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Brighton, England 1820

Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of.

Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

320 pages, Paperback

First published April 7, 2020

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Megan Walker

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Megan Walker was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings of Regency England wouldn't leave her alone, so she picked up a pen. And the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three children.

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Profile Image for Melissa.
2,246 reviews210 followers
May 18, 2021
I loved this story. I really, really love a story that shows me exactly why two people fall in love. That is the one thing I miss from Jane Austen's stories, the talking. They hardly talk to each other. Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love only speaking to each other a handful of times. Most of that time is spent saying unkind things to each other. I think because I am such a huge word person I love an author that gives me lots of speaking words. Julianne Donaldson does a good job of this and that is what I am comparing this book to. If you read Edenbrook and loved it, you will like this. Enemies to Lovers troupe worked so well in this story. I fell in love with them both as they fell in love with each other. There was the perfect balance of drama and play, and the conflict was brilliant and then brilliantly resolved! SO happy I got to read this! Thank you Netgally:}
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1,439 reviews176 followers
April 20, 2020
This was such a delightful and charming read. I couldn't believe that this is the author's debut novel. Very well done! It is definitely one of my favorite Regency reads this year. Along with Heidi Kimball's, Where the Stars Meet the Sea.

The opening scene gives the reader a brief glimpse and understanding of what Amelia and Clara's lives are like. With little time left for them to make a match and secure their future, Amelia is determined to do all in her powers to help her sister's suit for Sir Ronald. As they set out for Lakeshire Park for the house party Sir Ronald and his mother have invited them to, little do they know what is in store for them. I dare say that some of the other members of the house party are aware of what's in store for them either.

My reading time was very limited but every chance I could find, you were sure to see me with my nose stuck in this book. I couldn't get enough. It took me several days to finish it and I was really trying hard not to set aside everything else so that I could be on this journey with Amelia and Clara. I was so hopeful for them and then my hopes would be dashed only to rise and fall again and again. The more learned about their family life and circumstances the more I ached for them and increased my hope.

I loved these characters and cheered them on. I couldn't help but want for them to find joy and love. I must admit that although Amelia didn't find it humorous, I found her first meeting with one Mr. Peter Wood quite delightful and humorous. And each subsequent meeting just added to that humor and delight. Their bargain and budding friendship was charming. Now, don't get me wrong, amid all that humor and delight and charm there were definitely moments of frustration, uncertainty, alarm, fear, sorrow, and hurt. But combined all together, they created a lovely journey that I can't wait to enjoy again and again as I return to this book.

My older children kept asking me for book suggestions while I was reading this one and I kept telling them you have to read Lakeshire Park. I can't wait for them to follow through with my recommendation because I know it will become a favorite for them as it has for me.

Content: Clean.

I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
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382 reviews17 followers
October 2, 2022
I know my reading is taking a 180 degree turn nowadays, from JK to HR clean romance… I don’t know for how long, but I’m enjoying this too much 😎🤣

This book was a great read. Very proper and innocent, the H was the sweetest thing and the h was loyal to a fault. I loved see the story evolving and making everything fit in place at the right times.
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98 reviews11 followers
November 24, 2020
I DNF’d this book after reading 40%.

One of my favorite tropes in romance is that of enemies to lovers. So, as you can imagine when I read the premise for this book I was intrigued by the prospect.

The book started well enough, with Amelia and her sister Clara living as wards to their stepfather who hates them. I thought it was a little over the top with the mustache twirling evil stepfather but I let it go. The writing was unsophisticated, yet not bad, though the author tends to lean to much towards the purple prose spectrum of romance writing. Unfortunately, this was complimented with anachronistic language and behavior and as anyone who knows me knows, I hate anachronisms in historical novels. I can let small things slide but there’s some truly egregious anachronism in this book.

A reviewer mentioned that this felt like a YA Regency Romance novel and I thought that was the perfect description for this book. The characters were very young , almost immature in their behavior even though Amelia is 19 and Peter is 24. There’s a maturity that is expected of people of that age living in Regency England. Then we have the exaggerated behaviors, such as that of the evil stepfather, the evil London chaperone, the extremely caddy romantic rival. It’s not that there can’t be truly terrible people in stories, in fact that can enrich them as there are truly terrible people in this world, but there’s a way to write them that doesn’t feel cartoonish.

