- Title: Coming Home to Bellingham
- Author: Katie Stewart Stone
- Genre: Regency Romance
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (July 1, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524413178
What begins as a pleasant holiday with a new friend in Brighton quickly turns to devastation for Anabelle Milton when she receives the tragic news: her parents are dead. Turned out of the only home she's ever known, Anabelle is sent to live with an aunt and uncle who are strangers to her. Heartbroken, she arrives at Bellingham Cottage, a cozy home on the sprawling grounds of the Bellingham estate, to find an unexpectedly warm welcome—not only from her own family but also from the family of their aristocratic neighbors, Lord and Lady Bellingham.
Anabelle soon attracts the attention of the heirs of Bellingham—brothers who, though connected by blood, could not be more different. As she slowly begins to distance herself from the polite and obedient young woman her mother trained her to be, Anabelle is free for the first time to choose her own path. She knows she must be true to herself, even if it means risking unrequited love—but can she trust that the gentleman who has stolen her heart will not break it?
I loved this debut novel: Coming Home to Bellingham by Katie Stewart Stone. The main character is young and spoiled when we first meet her. Tragedy soon comes into her life when both her parents pass on from an illness. Poor Anabelle is on her own until she is invited to come and live with her aunt and uncle at Bellingham cottage on the Bellingham Estate. Along with the land, there are four brothers that Anabelle gets to know and her life changes quickly.
I loved Anabelle and how she could be outspoken and a little sarcastic at times. It really reminded me of myself at times. She often spoke out loud what she was thinking but there were many humorous moments from her many social gaffes and some very awkward encounters. Some of my favorite characters were Anabelle's Aunt, her little cousin Andrew, and Robert the youngest Alexander brother. He was fun-loving and they all made Anabelle feel right at home.
It was pretty obvious who the love interest was going to be but there was still a lot of angst and troubles among the Alexander brothers: Peter, Nathan, Hollis, and Robert. Lord and Lady Bellingham were also very kind and supportive. With such great characters, the story flowed easy, and I stayed up very late to finish the book. This Regency Romance is clean, with a budding romance, and a story of learning to love and grow and blossom in new surroundings. I'm excited to see what will come next from this new author.
Katie Stewart Stone is an Austen enthusiast, a blogger, a journal-writer, and a wife and mother. With her debut work, Coming Home to Bellingham, Katie achieved a life-long goal of finishing and publishing a novel. She writes what she wants to read and rarely reads anything without a good romance. Katie graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with a bachelors in Therapuetic Recreation and spent six years working in the non-profit world, while writing on the side. When her beautiful boy was born in 2018, she quit her day-job and committed to finishing her first Regency novel. Now she spends her days dreaming up new ways to bring young lovers together in the most Regency-appropriate scenarios possible, along with carrying out her duties as a stay-at-home mother to two wonderful children who were named after Austen characters.
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1.How long did it take you to write Coming Home to Bellingham from creative concept to final draft?
2. Do you have a favorite character from your novel? Who is it and why?
3. Is another novel in the works with these same characters/family found in Coming Home to Bellingham?
4. Have you ever traveled to England?
5.What do you enjoy most about writing?