What do you look for in a
book cover? I think the cover of A Winter
by the Sea is beautiful. I love the
colors, especially the purple dress. I
also like that you can see the entire lady including her face. I don’t really like the covers with people
walking away or that just show a headless torso.
The Summers family run a
guest lodging out of their seaside home in Sidmouth in order to make ends meet
after their former estate was entailed to a distant cousin after the death of
their father. Winter has become more exciting
this year when the Duke and Duchess of Kent, with their infant daughter
Victoria, take up residence in a neighboring home for the Duke’s health. One of the younger sisters, Emily, decides to
follow her dreams to become an author by putting together a guidebook for
Sidmouth to be published by a local publisher.
As she starts to have feelings for the Duke’s secretary, James Thomson,
her previous neighbor and crush, Charles Parker and his parents show up for a
visit to Sidmouth. Will Emily’s dreams
of becoming an author come true? Will
her previous dream of marrying Charles Parker and returning to her old
neighborhood come true or will she forge a new path with James Thomson?
Julie Klassen is one of
my favorite authors. I love her
inspirational Regency novels. She writes
beautiful stories with intriguing characters set in the Regency world that I
enjoy. I loved book one in this On
Devonshire Shores series, The Sisters of Sea View. This was a perfect
continuation. While the first book focused
on Viola, the second book focuses on her twin sister Emily. I’m looking forward to getting a book or
story for each of the sisters. I hope
that the eldest scandal ridden sister, Claire, who is in Scotland also gets her
story told. A Winter by the Sea can be
read as a standalone, but I loved knowing the background of the characters from
the first book. It’s a series worth
I also enjoyed that the
characters celebrated a Regency Christmas at the beginning of the novel which
made it a fun read for this time of year.
I also enjoyed the love triangle in this novel, and the growth of the
character of Emily in both this novel and the first one. I loved seeing how she had to realize, what
did she really want out of life? Were
her childhood dreams still the same dreams she had now? Was she willing to forgive past slights?
Overall, A Winter by the
Sea is an excellent inspirational Regency novel with vivid characters, a great
setting, and a pleasing story. I highly
Book Source: Review copy from Bethany House as part of the
Austenprose PR Book Tour. Thank-you! Opinions
expressed in this review are completely my own.
Title: A Winter by the Sea
Series: On Devonshire Shores (Book
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
(December 5, 2023)
Length: (448) pages
· Format: Trade Paperback,
eBook, & Audiobook
· ISBN: 978-0764234286
Tour Dates: December 4 – 18, 2023
comes to Sidmouth, bringing unexpected danger and the sweet possibility of
romance. . . .
When the Duke and Duchess of Kent and their daughter--the future Queen Victoria--rent neighboring Woolbrook Cottage for the winter, the Summers sisters are called upon to host three of the royal family's male staff in their seaside house. But they soon realize they've invited secrets and intrigue into their home.
Meanwhile, Emily Summers longs to become an author. A local publisher offers to consider her novel if she will first write a Sidmouth guidebook for him. Emily agrees and begins researching the area with help from the Duke of Kent's handsome private secretary. But a surprise visitor from her past shows up at Sea View, leaving Emily torn between the desires she's long held dear and her budding dreams for the future.
Return to the Devonshire coast with the Summers sisters, where loyalties are tested, secrets come to light, and new love emerges.
PRAISE FOR A WINTER BY THE SEA
- “Enlivened by historical details of
the royal family’s 1819 visit to Devonshire, the narrative is propelled
forward by an irrepressible protagonist whose spunk will easily win
readers’ sympathy. This breezy and delightful installment is sure to
satisfy Klassen’s fans.”— Publisher’s Weekly
- “A Winter by the Sea is a
story about finding your purpose and realizing that the things we hope and
pray for...might not always be the things we truly need…
The On Devonshire Shores series is truly a delight.”— Lauren, The Books Script
- “Julie Klassen has provided such a
beautiful escape with this series…I can't wait to see what comes next in
this series and will be highly anticipating book 3!!”— Tasha, Clean
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