An inheritance and an estrangement... The Truth about Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker (Review & #Giveaway)

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The Truth about Miss Ashbourne
By Joanna Barker
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
November 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications


Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life.

But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

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My Review

THE TRUTH ABOUT MISS ASHBOURNE is a delightful Regency twist on the rags to riches trope. The characters are likable, with plenty of banter between the two main characters, and a charming family dynamic. Highly recommended to sweet historical romance fans!

Juliana and William were such great characters! I loved Juliana's backbone and sass and William's teasing. I also loved that they both had such good heads on their shoulders. I enjoyed seeing Juliana get to know her estranged family, particularly her grandmother. There were a few fun plot twists that I could see coming, but I still enjoyed seeing how it would all play out. There were a couple of things that didn't completely make sense, but they were small and didn't affect the story too much. I especially loved the sweet ending.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end. The characters and romance were fabulous! A perfectly charming read for us sweet romance readers.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.

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