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I didn't like the 1st half of the book. Mainly because Charlotte was such a awful person. But, I loved the 2nd half. I just wish that the author could have made Charlotte less of a villain so the beginning would have been easier to get through. I loved Mrs. Abbott and the role she played as the Loving Mother that Charlotte never had. I liked the contrast between wealth and title and love but, having less. Charlotte realized that as long as she was surrounded by those she loved that she had everything. I would have given it 5 stars if the 1st half was a bit more enjoyable. But, I enjoyed it.
At the beginning one could see that Charlotte had a bad mind set and needed to have a change of heart and mind. It seems that there are an awful lot of fathers who gamble away their families holdings. Is this a trait of the fathers in Recency Romance books. Mama was a very bad example for her daughter's to follow. I doubt that today's girls would be so affected by that example. Charlotte' and James played a dangerous game with each other's emotions, almost causing a irrevocable mind set.I was happy for Clara, her common sense showed that she was right in her approach to happiness. The book ended with a happy ever after feeling. There's only one book by Ashtyn Newbold that I haven't read and it's on order. Recommendations will be made for this book and writer.
This took me a while to get into because Charlotte is so cruel and horrible. I still can’t believe she ripped pages out of Clara’s book!
Eventually Charlotte changed but I couldn’t believe how much she still clung to her mother’s approval and wanting a title after everything that had happened.
Plus would James really be that poor if his brother is an Earl? I assumed he mostly worked because he liked it and being busy. I hated how Charlotte thought James was beneath her-even as she’s scrubbing her own tiny cottage!
A beautifully written tale of unexpected changes and hardships. I found this novel to be so refreshing! Charlotte's character is far from the standard young-and-looking-to-secure-a-marriage woman I've read in other regency novels. Along with that aspect, I was genuinely surprised at many plot twists as I read. To me, regency novels are fairly predictable (I don't mean that as a negative-- I just find that they all follow a standard method which can, at times, be comforting and sweet), so to read a novel that highlighted (for lack of a better term) a villain from a previous book and wove in harsh realities of life, love, and family was unexpectedly delightful! I read an advanced copy of Miss Newbold's first novel (Mischief and Manors) last year, and I am happy to say that Lies and Letters did not disappoint. I feel that her writing has improved from the first book, and I look forward to many great stories and adventures from her in the future.
I don't think I can put into words how much I loved this book. I read a lot of books!! But I have never read a book quite like this one. It tugged at my heartstrings for both sisters throughout. I hated Charlotte in the beginning and wondered how the author would turn her around but she did. I usually keep most of my books on my kindle but I will be purchasing a hard copy of this book. It had a lot of clean romance, (which I love) life lessons and great character development. I have read it twice now and both times, I ended the book feeling great.
I purchased this book and I absolutely loved it. Ashtyn Newbold knows how to keep the reader entertained. I didn't want to set it down after I started it. The characters in this book were so much fun to get to know. After reading Mischief and Manors I didn't like the character Charlotte very much, however by the end of Lies and Letters I thought she my opinion of the character Charlotte had changed. Wonderfully written.
Such a gifted author. My new favorite . Strong character evolution. Saucy banter, equally strong H and h conversations that spark inevitably warring wills. Lessons in values, honesty, faith and resolutions for the truth of love well chosen. A ++
How many clean romances appear to be a little too sweet or too much like another one? This author manages to break the mold quite nicely, while still maintaining what could be realistic outcomes to certain events. I'm almost certain anyone picking up this book will not want to put it down.
I loved it! I loved that the character development was in real time. Nobody that was raised that way Charlotte was changes on the first day -which is sometimes a thing that happens in books. I loved that it wasn't until the very end that there was a true change of heart. It kept me reading waiting and waiting for the change of heart and I was not disappointed.