A few examples. Amelia and Clara’s parents married because their father “compromised” their mother by being seen kissing her at a ball. This is a bit of a stench but we’ll let it go. However, then Amelia and Peter spend countless hours and days together alone without a chaperone and no one bats an eye about it. Hmmm, Additionally, after knowing each other for mere hours they refer to each other using their first names (Christian names). This is after not being formally introduced the first time they meet and having Peter grab Amelia by the arm until she told him her name. Really? Yes, really.

Then we have the standard YA romantic triangle (I’m not a fan of romantic triangles (especially with one of the girls acting completely outrageously). I’m not a fan of the love triangle but it can be done right at times.

Now, there’s a way to do this, where there’s a “bad girl” -though why do girl have to be catty, I don’t know - who tries with her sophistication and higher breeding to snare “the man” without acting, well, catty

There are a few other examples but you get the picture. I think this author would have benefited from doing better research. It would have helped with the anachronistic scenes and language. I think the sophistication in her writing will evolve as she continues to write but she should work on it. She’s not a bad writer, there’s potential there but she needs to elevate her writing if she want to write serious adult romance.

Overall, this book could have been a sweet simple romance but it suffered from poor research and unsophisticated writing.

P. S. There are a lot of very good to excellent Proper Romance books out there but you have to really search for them. There’s too many that try and fail because they confuse clean romance with simple people who’s most complex emotion is anger.
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,172 reviews79 followers
December 28, 2019
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved it. The writing was beautiful and all I wanted to do was read this until I finished it. I was so excited when I found out about this one because it’s my favorite kind of romance, with a HEA!
The MC were great with lots of angst and chemistry. I laughed out loud many times. Just. So. Romantic. Some of my favorite parts of this book were the games that were played after dinner. It kept a huge smile on my face. It was so much fun. It makes me want to spend a fortnight there.
Like any good book there were characters I loved and characters I hated. I loved Peter and Amelia! They were so much fun to watch and it was nail biting waiting to see how this would play out. I hated Lord Gray, his family and their cruelty to the girls.
**Sigh** I’m sad it’s over and hope the author writes her next one quickly. She’s definitely being added to my favorite authors list!
I highly recommend this book and I’m buying a copy as soon as it’s released.
This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my own.
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263 reviews36 followers
December 11, 2020
One of the biggest pleasant surprises this year💓!! This is the first proper romance I’ve read (that’s not Mimi Matthews) that I feel is worthy of 5 stars ⭐️. That’s a huge deal for me!! Until now, Matthews is the only non CF writer I feel worthy of 5 stars. This book broke the barrier of “liked it” to “loved it.”

I appreciate how well developed the characters are & how unique the plot is. ( I haven’t read anything similar to it.)The main characters go from enemies to friends to lovers & it was totally well done & in a unique way. I appreciated that the heroine had enough intrapersonal intelligence to recognize her growing feelings for her friend. I get tired of heroines who obviously have feelings for the hero but can’t seem to realize it until right at the last second- it seems unrealistic to me.

A huge strength to the main couple is their banter. I loved the dialogue & how Ms. Walker wrote their chemistry so well. She also threw in some curveballs to the story that really kept things interesting. After I finished listening to this book I knew I wanted a copy for my bookshelf. (Another sign of a winner!)

I will definitely be reading Ms. Walker again!

P.S. I’ve gotten so used to Justine Eyre, the narrator: I love her. She has ruined me for all others...
Profile Image for Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...).
1,510 reviews448 followers
April 24, 2020
This book was an absolute delight to read! It had it all for me- conflict, sacrifice, humor, yearning, and interestingly complex dynamics. The relationship between Amelia and Peter started with friction- more antagonistic on her side because of a debacle over a pair of gloves. It was fun to see how their interactions altered over time as she got to know him better and see more layers to his personality. Peter reminds me a bit of Philip from Edenbrooke- charming, loves to laugh, teasing, and full of longing for his secret love, bringing a sense of vulnerability as well. The dynamics of those in the house party kept me on my toes as Amelia struggles to forge a future of security for her and Clara. She has to decide between a guaranteed practicality or a risky choice of love, which she has never believed in due to her parents' example. I loved how everything builds up to the climax and ending where I was satisfied with the resolutions for all my favorite characters.

