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The Will

(Magdalene #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28,063 ratings  ·  3,018 reviews
Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

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Paperback, 592 pages
Published May 17th 2014 by Kristen Ashley (first published April 8th 2014)
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W-O-W!!! This book was EPIC. Absolutely PERFECT!!!

Before anything else, I just want to say that if you're already a Kristen Ashley fan, you'll understand when I say that this book is  "Vintage KA"  style -- PURE GOLD!!! And, if you've never read a KA book before, this would be an awesome book to start with!! It's a standalone romance and is since it's so fantabulous, it would be a wonderful introduction to this author's amazing books :)

A few thing
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Re-read 9/28/16: I woke up this morning and felt like re-reading this again for some reason...

5 Fancy Talking Stars


"Every girl who keeps a diary is going to be chronicling this story in pink ink with LOADS of hearts drawn around it."





“It’s never too late to reach for happiness and no matter what life has done to you, it’s never too late to find it.”



“I took one look at that picture and fell in love with you.”


Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kristen's oldies ...

This KA goodness is currently on sale for ONLY .99
(or a buck and a quarter if you are in Canada ;) LOL!)

Amazon US

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April 3, 2014

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If ever there was a book that conveyed this message perfectly, this is the one.

*** Thank you to 'TheSubClubBooks' and Kristen Ashley for providing me with an ARC of this book for review.

(My review of "The Will" for The Sub Club Books HERE and below.)

“Why I love Kristen Ashley” by Irene

I started reading Kristen Ashley a few years
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It behoves me to write a review about this delectable novel. Perchance, bear with me, as I therefore strive to put into words my thoughts and feelings about dearest Josephine and Jake. Indeed it was an experience that alas had to end.

His black hair had a hint of silvery-gray in it. It was thick and clipped well but in a way that was not a nod to style, instead it was apparent he didn’t want to spend time on it so his style was wash and go.

This morning he had not shaved and he had a dark s
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Lavender stars!

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When I started seeing early reviews for The Will, I just knew it was going to be good. When it was compared to some of Kristen Ashley’s older stuff, I got all excited. This was a long book (perfect) and extremely descriptive (I love), not at all rushed and just gave me that feeling I get when I read a crazy good KA read. I am such a fan of hers. If someone told me I could only read books by one author ever again, I wouldn’t hesitate to answer. Kristen Ashley. That’s how much
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

People are calling this 'old school Kristen Ashley storytelling', and I agree. That's why I'm giving it...

...5 bright, passionate, sigh-worthy stars

“It hit him in that moment in a way he knew he’d never forget that he could take that hand and she could lead him anywhere. Just tip up her lips, turn those eyes to him and hold out her hand and he’d go straight to hell with her and do it smiling.”

Such a fun, romantic, sexy story!

It will come as no surprise to anyone that I’m a huge fan of Kriste
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: KA Fans, Romance, Everyone
5 Pulled an All-Nighter, Breaking the Facade, Letting Love in Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free-But A Long Ass Review
This book knocked me to my mental knees...There were so many things to address, trying to come up with a way to present them all caused my head to spin.

First... the reader would either be able to connect with the main character Josie... or not. KA was fearless in her determination to stay true to what she felt this woman needed to be. This was a huge risk and for some readers, it may ha
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 KA has her magic back Stars

It's never too late to reach for happiness and no matter what life has done to you, it's never too late to find it.

Oh yes!
God yes!
Fuck yes!

KA got her mojo back with this book. If I needed any further proof that the past releases lost the KA touch because of her publisher, this book was it. It was everything that I've been missing in her published books lately. And I do mean every-fucking-thing.

Who else but Kristen Ashley can take a heroine that talks like
5 **lavender** STARS

“Life is like a boxing match. Defeat is declared not when you fall but when you refuse to stand again.”


Wonderful. Epic. Just really very sweet and moving. A fabulous addition to my favourite Kristen Ashley reads. Yes, this is quite formulaic and I can assure you in the grand scheme of things, nothing I read here was really new in the KA universe. But who the hell cares. It's escapism at its best and as my partner in crime would say 'crack on paper'.

This was a really good book and while it didn't blow me away, it was highly enjoyable. I've been reading a lot of suspenseful, dark romance stories as of late. It was nice to change it up a bit with a nice, light and straightforward love story. Sometimes you just have to take a break from all those mysterious and emotionally traumatized romance-novel guys that always seem to lean towards bondage, etc. I love a bad boy, but it can be a bit overwhelming!

