Friday, October 14, 2016

When It Rained at Hembry Castle by Meredith Allard

When It Rained at Hembry Castle
by Meredith Allard

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Just released: January 28, 2016
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Genre: Historical
Paperback: 464 pages
Rating: 4

The Hembry Castle Chronicles series:
When It Rained at Hembry Castle
book 2 - tba

First sentence(s):
The mourners lined the village roads as far as the castle, their umbrellas pointed like black wreaths at the crying sky.

From Meredith Allard, author of the bestselling Loving Husband Trilogy, comes When It Rained at Hembry Castle, a lush historical novel set in Victorian England.

Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, it's the story of an aristocratic family, secrets that dare not be told, and the wonder of falling in love.When the 8th Earl of Staton dies, his eldest son, the unreliable Richard, inherits the title and the family's home--Hembry Castle.

The Earl's niece, the American-born Daphne Meriwether, is intrigued by Edward Ellis, a rising author with a first-hand knowledge of Hembry Castle--from the servants' hall. And Edward, though captivated by the lovely Daphne, has his own hurdles he must overcome.

Can Richard come to terms with his title before bringing ruin on his family?

Will Edward and Daphne find their way to each other despite the obstacles of life at Hembry Castle?

When It Rained at Hembry Castle is a page-turning, romantic novel with vivid characters and an engrossing story that will keep you guessing until the end.


My two-bits:

Mellow drama with a stately Downton Abbey-ish air.

A gentle push and pull of English etiquette and American ways along with changing times comes through in this story.

This is one of those stories that grabs you for its setting and daily living situations.

Definitely, something to sit down with in a comfy chair and cup of tea.

~*~

* review copy courtesy of author

2 comments:

  1. I didn't get into Downton Abbey, but I do like the idea of a book that focuses on the daily stuff in a historical setting. I loved her earlier books so I'd give this one a try.

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