Brave New Earl

Brave New Earl

by Jane Ashford

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ISBN-13: 9781492663355
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Way to a Lord's Heart Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 90,202
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely. She's written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published all over Europe as well as in the United States. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Find her on the web at www.janeashford.com and on Facebook. If you'd like to receive her monthly newsletter, you can sign up at either of those sites.

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Brave New Earl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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PegC51 6 months ago
Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, gathers a group of four young men who have something in common with each other and with him. He has brought them together to help them cope with the death of a loved one, to let go of the past and learn to live again. Skeptical at first, the men felt a bit of comfort as they left the gathering. Brave New Earl is the first book in the Jane Ashford’s new series The Way to a Lord’s Heart centered around this group of men. This book features Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness and Arthur’s nephew, and Jean Saunders, a distant cousin to his late wife. Benjamin has been grief-stricken since he lost his wife in childbirth five years ago. He has been unable to deal with his son Geoffrey. Jean storms into their lives believing that Benjamin is neglecting Geoffrey (which he is) and determined to rescue him from the miserable childhood she herself endured. Uncle Arthur arrives soon after and finds himself chaperone and referee. He watches as Benjamin and Jean work (fuss and argue) through how best to take care of Geoffrey, to bring father and son together. Is it possible it will also bring them together and pull them out of the past? This is a wonderful story of second chances and recovery. Benjamin and Jean are great together, even in the midst of argument and disagreement, and better when they get along. A delightful cast of characters lead by Geoffrey, who keeps everybody hopping, Tom, and Uncle Arthur brings life and humor to the story and keep it moving. This is a great start to a new series. I recommend this book and look forward to the other in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
KindleLady 7 months ago
I found the story of Ben, the grieving widower and Jane, the independent heiress with an abusive past to be enjoyable. The story flowed well and drew me in. The auxiliary characters, such as Uncle Arthur, Tom and young Geoffrey were interesting, and I look forward to the next story. I received an ARC from Netgalley for my honest opinion.
Brownac101 8 months ago
Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness, wife died in childbirth five years ago leaving him a grieving widower with a young son. Miss Jean Saunders a cousin to Benjamin’s wife hears rumors of the young boy being neglected and decides to rescue him from his father. Benjamin simply wants everyone to leave him alone, let him grieve, he and his son are doing just fine or so he thinks until her interruption into the Earl's household simultaneously infuriates and invigorates him. Jane and Benjamin grow closer and she realizes being an independent woman is a lonely life, Benjamin see he’s been grieving to long, and his soon is seeking the love of a father who has no time for him in his busy life. Benjamin can hardly even look at his son because he looked so much like his mother. This is an enchanting story of two wounded souls and a young boy looking for a father’s love and attention as they all yearn for more, but not knowing how to reach out and live their lives. Will love heal all wounds and bring them all the HEA they so desperately want and deserve? They and the author does an excellent job of our main characters who very, very broken people. I have voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.
Amber Pook 8 months ago
In my mind Brave new Earl is a story about learning to let go, to let go of past pain, heart break, and torment. It is the story of Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness, Jean Saunders, cousin to his late wife, and I will argue also Geoffrey the Earls son. Because although it is a love story between Benjamin and Jean, it also strongly involves Geoffrey, you see with out him...this story may never have happened. I would strongly recommend this book, though I thought it started out somewhat slow, it picked up and grasped my attention very quickly. Would love to see if Geoffrey gets his own book someday!? With his personality he would make for a great leading role!
