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Monday, April 30, 2018

Miss Wilton’s Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack-Review





Title:Miss Wilton's Waltz
Author: Josi S. Kilpack 
Genres: Regency/Historical Romance 
Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 
Published: May 1, 2018 
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
ISBN: 978-1-62972-413-3
FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Synopsis:
A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack’s bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar’s Daughter.
Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—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, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.
When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.
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.
My Review
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. 
Excerpt from Miss Wilton's Waltz
Once the footman had left, Lenora spoke again. “Who put you up to it—my mother?” 

Aunt Gwen shifted, looking everywhere but at her niece. “My father?” “Victoria,” 

Aunt Gwen finally said, placing the blame squarely on the most meddling of Lenora’s older sisters. “She wrote to me and asked that I please help you find a husband, that your parents and sisters are distressed. I thought I would create this one event so I could tell her I’d done as she asked.”

 “Because I can never be happy without a husband?” Aunt Gwen looked at the floor. Contrition did not suit her. Lenora sighed and sat down next to Aunt Gwen on the plum-colored settee. “I am not angry with you.” 

Aunt Gwen met her eye, repentant and oddly insecure. “Are you sure?” “I could never be angry with you after all you’ve done for me, but . . . do not do this.” She held her aunt’s gaze to be sure that she was understood. Lenora’s stomach tightened at giving her aunt an order, but she had spent the last two years teaching obstinate fifteen-year-old girls to play Für Elise. She could stand up to her aunt. “If I have to look out for prospects when I stay with you, I’ll stay at the school on the weekends. I cannot make room for considering marriage again. I wasted twenty-three years of my life on that plan. Let me have the freedom to pursue my own course. Please.” Lenora was impressed with how steady her voice was and how practiced the words felt despite never having articulated them before. 

“Very well, but living alone becomes lonely over time. I have friends and I enjoy my independence, but the evenings are long, and I have no children to comfort me as I grow older. I wonder if I was too determined in not attempting to find love when I had the chance.” 

“I will remember that you told me as much,” Lenora said obediently, but her decision had been made two years ago. “Good night.”

Meet Author: Josi S Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack has written twenty-five novels, a cookbook, and several novellas. She is a four-time Whitney award winner, including Best Novel 2015 for "Lord Fenton's Folly, and has been a Best of State winner for Fiction. Josi loves to bake, sleep, eat, read, travel, and watch TV--none of which she gets to do as much as she would like. She hates to talk on the phone, learn how to do new things, and sweep--all of which she gets to do a lot :-) 



Josi and her husband, Lee, have four children and live in Northern Utah. For more information about Josi you can visit her website at www.josiskilpack.com or her blog at www.josikilpack.blogspot.com .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Purchase Miss Wilton's Waltz Here:




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 Proper Romances by Josi S. Kilpack
A Heart Revealed, Lord Fenton’s Folly, Forever and Forever A Lady’s Favor (eBook only), The Lady of the Lakes, The Vicar’s Daughter, All That Makes Life Bright. 

Other Titles by Josi S. Kilpack
The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series: Lemon Tart, English Trifle, Devil’s Food Cake, Key Lime Pie, Blackberry Crumble, Pumpkin Roll, Banana Split, Tres Leches Cupcakes, Baked Alaska, Rocky Road, Fortune Cookie, Wedding Cake, Sadie’s Little Black Recipe Book

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