Lucy Abbot longs to return to the country estate where she spent the best days of her childhood with her cousins and their charming neighbor Nicholas. Her protective parents, however, have other plans for her. When she finally dares to escape, her carriage is besieged by highwaymen with a familiar man leading them. Could this mysterious outlaw be exactly the person Lucy has been searching for?
I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book. I wasn't expecting the journey to Rosewood to take up so much of the story, but I'm glad it did, as that was probably my favorite part of the book. Lucy was hard to read - completely head-over-heels with Nicholas one minute, then not trusting him or wanting to get close to him the next. She kind of made me dizzy, to be honest. It was nice that she could see the good in him, but it would have been better if she had taken a step back and found out some answers to her many questions first. After Lucy made it to Rosewood, her dreams of the perfect place she remembered from her childhood quickly turned into almost a nightmare. Nothing was as she remembered it, and she spent her days miserable and lonely. Throughout the book I kept wondering why she didn't just leave...although that would have made for a really short and not at all interesting story, so I'm glad she has more perseverance than I apparently do. I like how the story ended, but the climax was a bit much. It seems like everything was just thrown at us all at once. There wasn't much of a build-up to it, something that would have made it less overwhelming. I did enjoy how this book is a little bit of a companion novel to Lies and Letters, since that is one of my favorite books from this author. I hope that we'll see all of these characters again in future novels. Andrea's Review:
I've really enjoyed the books I've read by Ashtyn Newbold, so I was very excited to read her latest novel, Road to Rosewood.
Lucy was quite entertaining to follow. She'd really been struggling, and wasn't getting the support she felt she needed. She thought she could only be happy again if she was able to go back to Rosewood, and it was a very bold move to set off on her own like she did. I suppose I could relate to her feeling that she'd be happy once she got to Rosewood, but life experience has taught me that true happiness has to come from within-not being in a certain place. And, the grass really does look greener on the other side.
Nicholas was a bit of a puzzle. As his story unfolds, you are able to understand him so much better. I'm not sure that I really connected with him. He definitely had good qualities, but his familial situation was somewhat over the top so it was hard to relate to him.
The pace of the story during the travel portion moved along fairly quickly, and then once Lucy arrived at Rosewood the story dragged a bit.
Road to Rosewood has a bit of a different feel from Newbold's other books. It's still clean with some good characters, but sadly it's not as captivating as her other novels. However, I would definitely read more from this author.
I was pulled into this story right away, I mean, who writes stories about highway men with them being the main character? It's not something I've read before anyway. I was surprised at the reasonings and I had in my head a different way the story could have gone. When I got to this part I called my sister (who had read the book already) and presented what I thought was going to happen. She told me I was wrong, and that seriously made me sad. Honestly, I liked my version better.
All that being said, I liked the plot and the characters. I read it rather quickly, so not only was I pulled in right away, but my attention span was kept. It also made me want to go back and reread Newbold's previous novels. I liked how she brought those characters back into this story. If you haven't read the previous novels you'll be okay reading this one. It's a stand alone, but I like having the bigger picture laid out for me and reconnecting with old friends. If you are looking at reading some more of her work I would suggest Mischief and Manors. That was a fun read.
Ashtyn Newbold was introduced to the Regency period early on, and the writing soon followed. Fascinated by the society, scenery, and chivalry, she wrote her first novel, Mischief and Manors, receiving a publishing offer before high school graduation. Ashtyn is currently attending college with plans to obtain a degree that will help her improve in writing and creativity. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, singing, spoiling her dog, spending time with friends and family, and dreaming of the day she’ll travel to England.
Title: Road to Rosewood
Author: Ashtyn Newbold
Publisher: Sweet Water Books Published: April 2018 ISBN: 1462121829 Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.