The Roses of Feldstone
Standing before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor. When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend, Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.

The Roses of Feldstone Details

TitleThe Roses of Feldstone
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2018
PublisherCovenant Communications
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Historical Romance

The Roses of Feldstone Review

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great Regency story that reminded me a bit of my favorite (Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson) in that both main characters are head-over-heels in love with each other but don't know that the other feels the same way, because of familial and social constraints and misdirection. Rose is understandably frustrated with William, and I couldn't fault her for goading him at times. The author struck a good balance between showing William and Rose's friendship as it once was so the reader would kno Such a great Regency story that reminded me a bit of my favorite (Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson) in that both main characters are head-over-heels in love with each other but don't know that the other feels the same way, because of familial and social constraints and misdirection. Rose is understandably frustrated with William, and I couldn't fault her for goading him at times. The author struck a good balance between showing William and Rose's friendship as it once was so the reader would know what Rose is grieving, and exposing the two sides of William- his gruff and often rude behavior to Rose and his true nature that is kind, thoughtful, and struggling to suppress his romantic feelings for her. The pace was steady which helped prevent the angst from bogging down the narrative, and I enjoyed both London and countryside settings. I appreciated the historical details of the plight of the young London chimney sweeps and Rose's compassion for them instead of disregarding the circumstances she can't ignore. A must-read for fans of sweet Regency romance!(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I love when I find a great Regency Romance that’s fun, clean, romantic and just an all around great read. This one fits all of those things!I loved Rose with all of her quirks. She gets sick riding in a carriage. Rose loves her namesake roses. She even gets mad at William for his having removed her favorite ones. There are so many great things to love about her! I really loved seeing the backstory between Rose and William through her eyes. It made me a bit sad to see how they went from being gre I love when I find a great Regency Romance that’s fun, clean, romantic and just an all around great read. This one fits all of those things!I loved Rose with all of her quirks. She gets sick riding in a carriage. Rose loves her namesake roses. She even gets mad at William for his having removed her favorite ones. There are so many great things to love about her! I really loved seeing the backstory between Rose and William through her eyes. It made me a bit sad to see how they went from being great friends, to completely ignoring each other. I also loved the compassion she had for everyone around her, even if she didn’t know them. The way Rose took to the small boy stuck in the chimney really touched me.I wasn’t sure what to think of William for a good portion of this book. I wanted to like him, because of the things Rose thought about from their past. But I had a hard time reconciling her memories of him to the reality of how he treated her. He was hard and unkind. I was glad to see him start to change back, but hoped it would last.There are so many fun and well-written characters in this one. I love Rose’s mom. She made me laugh several times. There’s a certain scene with a hat that comes to mind. Rose’s sister Elizabeth was another character I loved. I loved “seeing” the two sisters together, they’re what I imagine a perfect sister relationship to be. Then there’s the men that Rose meets at all the balls. There are several that just made me laugh. I loved the plot of this one. It’s well written, not at all stuffy and boring like some Regency Romances can be. I can’t wait to read more books by this author!