Highly recommend to fans of sweet Regency romance, especially those who enjoyed Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Profile Image for Aimee (Getting Your Read On).
2,997 reviews251 followers
February 28, 2020
I'm pretty sure this book will go down as one of my very favorite regency romance books of the year. I absolutely adored it. From the very beginning I was pulled into the life of Amelia. It's a troubled life and the difficulties and cruelties weigh heavy on poor Amelia's shoulders. I felt them too, along with her clear determination to give her sister Clara what she not only needs but what she wants as well.

This book gave me so, so many moments to sink my heart into. Honestly, if I could picture it out on a keyboard it would look something like this: ~~{ 💙 } ~~{ 💜 } ~~{ 💚 } ~~{ 💛 }~~{ 💗 }~~{ 💖 }~~{ 😍💋💙 } It was like going from one beautiful scene to the next. Amelia and Peter have a terrible first meet and it carries into their next encounters but the chemistry was there from the beginning- the battle of the wills, the angst (mostly on Amelia's part). But every single moment there was a tangible shift, little by little and I could feel it. I could feel my heart turning, softening and falling with Amelia's. It was so beautiful. So, so romantic. Ummmm. I loved it. Lovey- loved it. Read it again, loved it.

Clean regency romance.
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1,197 reviews42 followers
November 30, 2022
Pero que libro más bonito y más sencillo, si es que muchas veces menos es más.
Me han encantado Amelia y Peter, el enfrentamiento verbal que tienen es genial, y que la historia de amor sea lenta ha sido algo que he disfrutado mucho más. La verdad es que me ha dejado con una sonrisa enorme. Ojalá sigan publicando en español a esta autora.
Profile Image for Becky.
752 reviews38 followers
April 26, 2020
Well ... I picked up Lakeshire Park at 9 p.m. one evening, thinking I'd read for an hour or so before bed. I finally put it down at 1:30 the next morning, after I'd read the final page. The story was so engaging that I simply couldn't stop reading!

From the moment Amelia and Peter met and re-met (in two really fun scenes), I knew I was going to love them together! Their flirtatious banter was so fun, and I loved the way Peter slowly won Amelia's affection. She was so focused on the task at hand—securing a proposal for her sister and thereby saving them from poverty—that it took her a while to see what (or who!) was right in front of her. Theirs is a swoony-yet-chaste romance, which is exactly what I want to see in a Regency!

I also have to mention Peter's sister Georgiana. Though she is ... pretty much terrible for most of the book, I actually would love to see her story continue! She shows flashes of humanity a few times, which makes her a compelling villainess, one who I think could be reformed and have a great story of her own.

Lakeshire Park is perfect for fans of Regency romance—it's romantic, humorous, and captivating. I highly recommend it!

Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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3,094 reviews1,482 followers
September 24, 2020
Abandoned about halfway through.

Not only is the plot boring, the author does NOT excel at research and period detail. The setting is vaguely 19th-century-ish but I'm not sure if it's Regency or Victorian or modern wannabe. The author blatantly ignores the rules of etiquette and has ladies spending time unchaperoned with gentlemen with no thought to their reputations. The heroine introduces herself to the hero by her first name thinking to remain anonymous, which isn't correct but OK because it fits the situation but when they meet again they're calling each other by their Christian names and spending time alone together. Um nope.

The heroine seems to complain about all the duties her cruel stepfather has forced on her but that's what women did! A lady managed her household. She didn't sit around playing music and sketching ALL day, especially if she wasn't super wealthy.

Why on earth did Peter's father send him to Paris to study? There was a war on! Artists in the streets of Paris? During a war? Maybe but more likely he would have seen the wretched begging in the streets. Even in the last 5 years since Napoleon surrendered there would have been turmoil but I was willing to overlook that a bit.

Gentlemen with landed estates did not work to accumulate more wealth. Not in 1820. Unless the man was already in "trade" like George Warleggan in the Poldark Saga and even then, the idea was to become a gentleman, a private citizen not engaged in WORK. If Peter's father worked for a living then he's not worthy of Amelia, poverty or not. They're not social equals. Likewise, Amelia would never ever ask what a potential future husband "does." I would assume, since he's the nephew of a titled lady, he's a gentleman and doesn't DO anything in the way of business. That's the way it worked. Mr. Bingley is a good match for Jane Bennet because he's two generations removed from the initial fortune. SHE brings her social cachet as a gentleman's daughter so their children will be gentlemen and ladies.

