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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,031 ratings  ·  197 reviews
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 daught ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications, Inc.
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I've been on a Regency kick lately and Willowkeep totally satisfied as another great reading experience. It really stood out with the main character Charlotte being raised in a fishing village as a commoner, and the author did an excellent job portraying the difference in her upbringing, especially through her speech and expressions. Another unique aspect of the story is her care for her younger sister who has developmental disabilities. Her loyalty and compassion shine through her protectivenes ...more
Katie W
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This witty, Regency romance hit the spot! I love it when a story touches on something that is real, yet not often talked about. Often times, disabilities are hidden away during this era. Charlotte is struggling to make ends meet and to care for her younger, mentally disabled sister, but a surprising twist thrusts her into wealth. Susie, the sister, is such a darling, innocent, and sweet girl and my heart nearly burst with the love and caring that Charlotte showed towards her. Charlotte is a girl ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Daines is a fairly new author to me, but I love the Regency period and this was on sale so buying it turned out to be a great decision on my part. I really liked this story. The main characters were good people trying to do the best with the hand they were dealt, although their troubles stemmed from decisions made by their fathers.

Charlotte Darby, only 19 yrs old and orphaned, lives in the port town of Hull. She struggles to provide for herself and her younger sister, Susan (Susie), who is
Donna Hatch
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emotional, poignant, and beautifully written, this story has likable characters, deals with real-life problems, and has just enough light moments to prevent it from getting too sad. It also had a perfectly satisfying happily ever after. It was also squeaky clean. I can't wait to read another book by this author. ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I absolutely adored this book. The characters, the setting, the time period- everything. I was drawn in from the very beginning and had a hard time putting this book down.

Nobody has a better, kinder heart than Charlotte Darby. I love how fiercely she protects her sister and how ready she is to help those around her. Charlotte longs for family and a safe place to fall. She is so endearing. My heart loved her almost at once.

I dare you not to fall in love with Henry. Honest. He is exactly the kind
Julie Carpenter
After reading the synopsis and some reviews about this novel, I really thought I knew what it was going to be about. I was wrong in my thought process but was not disappointed by the storyline and characters at all.

The MCs are great and I loved the change of POV so that as a reader we could see and feel what they both were experiencing.

Miss Charlotte Darby has seen much heartache and sorrow in her life. On the flip side she has also been blessed with much love. She has been abandoned by everyo
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Great book. Held my interest throughout.
4.5 stars
content: clean
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Regency and a rags to riches story and this one had both! Charlotte is struggling financially when she learns that she is the heir to a large estate. She quickly learns that having wealth has its own set of problems but she is kind and determined to stay that way. She is fiercely protective of her younger sister, Susie, who is mentally disabled, and will do whatever she needs to in order to keep her out of an asylum. She meets Henry, the steward of her estate, and they form a deep friends ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

This is a book that I have anticipated reading. I have enjoyed Julie Daines writing and knew I would be in for a treat.

Charlotte is left to take care of her disabled sister. The time is regency, so the attitudes of society toward Suzie was to institutionalize her. Charlotte knows that Susie needs love and nurture. Taking care of her sister puts her in a bind. She can't work, so they are out of money and have few options. When it seems as if all is lost, or her "ship is sinking", C
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Darby will do anything to protect her mentally handicapped sister, but their money is running out and, in a day and age where options for women were severely limited, Charlotte doesn't have a lot of choices. Things are looking bleak until a man appears on her doorstep to say she's inherited an estate and all that entails. Charlotte accepts the generous gift and as they travel to their new home, she becomes acquainted with the estate's steward, Mr. Henry Morland. Henry is loving and kin ...more
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Entire review Here = http://brooke-brookesbooks.blogspot.c...

This is the first book I've read by Julie Daines. I will definitely be checking out her other works.

I have read historical fiction where the wealthy gentleman sweeps the pretty girl off her feet. Her life is changed, her problems are solved. Think Cinderella. One of the things I love about this story is that it mixes all of those typical stories up.

Here we have a woman who has nothing. She is literally living day to day on what she ca
Tiffany Dominguez
Tired of the same, formulaic Regency books? Noble man meets helpless girl. Man saves girl/finds her irresistibly attractive/solves her problems/makes her a princess. This formula isn't bad, of course. It's just been done. Over and over. And over. The people start to look the same. The ballrooms/drawing rooms/estates look the same. Even as much as I love the era, with all it's stuffy formality, beautiful clothes and polished manners, I feel like I re-read the same stories.

While this story contain
Tori (Book Chick)
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect, as I haven't read anything by this author before. I enjoyed her writing, the witty banter, the characters, and the very real subjects that were dealt with throughout the book. I loved how Charlotte wasn't a polished "lady" and stayed true to herself, despite society's rules. Her compassion and gift of forgiveness was inspiring. I loved how loyal Henry was to Charlotte and her little sister, Susie, as well as his family. Good book all around :) ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. Charlotte and Ryan have a great story.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Opening line:
“Twelve thousand a year?”