The characters and the storyline were very w
Jennifer Kyle
KA does it again and I liked it a fuckuva lot!

I did slightly miss being kidnapped/danger but this was still one kick ass story which totally tugged on my heartstrings!

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Great story of love and family. Thank you for remaining my alltime favorite author! You Rock!


Blacky *Romance Addict*

I like almost all KA heroines. Even the ones most people hate :D

But I couldn't stomach this one :( She ruined the book for me because the story was good and I liked the guy too but even that wasn't strong enough to keep me reading HER, her TALKING and her THINKING.

Oh well.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-read
I loved it Fuckuva Lot!

This was my first from KA. I know, I know, shame on me... But what a way to start this journey. I must say, I am mad at myself for waiting so long. I loved everything. The writing was exquisite, the story captivating, the characters wonderful.

Josie is hands down the best heroine ever. She was so classy, wise and with a heart of gold. I adore Josie. I envy Josie. I wanna be Josie. This woman is pure perfection, not a thing I would change.

And Jake was as perfect as Jos
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
5--Kick Ass--Stars!!!

Hi, my name is J'Anne...aka J*Nookie and

I can't believe I let a page count get in the way of the wonderful story-telling of Kristen Ashley. I should kick my own ass.

So, yeah....this one was

I don't even know how to review it properly.

It all started with the death of Gran...which lead to the reading of the will...which brought Jake and Josie together.

"It's never too late to reach for happiness and no matter what life has done to you, it's never too late to find it
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
"Don't know,Josie."
"Just know whatever it is I want you to be
a part of it and I hope like fuck you want
the same."

+6 STARS <333

Wow AMAZING like the most books of Kristen Ashley...This woman whatever she wrote is fantastic!!!I was hooked from the beginning until the end!Such a beautiful,hot,emotional,sexy and completely sensual book!I really liked Josie and Jake and I was sucked in to their story!I am hopeful that this will be another great series by Kristen Ashley!!!

Josie is a 45 years old w

★★★★★ 5+ stars!

“It’s never too late to reach for happiness and no matter what life has done to you, it’s never too late to find it.”

Reading this book = being in KA Heaven!!!

And it made me soooo happy.

Really, it did.

I was torn between devouring it like crazy or savoring every chapter of it, but in the end the devouring part won and I ended up reading it in 2 days. The Will has everything the perfect, standard KA story should have: a strong but quirky heroine, a fierce and protective
Georgia ♥
6 KA, Vintage, Dreamy Stars

Follow your heart


A house in lavender.

A woman that forgot to live.

A man with the courage to try his hand.

And the will of an old lady, that will bind them forever.

♪♫ I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life ♪♫

It's never to late to rea
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
I love Kristen Ashley. I do. I don't even care, you naysayers can naysay all you want, and I'll still love her.

But that's turning more and more into a cumulative thing . . .

B/c I have no idea what is going on here. This was like KA as seen through opaque glass: you can make out the staple features if you squint really hard, but mostly it's a big ol' blurry mess that only vaguely resembles the standard KA that sits out in the open. And I've come to expect that from anything we get from KA via a p
5 Lavender Stars.


The only person Josie could trust and love unconditionally after being hurt in the past, just died. And with the death of her grandmother, Lydia, comes the most extraordinary will Josie could ever imagine.
And with that will, comes the even more extraordinaire, Jake Spear. He was Lydia protégée, and she loved him like he was her own son.
Jake had a few unhappy choices in love, but now that Josie is back on his town he’s decided to make one last good decision.
Their past and th
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
5 'Sally Forth' Stars

I listened to the audio, this had both positives and negatives.

Positive: This was a long book and I'm pretty sure I would have got a little bored if I'd read it.

Negative: The narrator seemed too old and snooty for the heroine and it took a while to get used to.

I get Josephine is 45 and posh but this narrator reminded me more of a 65 year old. In saying that by the end of the book I thought she'd done a brilliant job.

