Lies and Letters

Lies and Letters

by Ashtyn Newbold


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ISBN-13: 9781462119844
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Sales rank: 763,840
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Lies and Letters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This is a great story, but it was difficult to get into because Charlotte is such a stinking brat in the beginning! I much preferred her plainer and sweeter younger sister Clara, but I was stuck in Charlotte's first person perspective POV. The author does a good job of demonstrating why Charlotte makes the choices she does, having a piece of work for a mother whose approval she is trying to earn. Their banishment to the north country gives Charlotte the opportunity for growth and change, and once she began tapping into her own inner goodness it was easier to like her and hope for good things for her. I liked the teasing way James pushes her buttons and their banter as they attempt to barter for secrets. He is more than he seems, and sees Charlotte's potential for making better choices as he challenges her. There are subtle dynamics in play during Charlotte's slow transformation, including a passion for music for releasing pent-up emotions she doesn't understand, a neighbor who is an example of genuine kindness, sincerity, and motherly love, a new relationship with her sister, and experiences that make Charlotte humble and vulnerable. I loved the remote coastal setting and even though Charlotte is often blinded by her ambition to please someone impossible to please, it was interesting to watch her eyes being opened to a different way of thinking and living. The story reminded me of A Heart Revealed by Josi Kilpack, where the main character is extremely flawed and through unexpected struggles, sheds vanity, selfishness, and meanness to discover the deeper joy found in compassion, kindness and love. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
LIES AND LETTERS is a heartfelt story about loss and love and the power of friendship. Readers of the genre are sure to cheer on these characters, shed tears for their heartbreak, and enjoy the sweet romance. An overall enjoyable read. This story started off a little rough. I rather despised the main character the first third of the book. However, I knew that things would have to change and they did. There is quite a bit of character development in this story, that was much needed. I adored the way these sisters learned to lean on and love each other. I also loved who Charlotte becomes. The story had a good balance between the sisters' relationship, Charlotte's development, tragedy, and romance. There was quite a bit of chemistry between Charlotte and her love interest. I loved their banter as well. The ending was also especially sweet. My only real issues with the story was that the last fourth felt drawn out and overly dramatized. Charlotte was in denial for far too long and the back and forth between her and a certain gentleman was tiring. In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this sweet romance and definitely fell in love with these characters, regardless of a few misgivings. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
First let's start with the cover. I wouldn't be able to to leave a book store without this beautiful book. I am a book cover lover. I often walk out of book stores with books just because the covers are so beautiful. Now, I saw this meme on Facebook the other day and I thought it explained my thoughts about this book pretty well. ME: I like reading because it relaxing ME: *screams at book* ME: *throws book against the wall* ME: *cries over characters for days on end* ME: *curses the author's name to the winds* ME: so relaxing I loved this book so much, but there were a LOT of those feelings going on while reading. I LOVE it when an author brings out so many emotions in me. Charlotte & Clara are banished to a little town called Caster, England after their father disgraced the family. Charlotte is sent to secure a marriage with an Earl. It was all she was raised to do. Marry a man for fortune and station. Caster became so much more than that to Charlotte and Clara. They met Mrs. Abbot and her girls, and found out what it was like to live in a home with love in it. This story captured me from the very first page. I read it in a day. Seriously, I couldn't put it down. Newbold's writing is amazing. She brings the world alive. My heart ached. My heart blossomed. My heart screamed. Seriously all the feels in this book. The love story in this book is so wonderful and frustrating at the same time. Just fabulous. source: I was given this book as part of the tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I'm going to get this out of the way right from the start--I did not like the characters at first. The mother is like Cinderella's evil step-mother personified and her two daughters aren't any better. Charlotte is a spoiled rotten brat with no tact, and Clara is a sniveling wimp. Luckily, through a series of unfortunate events, two-thirds of these characters changed. The growth they experienced gives me hope for the worst of characters because I grew to absolutely adore them. I've been thinking a lot lately about the thought that you can make your choices, but you sure can't choose the consequences from those choices and that's exactly what happens with this story. Many events lead these girls to crossroads, where they had to choose how to act or react and each choice left them softer and better, especially as they had to deal with the aftermath, both good and bad. I loved their journey and the lessons that came from so many different sources. I especially love the idea that love really can conquer all. This is a great flip-side to a Regency point-of-view. The desperate attempts to fit in were definitely portrayed, as were many other feelings, including the intense efforts to find acceptance and love. Ms. Newbold does a great job bringing emotion and conflict to some pretty flawed characters, giving them life and transformation. I enjoyed my time spent in this story. Content: mild romance; mild violence. *I received a copy from the publisher, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*