Monday, January 21, 2019

Abigail by Jess Heileman {Review}

Abigail by Jess Heileman
ebook, 250 pages
Publication: January 22nd 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
For Abigail Blakeslee, becoming a debutante and entering Society is happening far too quickly. But now, foregoing her first Season has brought an unwanted invitation to join her aunt and cousins for a summer at Timpton House, the large estate of the Stanton family.

Reluctantly accepting, Abigail is thrust into the vexing world of social propriety and match making. More vexing still is her cousin’s suitor, the young Timpton heir—Edwin Stanton. Moody and distant at times, remarkably endearing at others, Edwin seems a puzzle she can never solve, but can never quite put away. But then, Abigail has her own secret to hide--her own mystery to conceal. Perhaps such puzzles are better left unsolved, or perhaps love can find a solution.
My Review: 5 Stars

I love a delicious story full of conflicting personalities, hidden secrets, and a budding romance, and this one is just that. Abigail has had a hard life and this new situation that she's almost unwillingly thrust into is a challenge. It's refreshing for the times to see her hold true to herself and not to lose herself in the expectations of society.

Abigail is such a darling protagonist and has no qualms about helping those around her, especially the Bragg family is who struggling and down on their luck. I adored her and her selfless, sweet, and strong personality. Edwin is an enigma, but he quickly grew on me and I found myself eagerly anticipating their interactions, especially as he often found Abigail in compromising predicaments.

I loved the little triangles of relationships that emerged and really enjoyed the twists that popped up, completely taking me by surprise. I'm quite surprised that Heileman is a debut author, as I found this to be a very entertaining and engaging story. My emotions and attention were held hostage for several hours and I'm looking forward to more stories by this author!

Content: mild descriptions of violence; mild romance; very mild religion

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