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    ***4.5 stars***I love a book that makes me feel good and has depth to it. I found both of these aspects in The Roses of Feldstone. Rose is a character that I loved. She is smart and unassuming. She was born to privilege, but treats everyone with kindness and compassion. (Unless there is a suitor she wants to avoid, then she just hides.) She treats tenants, servants, and abused chimney sweeps as if they were friends. No one is beneath her notice or concern. She is strong and knows how to speak he ***4.5 stars***I love a book that makes me feel good and has depth to it. I found both of these aspects in The Roses of Feldstone. Rose is a character that I loved. She is smart and unassuming. She was born to privilege, but treats everyone with kindness and compassion. (Unless there is a suitor she wants to avoid, then she just hides.) She treats tenants, servants, and abused chimney sweeps as if they were friends. No one is beneath her notice or concern. She is strong and knows how to speak her mind, even when her thoughts could get her into trouble. She is great at banter and holding her own against her childhood friend, William.William is more of a troubled character. He will inherit his father's title and estate after his brother left in scandal. He is cautious and more concerned with everyone else with little regard to his own welfare and emotions. Rose was the perfect nemesis and love interest for him. She remembers the boy who showed her great kindness.This book has more than romance. For one, there is a deeper meaning to the Roses in the title. I love it when the title is well thought out and plays a part in the plot of the book. Also, the author adds a bit about the abuse of chimney sweeps in London. The story of a young boy forced into the trade is heartbreaking. Child labor laws were a blessing.I enjoyed every moment I spent in the pages of this book. It is well worth the time to read. It does contain some kissing.Source: I received a complimentary copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jacob Proffitt
    January 1, 1970
    There might be a decent story here but the author's complete ignorance of Regency custom and law is getting in the way of my finding it. Some points the author might have found with even cursory research:* An earl cannot disinherit his heir from the title. Not possible. Titles are royal grants and messing with the inheritance is a big, fat hairy deal. I don't know what it'd take to change the inheritance in Regency England, but at the very least it'd be a matter before the House of Lords and it' There might be a decent story here but the author's complete ignorance of Regency custom and law is getting in the way of my finding it. Some points the author might have found with even cursory research:* An earl cannot disinherit his heir from the title. Not possible. Titles are royal grants and messing with the inheritance is a big, fat hairy deal. I don't know what it'd take to change the inheritance in Regency England, but at the very least it'd be a matter before the House of Lords and it'd have to be based on something serious, like treason. The girl being Spanish, and probably Catholic, might have been enough if he could reasonably have become king (and thus head of the Church of England). Might. There's some weird loopholes about that in the royal line. But it still would have had to go through the House of Lords to actually change titles to William from his older brother.* Rank means having a title. Rose's mother didn't have to subtly "include their family in a reference to those with rank." Her father is a baronet. They have rank. That's what it means.* There is literally zero impediment for the son of an earl to marry the daughter of a baronet (whether fifth, first, or seventy-first born). Zero. Since the families like each other, they'd likely be delighted. It might not be seen as "a brilliant match" but there is no way on earth that William would feel compelled to treat a woman he cared for even a little bit brutally because his attachment to her would be in any way inappropriate. It isn't inappropriate. At all.* There's no way an eighteen year-old has finished two seasons. Seriously. You don't come out at sixteen. Just. No. Seriously, how do you write for this period and not know this? Or maybe I'm wrong. Okay I'm wrong. (see Sherwood's comment below).So there's two reasons I'm abandoning this at 30%. First, William is being cruel. Nothing excuses this guy's behavior to Rose. You don't do that to people you respect, let alone love. You just don't. And Rose's continuing feelings for him two years in to his brutal treatment makes it hard for me to respect her (because she obviously doesn't respect herself). Second, the reason for his brutality is that he can't marry her. So he's being brutally cruel to someone he supposedly loves for an impossibility. With something this serious, it would pay to get the details right. Hatch doesn't seem to have tried.Despite the single star, this isn't a complete waste. The writing is decent, the descriptions good, and Rose is interesting and well-drawn even if I don't like how willing she is to give William the time of day. But Hatch needs to do the research or select a different era if she wants to be taken seriously. Oh, and find a hero who isn't being a complete jerk in order to manipulate someone he cares for.A note about the publisher: This is another by Covenant. So the eBook price is bonkers. At this point, I'm beginning to wonder if my library is doing me a favor by giving me access to these titles.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    While this book took me a few chapters to get into it, it was a really fun book to read!! By the end, I was laughing at some of the banter Rose and William had!Rose was friends with William growing up until they weren’t friends! It just appeared that William became unkind with Rose. Then Rose would just say things to annoy him because she didn’t know why he was ugly with her.Background is that William’s older brother married a woman from another country and out of their social cast. William’s fa While this book took me a few chapters to get into it, it was a really fun book to read!! By the end, I was laughing at some of the banter Rose and William had!Rose was friends with William growing up until they weren’t friends! It just appeared that William became unkind with Rose. Then Rose would just say things to annoy him because she didn’t know why he was ugly with her.Background is that William’s older brother married a woman from another country and out of their social cast. William’s father disinherited his brother and William became the new heir. William’s father expected William to marry with only the highest class! William’s mother became despondent and became kind of bed ridden over the loss of her older son. William will do whatever it takes to make his mother better.Rose now 18 finds herself wishing for the old William back. She also comes across several things that make her think he does care for her after all. But because their communication is just ridiculous and neither really says anything for sure, you don’t know why William is acting ugly to her! Then there are moments when he is kind to her and Rose gets whiplash over it! And her feelings for him become a tangled mess.I loved and laughed over how it was all resolved! Because the two are really good for each other! They are good hard working and very caring people who don’t really care about social class!In some ways, this book reminds me of Pride and Prejudice.If you like books with social classes, petit fours, apples, climbing trees to get the apples, dancing, ridiculous hats, banter, roses and rose gardens, fat cats, chimney sweeps, and laughter than this book might be for you!