The hero's mother being cold and unfeeling towards her children isn't all that problematic given the time period. Some parents may have been old-fashioned and treated their children like small adults while others may have followed Jean Jacques Rousseau's teachings in the Age of Enlightenment and seen children as a blank slate to be molded. Certainly by the Victorian era parents kept their kids in the nursery with nannies, maids, governesses and tutors.

The author also needs to learn the difference between solicitor and barrister and who would help the girls find jobs.

The author also needs to find a dictionary and read some Jane Austen. Sensibility meant the exact opposite of how Amelia uses it. An annotated copy of Sense and Sensibility will help if one can't figure out Marianne's sensibility from the context of the novel.

Tea is cups are not pinkies in the air! Nope. SUPER bad manners! Nope. Nope. Nope.

The characters are super one-dimensional and the story suffers from being told in first person.

Do not read this if you are expecting a well-written and researched Regency set novel. Avoid this like the plague if you have Georgette Heyer standards. I recommend to the author to RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH or hire me or some other Regency aficionado to do it for you.

Thank goodness this was free on Hoopla!
Profile Image for Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa).
2,215 reviews173 followers
May 2, 2020
There are books that make you feel good while you are reading them and it is sad to see them end. This was one of those books for me. I fell in love with the characters and the story. It was a hard book to put down! This is her first full-length novel. The book is polished and the voice is fantastic. Megan Walker is an author that I will be looking for in the future.

Amelia Moore and her sister Clara are in dire circumstances. Their stepfather is on his deathbed and will not provide for their future. Soon they will be destitute with nowhere to go. An invitation to a house party takes them to Lakeshire Park where it is vital that one of them make a match. Amelia puts all of her hope into Clara making a good match and is willing to sacrifice her happiness for her sisters. What she didn't count on is Peter.

I don't know if I could adequately describe Peter. He is by far my favorite character of the book. He has a talent for drawing Amelia out of her shell and helping her to see the possibilities for happiness in her future. He is persistent and fun.

There is so much to recommend in this book. It is now a favorite of mine. This may be one that I revisit in the future.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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2,071 reviews602 followers
May 1, 2020
Utterly Charming!

I was first drawn to this book by its beautiful cover. It's very inviting, warm and makes you want to go exploring the beautiful grounds. And you know, some book just call to you, begging to be read. I felt early on that I would enjoy this book and even had to start recommending it to friend when I was only about halfway through!

I was quickly sucked into the story and connected with our heroine, Amelia early on. She is a likable lead, she'll do anything to secure the happiness and security of her sister, even if it costs her own. I thoroughly enjoyed when Amelia and Peter meet for the first time, I'm a sucker for a good "meet cute" and thought theirs was great. The chemistry between them was swoon-worthy and it was fun watching their feelings develop. The pacing was nice, believable and just enough tension to keep things interesting and kept me grinning throughout. Lots of great scenes in this one.

I enjoyed Ms. Walker's writing style, the story has an easy flow to it that makes you forget you're reading and get carried away in the story. This was the first book I've read of hers, but I eagerly look forward to reading more. Reminiscent of Edenbrooke, so if you enjoyed that book you'll want to give this one a try.

Highly recommend to everyone!

Content (G): Clean romance, kisses, no violence or language

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Profile Image for Katie (Hiding in the Pages).
3,001 reviews231 followers
April 24, 2020
A definite favorite!

I was deeply captivated from the moment I picked this book up until the final page was finished. In a time of life that is full of uncertainty and chaos, the time I spent within these covers was purely magical and I honestly couldn't get enough of this delightful Regency story. I loved everything about it, from the winsome characters, to the subtle love triangles, to the witty banter and flirtations. I knew I was going to be totally hooked from that delicious first meeting between Amelia and Peter and that hook never released me. In fact, days later, I'm still daydreaming about this beautiful escape.

Amelia and Peter both have the best interests of their sisters at heart, but sometimes the whispers of the heart speak louder than intentions. This house party was so much fun and one of the best ones I've read about, especially the scenes that bordered on inappropriate for the times. Those moments brought giddy smiles to my face, yet my emotions were tugged upon in the nagging threads of desperation that threatened Amelia and her sister.

This story is one of my favorites to date and I'm eagerly anticipating more from this new author.

