me. Amelia Moore and her sister are at the end of their luck. With both parents gone and a step father that promises them nothing after his inevitable death they need to find situations for themselves and fast. Amelia is a chara What can I say about Lakeshire park that hasn't already been said? Its simply one of the loveliest regency romances i've read this year. Proper romances that convince me of their chemistry in strictly words exchanged by the two main characters is a straight home run for me. Amelia Moore and her sister are at the end of their luck. With both parents gone and a step father that promises them nothing after his inevitable death they need to find situations for themselves and fast. Amelia is a character you can't help but fall in love with and Peter Wood? This charismatic charming character is a man you can help but fall in love with yourself. I stayed up entirely too late reading this book and would easily put it in my top proper romances of the year. Do yourself a favor and clear your schedule, pull out the snacks and get to reading!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    WELL THIS WAS PRECIOUS. BLOG || INSTAGRAM Thanks to a lucky moment seeing a friends post saying she read and loved this, a Netgalley request that went through, and a feeling for a clean and sweet regency romance and here we are! I adored this book and love this feel good romance. What I noticed at times was the tiny tidbits I recognized from Pride and Prejudice (I am a BIG fan of that book/movie). This wasn’t a bad thing at all to me because the story was wholly it’s own. I enjoyed seeing these mom WELL THIS WAS PRECIOUS. BLOG || INSTAGRAM Thanks to a lucky moment seeing a friends post saying she read and loved this, a Netgalley request that went through, and a feeling for a clean and sweet regency romance and here we are! I adored this book and love this feel good romance. What I noticed at times was the tiny tidbits I recognized from Pride and Prejudice (I am a BIG fan of that book/movie). This wasn’t a bad thing at all to me because the story was wholly it’s own. I enjoyed seeing these moments and the vibe of this plot was perfectly set up for England 1820. I didn’t know how smitten I was going to be with the romance at first. I thought it felt at bit insta-ish and it took me a little to grasp onto it. Once I did though, oh. I was smitten with Peter. SO PRECIOUS. I loved the banter between them and the enemies to lovers moments were on point. Amelia and Peter were just the cutest pair you guys. It was crafty to have this book set-up over a two week time span. I liked that each day was something different and unique for the characters to interact with. It didn’t feel stagnant keeping the location at essentially one home. There was even some drama that never felt over the top (okay, maybe a little, ONLY because this is a regency time period so things that are no big deal now were a big deal then). I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more books from this author! Overall audience notes: - Regency romance - Language: none - Romance: some kisses Thank you to the publisher, and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I am a huge fan of the Proper Romance line of books and I’ve read almost all of them. I LOVED this story! It drew me in from the first pages and I couldn’t read fast enough to learn the fate of Amelia’s heart, her family’s future, and what would become of the infamous Peter Wood. In Brighton, England 1820 a woman’s future was often uncertain, and marriage was the only thing that could save her from a life of servitude or living as a spinster with a family member. For the Moore girls, there would I am a huge fan of the Proper Romance line of books and I’ve read almost all of them. I LOVED this story! It drew me in from the first pages and I couldn’t read fast enough to learn the fate of Amelia’s heart, her family’s future, and what would become of the infamous Peter Wood. In Brighton, England 1820 a woman’s future was often uncertain, and marriage was the only thing that could save her from a life of servitude or living as a spinster with a family member. For the Moore girls, there would be no such family to care for them once their stepfather passes on. The urgency of their situation combined with the elegance of the regency setting creates a storyline that promises to engage the reader. The light banter kept me smiling, while the historical details pulled me deeper to the stories. I could almost hear Amelia playing the pianoforte and almost taste fresh English blackberries. It was really fun to read this because Walker did a great job of bringing the reader in to understand Amelia’s heart before she could figure it out herself. I could hardly read fast enough to discover the satisfying HEA. I’ll definitely be passing along this clean and wholesome romance to my daughters and friends.

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