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a pleasant surprise. Debut author, Esther Hatch, has created a fantastic story with vivid characters who stand out in personality but not without their flaws. The back and forth between Rose and William was enough to drive me crazy in the best of ways. I was ready to scream out in frustration with them and then . . . oh, well, I cannot give too much away but let's just say that my tummy was all a flutter and I got goosebumps on my arms. That's a good sign of happy things. But This book was such a pleasant surprise. Debut author, Esther Hatch, has created a fantastic story with vivid characters who stand out in personality but not without their flaws. The back and forth between Rose and William was enough to drive me crazy in the best of ways. I was ready to scream out in frustration with them and then . . . oh, well, I cannot give too much away but let's just say that my tummy was all a flutter and I got goosebumps on my arms. That's a good sign of happy things. But then. Frustration again. There were so many great moments in this book that created a perfect movie in my head. I love when that happens.I really had a good time reading this book. It was so good. I am so excited about Esther Hatch and hope to read many, many more books from her in the future.Content: clean, some kissing- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    I admit, that cover totally drew me in and even made me overlook the price tag (and really for that price it should at least be available to loan out), which I don't usually do for new-to-me authors. But seriously, I love this cover! This was a sweet regency romance, flowed well and had likable characters. It's my understanding that this is Ms. Hatch's first book and I was impressed. I know I could never write half as well. While it was a sweet and likable story, there was just something missing I admit, that cover totally drew me in and even made me overlook the price tag (and really for that price it should at least be available to loan out), which I don't usually do for new-to-me authors. But seriously, I love this cover! This was a sweet regency romance, flowed well and had likable characters. It's my understanding that this is Ms. Hatch's first book and I was impressed. I know I could never write half as well. While it was a sweet and likable story, there was just something missing for me. I think the characters could have been developed a little better, especially William. He seems like a nice guy, but never really won me over. Maybe its the whole plot of both H/h being in love with one another for the entire book but neither knows, and it's totally obvious to the reader, but not our lead characters. Rose and William do share some yummy kisses though, so that was nice! Overall, it was a nice read and one I think most people will enjoy. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Hatch.Content: Squeaky clean, HEA
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! I got lost from the first few pages and could not put this down. This was very well written with wonderful characters you can relate to in a time when things were not easy and one must play by the rules of society and family politics. The pacing was great and I loved the twists that were thrown in throughout the book.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I forgot how much I love a well written regency romance and I absolutely could not put this book down! The characters came alive and I felt their emotions: despair, hope, frustration, love, lust. I highly recommend!
  • Jen Geigle Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Fun new Regency. I loved this premise:But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.And it did not disappoint.