Content: mild romance

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
Profile Image for Melissa Tagg.
Author 29 books1,490 followers
November 26, 2019
This story was SO charming! And witty...romantic...delightful. I read it in the span of a couple of days and enjoyed it from beginning to end. Great banter, lovely writing and a new spin on Regency romance. I'm glad to have found a new author to follow!
Profile Image for Rachel McMillan.
Author 25 books1,078 followers
June 7, 2020
Extremely likeable characters, genuinely charming hero and banter and loved the first person pov here. Does well to reiterate the powerlessness women experienced in fashioning their own destinies in the regency period. I did find the liberties and some of the time spent in Peter and Amelia's unofficial courtship to read more modern than we see and there were some anachronisms but easily overlooked due to the joy of the story. I look forward to reading more by this author
Profile Image for Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany).
2,198 reviews3,672 followers
May 17, 2020
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

A great historical romance for fans of Jane Austen with a slow-burn, antipathy-to love relationship and great banter. Lakeshire Park is a promising debut and I really enjoyed my time with it.

Amelia Moore and her sister Clara have lived at the sufferance of their stepfather after the death of their mother. He is now near death and will leave them nothing. Their only way out of a penniless existence is marriage and Amelia is determined to provide happiness for her sister. So when an invitation comes to visit Lakeshire Park, home of Clara's friend and potential suitor, this seems the perfect way out. Unfortunately, Mr. Peter Wood also joins the party in hopes of making a match for his younger sister Georgiana. He and Amelia get off very much on the wrong foot and she despises his haughty selfishness. But of course, he feels quite differently and is determined to win her over.

I found much of this to be very entertaining and the snarky dialogue between Amelia and Peter made me laugh out loud. This is a sweet, quiet romance that definitely takes it's time. The ending left a bit to be desired. It was okay, but the final conflict was a tad melodramatic and the final ending felt less romantic and emotionally resonant than I would have liked. However, it's not easy to write good banter and I would definitely read more from this author in the future. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
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747 reviews25 followers
April 24, 2020
Matchmaking MC's battle for the happiness of their respective sisters.

This is my first book by this author, and I have to say I'm very impressed by the quality of her writing. 

I was surprised to learn that this is only her second book, the first being A Beautiful Love

Yes, I went after her backlist. It was that good!

The book tells the story of Amelia, a young woman who lived with her ailing step-father and her sister, in Brighton, England. 

The relationship between the girls and their step-relative was very problematic, and upon his imminent death, both sisters would be destitute.

In a last attempt to marry them off, their step-father sent them to a house-party in Lakeshire Park. The invitation came in a very opportune moment, as their host had paid particular attention to Amelia's sister during her only London Season.

Amelia, a dutiful older sister, went to the party bent on matchmaking and saw on Sir Ronald the answer to all their problems. Unfortunately, her intentions were opposed by those of Mr. Peter Wood, a friend set on uniting Sir. Ronald to his sister Georgiana.

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This is an enemy-to-lovers story, but the relationship between the main characters is romantic, sweet, and full of understanding and companionship.
The heroine is strong and principled, but she is also loyal and kind, and I loved her from the first pages. The hero is a tender, funny, and loving brother. Definitely marriage material.

The book is gentle and lovely. It is a clean romance that focuses on small gestures, inner beauty, personality, and disposition of the characters. A truly heartwarming story of family and love. 

Highly recommended!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Author 27 books446 followers
April 16, 2020
It’s been such a long time since I’ve adored a book as much as I adored Lakeshire Park, but from the moment I began reading, I was sucked into Megan Walker’s beautiful writing and even more beautiful story. The romance between Amelia and Peter captivated me from the beginning and didn’t let me go as it gently led me from one wonderful and romantic scene to the next as the relationship between our hero and heroine deepened and unfolded. It was simply a delightful, magical story, and I’m trying to find the words to describe why I loved it so much.

The prose was gorgeous, while Amelia’s first-person narration was both immersive and added an element of mystery for us not to know what Peter was thinking. Both Amelia and Peter were fantastic characters who had fantastic chemistry with one another and helped each other experience such satisfying growth throughout their story. The conflict of both of their sisters wanting to marry the same man and both Amelia and Peter wanting their happiness added some wonderful tension that made this enemies-to-lovers romance even more engaging. Their journey of falling in love and finally coming together was utterly delightful, charming romantic, and truly beautiful.