Henry and Charlotte. What better named pair? I loved reading their story!

Charlotte Darby is destitute and caring for her handicapped sister when she becomes the heiress to Willowkeep. She’s a kind, strong, funny lady with a fierce sense of protection and loyalty to those she loves, especially her sister who is frightened of almost everyone. I immediately started rooting for her. She’s also lucky to have a wonderful steward who feels compelled to take of her
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2016
I wanted to like this book, I really did! The idea of it was a good one, it is a clean romance, and it had so much potential. But there were so many things wrong with it too! I will admit that the last little bit of the book almost made me give it 3 stars, but I couldn't because of how much I dreaded reading it up until that point. The only reason I finished the book was because I spent money on it when I could have bought another book!

I think the author really missed out on a good plot builder.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
WILLOWKEEP by Julie Daines was my weekend read, and Henry and Charlotte were a great diversion from the typical Regency romance. Growing up on the docks in the North, Charlotte has learned to fend for herself in a cruel world. So when she gets an unexpected inheritance that catapults her to the ranks of the Ton, she finds becoming the mistress of Willowkeep an ill-fitting venture. If it weren't for Henry, the steward of Willowkeep in Kent, she wouldn't have lasted at all. But Charlotte has her y ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a sweet fun read. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and I love regency England. This was out of the London Ton which was a nice change. Charlotte was a wonderful lovable character who you can not help but grow to admire. I wasn't sure about her as a leading lady at first but she comes into her own. Loved Henry from the first and he just gets better and better. Loved the heart tugging ending and all the twists and turns this book takes. Very clean with a little violence 14 a ...more
Diamond Jones-Cox
*Note* I received this book free from the publishers for a honest review.

July 2016

Right from the start I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. You couldn't help but love and admire Charlotte Darby. Her character was well written and I admired the love and loyalty she had for her little sister.

This was my first time reading one of Julie Daines books and I look forward to reading more from her.

Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it. 3.5 stars. I liked that it dealt with something not really talked too much about during the time period (people with special needs) and had a cute romance. There were a few scenes/parts that pulled me out of the story because they were unbelievable and or cheesy, hence the 3.5 stars. Goodreads really needs a ten point rating scale, most of the books I read are three or four, and there is a big difference in those for me!
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Charlotte's inheritance changes her life. Charlotte and her sister, have to navigate the new society they are thrust into after growing up in harsh, impoverished circumstances. As she accepts the inheritance, and takes her sister with her to a grand estate, she has so much that she has to adjust to in this new life. She learns to trust on Henry Morland, her steward. There is a small love triangle, that adds some suspense to the romance. An enjoyable read, where goodness, kindness, and genuine ch ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet, meaningful Regency romance. I dare you to not make it past page one without being drawn in by the cover and the beautiful willow artwork inside. Charlotte is a wonderful main character - plucky, brave, and fiercely protective of her special needs sister. Henry is the picture-perfect gentleman - caring, well-mannered, and absolutely smitten with Charlotte. I love the depth and meaning added with the themes of caring for people with special needs, and the harsh conditions of the unde ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Willowkeep is a wonderful story. Julie Daines did not disappoint!!!

This story is a different view of Regency England. An orphaned young woman charged with the care of her very young sister inherits an estate and great wealth. This story is an unpredictable ride from start to finish. You will love Charlotte and Henry, and root for them through all the ups and downs. Can't wait for her next story. Keep up the good work Julie.
Donna Weaver
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the mom of a special needs daughter, this book captured my heart. Our family has had struggles as well, but they have strengthened us and we love her beyond measure. Likewise those who have recognized her unique gifts and have been supportive are true blessings.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Julie Daines is a new author on my list that is why I am not expecting too much before reading this historical novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. I've missed reading Regency romance books, I am just glad I found this. ...more
It was a cute read, but honestly I kept forgetting I was reading it and then had “oh yeah” moments. I did enjoy it, but Eleanor is still my favorite book from Daines.
Tamara Grantham
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Will definitely recommend. I haven't cried while reading a book in a long time. Happy, sad, and endearing all in one.
Ellee Barton
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book "Willowkeep" by Julie Daines was outstanding! The story sets out as Charlotte and her younger, mentally retarded sister, Susan get an unexpected message from Mr Morland, the Willowkeep ground keeper. He tells Charlotte that she has just inherited her uncle’s land, house, and money. As a result, he escorts them to their new home where they anxiously meet their new, and yet widowed aunt. Still, excited at the idea of having family again, Charlotte does her best to have a good relationship ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Willowkeep' is the first book by Julie Daines I have read. The description intrigued me, it didn't follow along with many of the Historical Romance's I have read. Many of the plots run familiar. The writing style of this book falls in line with other classics of this era, giving the author immediate credibility. While I found the beginning of the book a little slow moving, the development is enticing. The addition of some difficult situations, as you learn more about Charlotte's past & family l ...more
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