  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    From cover to cover, The Roses of Fledstone by Esther Hatch is a delightful story that readers will thoroughly enjoy. From page one, Hatch catches the attention of readers with her enjoyable characters and true to the time period feel of the story. A fun, sweet, pleasant, light, and quick read, Hatch’s novel is one that will give readers warm fuzzies throughout the entire tale. Readers that enjoy regency romance novels will definitely adore this story!Genre: historical, regency, romancePublisher From cover to cover, The Roses of Fledstone by Esther Hatch is a delightful story that readers will thoroughly enjoy. From page one, Hatch catches the attention of readers with her enjoyable characters and true to the time period feel of the story. A fun, sweet, pleasant, light, and quick read, Hatch’s novel is one that will give readers warm fuzzies throughout the entire tale. Readers that enjoy regency romance novels will definitely adore this story!Genre: historical, regency, romancePublisher: Covenant CommunicationsPublication date: August 1, 2018Number of pages: 224A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this story! There were so many things about this novel that I want to gush about, but it would be so unfair of me to spoil this novel for anyone who hasn't read it yet because it really is so delicious. So... I'm going to tell you all the non-plot spoilery things that I can and urge you to purchase a copy for yourself to enjoy.Both William and Rose were written so perfectly. I loved their chemistry and all their conversations. Their voices were distinct and their diction clev I absolutely adored this story! There were so many things about this novel that I want to gush about, but it would be so unfair of me to spoil this novel for anyone who hasn't read it yet because it really is so delicious. So... I'm going to tell you all the non-plot spoilery things that I can and urge you to purchase a copy for yourself to enjoy.Both William and Rose were written so perfectly. I loved their chemistry and all their conversations. Their voices were distinct and their diction clever. I loved the family dynamics and how they played an important role in each character's arc. Everything was woven together so perfectly in this book, I just couldn't put it down!One of my favorite things about this novel was the setting description. Feldstone was so clear in my mind that it became an important character. It was so lovely, and I felt as if I were visiting the countryside. I also enjoyed how the author pulled in unique details and historical facts of that time period into the story. I hesitate to say exactly which details, as I don't want to give anything away, but it really was so satisfying to feel like I actually stepped back in time for an evening. And yes, only one evening because that's all it took for me to gobble Roses of Feldstone up!I can't wait to read more from this author! I highly recommend this book. <3
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  • Debby
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for this read in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions contained herein are my own.Esther Hatch is an unfamiliar author and I thought the story was well-written and pleasant to read. Will I read another of her novels? I would say yes, although I was a bit disappointed with this one after reading such a catching description.The characters, William and Rose have been friends since childhood, however because of the failings of his older Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for this read in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions contained herein are my own.Esther Hatch is an unfamiliar author and I thought the story was well-written and pleasant to read. Will I read another of her novels? I would say yes, although I was a bit disappointed with this one after reading such a catching description.The characters, William and Rose have been friends since childhood, however because of the failings of his older brother, he is next to inherit the Earldom. Because of his brother’s shortcoming, his father demands that he make a match worthy of the family that includes marrying a peer of his station, and he must do it within 6 months to also please his mother. Rose is a woman who is self-assured, strong and knows that she has been in love with William since she was 15-years of age. Her dilemma, she is not considered a peer of the ton, however her beauty affords her the choice of making a suitable match.I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the underlying plot of the story. It appeared to drag a little too long and was a bit weak in some areas, especially William’s interactions with Rose without explanation. There were too many times Rose felt heartbroken and I didn’t really read into why other than William not given an explanation as to why he was being so standoffish. The true explanation of William’s actions went on way too long. I believed there should have been some sort of twist added in the middle for the two to really fight to be together rather than me feeling that it was coming close to an end. I did enjoy the whit where I found myself smiling when I thought the story was about to change. My summation: This was a clean regency historical romance that was pleasant to read that needs a bit touching up here and there in the story. Esther Hatch did a nice job of presenting a clean romance. The plot was a bit slow and could have concluded a lot earlier. There were times when I became a bit bored due to the miscommunications and the lengthy pretense of not caring.2.5 Stars (rounded 3-Stars)
