Kingscastle – Sophia Holloway

Published By: Allison and Busby
Pages: 320
Released On: 18/11/2021

Captain William Hawksmoor of the Royal Navy never expected to inherit Kingscastle and is none too pleased when he does so. Especially when he learns that he must marry within a year or be forever dealing with trustees.

As the new Marquis of Athelney, the captain takes command of Kingscastle and discovers much to be done to set it in order, He must also contend with his aunt, Lady Willoughby Hawksmoor, who is determined that her daughter will be his wife. When she discovers he is far more interested in Eleanor Burgess, her underpaid and much put-upon companion, Lady Willoughby shows she will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

*****

Thanks to Allison and Busby for the gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review and a place on their blog tour.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a regency romance. My late nan was obsessed with them, and she brought me up on the likes of Georgette Heyer so this definitely brought me back. Having not recently read any regency novels, I thought it might take me a little while to get into, but it immediately grabbed me. It took hold of me within a matter of pages and sucked me right into Captain Hawksmoor’s story.

Don’t get me wrong, whilst I love being around during this time period, there’s something quite lovely about the idea of being a woman expected only to wear fancy dresses, ride horses with eligible gentlemen (which I haven’t done”,), and attend grand parties with said gentlemen (which we don’t talk about). But Sophia depicts a fine balance between the elegance and the restrictions of the regency period.

Regency literature can be quite stiff and stuffy, but this is exciting and has a very 21st century feel to the plot and the characters. It is thoroughly enjoyable. I’ll be honest, if I had to be really picky, it’s not particularly shocking, it is very gentle, and I think I would have enjoyed it a smidgen more if there was more conflict or adventure, but that doesn’t stop it being a very pleasant read.

I think everyone expects me to compare this to Bridgerton, but I’m probably the only person who has never seen it, but I’m sure it’ll be just as popular and successful, and find such a fan base.

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