Meriden Park

A Regency Romance

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Pub Date 05 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 04 Dec 2022

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Description

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,

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...


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Advance Praise

"A period romance tale set against the backdrop of a criminal conspiracy, Meriden Park is an absorbing read from start to finish. Julie Daines tells a riveting story about a young woman caught amid two contrasting cultures, finding herself falling for a man who unwittingly draws her into something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. The plot moves at a steady pace, taking some unexpected twists and turns along the way that you never see coming. The characters are well developed, with backstories that add layers to their personalities. Mary is a likable protagonist that you can't help rooting for. Her relationship with Robert is the central focus of the story, and each scene involving the two together is a joy to read. Recommended to readers who love tales of star-crossed romance." -Readers' Favorite 5-star review

"A period romance tale set against the backdrop of a criminal conspiracy, Meriden Park is an absorbing read from start to finish. Julie Daines tells a riveting story about a young woman caught amid...


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ISBN 9781524422431
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I really enjoyed this take on the story of Robinhood. Robert Markham needs to take down the evil Mr. Pykett, owner of Mansfield's lace factory. Too many people have been hurt and Robert feels it is his duty to put it to a stop. Miss Mary Grace is new to Mansfield and just wants to keep her head down and hide in the moonlight. As a half Indian half English woman, she is looked down upon by all those she meets. Until she meets Mr. Markham.
The story that unfolds is action packed and kept me saying one more chapter the whole time. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet romance.
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4.5 stars. What a fresh new regency romance with a taste of Robin Hood. I love that the characters had vulnerabilities to overcome and they lifted each other. I loved the bun transaction and Robert is a very swoony and mysterious hero. Mary is half Indian so she struggles amongst society but she finds her courage. The mystery and danger was thrilling and I couldn’t put it down.

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It's not exactly a Robin Hood story. But also, it very much is. There is also a lot of Shakespeare which is definitely fun. This story takes you on at least 5 different paths than at least I expected. And it ends beautifully.

If you like rags to riches (ish), classic tales, moonlight, surprising characters, and subtle romance, I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this one. It feels a little long at some points but by the end, you won't regret a single word of it.

Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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