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I was really intrigued when I read the back copy of this new regency romance novel, The Roses of Feldstone. This is a new author as well, so I was hoping the story lived up to my expectations.We first meet Rose who used to be friends with William, the younger son of an earl, but who now pushes that friendship away in order to needle and provoke him. William isn't any better, he's quite curt with Rose and doesn't seem to want to have much to do with her. The first part of the book is spent with t I was really intrigued when I read the back copy of this new regency romance novel, The Roses of Feldstone. This is a new author as well, so I was hoping the story lived up to my expectations.We first meet Rose who used to be friends with William, the younger son of an earl, but who now pushes that friendship away in order to needle and provoke him. William isn't any better, he's quite curt with Rose and doesn't seem to want to have much to do with her. The first part of the book is spent with them trying to outdo or ignore the other and reminiscing about how it used to be. Then Rose goes back to London to find herself a husband, just as William is also searching for a wife. That's when the build between them really ramps up and the story takes an interesting turn. No spoilers here, though!I thought the author did a wonderful job with characterization. All of her characters are well-drawn and three-dimensional and the misunderstandings and miscommunications were all realistic to the time period. The hero of the story frustrated me, however, especially with his behavior during several beats of the romance. Since the book is completely in Rose's point of view, we can only guess at his feelings, and some of his overtures are very subtle, too subtle perhaps, and a bit confusing in some parts. But this is not a negative. On the contrary, the author was able to engage me emotionally and I truly felt for Rose and William and wanted to see how it would play out and if we would indeed get a happily ever after. In the book, Rose and William's romance is compared to a dance where they draw close and then away and that definitely describes their journey to a T. (Oh and one other thing the author is very good at, is the kissing scenes. *sigh* Butterflies!)So, if you like regency romance, with great settings, a story with some twists and turns, and relatable characters, you'll want to try Ms. Hatch and The Roses of Feldstone.Originally reviewed at http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com
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  • Paula Kremser
    January 1, 1970
    A great Regency Romance novel! This book has fun characters, especially the main character, Rose. I loved the side stories and how seamlessly they fit into the main characters' plot line. It's really well written with a satisfying ending!
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning regency era read! As a brand new author on the scene, it leaves me extremely excited to see what she has coming next. Perfectly paced, and the anticipation will have you desperately turning the pages of this beautiful novel. So descriptive, but not overly so. The characters each contribute in a way that embellished the scenes in which they appeared. I loved the fact that despite reading similar plot lines in historical fiction prior, it felt original. Both Rose & William were easy t Stunning regency era read! As a brand new author on the scene, it leaves me extremely excited to see what she has coming next. Perfectly paced, and the anticipation will have you desperately turning the pages of this beautiful novel. So descriptive, but not overly so. The characters each contribute in a way that embellished the scenes in which they appeared. I loved the fact that despite reading similar plot lines in historical fiction prior, it felt original. Both Rose & William were easy to emotionally connect with. You achieve that as an author, and you have yourself a winner! Thank you to Netgalley & Covenant Communications for a complimentary eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Angie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a delight from beginning to end. A perfect regency romance, with totally engaging characters and perfect tension throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I read this one in just two days, it was so great! I loved the true-to-the-era feel of the book, felt like I was a fly on the wall throughout the story. This is one of my very favorite pure romance books ever. A nice plot that was easy to read and hard to put down. Can’t wait to read more of this author’s books!
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  • Erin Christensen
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly couldn’t put this book down! I was transported to a a beautiful place!!! I found it interesting how much I related to Rose when I was her age. The author captured what it’s like to be young and in love and insecure! Such a great story. I couldn’t wait to see how it all transpired hence being up until 2 in the morning to finish it.
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  • Alice 📚
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 ⭐ I really enjoyed this! I was really glad that the two love interests were friends from the start and had feelings towards each other instead of them being strangers. The plot had me intrigued through out the story. 4/5 ⭐️ I really enjoyed this! I was really glad that the two love interests were friends from the start and had feelings towards each other instead of them being strangers. The plot had me intrigued through out the story.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Esther Hatch has been added to my list of all time favorite authors! I loved this book! It seriously gave me the shivers reading it because it was so delicious!! I couldn’t put it down, the tension between the two main characters was so agonizing in a good way. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great clean romance with a great plot! It’s going on my re-read list😍😍😍
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  • Marcy
    January 1, 1970
    Romance is not my genre, but this was a really great book. I'm not just saying that because the author is my friend either. It was funny and witty and had more depth and plot twists than I was anticipating.
