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Awake at Widmore Manor

(Once Upon a Regency #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A violent storm. A sleepless night. A test.
Emma Widmore has longed to return to her childhood home since the day she was forced to leave it after her father’s death. Widmore Manor represents every hope Emma has ever had and every person she has ever loved. When she feels drawn back to Widmore Manor on a stormy night, she is granted refuge by the one person she is sure wou
Kindle Edition, 147 pages
Published June 15th 2019 (first published June 2019)
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Katie W
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is a fun and darling retelling of The Princess and the Pea--Regency style. Emma and her family were forced to leave their home at the death of her father. A true display of character is shown when hard times are endured and Emma is a truly genuine and positive young woman. She went from having it all to having nothing, yet she is able to find the best in all situations and is able to learn so much about who she is and how she can contribute in life. The relationship she has with her s ...more
Awake at Widmore Manor was not only a beautiful and enchanting story, but it was a delightful retelling of The Princess and the Pea, one of my favorite fairy tales. One thing I love about Jessilyn Peaslee’s novels is that the love stories she tells are so deep; rather than merely showing her characters falling in love, she explores deeper meanings of love, usually through hardships that allow her characters to grow, all while retelling classic fairy tales in a way that makes them feel as if they ...more
Julie Carpenter
Happy sigh! You know that feeling when you read a book that draws you in and you fall in love with the characters and their personalities, the book that you can't set down because you're completely immersed in the story and you are anticipating that happily ever after...? This was one of those books for me.

I had high expectations for it because of how completely I adored this author's first book, Ella. The emotions that book evoked and the connection I had with the characters is one I haven't f
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars***

This is a story that just made me happy. I felt good and uplifted after reading the last word.

Emma is a wonderful MC. She is positive and happy no matter the circumstances she endures. At the beginning of the story, she is the daughter of a wealthy landowner and then her father dies, leaving his wife and daughters with very little. In every stage of her life, she has a sweet disposition and the ability to see the good.

When her family loses their fortune, her best friend, James, ga
Mandy Al-Bjaly
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee has proven to me three times before this new novella that she can do a perfect fairytale retelling with new depth, staying true to the messages, but making them new and fresh, with each story being superior to the original (in my opinion). I adored her Cinderella retellings called Ella and Ella’s Will, and her Beauty and the Beast retelling called Finding Beauty in the Beast, so I was so excited about yet another retelling, this time a regency novella based on the fairyt ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting! That is all I can say, absolutely enchanting. I felt like I was reading a fairy tale. Not the kind you read as a 6 year old but a grown up one with substance and depth of emotion. From page one I loved this book, being immediately drawn into scenes of an idyllic childhood. Then to see how with time Emma and James’ relationship changes. Fast forward to see that stormy night when Emma and James meet again. Sigh! Somehow the author was able to capture with words those moments in life wh ...more
Jessilyn Peaslee
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I knew the Princess and the Pea story should contain three main elements: a young woman caught in a storm, a sleepless night, and a test. Beyond that, it was mostly playing around with the story, and writing and rewriting. And rewriting. :) The story I ended up with is dramatically different than the one I started with, and...I kind of love it. :) It started out as a fun, lighthearted story that I thought I could write in a month, and ended up being a story that changed me and taught me every ti ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Peaslee has captivated me with her writing. I was at the gym and I couldn't stop so I just kept working out until I finished this riveting story! She has such a beautiful way of writing and I swear she was meant to live in this time! Her voice is so natural and I was consistently immersed and pulled along in the story. James is such a sweetheart and I loved that he had a reputation and we had to wonder about him a little but see what Emma felt in her heart. Sigh. And Emma's such a str ...more
I had never read a Princess and the Pea retelling until Awake at Widmore Manor. The Regency setting made for an enjoyable read, and I liked what Emma found out about what was behind some of her mother's choices. Clean read, with just a kiss or two.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Jessilyn Peaslee has written a delightful and enchanting regency fairytale retelling of The Princess and the Pea. Readers that love regency romance and fairytale retellings will immediately be drawn to and fall in love with this charming read. This story is of a childhood friendship turned, a test, and a sweet romance. This is an enthralling feel good story that will give readers all the warm fuzzies. Readers will immerse themselves in the story and will not want to come back out again. T ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novella is a retelling of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale. It's set in Regency England, with scenes set in Emma's childhood (1799, 1805) and when she's an adult (1815). Emma loved Widmore Manor, her pea garden, and her best friend (the hero). But when her father died and another inherited the Manor, Emma's mother refused all help. Emma promised to return to Emma Widmore Manor and her best friend one day, but shame at her poverty held her back. When news that her friend is sad and lonely ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I was quite excited to read the latest novel from author Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee. Sadly I didn't get to give it my full attention as I've been swamped since it arrived (seriously, I had to have my phone read it to me while I was working on other things and Siri isn't the ideal reader). That said, what I was able to focus on was enjoyable.

