The Valet’s Secret

About the Book:

Title: The Valet’s Secret
Author: 
Josi S Kikpack
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain
Release Date: 
March 7, 2021
Genre:
Historical Romance

A passionate kiss from a handsome valet becomes a Regency Cinderella story when he is revealed to be an earl. 

York, England, 1819. 

As a once happily married woman, Rebecca Parker lived a charmed life, but now widowed and working for a living, she feels alone and living a mundane existence. That is until the day a valet speeding by on a horse nearly runs her off the road. Mr. Malcolm Henry is apologetic, gentle, and very handsome. She’s instantly drawn to him, which is why, rather than stopping him from kissing her, she finds herself kissing him back, reigniting a nearly forgotten passion in her. But love at first sight only happens in fairy tales–never to an ordinary woman like her.

Still, she cannot stop thinking about Mr. Henry and the kiss they shared. The more time she spends with the earl’s valet, the more she knows she cannot in good conscience allow Mr. Timoltson to continue to court her, even though a marriage to him would provide her financial security and independence from her overbearing father’s control. The heart wants what it wants, and her heart wants Mr. Henry.

But while working in the kitchens during a fancy dinner party, she sees something strange: the valet–the valet she kissed–is sitting at the right hand of the baroness. She realizes that Mr. Henry is not the earl’s valet; he is the earl–Kenneth Winterton.

Heartbroken, angry, and betrayed, Rebecca isn’t sure she can trust Lord Winterton, much less accept his apology. But when Lord Winterton proves he is as kind and gentle as “Mr. Henry” was, she finds herself willing to give him a second chance. But will he still take a chance on her, when choosing a commoner means he might lose his inheritance?

Book Review:

This was a cute and fun read. It took me a little while to get intoThe Valet’s Secret by Josi S Kilpack. However once I really started reading it, I was very intrigued. The Valet’s Secret was different then the other books I had been reading, but it was still an enjoyable read and very interesting. 

Rebecca Parker is in a new stage of life. She feels lonely and wants a break from the mundane routine of life. She never expected to meet Mr. Malcolm Henry on the road, and she never expected from him to change her life. However, what will she do when she learns that he is not a valet but the earl – Kenneth Winteron? Can their relationship ever become more? Kenneth Winteron just wants to be free, however becoming his uncle’s heir means rules and stations. He never expected to fall for a woman below his station or to lie to her about who he is. Will he ever be able to gain her trust and maybe grow a relationship?

Rebecca was such a refreshing change of character. She was older and she had lived life. I really enjoyed reading about her and reading about her finding herself. She had gotten married at a young age and raised her daughter, but when her husband died she moved back in with her father and in a way lost herself. Rebecca was so strong. She had endured much in her life, and it was cool to read about her still growing and learning. She was learning how to find herself in this new stage of life and she was falling in love. 

Kenneth was an interesting character. He had to grow on me. I didn’t dislike him, but I just had to read more about him before I really understood him. He was also just trying to find his place in the world. He was a bit uncertain about his place and it was fun to read about him learning what it meant to be an Earl. However, he was kind and he truly cared about those around him. He had lived life and he valued people. Kenneth had to figure out what it would mean to love Rebecca and how to build a relationship with her. 

Rebecca and Kenneth had an interesting relationship. They were of two different stations. However Rebecca didn’t know it at the time and she found a connection with him. It was definitely fascinating to read about them falling in love and interacting, trying to figure out how to make their friendship work, never expecting something to come out of it. I thought that they were such a sweet couple and they definitely balanced each other out. They also had to learn to overcome their differences in stations and work past the whispers of others.

The side characters were also fun! Rebecca’s daughter Rose was super sweet. I loved Rebecca and Rose’s relationship. They trusted each other and cared for each other. Kenneth’s Uncle was complicated but he also cared for Kenneth. The Baroness who Rose worked for was also a character

 She was such a strong woman who was a great addition to the story. 

The Vault’s Secret was a sweet and cute book. It was about characters falling in love and figuring out how to work with their different stations. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to those who like historical women’s fiction. The Valet’s Secret is a clean historical women’s fiction romance. 

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.

About the Author:

JOSI S. KILPACK is the author of several novels and one cookbook and a participant in several coauthored projects and anthologies. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner—including Lord Fenton’s Folly (2015) for Best Romance and Best Novel of the Year—and a Utah Best in State winner for fiction. She is the mother of four children and lives in northern Utah.

You can find more information about Josi and her writing at josiskilpack.com

A Seaside Summer

About the Book:

A Seaside Summer (Timeless Regency Collection Book 17) by [Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B. Moore]

Title: A Seaside Summer
Series:
Timeless Regency Collection
Author: 
Josi S Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B Moore
Release Date: 
September 28, 2021
Genre: 
Regency Romance

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.