  • Tammi Bird
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good clean romance and The Roses of Feldstone kept things fun and interesting throughout the book. There was good chemistry between the main two characters and once I started reading I didn't want to put it down.
  • LAWonder10
    January 1, 1970
    Rose's once fond memories of Feldstone Manor and of it's heir, William, were no longer pleasant. When pressure was put on William to become engaged within six months, Rose decided to earnestly become available to another suitor in the "ton". She would not appear as "the rejected one"!This first novel of Esther Hatch's debut is a delight to read. Although mostly predictable, it is well-written with a few "twists". It reinforces some of the hurt, pressure and expectations were put on those in the Rose's once fond memories of Feldstone Manor and of it's heir, William, were no longer pleasant. When pressure was put on William to become engaged within six months, Rose decided to earnestly become available to another suitor in the "ton". She would not appear as "the rejected one"!This first novel of Esther Hatch's debut is a delight to read. Although mostly predictable, it is well-written with a few "twists". It reinforces some of the hurt, pressure and expectations were put on those in the elite "class" of society, in not only England but many counties, were expected to endure, without regards to either the man's or woman's personal feelings.What I felt it lacked was substance. It felt slightly drawn out. Additionally, although the ending was complete, it occurred too abruptlyThe characters were very endearing and captivated the reader.. The scenes were portrayed wellThe Book Title and Cover image were attractive, eye-catching and chosen well.*This book was gifted me with no expectations for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I'll say right out that I loved this story so much that I read it all in one sitting. I had to find out what happened between Rose and William. Rose's spirit and determination made her easy to root for. And while the story is told from Rose's point of view, it's clear that something is very wrong with William and so I felt empathy for him too. My favorite parts though were their interactions. It's clear that they care for each other but some pretty big misunderstandings stand in the way. I truly I'll say right out that I loved this story so much that I read it all in one sitting. I had to find out what happened between Rose and William. Rose's spirit and determination made her easy to root for. And while the story is told from Rose's point of view, it's clear that something is very wrong with William and so I felt empathy for him too. My favorite parts though were their interactions. It's clear that they care for each other but some pretty big misunderstandings stand in the way. I truly loved the ending as it made me smile the whole way through as Rose and William attempt one final time to settle their differences/misunderstandings. Hatch has written an entertaining and enjoyable book, one that I can highly recommend.
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  • Becky Fenn
    January 1, 1970
    I believe this was the first book by this author. I enjoyed every page of this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved our main characters Rose and William. I like that Rose was a strong female character but still maintained a softness & vulnerability as a female. I will look forward to reading more in the future from Esther Hatch.
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    “Roses of Feldstone” is from a new author not only for me, but sounds like it’s her first novel for everyone. I liked it a lot and will definitely look forward to any other books by Esther Hatch. The basic thread of the story is not original, but Hatch puts in new stuff and her own twist to make it original and fresh.Rose is a young lady that has enjoyed past annual visits with The Earl of Chatsworth’s family at their country estate. The Earl and Lady Chatsworth have two sons. The elder to the f “Roses of Feldstone” is from a new author not only for me, but sounds like it’s her first novel for everyone. I liked it a lot and will definitely look forward to any other books by Esther Hatch. The basic thread of the story is not original, but Hatch puts in new stuff and her own twist to make it original and fresh.Rose is a young lady that has enjoyed past annual visits with The Earl of Chatsworth’s family at their country estate. The Earl and Lady Chatsworth have two sons. The elder to the family fortune has given up his rights as heir to marry an “unknown” lady from Spain. Because of that, the younger son, William is dutifully taking the heir position. In the past William and Rose have gotten along famously, but the impending duties of William have put a damper on their once close relationship. That’s unfortunate because they really had a special friendship and now it’s anything but; heartbreaking would be the most accurate term. The challenge for William is to marry within six months. Even though there are close feeling between him and Rose, William knows that she is technically beneath him in rank so approval from his father is never going to happen. Rose, on the other hand is being pursued by Lord Blakely, who is just on the other side of creepy. Watching the delicate dance of courtship in Regency times can be frustrating and both William and Rose are just that - frustrated.I loved how author Esther Hatch added twists and historical details to make the story more interesting. The whole thing about Adam and the chimney sweep incident was fascinating. So glad that line was followed through to the end. There are some wonderful outbursts by Rose that made me silently cheer. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and it definitely will be given an honored spot in my personal library! Well done, Esther Hatch!PS – Maybe someday a story for Adam??
