Meriden Park by Julie Daines

Do you need a new book to read? Check out this fantastic and well-written book called, Meriden Park by Julie Daines. 


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.

About the author:

Julie Daines is an award-winning and best-selling author. She was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her vervain.

In my opinion:

I loved Meriden Park! Julie Daines has been one of my favorite authors and I was so grateful she reached out to me to review another fantastic book. She is a remarkable writer who knows how to write a page-turner book. I had a hard time putting this one down. Meriden Park was a fresh new story similar to Robin Hood. I loved Mary and Robert's relationship. I was drawn in at the very beginning when the two met in a hot cross-bun moment. I loved how they met. I loved how they helped one another become better. I loved how Mary kept a gratitude journal. That was so inspiring. I loved how they were both able to conquer their own trials and it was neat to finally see Mary accept herself.  There were a few characters that weren't my favorite but they were able to redeem themselves later on.

Meriden Park had suspense, adventure, action, and romance and I highly recommend this to anyone. I would have finished this book in a day but life throws curveballs. Thank you for the lovely story.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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