Book Review:

A Seaside Summer is a collection of novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore. I have enjoyed books by all of these authors and was excited to read these! Each book is set at the seaside and all are clean regency romances.

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack

Diane understood why she was chosen to marry the earl, he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir, and a hostess. Her acceptance was for her and her two sons’ security. Now, she has a holiday at the seaside to rest before the birth of their child. Days of lazy beach days with her children, simplicity of meals and schedule, is exactly what she wants. The earl’s surprise visit is not a welcome one, though she does her best to adjust. However, she is surprised when she realizes he has come to get to know her and spend time with her. Will they be able to move forward and create a true marriage? 

I really enjoyed this novella! It had a more formal feel, more like the writing of Jane Austen than a contemporary novel. It was nice to read a different sort of story as well. It was a very sweet story and I really enjoyed watching Diane and Michael get to know each other. It seemed very realistic. I also thought that the interactions with the children were so cute.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes

After Judith Jardine’s chance at a good match is ruined when she is first ignored then humiliated by the ton’s most popular gentlemen, she is sent to help her sister for the summer. At the seaside cottage, she is forced to work and live a life far below her previous hopes. The discovery of the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach is a shock to her. However, she takes him to the cottage for care, and soon discovers that he has lost his memory. So she decides to teach him a lesson, until the deception and her feelings begin to go too far.

This story was so fun! I was a little nervous, because I sometimes have trouble with deception. However, I did enjoy it. Judith was such a determined character. She really did not like James, but at the same time she had a hard time continuing to dislike him as she got to know him. It was really funny to watch James try to maneuver without his memories, especially with Judith’s meddling. I also liked how they were able to get to know each other, in a more unusual way for that time period. James was very sweet and I thought that they were very cute together! 

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore

Oscar Rosewell is content with his life, even if it is on the outside of society. With his father’s ruined reputation, he only wants to keep his business and protect himself. However, meeting Miss Dorthea Atkinson changes his perspective, until he realizes that she is practically engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. What can he do? 

This novella was also super cute! I really like both Dorthea and Oscar, they were relatable and really nice. I enjoyed reading their story, as they deal with the problems that are before them and their relationship. It was very intriguing too! I was not expecting some of the plot twists, which made it a very exciting read. 

Overall, I really enjoyed all of these stories and would definitely recommend it to Regency fans!

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

A Seaside Summer

About the Book:

Title: A Seaside Summer
Series: Timeless Regency Collection #17
Author: Josi S Kilpack, Martha Keyes, Heather B Moore
Publisher: Mirror Press 
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.

Book Review:

A Seaside Summer is a collection of novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Martha Keyes, and Heather B. Moore. I have enjoyed books by all of these authors and was excited to read these! Each book is set at the seaside and all are clean regency romances.

The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack

Diane understood why she was chosen to marry the earl, he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir, and a hostess. Her acceptance was for her and her two sons’ security. Now, she has a holiday at the seaside to rest before the birth of their child. Days of lazy beach days with her children, simplicity of meals and schedule, is exactly what she wants. The earl’s surprise visit is not a welcome one, though she does her best to adjust. However, she is surprised when she realizes he has come to get to know her and spend time with her. Will they be able to move forward and create a true marriage? 

I really enjoyed this novella! It had a more formal feel, more like the writing of Jane Austen than a contemporary novel. It was nice to read a different sort of story as well. It was a very sweet story and I really enjoyed watching Diane and Michael get to know each other. It seemed very realistic. I also thought that the interactions with the children were so cute.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes

After Judith Jardine’s chance at a good match is ruined when she is first ignored then humiliated by the ton’s most popular gentlemen, she is sent to help her sister for the summer. At the seaside cottage, she is forced to work and live a life far below her previous hopes. The discovery of the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach is a shock to her. However, she takes him to the cottage for care, and soon discovers that he has lost his memory. So she decides to teach him a lesson, until the deception and her feelings begin to go too far.

This story was so fun! I was a little nervous, because I sometimes have trouble with deception. However, I did enjoy it. Judith was such a determined character. She really did not like James, but at the same time she had a hard time continuing to dislike him as she got to know him. It was really funny to watch James try to maneuver without his memories, especially with Judith’s meddling. I also liked how they were able to get to know each other, in a more unusual way for that time period. James was very sweet and I thought that they were very cute together! 

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore

Oscar Rosewell is content with his life, even if it is on the outside of society. With his father’s ruined reputation, he only wants to keep his business and protect himself. However, meeting Miss Dorthea Atkinson changes his perspective, until he realizes that she is practically engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. What can he do? 

This novella was also super cute! I really like both Dorthea and Oscar, they were relatable and really nice. I enjoyed reading their story, as they deal with the problems that are before them and their relationship. It was very intriguing too! I was not expecting some of the plot twists, which made it a very exciting read. 

Overall, I really enjoyed all of these stories and would definitely recommend it to Regency fans!

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