Hearts of Briarwall

About the Book:

Title: Hearts of Briarwall
Author: Krista Jensen
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishers
Release Date: August 2nd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Lydia Wooding is fascinated by the latest inventions the new century brings, including motorcars. She longs for the independence they represent and believes that women should have a say in the future of the industry―just as they should have a say in suffrage, adventure, and, of course, love.

Spencer Hayes is a man of practicality and innovation, but he lacks the financial backing to make his dream a reality. When he contacts his childhood friend, Andrew Wooding, about a promising business venture, he is invited to Briarwall Manor to discuss the terms. Once there, he is surprised to find that Andrew’s once shy, younger sister, Lydia, has grown into a young woman of beauty, wit, and a bit of fire. Even better, the two share a passion for motorcars.

Andrew, however, is wary of cars, having lost his parents in a tragic auto accident when he and Lydia were young. And he’s not sure a relationship between his sister and Spencer is the best idea―not when Sir Lawrence is available and could match both Lydia’s social status and her fortune.

Torn between risking their hearts and being loyal to their dreams in an era of whirlwind change, Spencer and Lydia anchor themselves with the determination they both share: to live life to its fullest.

Book Review:

This was such a fun and sweet read! I enjoyed the characters and the relationships they had with each other. I can definitely see myself rereading this book soon. Hearts of Briarwall is written by Krista Jensen and I was so excited to see she was publishing another book! I adored Miracle Creek Christmas and I couldn’t wait to read this book! 

Lydia was just so full of life and fun, it was a joy to read about her. I loved her spirit and her character. She tried to be herself but she was also aware of others. I really liked Lydia as a character, she was relatable and I felt like I could understand her. However she was also trying to figure out how to be herself. She had to grow up without her parents after their death and her brother was just doing his best to raise her. Lydia had to learn to make sense of the world she was born into, how to be herself but also still respect and have a relationship with her brother. It was sweet how Spencer always seemed to encourage Lydia to be herself. 

Spencer was also just trying his best. He was trying to build a place for himself in the world and he was willing to put in the hard work. He had sworn himself away from love, but Lydia had a way of working herself past his walls. I liked Spencer, he was a likable character but he also had his faults. He was steady and he cared deeply for those in his circle. It was sweet to read about him falling for Lydia but also trying to be honorable. Spencer had to learn to stand up and fight for what he believed in. 

Spencer and Lydia were sweethearts together, I loved their chemistry and their easy banter. The romance was so sweet and fun! Their relationship didn’t feel rushed or awkward, it fit them. The storyline was compelling and I didn’t want to stop reading. I also adored the side characters! I hope they get their own books. Lydia’s friends were so full of life and their interactions were just too funny. I also really liked Lydia’s brother, Andrew. He was a bit stuffy but he had a kind heart and he really cared for his sister. They all need books!

Hearts of Briarwall was another win for Jensen! It was just as good as I had hoped! I would definitely recommend Hearts of Briarwall! Hearts of Briarwall is a clean historical romance, good for those who enjoy sweet historical reads with a hint of mischief. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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