Miss Newbury’s List by Megan Walker #BookReview #HistoricalRomance #Romance #RegencyRomance @NetGalley @ShadowMountn #MissNewburysList — Rain’n’books
Rating: 5 out of 5.
A journey…a journey of love… forgiveness…unconditional support…family relationships…strengths…weaknesses,…failures….and above all, a journey to oneself.
Megan Walker’s Miss Newbury’s List is a sweet and delightful tale of romance and self discovery thru which the author succeeds in letting the readers know that your dreams may be silly for others but it is your dreams and your right to achieve them or not. Of course, all of us have a bucket list, like the 10 things to do before this date or before that date or even before death, which has always made me feel funny, you know as if any of us knows when we are gonna die. Jokes apart, Megan Walker uses that simple theme of a woman’s dream of achieving 10 things before her wedding date and her freedom gets cut off.
Rosalind has only 3 weeks time to get things done before she becomes the duchess and she sets out to do them herself after finding no help from her BFF Liza. The first attempt, of course, gets her to realize the danger of doing things on her own but Liza’s cousin Charlie soon joins hands with her, and then thankfully Liza is also on board. I was deliriously happy that the author gave equal importance to the friendship between Liza and Roz in addition to the budding romance between Roz and Charlie and included Liza in all their adventures and likewise giving the protagonists their chance at bantering and opening up to each other without much hassle. Charlie was awesome, his gentle prying and ability to see thru Roz’s false cheer were beautifully conveyed given that he himself was far from perfect and had a lot of learning to do. Some of the scenes between them were really heartwarming, especially hiding the treasure box scene and also the hanging of the painting in the opera house scene.
The author has kept her premise uncomplicated giving Roz her time to realize the depth of her feelings for Charlie and how she goes about wanting to give him as much happiness and support as she got from him. The characters have been wonderfully developed, Liza and sometimes even Ben took my heart away in this endearing story. The ending was lovely with the whole family coming together to support Charlie and Roz.
Before Rosalind weds, she wants to experience ten things. Meeting Charlie wasn’t on her list.
Rosalind Newbury is counting down the days until her wedding to the Duke of Marlow, a man she has only met twice, and she knows exactly how she wants to spend her time. As a child, Ros created a list of ten things to do before her wedding day. So far, she has done none of them.
She is determined to tackle each item, though she’ll have to accomplish them all in secret. After all, a soon-to-be-duchess is not usually allowed to bury treasure in the pasture, eat sweets all day, or learn how to swim. She enlists the help of her best friend, Liza, who brings along her cousin, Charlie, a prodigal son-turned-boxer who has come to the countryside to mend his reputation and learn how to be his father’s heir.
Together, the three of them work to complete the list, and as each item is crossed off, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Ros and Charlie. The more time they spend together, the more Ros falls in love with this imperfect man and his good heart.
With the wedding looming, Ros must decide to either admit her romantic feelings for Charlie and risk her family’s future, or keep her promise to marry the duke and start a new life as a noblewoman.
Many thanks to Net Galley, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.