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The Best Intentions
Scotland's Melody
The Secret Society of Salzburg
Secret of the Sonnets
20-40-60-Minute Dinners: Meals to Match the Time You Have
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild
Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.

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2023 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 3 books toward her goal of 100 books.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Secret of the Sonnets: A Regency Romance By Samantha Hastings-Blog Tour Regency Book Review and the Author Tells the Top 10 Reasons to read SECRET OF THE SONNETS


Product Details

     Author: Samantha Hastings
    Genre: Regency Romance
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (January 2, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524419583
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

Book Summary

Miranda Hatch is a scholar, and at the advanced age of twenty-six, she is undoubtedly a spinster. Her single-minded ambition leads her not to seek a husband but to find the lost manuscripts of William Shakespeare. So when she discovers a connection between the Bard and the local dashing marquess, she pens a letter requesting access to papers that might secure her academic triumph.

Lord Robert Hamilton is drowning in debt and must turn things around or risk losing his ancestral home. With the weight of the world on his shoulders, he has little time to bother with a letter from an M. Hatch requesting access to ancestral papers―until he realizes there may be some financial merit in granting the request. To his great surprise, M. Hatch turns out to be none other than the lovely Miss Miranda. The pair soon embarks on the trail of a centuries-old mystery, drawn together not only by their shared goal but by their growing attraction. However, someone else is seeking the priceless papers, and they will not hesitate to remove anyone in the way of glory.

My Review

Secret of the Sonnets had my favorite kind of female heroine. Miranda was smart, bookish, witty, and confident. For this time period, most women wouldn't have been described this way. I also loved Miranda's relationship with her parents. Her father is a scholar and her mother was supportive of her husband and daughter. This isn't something you always see in Regency books and this family loved spending time together and the father and daughter had a heartwarming bond.

Robert's main focus was on his financial hardships. This brings Miranda and Robert together as Miranda and her father are on a hunt for the missing sonnets of Shakespeare. I grew to like Robert more once he began to partner up with Miranda. They had great chemistry and I loved every scene they were in together.

There are so many things to love about Secret of the Sonnets from the many references to Shakespeare's work, the ongoing hunt for the missing sonnets, the mystery behind who's trying to sabotage the Hatch Family's scholarly pursuits, the slow burn romance filled with frivolity and banter, and of course, let's not forget, the gorgeous cover on this novel.

 Author Samantha Hastings has written a unique story full of danger, mystery, humor, and of course sweet, clean, romance. Historical Romance readers will want to read Secret of the Sonnets.

****Meet Author Samantha Hastings****

Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. Her books: The Last Word, The Invention of Sophie Carter comes, A Royal Christmas Quandary, The Girl with the Golden Eyes, Jane Austen Trivia, Secret of the Sonnets, The Duchess Contract, The Marquess and the Runaway Lady, A Novel Disguise, and Debutante with a Dangerous Past. She writes cozy mysteries under Samantha Larsen. 

Instead of a "Regular" Interview with the author, I decided it would be fun to have Author Samantha Hastings share with us the...

Top 10 Reasons to read 


  1. Swoony, sweet romance.
  2. Banter. Banter. And more banter. 
  3. A clever and capable heroine.
  4. A handsome and kind hero. 
  5. A mystery two hundred years in the making. 
  6. Hilarious and supportive parents. 
  7. An intelligent villain.
  8. Shakespearean insults.
  9. A foiled elopement. 
  10. The power of the pen. 

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  1. Thank you for sharing the review. Sounds like a great book.

    1. Thank you for commenting. It was a great book and so different from most regency novels. Definitely give this one a read.