Hey everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!! Today I’m teaming up with Writerly Yours for the blog tour for A Valentine Secret by Emily Murdoch. Be sure to check out Writerly Yours to learn more about them and this blog tour!
Title: A Valentine Secret by Emily Murdoch
Genres: Romance, Historical
Published by: Endeavor Press (Jan. 21, 2016)
The course of true love never did run smooth…
Jonathan Brodie, the only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie, has lived in the village of Maplebridge his whole life.
Penelope, the daughter of the local florist, was adopted by the Baldwins when she was just a baby.
They could not be more different and yet, one blustery January morning, their paths collide in a chance encounter that is destined to change their lives forever.
Jonathan soon discovers that Penelope is far from the quiet wallflower that she first seems, but rather a beautiful rose just waiting for its chance to bloom. After spending more and more time together, it’s not long before their feelings for each other begin to blossom.
However, when Jonathan starts investigating Penelope’s past, in order to present her with the truth about her biological parents, his grand Valentines gesture threatens to destroy any hope of a future with the woman he has grown to love.
Penelope begins to doubt Jonathan’s motives.
Is he only concerned with placating his domineering father and convincing him that she is worthy of the Brodie name?
Despite his good intentions, will Jonathan’s Valentine Secret ruin everything?
Or are two people from opposite ends of society simply destined to remain poles apart forever?
A Valentine Secret is a charming regency romance novella about never giving up on true love.
What I Thought
This book was absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day! It’s quite short coming in at just under 100 pages, so if you don’t have any plans tonight, this book would be great.
My favorite part of this story was definitely the setting! It had that lovely, 1800’s feel and took place in Great Britain during the Regency period (1811-1820). Valetine’s Day was just becoming a thing, and so it was really fun to read about how people were learning to celebrate. This book gave me classic lit feelings but it was written in a way that was simpler and easy to understand, which I, personally, enjoyed, because it allowed me to devour the book without having to stop and reread passages to gain understanding like I usually have to do with books originally written in the 1800’s.
The characters were all lovely, too. I fell in love with Jonathan and Penelope’s relationship! He always treats Penlope so well, and not only that, but despite his upperclass upbringing, he never treats those lower in society than him as anything less. I also loved that Penlope was able to stand up for herself, despite the time period she lived in. The fact that her and her family owned a flower shop was just so lovely to me. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the whole Valentine’s Day vibe and the sweet nature of Penlope and the Baldwins.
The story itself was also so enjoyable. I loved watching Jonathan and Penlope fall in love and all the drama (but not too much drama) that occurred because of it.
Overall, this was a lovely, novella. It was romantic but not over the top, fun and festive, and so sweet. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, fun read this Valetine’s Day!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! A huge thanks to Writerly Yours and the author.*
About the Author
Emily Murdoch is a medieval historian and writer. She has authored a medieval series and a regency novella series, and is currently working on several new projects. To stay updated on her writing and upcoming books, follow her WEBSITE and on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.
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