Thursday, February 7, 2019

Escape to Everly Manor by Chalon Linton {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Escape to Everly Manor by Chalon Linton
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications, Inc. 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given
Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estranged Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and diabolical Uncle Cline is determined to indulge in his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother from a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.
Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden—until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust him. Soon Lizzy realizes Mr. Barton may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .

My Review: 4 Stars

Lizzy has gumption, there's no doubt about that. In an effort to save her younger brother from being sent to sea, while she is forced to marry an odious man, Lizzy and her brother run away. And I loved what happened next.

Lizzy and Thomas discover an abandoned cottage and settle in during a storm. They're so resourceful and that, combined with the camaraderie of this small village, charming personalities, and a delightful mistaken identity, drew me right into the depths of this story. There's such a warmth to this book that really evokes a nostalgic feeling (think Boxcar Children, Regency style).

I loved the bond between these two siblings and although the lengths Lizzy went to at times were aggravating, the love and care she has for Thomas is endearing. Mr. Barton is a charming addition to the story, as his generous heart is so similar to Lizzy's. Misunderstandings block the path to love in this tale full of adventure and danger, making it a perfect recipe for a highly enjoyable story.

Content: some mild violence/moments of peril; mild romance

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