Mischief and Manors

Mischief and Manors

by Ashtyn Newbold

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Mischief and Manors by Ashtyn Newbold

When Annette Downing and her mischievous little brothers are sent to Kellaway Manor for the summer, she hopes for a relaxing escape. But Annette finds her closeted heart in jeopardy when reunited with the handsome Owen Kellaway, a childhood friend and respected gentlemen. When events come to light that question Owen’s character, Annette reaches the most difficult stalemate yet. After climbing so high, will she fall or take flight at last?

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ISBN-13: 9781462119370
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Mischief and Manors 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute story! Owen and Annette were instantly likable. I could definitely read it again!
SSTALEY More than 1 year ago
More and more, it's hard to find good clean romances that also have a great story line with compelling characters. Mischief and Manors has so much what readers are looking for. We meet older sister Annette who has two younger brothers who she feels she must take care of. They are orphaned and at the mercy of a mean aunt who is tiring of the younger boys and their horse play. She threatens to send them to an orphanage if they don't shape up. Soon Annette and her brothers are sent away to Kellaway Manor for the summer where Annette meets up again with Owen Kellaway, who was very much like her brothers when he was young. I liked the two brothers Peter and Charles who are typical boys for their ages and they bring much humor to the story, along with Owen helping out with said humor. Annette seems very serious in much of the book, but she has had to be the one to watch over her brothers since their parent's deaths five years earlier. Basically she's sacrificed many things in her life for her brother's benefit. It was fun to see how Owen brings Annette out of her shell as he is also helping her brothers. This book isn't all about humor though, there is mystery, plot twists you may or may not see coming, and of course the romance that blossoms throughout the book. There were a few times I wanted to bop Annette up side the head and help her see what was right in front of her. Eventually things head in the right direction. There is definitely much witty banter in this book, which I truly liked. There were a few inconsistencies with some of the dialogue concerning the time period the story takes place in. This could bother some readers, though mainly I overlooked them. I got carried away in the story and just wanted to keep reading to see when Owen, whom I truly liked a lot, would charm Annette enough to win her over. This was a fun, clean, and refreshing debut novel. I look forward to reading more books from Ashtyn Newbold.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun book to read. I picked it up one night and was not able to go to bed until I finished. I loved it so much. When Annette and her brothers were left with their aunt when their parents passed away, Annette had to take care of her brothers, and protect them from their Aunt. The boys always seem to be getting into to trouble, and Annette is always taking the blame to protect them. One day it became too much for the Aunt and she sent Annette and her siblings away to the Kellaway Manor. She told them they couldn't return until the boys were better behaved, and if they weren't they would be sent to an orphanage. Kellaway Manor was like a dream come true for Annette. The Kellaway's were dear friends of Annette's parents and welcomed Annette and the boys with open arms. All of them were happy to be with the Kellaways, and then the story begins. There is mischief, friends, family, and new romances happening. This story was so beautiful. The writing was so beautiful, I was engaged from the very first words. The characters were so fun, and entertaining. I love the world that Newbold built and once you start reading, you will not want to quit. This story had all the feels for me. It had humor, romance, friendships, a beautiful historical setting and love. What can be better than that? Pick this book up for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Love the story... Mischief & Manors By Ashtyn Newbold Breaking a promise might just be the best way to keep it.... For five years Annette Downing has been living her promise to her parents - she has put every other interest out of her life except her little brothers. Orphaned at 14 years of age she is determined to protect her brothers Peter (7) and Charles (5) from the hateful abusive spite of her Aunt Ruth Filbee. But when Aunt Ruth gives Annette an ultimatum ~ turn her brothers into proper gentlemen or see them shipped off to a Scottish orphanage ~ Annette welcomes the brief reprieve that an unexpected trip to Kellaway Manor promises. Her childhood memories of the place were pleasant except for Owen Kellaway and a fall from a tree. When Owen is asked by his mother to assist Annette in her efforts to tame her brothers she fears he may be as mischievous as her young brothers. But turning two young boys into gentlemen may be hazardous to her health especially with Owen assisting. And it could prove even more hazardous to her heart ~ a heart that she has promised exclusively to Peter and Charles ~ now if only she can get her heart to listen to her. But the love and kindness she finds at Kellaway Manor just may open the barriers she put around her heart to protect it from the cruelty she's experienced since her parents death. But Kellaway Manor has something important for Annette to learn if only she will listen with her heart as well as her mind. Her promise to her parents was not a closet meant to shut her away from all life had to offer her. And sometimes tears are necessary to heal and not a sign of weakness. This is a delightful story and one that I was sorry to have conclude. The characters cover a range of personalities which are true to life. Some one would enjoy getting to know over a cup of tea and others would send one looking for the nearest door through which to escape. This is a story of family and of promise. Those who enjoy reading books set in the Regency time period will enjoy this book which is set in 1818. Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy Mischief & Manors. And Manors in this case refer to both manors and manners. I look forward to future works by this author who managed to keep me reading instead of baking for Christmas. (whoops!) I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a review, positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own. The future of her heart is at stake but so much more depends upon her decision.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Annette has a big responsibility to raise her young brothers after her parents die. Full of mischief, as typical boys are, the trouble they constantly get into forces their aunt to send them friends of their deceased parents--five years later. Annette's reunion with their son, Owen, is quite humorous. For as strong as both Annette and Owen are, they each have their flaws and insecurities. They each have issues from their pasts that they can't move beyond. Owen handles his in a teasing manor, which makes him a perfect man for the boys to emulate, as he can relate to them. Annette is more serious and reluctant in forming bonds, but she's fiercely protective and loyal to her brothers. I admire that quality in her. The boys are charming, the grandparents are hilarious, and the characters are all a lot of fun. There are times that situations in the book feel a little repetitive, but it's still an enjoyable story. I really liked the romance development in the story, as there is tension, teasing, and humor. This is a great debut novel by this author and she has the potential to write great things. But...the dialog and language used aren't consistent to this time period, so if you're a stickler on accuracy, this may bother you. I also thought it was a little odd that Annette immediately refers to the grandparents as "grandmother" and "grandfather." Overall, this story is pleasant with lovable characters, clean romance, and a hint of danger. I'm already looking forward to what this author will write next! Content: mild romance (including a man attempting to force himself on a woman with no details). *I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts are opinions are voluntarily given and are my own.*