Tuesday, December 6, 2022

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Meriden Park by Julie Daines

Meriden Park JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Meriden Park by Julie Daines, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Meriden Park Title: Meriden Park 
Author: Julie Daines 
Publisher: Covenant Communications 
Release Date: December 5, 2022 
Genre: Clean & Wholesome Romance/Historical/Regency/Suspense

Following her childhood rescue from the gutters of Calcutta, Mary Grace’s life has been an astonishing rags-to-riches tale. The Wellings raised the half-Indian orphan with all the love and care the childless couple possessed, allowing her to grow into a beautiful and refined woman. But upon Mr. Welling’s death, it is time for Mrs. Welling to take Mary home to England―home to Meriden Park.

Despite her genial nature, Mary is received with suspicion by the villagers. For his part, however, Mr. Robert Markham is intrigued by the curious new beauty in town. Determined to make her acquaintance, he offers Mary a bargain she can’t refuse: a hot cross bun for a kiss. That seemingly innocent exchange is the first of many encounters between Robert and Mary, whose friendship blossoms into love during long walks in the privacy of Sherwood Forest. But the shadows of the forest hide a sinister secret, one Mary fears Robert might be a part of. As the mystery of the recent string of murders creeps closer and closer, Robert and Mary are drawn into a dangerous game, and unless she can unearth the truth, the couple risks losing one another forever.

I have never really seen or read a book that combines Christian Historical Romance with Suspense until recently. Meriden Park by Julie Daines is only the second such book in this type of genre that I have come across. I took the opportunity to read this book as it was by new to me Author and a different genre. 

Mary Grace knows she had a wonderful childhood and life thanks to Mr. and Mrs.  Wellings adopting her from a Calcutta Orphanage. Mary Grace is an instant "rags to riches" story as the Wellings had wealth. Upon Mr. Wellings death, Mrs. Welling decided to take Mary Grace to England, specifically Meriden Park. The people Meriden Park didn't exactly welcome Mary Grace, except for Robert Markham. Mr. Markham is actually intrigued by how beautiful Mary Grace is. Mary Grace accepts his offer of a Hot Bun for a Kiss. The 2 begin a friendship that eventually grows into a relationship. Mary Grace though doesn't want it to go to fast as she has some fears and questions that Robert might be a part of a some mysterious happenings in town. Will Mary Grace and Robert escape danger? Will there be a relationship between the pair? 

I will have to say it took me about 4 Chapters before I understood the storyline. I normally get right into a Regency book and understand the storyline rather quickly, this book did not do that for me. Once I really got the storyline, I really started liking the book. Mary Grace gives credit to the Mr. and Mrs. Wellings for how she grew into a woman and all the LOVE they gave her through the years she was with them. I love how Mary Grace approaches the friendship and eventual Relationship with Rober Markham with caution. Robert Markham is a good character and I love how sweet he is to Mary Grace. The book is one of Overcoming lifes obstacles, Trusting others and having Faith. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Regency Era books and Mystery. Good Book! 


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Julie Daines

Julie Daines is an award-winning and best-selling author. She was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her vervain.

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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of book, $25 Amazon gift card, bookmark, stickers, and button.

Meriden Park JustRead Giveaway

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Shelly Peterson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a wonderful read.

Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice review! I think it sounds really good.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Meriden Park sounds like one not to miss.

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed your review, thanks for sharing

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the idea of the slow romance in this Regency with suspense.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Meriden Park sounds like my kind of book and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks, Kendra, for sharing your review!

Have a magical holiday season!

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