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  • Peg
    January 1, 1970
    Rose was heartbroken over the loss of William’s affection. William had always been a kind and thoughtful person to everyone. He used to be that way to Rose too, but not lately. Ever since William became the heir to his father’s earldom, he was a changed man. Their once easy friendship turned into a sparring match of angry words and uncomfortable silences. Although William loved Feldstone, his dream had always been to become a doctor, not the keeper of Feldstone. However, when his older brother r Rose was heartbroken over the loss of William’s affection. William had always been a kind and thoughtful person to everyone. He used to be that way to Rose too, but not lately. Ever since William became the heir to his father’s earldom, he was a changed man. Their once easy friendship turned into a sparring match of angry words and uncomfortable silences. Although William loved Feldstone, his dream had always been to become a doctor, not the keeper of Feldstone. However, when his older brother ran off and married a foreigner, the title fell to William.Rose couldn’t understand why William changed overnight. They both knew that they could never marry. Because, unfortunately, Rose was the youngest daughter of a baron, and William’s father would never approve of her. Reluctantly, Rose accepted this. So why did William have to ignore and humiliate her? They had been good friends, after all.The Roses of Feldstone is a delightful, sweet, light historical fiction romance. Thank you Covenant Communications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    You take a chance with every book you read, especially with a new author. I'm happy to say that The Roses of Feldstone was a good risk. This debut novel was enjoyable from the outside in (don't you love the cover?). The storyline was captivating, and Hatch did a great job of making me want to keep reading.I felt really bad for Rose, especially as more and more of her hurt was laid out. It is hard to imagine your best friend turning on you overnight. The relationship she had with William had once You take a chance with every book you read, especially with a new author. I'm happy to say that The Roses of Feldstone was a good risk. This debut novel was enjoyable from the outside in (don't you love the cover?). The storyline was captivating, and Hatch did a great job of making me want to keep reading.I felt really bad for Rose, especially as more and more of her hurt was laid out. It is hard to imagine your best friend turning on you overnight. The relationship she had with William had once been a comfort and source of happiness, but it became a huge source of confusion and pain. She fought back in her own way, but it didn't help her understand what had happened. In some ways it's surprising that her parents would continue to make her join them. They must have noticed the animosity between Rose and William.I enjoyed the moments throughout the story that we got to see goodness from the main characters. Little touches here and there that let us know despite their relationship with each other, they were kind and thoughtful people.The Roses of Feldstone was a quick, clean, enjoyable read. I would read more by this author.
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  • NaDell
    January 1, 1970
    Clean regency romance that was easy to read and fun to imagine as well as totally entertaining banter and uncommon regency manners. The tension was high between Rose and William and as we learn about them throughout the book it makes sense, but also just made me annoyed that they couldn't just tell each other that they really did have feelings for the other and wrap up the story. But if they had, it wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable. Fun story and even a little steamy at times (but still cl Clean regency romance that was easy to read and fun to imagine as well as totally entertaining banter and uncommon regency manners. The tension was high between Rose and William and as we learn about them throughout the book it makes sense, but also just made me annoyed that they couldn't just tell each other that they really did have feelings for the other and wrap up the story. But if they had, it wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable. Fun story and even a little steamy at times (but still clean.)
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