What begins as a pleasant holiday with a new friend in Brighton quickly turns to devastation for Anabelle Milton when she receives the tragic news: her parents are dead. Turned out of the only home she’s ever known, Anabelle is sent to live with an aunt and uncle who are strangers to her. Heartbroken, she arrives at Bellingham Cottage, a cozy home on the sprawling grounds of the Bellingham estate, to find an unexpectedly warm welcome—not only from her own family but also from the family of their aristocratic neighbors, Lord and Lady Bellingham.
Anabelle soon attracts the attention of the heirs of Bellingham—brothers who, though connected by
blood, could not be more different. As she slowly begins to distance herself from the polite and obedient young woman her mother trained her to be, Anabelle is free for the first time to choose her own path. She knows she must be true to herself, even if it means risking unrequited love—but can she trust that the gentleman who has stolen her heart will not break it?
This is a very sweet debut novel from author Katie Stewart Stone and I really love the cover.
Anabelle has a really rough patch and I couldn't help but feel for her situation of abandonment and displacement but I love as she comes into a place of love and acceptance, she also discovers herself. Her wings are finally allowed to stretch and she feels a sense of freedom. That was very satisfying as a reader.
The whole book has a very young feel to it and it read more like a YA regency. I had a hard time connecting with Anabelle but loved her relationship with her young cousin. He was a bright spot in the book. I think this author excelled at the younger and less mature characters and the more playful moments but struggled to bridge the gap of maturity to make the other relationships more believable.
I thought the setting was beautiful. I could easily visualize the places Anabelle explored and visited and I thought it was the perfect place for her to regain her footing and spread those wings.
Content: death, some male aggressive behavior toward female, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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