This is definitely a unique version of The Princess and the Pea, and by unique I mean totally different. ;) I was a little thrown at first waiting to see how t
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Helping me go from liking this story to loving it."

A most enjoyable read! So heartfelt, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. I think we got all the hearts. Fine, insert a heart-eyed emoji!
The story was captivating. The characters were memorable.
I loved how the title for the book played into the storyline. It is always enjoyable when authors do that. There were so many lines and quotes that I loved, but here are a few:
“The garden—the place where vegetables, friendships, and children grew best.”
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
How fun is this cute little novella? It isn't very often that you get a retelling of the Princess and the Pea, and Peaslee does an excellent job at keeping the main components of the fairy-tale and fiddling with the rest to give us an entertaining sweet romance.

It's a super quick read, but it's one that will keep you engaged throughout the whole story. I will admit that the romance at the end was a little sudden for my liking, but it was set up that it wasn't unrealistic.

The story had a great
Annette Drewett
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet twist on a favourite fairy tale. James and Emma became friends when everyone around them told them they shouldn’t. When tragedy strikes Emma’s family, she promises to return. Ten years pass and their circumstances change dramatically. Will she ever get to see her friend again? Will he remember her even if she does? This delightful story kept making me smile at so many times, that I am positive I will be reading it again.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this story - although it was different to how I imagined it would be - I thought the way they worked the whole “princess & the pea” into it to be interesting & original. I’ve enjoyed this entire series so far. Especially as they have all been written as clean Regency novels. Whilst there were a couple of areas in this story that I couldn’t imagine happening for that era I still enjoyed it & could happily recommend. ...more
Mary Gallo
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
A contemporary romance hiding in 1799

This book was wrong from the start. In 1799, who refers to meat on bread as sandwiches? No one. Maybe cucumber sandwich at teatime, but not everyday. Meat was a dear item and the staff did not partake of meat, they received their protein in stews or soups, not a lean piece of meat on bread. Check your historical facts before writing. It is a shame, I couldn't get past that and it seemed well written. Oh, well. On to the next author.
Sheree Bingham
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful wonderful book! I loved the riches to rags, overcoming hardship, family ties, childhood romance, and love story in this book! The subtle princess and the pea undertone was charming. I love the portrayal of the various family relationships, love between sisters, aunt's and nephews, parents and children (though not always ideal). Highly recommend!!
Diane Horne
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awake at Six more Major (Book 5) By Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Five stars, this was a cute love story..Emma grew up upper class, James lower class...But they were the best of friends..Promising to wait, their positions reverse...She was poor he upper class. .. But love never change..Good ending.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Peaslee begins her story in 1799, when Emma Widmore and James Atwood are childhood friends.
The story moves forward to 1815.
James is now the owner of Emma's family manor, while she and her sister are living in poverty.
Peaslee incorporates Andersen's well known fairytale and adds elements from: The Secret Garden to create a sweet romance.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story starts full speed right from the beginning. I wish it had given a little more of a introduction. I loved how Lilliana was a strong but caring character. Eduardo was great too. I liked how he was trying to be the leader his people needed.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

It made me cry. The hardships, the cold, the hunger. But, above all of that, the love and commitment. It is a very well crafted tale that draws on your heart strings. It leaves you aching yet satisfied. A great read.
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Rating: something more than 3.5
Sometimes you just need a story about kind people. 💖
Not really a retelling of The Princess and the Pea in my opinion, rather a story on its own; also better than most Regency romances I read this year (and I'm including the Harlequin ones!)
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fairytale retelling with depth

This short novel is a lovely story about love, loss, and the power of overcoming. Emma and James are sympathetic characters, and the novel's message is strong.
Sandra Singleton
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this plot and characters. A definite must-read from this author. I volunteered to read an advance copy for an honest review.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Really great book. A heroine who goes from rich to poor. Her childhood best friend who goes from poor to rich. Will they ever reconnect? A simply beautiful story.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute retelling of princess and the pea. It was clean and romantic. I wish that it would've been a little bit longer.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
A sweet retelling of this fairy tale. I wish we had a little more of James's POV and story to add more depth to his character and the plot.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was so good. Quite loosely based on The Princess and the Pea, but I thought this version was much better than the original. Seriously a sweet story. ♥️

5 stars.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. Happy feelings.. quick read and just a good one
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JESSILYN STEWART PEASLEE is the author of four fairy tale retellings. Her debut novel, Ella, was awarded the Silver Quill by the League of Utah Writers, and her third novel, Finding Beauty in the Beast, was awarded the Gold Quill, both in YA fiction. She loves encouraging youth in their writing and in achieving their dreams, and has visited schools throughout Utah and surrounding states. Jessilyn ...more

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