Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind
the keys of her beloved pianoforte and vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie.
But Lenora is ready for a change and beings her journey of self-discovery by
traveling to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’
boarding school. She is different in Bath and enjoys the freedom and
independence of her new life there. When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds
herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated
when she learns that Catherine-Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in
the school-is Mr. Asher’s niece.
Catherine is a difficult student, but
Lenora feels as though she is making progress with the girl even as the
chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases. When they share a passionate kiss
by the River Avon, Lenora feels it is the beginning of new forever-until she learns
that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes
Lenora closes her heart to him, and
Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make
amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a
decision only she can make.
REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
It’s no surprise to those who read my blog how
much I love the Proper Romance series.The
books are so wonderful, and clean and always carry such a great story. This installment to the Proper Romance series
is not different.It’s amazing!I love Kilpack’s writing.
This is a follow up book to the Vicar’s Daughter, and I was so excited
to receive the book.We get to see the
sister rejected in the Vicar’s Daughter
get her chance at love.If she will just
let it happen.
I just want to introduced my favorite characters
to you, and hopefully you will love them as much as I did!
Lenora – in The
Vicar’s Daughter she drove me a little insane.She was so insecure and quiet, that it bugged
me.Probably just because that is so opposite
of my own personality.I never
understood how she couldn’t speak her mind.NOW, we get to see a whole new Lenora.I love her.She is still terribly
shy, but she has been living with her Aunt and has gained more confidence and
is just a delightful character.Her ability
to handle a difficult teenager made me happy.I wish I could handle my own difficult teenager the same…hehe.Lenora is just a picture-perfect person of
grace, and beauty to me. I truly loved
her character, and was so happy to go on her journey with here in this book.
Aunt Gwen – Now, this woman is a woman after my
own heart.She loves to socialize and
always has a kind presence around her.She
is stern, yet loving, and just all around amazing.I love how she helps Lenora see the good in
people, and helps her to come out of her shell a little.She is the kind of Aunt every one should
have.One that is always there for you
no matter what, and willing to help even when you’re stubborn and don’t want to
listen to advice.I love her so much.
Catherine – well, let me think of how to
describe her, without being too unkind 😉.She is
a rotten teenager who makes everyone lives difficult especially if she doesn’t
get her way.She did have a horrible
life until her Uncle took her in, but her snarky and full on disrespectful attitude,
makes her a great character to hate.Or
love.It’s a fine line.I ended up really rooting for her and hoping
she would see the light.She is surrounded
by people who have vowed to never abandon her again, but she has trust
issues.Which is very understandable.
Aiden – Mmmmm….Mmmmm….Mmmmm Aiden.He comes off a bit brash at first but even
then, you can tell he has a good heart.He had to leave his estate to come and take care of his niece who is a
petulant child, yet he loves her and cares for her the best he can.He is such a gentleman.I swooned over him the whole time.His character is so well written.The whole book is well written but these
characters are stellar.
I don’t want to say too much about the book
because I want you to go buy it for yourself.It’s such a wonderfully, sweet romance.The setting of this book is beautiful and I found myself completely
emerged in the culture and time.Kilpack
has an amazing way of doing that for her readers.There are other supporting characters that
bring this book to life as well, but these four are what I want to focus
on.They are beautiful.Dealing with real life situations, just in a
This story captured me from the beginning and
held me until the end.It’s very well
written, and has some amazing and complex characters.If you like historical romances you should pick
this one up, you won’t regret it!It’s
was given this book in return for an honest review.I was not compensated in any way for this
review.These are my own PERSONAL
thoughts on the story.
WHERE TO PRE-ORDER:
bio and pic taken from shadowmountain.com
Josi S. Kilpack began her first novel in 1998. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense. Rocky Road is Josi’s nineteenth novel and the tenth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.
Greta loves her job as assistant
librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and
debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that
Greta is still single.
meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly
gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot
chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems
to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.
Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She
arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous
author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.
it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for
support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she
choose between them?
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
I don’t think there is any book in The
Proper Romance Collection that could be bad!
This book was so cute, and so entertaining.
Greta works in a Library, that is
facing extinction. She is putting all
her efforts into way to save her beloved library. There is just something so magical about libraries. I have to admit I don’t check out from
libraries, but sitting in them is magical.
This is a book that had a lot of “oh
my gosh, how stupid are you” moments coming out of my mouth, and then the next
sentence would be “oooohhhhhh”. Wilhite
brought out a lot of emotions for me in this beautiful, and passionate love
Gretta had a great passion for her
work, and her friends. Especially
Will. He has always been her saving grace
in every stage of life. Then walks in Mac.
The ONLY thing I didn’t like about
this book was how often Will was referred to as “large”. I wish we could only meet people through
knowing their heart first before ever actually seeing them. There would be a lot less judgment in the
world. Being a good person is what we should
all be, and Will was a great example of that.
Having said all that, Will is by far
my most favorite character in this book. He is one of the most swoon worthy men
I have read about in a long time. He has
so much love to give, he is kind, he is compassionate, and he is a poet….
There are moments in this book when I
wanted to throw my book, but had to see what was going to happen next, so I had
to wait 😊.
Pick this book up, you won’t regret
it. It was a pleasure reading from
beginning to end.
Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour,
in return for an honest review. I was
not compensated in any way for my review.
These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Becca Wilhite, author of Bright Blue Miracle and My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions, is a happy wife, and a mom to four above-average kids. High school English teacher by day, writer by night (or very early morning), she loves hiking, Broadway shows, food, books, and movies. You can find her online at beccawilhite.com.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Sarah Cobabe @ shadow mountain for allowing me to be part of this awesome tour!