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This story was just perfect. I tried the sample and as soon as I finished that, bought the full book without hesitation. You can tell good writing when you see it, even if it is so rare to come across these days. The story wasn't predictable, as so many of these stories are, and the main characters actually behaved like adults rather than children. There was deceit in the storyline, of course, but none of that refusal to communicate, and silly overreactions that plague so many of these historical romances. The author knows her stuff, and didn't just fill the story with meaningless drivel. She also is one of those people who manages to write clever, interesting, romantic conversations between characters, which are an absolute pleasure to read. I cried happy tears when I finished it, and was left with that warm glow in my heart and sappy smile lingering on my face that you only get when you read a well-crafted sweet, sweet romance. Thanks for your beautiful story Ashtyn!
I thoroughly enjoy Ashtyn Newbold’s stories. Each one I have read is always clean wholesome and engaging, leaving me perfectly happy and yet still wanting more. The only disappointment with this story is that it ended 😆 Although I would have liked it to have had an epilogue, I was still happy and content with the ending. I loved the two main characters of this book. Mr. Hill is everything a gentleman should be. I liked him right from the very beginning and the further the story progressed the more I enjoyed his characters development. Tillie’s character was also very well done. I thought the struggles and challenges she faced and how she dealt with her changed circumstances was done in such a way as to feel realistic. I also really enjoyed her interactions with Jessie and Mr. Hill. I can’t say I liked the other frequently featured characters but I’m pretty sure this is intentional 😉 This is the third book in the Seasons of Change series however it is a stand-alone novel, as are all the others, and can be read independently of the others. On a side note: even though it’s a small thing, I really like and appreciate it when an author ties up loose ends in the story. In this story there was a reference made to a relatively small detail, but it stayed in the back of my mind throughout the story and I kept wondering if and when it would be mentioned again. So I was very happy when it was 😊 I received an ARC of this book from the Author however I am not under any obligation to leave this review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
I bought this book because it was listed under Christian fiction. While a clean read and enjoyable, I am scratching my head as to why it was listed under Christian fiction. It does not mention God or has any themes of redemption, salvation or faith in Christ. So, if you are looking for a fun Regency-style romance without religious overtones, this would be the book for you.
That said, I enjoyed this book a great deal. I have never read the author before, but she did a lovely job of keeping to the era. If you like historical fiction, I think you will enjoy this book very much.
I greatly enjoy this series, so my review isn't malicious in intent. I even preordered this book. However, I can't forgive the unlikely plotline, or the fact that it wasn't backed up with a semblance of historical accuracy. Wouldn't Tillie and her mother just have lived at their estate in a humble manner while her farther was in jail? Or opened their house as a kind of girls' school? Or lived in impoverished gentility with a relative? Or becolme companions? It was too farfetched and hazy for me.
One saving grace, though, was the male main character, Mr. Hill. He is what Regency romance dreams are made of. Read it if just for him.
Ooh, this was wonderful! Ashtyn Newbold is one of my favorite Regency authors and I thoroughly enjoy her stories, but "The Last Eligible Bachelor" is one of my new favorites from her! I was so looking forward to reading it and, as I hoped, I absolutely adored it! The plot of a maid being forced to assume her mistress’s identity and impersonate her is one I love (hence I used it in my "Goose Girl" retelling), and the way this one unfolded was absolutely delightful.
Tillie—a former lady who’s lost her place in society—is forced to take Miss Sophia’s place at a matchmaking party for Mr. Frederick Hill, a charming, handsome, and thoroughly eligible bachelor. As a maid disguised as a lady, Tillie wants nothing more than to remain invisible throughout the charade, but when she inadvertently catches Mr. Hill’s attention, her plans quickly change to doing all in her power to keep herself from losing her heart…a task that proves quite impossible with Mr. Hill’s increasing interest in her.
I loved the plot’s premise of Tillie being forced to impersonate her mistress and all the mishaps that follow as she struggles to navigate the masquerade forced upon her, all while resisting falling in love. The plot was thoroughly engaging and her interactions with Mr. Hill wonderful; the scenes with them together were definitely the highlight of the story. The rest of the plot was fun too, especially as several other women were competing for Mr. Hill’s affections, adding some great tension. Normally I struggle with ‘mean girl’ characters, but this aspect was done subtly enough that it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the plot.
Tillie was a wonderful character and I really enjoyed her first-person narration. While she appears entirely average according to society’s dictates—she’s no great beauty and lacks in the usual lady-like accomplishments—her strength lies in her character. I so admired her kindness, willingness to make the best of her circumstances, and her gratitude for the blessings she still has in her life. She dealt with her circumstances and challenges in strong yet realistic ways and I really admired her.
And Mr. Hill…oh my goodness, I thoroughly adored him! He was thoroughly charming, the embodiment of a true gentleman, with a wonderful sense of humor. Their interactions were such a delight, filled with witty banter, terrific chemistry, great humor, and the loveliest, sweetest romance. It was magical, making this feel very much like the fairy tale it reminded me of, "The Goose Girl".
With all the humor and sweetness, I found myself smiling the entire way through this wonderful story. "The Last Eligible Bachelor" is definitely one of Ashtyn Newbold’s best works and a new favorite Regency of mine, one I’ll definitely purchase for my own collection and reread many times over the years.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Matilda/Tillie Sherbrooke was about twenty-two and very pretty but her problem was her father had been accused of stealing and had gone to Cranberry Goal. He had been there for three months so far. Her mom was a maid in the same household as she was. Sophia Sedgwick was the lady she took care of. She didn't mind the hard work or long hours. The Sedgwicks decided to send their daughter to a matchmaker. She wanted to see her friend at Hampden Park but they felt her time better spent trying to find a husband. So she came up with her big idea, They would go to Bibury by way of Hampden Park. She would stay there and Tillie and Jesse another maid, would go on. Tillie would take her place. She could not make herself obvious. Sophia was a brat, vicious, cruel, and just plain nasty. Mr. Hill was very handsome and kind. He didn't want the usual woman for his wife. His oldest brother was supposed to have inherited but decided to go his own way and left his parents with no choice but to disinherit him. So they turned to Mr. Hill to start to train for when he had to take over. The two of them had so many trails in this story. There were four other women vying for his attention. His brother comes back broken begging his. parents to take him back and his parents do. Which leaves Mr. Hill swinging in the wind. I found the tale interesting and very entertaining. The characters were warm and endearing. In spots it even made you cry. There was so much going on. You could feel Mr. Hill's frustration with it all and she was so worried that he might find out she was no longer a lady but a maid. She fought throughout to keep herself from falling in love. If you love Historical Romance I really think you might enjoy this book. I received this ARC from the author and publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.
However, I do not like books written first person...which is true with this book....too much narration about Tillie's feelings and thoughts over and over again..not my cup of tea...will not be reading anymore of her books!