Welcome to my tour stop for THE ROSE GARDEN TOUR for
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
by Heidi Ashworth
A themed tour with Prism Book Tours
Roses in the Miss Delacourt Series
It all begins when the Dowager Duchess of Marcross sends her grandson, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, to accompany her niece, Miss Ginny Delacourt, to their country estate to check on the roses. The Dowager is concerned since her neighbor is keen on stealing cuttings from her spectacular rose garden for Rosehaven, his rose-inspired country home. On the way, they have a carriage accident and are held up by highwaymen, but it isn’t until they are quarantined at Rosehaven for the pox that Ginny’s and Sir Anthony’s love begins to bloom.
Thus the series begins…
Heidi Ashworth, the author, has a beautiful rose garden, and each stop is showcasing one of her roses. Here is mine:
Adult Historical Romance
Book Summary: Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and his friend, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, make a pact to avoid the fair sex during the course of an entire season in order to nurse their wounded hearts. As they shake hands on it, they have no idea that one would soon be off on a trip to escort a young lady to the country and the other soon to fall head over heels in love with Miss Elizabeth Armistead. Sadly, Miss Armistead is only interested in those she trusts not to become so besotted with her beauty that they cannot see her true self. Prior to meeting Colin, she had only met one man fitting that description and she has promised to be his bride. However, Mr. Cruikshank is not due to arrive in London for a full month. Can Colin convince Miss Armistead that he loves her for more than her beauty before her betrothed’s ship arrives on British shores?
Mommynificent’s Review: I absolutely loved this book. It is the perfect novel for any fan of Jane Austen looking for a light-hearted escape and a fun and highly romantic read. In fact, if someone had handed it to me and told me it was a manuscript of Jane Austen’s published under a pseudonym, I would have believed them after reading it the first time.
During my second time through it (yes, it’s that good!), I began to see some things unique to Mrs. Ashworth including much more insight into the thoughts of the men in the book and much more delightful and totally appropriate detail of the romantic conversations.
My favorite thing about this book, besides the great story and characters, is the appropriate value it places on outward beauty and physical attraction. Both of the main characters are extremely attractive and enjoy how the other one looks, but because Miss Armistead has been repeatedly hurt by men interested only in her looks, she has stopped trusting attraction entirely and wants people to only see and appreciate her inner person. I felt the author did a really good job showing that to love and be loved truly, one must know and be known as a whole person, inside and out. I thought she did a great job showing that physical attraction has a definite role in romance and yet it is over-emphasized to one’s detriment.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it for any and all Jane Austen lovers, and I highly look forward to reading other books by this author who was so kind as to send me a free copy of this book in exchange only for my honest opinion!
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About the Author: Heidi Ashworth, author of the popular Miss Delacourt series, including the award-winning Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, is a busy wife and mother who’s grateful for a bit of peace and quiet in which to write. An unapologetic anglophile, she is determined to return to England to see the home of Jane Austen, a landmark she missed during her first trip across the pond, though she knows Lord Byron’s house to be a suitable substitute. She’s smitten with books, chocolate, and roses, not necessarily in that order, and is never averse to a round of Guitar Hero.
– US Grand Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice
– 3 ebooks of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (US and open INT to these countries: England, Canada, Belguim, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Italy, France, Japan, and Australia)
Follow the Tour!
5/18 – Launch
5/25 – Grand Finale