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Lakeshire Park

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,424 ratings  ·  622 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Shadow Mountain
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 i ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
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.
Julie Carpenter
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 Si
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 tow
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
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
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-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—s
Katie W
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 be
Melissa Tagg
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a delightful surprise. I recommend to fans of historical romances.
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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
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 fut
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 to
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
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 ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 kn ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I want to go to Paris, to learn French, to see the Seine.” With each statement, I tore the letter again and again, until the pieces were small enough to float on the wind. “I want a life full of laughter and scheming and dancing underneath the stars.” ✨

Lakeshire Park is everything you want in a beautifully written romance. I could not put this book down. From the moment you read the first page you feel pulled into the world of Amelia. Her up’s and her down’s feel like an emotional rollercoaste
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, stunning, stunning! I stole every spare minute I had to race through this book. I loved the attention to detail, the way in which the reader is given such a vast multitude of moments, and places - events happening. Often in these kind of books, the same thing is occurring every day. It gets tiresome and overdone. This, however has you turning a page, knowing the end result but never knowing how they’ll get there, or what twists will come along the way. The conflict between both Peter & ...more
Sarah Monzon
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
About this book • Release date April 7, 2020 • Published by Shadow Mountain • 320 pages • I didn’t want to put it down • one of my favorite romances • wonderful characters • beautifully written • great chemistry • angst • so romantic • loved the after dinner games • HEA • highly recommend • Netgalley • all opinions are mine alone • definitely buying this one ♥️
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up. I was hoping for a smart, Georgette Heyer-style romance, but this read much more like a YA (or, frankly, middle grade) take on the Regency Era. The story starts off with an interesting premise -- sisters Amelia and Clara are on the brink of being homeless and penniless after their evil stepfather reveals he is leaving them nothing upon his imminent death, forcing them to make advantageous marriages or end up in the workhouse. They conveniently are invited to a house party h ...more
Rachel Fordham
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
The Daydreamologist
This was pretty good, but it's nothing I haven't seen before, and it lacked excitement, as well.
The climax is on the low side. Compared to Heyer's climaxes, for example, this one was a tiny hill. And it got smoothed out pretty quickly. The characters needed a bit more work as well. The main couple was okay, but the side characters were two dimensional. I expected more. Georgiana's character was the best fleshed out among the side characters, but it still was lacking.

 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean, period;
Gorgeous, subtle, period romance. As Amelia and her sister Clara are on the brink of poverty, they have one last chance for Clara and possibly Amelia to make a match that will secure their future and keep them out of poverty at their stepfather's passing.
Sir Ronald and his mother have invited them both to a house party, and Clara hopes to secure his affections. They chance meet Mr. Peter Wood, and later see him and his sister Georgiana at the house party. Amelia is at odds
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amelia and Clara's parents are dead and their stepfather is dying. Upon his death, they will be thrown out and have nothing.

With this looming difficulty, Amelia wants to secure her sister's future and travels with Clara to Lakeshire Park upon the invitation of Sir Ronald. This is what's most important to Amelia and we see her make decisions with the sole purpose to achieve a good match for Clara, who has feelings for Sir Ronald.

Unfortunately, despite Amelia's good intentions, there are many pro
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Marrying for Security or Marrying Love

Amelia and Clara Moore are two sisters soon to be facing an uncertain future without any family, inheritance, or prospects. Their irritable and unfeeling stepfather, who begrudgingly kept them on as part of his household these last few years after their mother passed, warns Amelia that any support or responsibility he owes to them comes to a swift end with his death. With Lord Gray’s health in rapid decline and an unsuccessful London Season behind them, the
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this novel, Amelia and her sister Clara are weeks away from destitution. Their stepfather is near death, and has made no provision for them. When they are invited to pay a visit at the home of a gentleman admirer of Clara, Amelia knows it is their last and best opportunity to secure a permanent home. Unfortunately, when she gets there she finds that another guest has a similar idea. Peter Wood has brought his sister Georgiana to pay a visit in hopes of engaging the same man. Amelia and Peter ...more
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Amelia Moore has one goal in mind - that of ensuring her younger sister Clara's future. So when attending a house party Amelia does her best to ensure that Clara finds a find match. This is very important to Amelia as their stepfather's impending demise will leave them penniless. So Amelia hopes to bring Clara together with their host, Sir Ronald.

There is someone else vying to match his sister with Sir Ronald, Mr. Peter Wood. If his sister can be soon married to the man, Peter is certain her fut
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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 ...more

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