by Jess Heileman
Since the death of her mother, Abigail Blakeslee has lost all desire to become a debutante and enter Society. But now, foregoing her first Season has brought an unwanted invitation to join her aunt and cousins for a summer at Timpton House, the large estate of the Stanton family.
Reluctantly accepting, Abigail is thrust into the vexing world of social propriety and matchmaking she had hoped to avoid. More vexing still is her cousin’s suitor, the young Timpton heir—Edwin Stanton. Moody and distant at times, remarkably endearing at others, Edwin seems a puzzle she can never solve, but can never quite put away. Bet then, Abigail has her own secret to hide—her own mystery to conceal. Perhaps such puzzles are better left unsolved, or perhaps love can find a solution.
My review of Abigail
Do you love Pride and Prejudice and Regency romance? Do you have 99 cents or Kindle Unlimited? Then you HAVE to read Abigail! It’s a book you won’t be able to put down, so start early if you don’t want to be up all night.
Abigail is a young woman who knows her own mind, and she doesn’t mind letting people know what she thinks. She doesn’t want to go to Timpton, but her father and brother think it’s imperative since she already skipped her first Season. She does want to see her cousin Hannah, though she could do without seeing her cousin Helena who thinks she’s above Abigail. Helena is “practically engaged” to Edwin Stanton, but theirs isn’t a love match. It is one of convenience and duty. Edwin stopped believing in love years ago. And Helena just wants a good catch.
When Abigail and Edwin meet, they quickly form opinions of each other, which may or may not be true. Abigail is charming, generous, funny and beautiful, but she is also headstrong, has a quick tongue, and doesn’t want to take Edwin’s advice. Abigail thinks Edwin is brooding, quiet and a grump. Maybe they’re just what the other needs.
This book is adorable! I highly recommend it, and at that price, how can you resist? It’s one you’ll want to read many times over. 5 big stars!
Praise for Abigail
This book took me by surprise. It hooked me at the prologue. Abigail had me laughing out loud, tearing up and blushing. It was my “show” that I couldn’t wait to get back to. It was a clever, easy read that had me guessing: what could possibly happen next? A perfect escape! Time for a sequel! – Julie, CA
I loved Abigail! I couldn’t put it down and read into the night. Great plot and character development. I hope there’s more books to come! – Carrie, AZ
Abigail is an enchanting look into a historical time period full of tradition and social propriety. As Abigail struggles to fit into that society, she stands out for her willingness to be herself. I was quickly drawn into the story and a desire to follow Abigail through her adventure built quickly. The story does not disappoint. The visual images of places and events created in my mind were amazing. It was so engaging I couldn’t stop reading. – Kim, ID
About author Jess Heileman
In kindergarten, Jess won a first prize ribbon for her original creation Pigs in Wigs. It was a solid story line: there was this pig that wore a wig–and it rhymed. Not impressed? Neither were her children when shown the very masterpiece that influenced her to become an author. “You won a ribbon for that?” Yes. Yes, she did.
Thankfully, life has since exposed her to a thorough education with its share of awards and accolades–and, more importantly, to the trials and human experiences that form the heart of a storyteller and the substance of great stories.
Besides her love of writing, Jess is an avid reader, shameless people observer, international café loiterer, and partially retired photographer. She loves being a mother to five amazing humans and a wife to the greatest man she knows.