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Often, when reading fiction, I attempt to put myself in the place of the heroine. The Regency Era is particularly fun for me. What little girl (or grown woman if we're being honest) hasn't thought of what her life would have been like if she were a member of the English nobility?
Angela Johnson's new release, Restoring Ashford Manor, is easily relatable. A couple struggles through the complexities of restoring and hence creating a home. The couple finds themselves forced into a marriage by the consequences of their previous actions. Must that mean that their marriage will be loveless? Or will they work and strive for more?
Lucas Grantham, Earl of Branton, doesn't know what love is and doesn't care for the term. Owing to neglectful parents, he's spent his life caring only for himself. But when his monthly allowances run low, Lucas discovers his family's coffers have nearly run dry from his father's apathetic mismanagement. Lucas realizes his only options are to take over what's left of the estate and retrench, or marry a woman with a considerable dowry.
Lady Marianne Watson's evening at Almack's ends with a broken heart and culminates in her abduction and a fight for her virtue and her life. When the Earl of Branton steps in and saves her from certain death, Marianne's father believes her reputation can only be saved by a marriage of convenience.
As part of the marriage settlement, Lucas and Marianne inherit a rundown estate. But Ashford Manor must be restored before it can be called a home, and their marriage needs a sturdy foundation to create the family Marianne has always dreamed of. Marianne is willing to put in the work even if Lucas cannot overcome his aversion to love, but is she strong enough to endure a loveless marriage? Does Lucas have the wisdom to discover the meaning of love before it's too late?
Whether you are looking to place yourself into the story, or you are looking for an escape from the duldrums of daily living, Angela Johnson is sure to capture your interest and your heart with Restoring Ashford Manor.
Restoring Ashford Manor is currently available at cedarfort.com.