Anonymous 8 months ago
3.4/5 stars Plot: 3/5 - Brave New Earl centers on our protagonist, Miss Jean Saunders- an independent, stubborn young woman with a traumatic backstory. It's plot begins when she storms into the home of Lord Benjamin Furness, who is the widower of Jean's late cousin (second cousin?) Alice, intent on spiriting away his five-year-old son on the grounds that he's being mistreated. Of course all kinds of nonsense ensues from here, some of it light-hearted, some of it terribly deary. My favorite part of this story was BY FAR the romantic plot, mainly because it didn't take until the very end for the characters to recognize their feelings for each other. I dropped this score a bit because I thought there was enough internal conflict that the neighbor plotline was really unnecessary and because the ending seemed melodramatic for no reason. Characters: 3/5 - I liked these characters but didn't love them. Jean was fiery and I loved her personality but, even though I KNOW it was there to establish her passion for child welfare, I didn't love her backstory. I won't go into it in detail, but definitely a trigger warning for child neglect, verbal abuse, and claustrophobia with this one. I wasn't too keen on Benjamin in the beginning, but I warmed up to him as he warmed up to Jean. I thought it was really sweet to see what a softy he really is :) His son, Geoffrey, was another main player. I thought overall he was written quite well but would perhaps be more believable as a seven-year-old. Still, it's hard not to be charmed by that mischievous imp. I also really enjoyed Tom as a side character, so I'm hoping he follows along with Benjamin's uncle in future books in the series. All other minor characters were pretty forgettable and again, in the case of the neighbors, at times unnecessary. Pacing: 4/5 - I think the ending got a bit rushed with extra conflicts thrown in, but I was really pleased by the development of the romance and the pace it took. I think the same can be said for Geoffrey's relationship with his father. Writing: 3/5 - Standard, passable writing. There were a few funny quips I highlighted, but nothing profound. I will mention here that if you're trying to dip your toes into the romance genre but feel squeamish or awkward about it veering into erotica territory, this book would be a good choice for you. The love scenes are very PG-13 fade-to-black and not at all explicit. (So alternately, if that's what you're looking for, this might not be your go-to lol). Enjoyment: 4/5 - This was definitely a cute read! I'm not sure how memorable it will be in a few years, but I loved the main couple and, given this is a ROMANCE NOVEL, that's kind of what it's all about. I love very domestic couples so it was really cute to see them come together and work on Benjamin's household and his relationship with Geoffrey.
Historical_Romance_Lover 8 months ago
I loved Benjamin and Jean's story! Jean lands on Benjamin's doorstep with a little bit of manipulation from Benjamin's uncle. During a talk with him, she learns that Benjamin is ignoring his son. Benjamin's late wife was Jean's cousin and she feels like she needs to step in and give Benjamin's son, Geoffrey, the love that he deserves. Benjamin can't believe that Jean has come to try and take his son. He won't have it. But he strikes a bargain with her and she stays on to help with Benjamin. What proceeds is one merry adventure after another. I loved watching the two of them together with their bantering and teasing of each other. Geoffrey was a hoot and is companion Tom was an amazing secondary character that I hope we get to see more of in the upcoming books. This was an awesome start to this new series and I can't wait to see how Uncle Arthur helps the other men in the upcoming books that are a part of The Way to a Lord's Heart series!!
MyBookAddictionandMore 8 months ago
The Way to a Lord's Heart: Brave New Earl (Book 1) by Jane Ashford is a delightful and charming Regency romance.  Follow, Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness, a widower with a five year old son and Miss Jean Saunders, a cousin to Benjamin's late wife on their journey of redemption, finding love and a HEA. What strong, wonderful and charming characters! Well crafted, well written with plenty of wit, charm and romance. Readers will be glued to the pages of this charming,  witty, delightful and energetic Regency Romance. Unpredictable and unique with interesting obstacles, challenges and a strong romantic love story.  Ms. Ashford expertly bended the conventions of Regency historical with a refreshingly different, and sweetly romantic love story. Fans of cute kids, kitty antics and witty charm with a message of redemption will definitely enjoy BRAVE NEW EARL. BRAVO, Ms. Ashford!!! #NetGalley, #BraveNewEarl "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however,  these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild  Reviewer: AprilR 
MyBookAddictionandMore 8 months ago