Lakeshire Park has definitely become a new favorite. I enjoyed every moment of it and know this is a delightful story I’ll not only treasure but reread many more times. I can’t wait to see what Megan Walker writes next.
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Author 22 books449 followers
January 2, 2021
Oh, I loved this one! The hero and heroine had such good chemistry and the banter and the flirty hero had me grinning. The heroine had such a good heart, willing to sacrifice for her sister, but I loved her arc and how she overcame her own fear to fight for love. I’ll be looking for more books by this author.


Just as good the second time around.
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Author 6 books922 followers
June 21, 2020
It's been a while since I've read a Regency romance. To be honest first person is not my favorite POV to read but it worked here. I read this over the course of a couple days and found myself eager to get back to it. If you're looking for a sweet, love story- pick this up.
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1,131 reviews66 followers
April 12, 2020
All Amelia Moore wants and needs to do is find a suitable match for her younger sister Clara so she'll be taken care of and provided for. Their mother died two years ago and their stepfather has reluctantly provided the necessities since then only because of his promise to their dying mother. His health is failing and he's made sure Amelia knows that his promise to care for them dies with him. When an invitation arrives from Sir Ronald to attend a house party at Lakeshire Park arrives, Amelia knows this is their last chance for Clara to capture his attention and form an attachment. There's only one problem, Mr. Peter Wood wants the same thing for his sister Miss Georgiana.

I loved this book and can't believe it's a debut novel. I knew Amelia and Peter would end up together after their run-in in the dress shop over a pair of gloves, but I didn't know how Peter would win Amelia over considering their sisters were vying for the attention of the same man. I loved how the author got them together. House party settings are so much fun because of the secondary characters and their interactions. I find them more enjoyable than London parties and balls because they're set in the country and have many activities in which the characters of the story can be placed.

I liked both Amelia and Peter. They wanted the best for their younger sisters, and Amelia learned to trust her heart, and I was thrilled that both sisters find their happily ever after. I liked several of the secondary characters and hope the author gives a couple of them their own stories. I look forward to reading more from Megan Walker.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and Shadow Mountain. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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271 reviews74 followers
July 25, 2023
Reread July 2023: Just as good, if not better, the second time around! I love this book!

Original review February 2021:
I adored this sweet and swoony story!

Amelia Moore’s main goal is to secure a marriage for her younger sister, Clara, before the death of their stepfather leaves them penniless and without a home. When the sisters are invited to stay for a house party at Lakeshire Park it’s the perfect opportunity to match Clara with their host, Sir Ronald. Unfortunately another older sibling, Peter Wood, is trying to do the same thing for his own sister.

I don’t remember that last time I smiled so much while reading a book. I adored Amelia and Peter and their flirtatious banter had me swooning the entire read!

This is a very chaste read, but was easily the most romantic book I’ve read in a very long time. If you’re looking for a PG version of something like Bridgerton, check out Lakeshire Park!
Profile Image for Océano de libros.
758 reviews76 followers
December 12, 2021
Amelia Moore tiene un objetivo claro y es aprovechar la invitación de sir Ronald para conseguir un matrimonio ventajoso para su hermana Clara y evitar así quedar las dos en la calle cuando muera su padrastro, pero nada será fácil porque Peter Wood busca lo mismo para su hermana Georgina.
Esta editorial suele sacar novelas que me llaman la atención, pero temiendo encontrarme con novelas de tipo religioso suelo dejarlas pasar y es que leídas un par de este tipo no me hicieron mucha gracia. Cuando vas a comprar te encuentras con que en muchas ocasiones las catalogan mal o no detallan esto que para mí es crucial para decantarme por ella o no hacerlo.  
Vi unas cuantas reseñas que dejaban claro que se trataba de un “clean romance” libre de temas religiosos (creo que lo denominan romance inspiracional) y esto me animó a leerlo, ya que no me importa no encontrar sexo explícito, lo que me importa es una buena historia.
En lo que se refiere a asemejar esta novela con las de Jane Austen pues... no me gustan las comparaciones que queréis que os diga, ya me aburren este tipo de ardides para enganchar lectores, lo mismo que si son iguales a los Bridgerton, o a la serie que esté de moda en ese momento. Paso de ponerme a comparar, no quiero porque no disfruto la lectura.
El argumento principal es el matrimonio de conveniencia, Amelia es una joven sensata que se ha hecho cargo de su familia (lo que viene siendo su hermana Clara), desde pequeña ha vivido con la historia de sus padres, un matrimonio nacido de un escándalo en el que no hubo amor, es por ello que Amelia es taxativa en sus pensamientos y no cree en él. Las circunstancias actuales, viviendo junto a un padrastro que “cuida” de ellas por obligación y a punto de ser despojadas de su protección a su muerte, la empujan a ser más fuerte, incluso a sacrificarse para que su hermana sea feliz.
Aquí entra en escena Peter Wood, que busca lo mismo para su hermana Georgina, quiere que sea feliz aunque en este caso él cuenta con una fortuna y sus pensamientos sobre el amor son bien distintos a los de Amelia.
El romance se cuece a fuego lento, la autora nos trae una relación que comienza por un enfrentamiento por conseguir un matrimonio para sus hermanas con Reginald, tanto Amelia como Peter luchan por conseguir su objetivo y poco a poco se irán conociendo y surgirá el afecto. Me han encantado esos momentos en los que los dos se enfrentan y luego como poco a poco se van haciendo amigos y algo más, las charlas, situaciones divertidas. Los momentos entre ellos son encantadores, Peter poco a poco con su picardía y buen humor se va haciendo con el corazón de Amelia.
La pena es que la autora... https://oceanodelibros.blogspot.com/2...
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286 reviews25 followers
June 24, 2022
Oooohhhhhhh, this book. I LOVED this book! Even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. When doing dishes, organizing school things for next school year, whatever. I was (and still am) thinking about this book. I'm really not sure how to express my adoration for this story. It's such a sweet, comforting, satisfying read. This is one I'll be reading over and over. We all have those, right? Every year when I'm reading my round of Hunger Games, Divergent, Conspiracy of US books, I'll shake up those dystopians with a lovely regency.

