Isn't it the BEST when you find a new author and you just love their book?!? I sure do...it's like opening up a whole new world with new adventures. It reminds me of when I find a new music artist - suddenly you're thrust into this new realm of thinking - you see the world as they see it; through their eyes, their experiences and it's fascinating! And you are the more worldly for it! Not sure where I was going with the whole music reference, but anyway, trust me when I say you'll be happy to have found Janet Aylmer!
Julia Maitland had an idyllic childhood with her brother and younger sisters on her family's estate in rural Derbyshire. Upon reaching marriageable age, she looked forward to everything that her new status could bring: the excitements of her first “season” in society, a choice of handsome suitors, and—hopefully—a blissful future with a man she cherishes.
But Julia's prospects take a disastrous turn with the sudden and unbearably tragic death of her soldier brother in the war against Napoleon and the loss of her father's investments. Within the span of a few weeks, she finds herself in London, then fashionable Bath, and ultimately chasing smugglers through the countryside in coastal Dorset. Yet through all the drama and turmoil she keeps alive her hopes for happiness and a love passionate, powerful, and true.
I'm not a big romance reader, but the one type of romance I can read is of the Regency variety. Up to this point I've only read Georgette Heyer regency romance novels and absolutely adore them. This novel is very Heyer-ish, though without Heyer's signature wit. It's a nice, easy read and at 240 pages, it can be devoured in one sitting, which is what I did. This book is also great for the romance readers that don't necessarily want bodice rippers...it's definitely PG rated. But for the others who don't mind a little lovin', don't worry, the love story isn't boring!
I was very happy to hear that Ms. Aylmer is planning on two more novels after this, depicting the lives of Julia's two sisters - Sophie - spontaneous and full of life and the sweet, docile, Harriet. I am very much looking forward to reading about Sophie in particular - I love the naughty ones!
I very much recommend!
Please note that Julia and the Master of Morancourt is being released TODAY!!!
Website of Janet Aylmer.