Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Kingston upon Hull. When a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.
Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of money. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after, as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.
Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those desperate to get their hands on her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte turns to the ghost of the beheaded queen, Anne Boleyn, for help. But no matter the size of the fortune, life—and love—are never smooth sailing.
I always enjoy a good regency novel and I especially liked Willowkeep. Charlotte is not your typical heroine and add in her sister and it is unlike any regency I have read to date. I felt like the circumstances that Charlotte and her sister began in and where they ended up made for an interesting and different read. I liked that she wasn't refined, her speech was that of her upbringing in a shipping village, and she wasn't posh and perfect! sister Susie who is developmentally disabled is rarely a subject broached in a regency (I have read one other) and I thought the author did a great job with it. Henry endeared himself to me when he didn't quickly judge or belittle Susie or Charlotte for taking care of her! This is a great novel that I believe any regency fan will enjoy!
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