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This was a beautiful love story with a unique story lin
Amy | Foxy Blogs
**3.75 Lavender stars**

When I saw the cover of this book I felt it was calling my name to read it. It's so pretty!!! Yes, I judged a book by its cover.
The death of Josephine's grandmother, Lydie, has brought her back to the Lavender House. The only house that Josephine has ever felt like it was home to her.

At the reading of the will she learns that her grandmother has left her to a man. This unconventional request starts the ball rolling in the love story between a prim and proper, Mary Po
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“My most precious possession, the thing I treasure about anything else in this world, that being my granddaughter, Josephine Diana Malone, I hereby bequeath to James Markham Spear.”

Another KA book that had me in tears...that epilogue - made the whole freaking book. Ethan has to be the cutest kid ever.


The first part lagged a bit for me, but the second half was awesome. Classy Josie all prim and proper falling for 'pugilist' Jake and finally finding what she has always wanted, love and family.
Written May 20, 2015.

4 1/2 Stars - Adorable, adorable and so touching sweet
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‘It would be much easier if he was less wonderful.’

Can you rightly call a book adorable? If it's possible this one is just that. An adorable, charming, heartwarming romance novel. A story about everything and nothing. A very long book (and even longer audiobook - freaking 23:30 hrs - imagine, it's a lot of time!!).

It's always with some angst I start a new book by Kristen Ashley — Will it be a winner or not?. I got this
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

5+++++ Amazingly, beautiful, heartfelt stars!

I'm way to emotional right now to write a full review. All I can say (through all my sniffling and tears) is that this book was beyond amazing and it touched the very depths of my soul. This is one of the sweetest, heartfelt stories I've ever read. Now if I can only stop need a kleenex and a hug!
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Lovely Stars

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In true Kristen Ashley fashion she gave us such a beautiful story of family, friends and love. This is my 28th book by KA and at the top of my absolute favorites list is Sweet Dreams, At Peace and Motorcycle Man. I have to say The Will is going to be added to that list. ❤

I really was in heaven while reading The Will. That might sound a bit corny but it’s true. It was like someone took hold of my hand and patiently guided me through the story of Josephine (Josie) Malone and Jake
Angela Bee Bee
amazon-->The Will (The Magdalene Series Book 1)

Indeed (76 occurrences).
Further (72).
Thus (101).

This woman does not snack. Ever. She doesn't enjoy sport. She doesn't like kids. She doesn't hug. She's never walked holding a man's hand. She's never had a home (she lived in her boss's pool house).
She's a cold fish.
It's a disguise, preventing people from getting close and hurting her.
I think she's not meant to be likable and the intended appeal is the softening heart of the fashion diva, like Wi
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March 8, 2014 Facebook Update

Happy Saturday!

And just to say, the release of THE WILL is a month away! Woo hoo!

To celebrate this awesomeness, I've put teaser chapters up on my website. Have a look, if you like, and hope you enjoy.

Don't forget, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Apple and B&N.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Rock on!

January 17, 2014 Facebook Update

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Cover Reveal!

Here it is, Rock Chicks, the cover for THE WILL, the first in a new series called Th
When, every once in a while, I encounter a book that is not engaging, I try to read it through, simply because my mild OCD won't allow me to leave it unread. Obviously, I hate DNFing a book.
And obviously there are books stronger than my mild OCD, meaning reading them would drive me ten times more crazy than not reading them.

The Will blew my mild OCD to smithereens.

I DNFed this sucker at 50%, and it's an accomplishment I made it that far.

The first book by Kristen Ashley I read was Mystery Man,
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am sure I can’t make justice to the masterpiece I just read. I will simply try to tell you how it felt for me and what you can expect to find in it, leaving to you the privilege of meeting Josephine and Jake in The Will.
“My most precious possession, the thing I treasure above anything else in this world … I hereby bequeath to …”

There is a something to say about Kristen Ashley.
She has her unique way to draw you in a world for you to wish it existed.
She is one of
4 stars (original rating)

3.5 Stars (Re-Read 10/4/2016)

3.5 Stars (2nd Re-Read 3/18/2019)

2nd Re-Read Notes: This was an enjoyable re-read for me. I was in the mood for some KA and one where there were kids and the mcs meet each other on page. This was a surprisingly hard combo to find in her books! If anyone has any recommendations-- I'm all ears! My rating will stay the same. I didn't have issues with the h like I seemed to with the first re-read, but I did find it slow and dragging thi
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends a

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