- Title: The Truth about Miss Ashbourne
- Author: Joanna Barker
- Genre: Clean Regency Romance
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524406643
- **I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review***
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.
"The Truth about Miss Ashbourne" is a great novel. It's hard nowadays for romance authors to make their Regency Romance novel stand out from the others. I think debut author Joanna Barker did a great job of making her novel and characters original and outstanding. Main character
Juliana is strong, feisty, intelligent and humorous. She did not grow up as a lady of The Ton. So it's quite humorous at times how Juliana interacts with them. When they are turning their nose up at her, she turns things right around in her own favor.Many of these things made me LOL! I also truly loved Mr. William Rowley.Even though you knew he would be Juliana's love interest, it was a great joy to see how it all unfolded. He is a wonderful man & character. I loved how he treated others and especially how he shaved off the roughness to soften Juliana's heart to him and her extended family. Another favorite character was Juliana's estranged Grandmother who turned out to be a very bright spot in her life.
I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Regency Romance and those that like feisty female characters.
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Meet Author: Joanna Barker
Joanna 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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