I'm seriously digressing...

I would really like to see this story written from Peter's point of view, too. I think that'd be a great addition. I mean, it would turn out the same, but I want to see his thoughts as well.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Skip the library; you'll want this in your personal collection.
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Author 5 books154 followers
March 5, 2021
My favorite quotes:

“Marriage means companionship. A merging of lives and loyalty. Yes, it is binding, and yes, sometimes it is more beneficial to one party than to the other in terms of monetary or social value. But it is more about what two people can be together than who they are individually.”

"Love is not a risk, Amelia. Love is an inevitable outcome of living."

"some things aren’t worth being angry over, but plenty of things are worth fighting for.'

"Nothing about me was too much for Peter. The more I admitted, the closer he moved."
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Author 47 books239 followers
July 18, 2023
Me ha gustado mucho; en especial por la relación entre las hermanas y la forma tan bien documentada y realista en que la autora ha expuesto la situación de las mujeres en la época. Él, Peter, también me ha parecido adorable; seguro que leeré pronto algo más de Megan Walker.
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183 reviews29 followers
April 18, 2020
Holy OMG. Lakeshire Park was....OMG. I have read so many historical fiction books as of late and TBH I have less than zero regrets. Who doesn't want to read about a swoon-worthy gentleman who can legit only exist in books? Who doesn't want to read about a couple and wonder if they will just get together already?!

Before I get into my opinions and the whatnot, I want to say thank you to the publishers over at Shadow Mountain for sending me an ARC to review. AND NOOOOW, here is the synopsis:
Brighton, England 1820

Amelia Moore wants only one thing—to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own—without family, a home, or a penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia grasps at the chance. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then at least her sister will be taken care of.

Little does she know that another guest, the arrogant and overconfident Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his own sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart.

OK. Can we just acknowledge that the gentleman's name is a little....I mean, his name is Peter Wood. PETER. WOOD. And if your mind doesn't go where mine did, well, good for you.

Peter Wood was different than any other man I’d ever met. In everything he did, he gave too much. He was too bold, too aware. And entirely too handsome.

Name aside. He was perfect. The first time our heroine meets the dashing and infuriating gent, it's in a glove shop, where he has just come out from under the table with the absolute last pair of gloves. A true tragedy in that day and age where showing your hands was scandalous. Their first meeting is funny and cute and endears you to both of them immediately. Amelia and Peter are both vying for their sisters to end up with the object of their desire, Sir Ronald, and they will both stop at nothing to succeed.

Even if it means taking themselves out of the matchmaking by spending their afternoons together.



You must read this book. It's fun, funny, heart-string pulling, and endearing.

As a bonus, Julianne Donaldson (author of Edenbrooke) gave her seal of approval, so you KNOW it’s good.
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