The Way to a Lord's Heart: Brave New Earl (Book 1) by Jane Ashford is a delightful and charming Regency romance.  Follow, Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness, a widower with a five year old son and Miss Jean Saunders, a cousin to Benjamin's late wife on their journey of redemption, finding love and a HEA. What strong, wonderful and charming characters! Well crafted, well written with plenty of wit, charm and romance. Readers will be glued to the pages of this charming,  witty, delightful and energetic Regency Romance. Unpredictable and unique with interesting obstacles, challenges and a strong romantic love story.  Ms. Ashford expertly bended the conventions of Regency historical with a refreshingly different, and sweetly romantic love story. Fans of cute kids, kitty antics and witty charm with a message of redemption will definitely enjoy BRAVE NEW EARL. BRAVO, Ms. Ashford!!! #NetGalley, #BraveNewEarl "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however,  these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild  Reviewer: AprilR 
georgia1 8 months ago
A story of second chances and finding happiness when least expected. Benjamin had lost his wife during childbirth and could not seem to come out of his grief. He had a hard time interacting with his five year old son Geoffrey because he reminded him of his mother too much. Jean, a distant cousin to Benjamin's late wife, barges into his household determine to to take Geoffrey with her. What occurs is a lot of humorous moments and Jean and Benjamin are such great characters. I enjoyed the dialogue and the interactions between the three and could not wait to see how it all turned out. Prepare to be entertained! Lori Dykes
Noire 8 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Brave New Earl is the first book in Jane Ashford’s delightful new series Way to a Lord’s Heart. Benjamin Romilly, fifth Earl of Furness lost his wife when she died bearing his son Geoffrey and he has never quite recovered. Miss Jean Saunders his wife’s cousin sweeps into his life after his uncle tells her that he fears Geoffrey is being neglected and she can’t bear the thought of a child suffering a horrible childhood like she did. Upon being informed of Jean’s not terribly well thought out plan of rescuing the child, Benjamin begins to wake up and starts to live his life again. This is a lovely story with intriguing characters and heartfelt moments. It’s wonderful to watch both the hero and heroine grow into the people they were meant to be and Geoffrey is an enchanting little terror. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. Mild Steam. Publishing Date July 31, 2018 #NetGalley #BraveNewEarl
Sunshine1006 8 months ago
Benjamin, Earl of Furness is widowed and still grieving his wife. He spends most of his time in his study, ignoring his son. Miss Jean Saunders who is a distant cousin of Benjamin's late wife heard that Geoffrey, his 5 year old son is being neglected. The Earl is angry when Jean shows up on his doorstep to take him. Geoffrey is a handful, misbehaving and the Earl is unaware of how active he has become. The Earl and Jean are at each other's throats until they realize they are attracted to each other. Will Geoffrey adapt to Jean in the house, will the Earl be able to get over the death of his wife and love again? I really liked the way this story came together. I really liked Benjamin as a tragic hero. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no other compensation. The views and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Benjamin Romilly, the fifth Earl of Furness, lost his wife, Alice, 5 years ago as she gave birth to their son, Geoffrey. Since then, he has been lost in his own world. He loves his son but doesn’t pay much attention to him. He has also cut many of the staff at his home, Furness Hall, in Somerset. Benjamin had just been at Whites in London at the request of his uncle, Arthur Shelton, the earl of Macklin. There, he had been introduced to 3 other young titled men who had also faced the loss of family members. Shelton’s reason for the meeting was to let them know that they are not alone in their grief and that others share their pain. Shortly after his return to Furness Hall, a young woman arrives who introduces herself as Jean Saunders, a cousin to his late wife, Alice. She announces to Benjamin that she is taking Geoffrey to live with his grandparents because the child is not receiving the love he should. Benjamin is furious at her audacity and demands that she leave. But then his uncle arrives saying that he has never met Geoffrey and wants to get to know him. Thus, Benjamin has no choice but to allow them both to stay. When Geoffrey makes his appearance, he is a wild and energetic boy always getting into all kinds of mischief. Now, Benjamin realizes that he has not really been paying attention to how his son is acting and agrees with Jean and his uncle to involve the boy in some activities with them. I cannot say that I enjoyed this book. How can a pushy woman make him do an immediate turnaround from grieving his wife to lusting after Jean? I didn’t find Geoffrey to be a precocious little boy, but more of a brat. The thing I did like was that the sex scenes were not detailed. That was a refreshing change. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
HeyerF4n 8 months ago
Leaving the Past Behind 3.5* A grieving widower ignores his young son, whose features remind him of his late wife, until a distant cousin of hers descends on his home, accusing him of neglect and sparking him into renewed life with her feisty temperament. This was an easy read, with some witty moments and a 5 year old boy who stole every scene he was in. I did though find it a little slow and with some silly mistakes that show that the author has done insufficient research. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.