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Ashton Fenwick was raised to be the bastard older brother--the charming, happy bastard older brother. Now, an earldom has been foisted upon him, and his family urgently needs him to find and marry the right countess. With charm at the ready, Ashton is prepared to go wife-hunting during the London social Season, but it's the forthright landlady at Ashton's lodging house who Ashton Fenwick was raised to be the bastard older brother--the charming, happy bastard older brother. Now, an earldom has been foisted upon him, and his family urgently needs him to find and marry the right countess. With charm at the ready, Ashton is prepared to go wife-hunting during the London social Season, but it's the forthright landlady at Ashton's lodging house who catches his eye. Matilda Bryce bakes delicious apple tarts and does not suffer titled fools, even as she looks after street urchins and does what she can to help Ashton prepare for the challenges before him. Ashton soon realizes that somebody is out to destroy Matilda's happiness, and if he offers to make an honest countess of her, she could well flee. He's found the woman for him, though, and will risk all to free Matilda from her past.


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Ashton Fenwick was raised to be the bastard older brother--the charming, happy bastard older brother. Now, an earldom has been foisted upon him, and his family urgently needs him to find and marry the right countess. With charm at the ready, Ashton is prepared to go wife-hunting during the London social Season, but it's the forthright landlady at Ashton's lodging house who Ashton Fenwick was raised to be the bastard older brother--the charming, happy bastard older brother. Now, an earldom has been foisted upon him, and his family urgently needs him to find and marry the right countess. With charm at the ready, Ashton is prepared to go wife-hunting during the London social Season, but it's the forthright landlady at Ashton's lodging house who catches his eye. Matilda Bryce bakes delicious apple tarts and does not suffer titled fools, even as she looks after street urchins and does what she can to help Ashton prepare for the challenges before him. Ashton soon realizes that somebody is out to destroy Matilda's happiness, and if he offers to make an honest countess of her, she could well flee. He's found the woman for him, though, and will risk all to free Matilda from her past.

30 review for Ashton: Lord of Truth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jultri

    3.5/5. Slow moving in parts especially in the beginning and a few inconsistencies. The writing is quite good as expected and I like Ashton, the reluctant Scottish earl raised as a bastard and happy when he was just the bastard son. He slowly took on his role with greater gusto towards the end, realising a bit of respect and power can come very handy indeed in class-conscious London. What I didn't get was how his parents could allow him and his brother to grow up so misinformed, to have the wrong 3.5/5. Slow moving in parts especially in the beginning and a few inconsistencies. The writing is quite good as expected and I like Ashton, the reluctant Scottish earl raised as a bastard and happy when he was just the bastard son. He slowly took on his role with greater gusto towards the end, realising a bit of respect and power can come very handy indeed in class-conscious London. What I didn't get was how his parents could allow him and his brother to grow up so misinformed, to have the wrong son treated as the heir when they knew otherwise. Matilda was also a strong character, learning to fend for herself in far simple settings than she was used to. But her Plan A sucked badly! How is waiting to get herself declared deceased going to right the injustice and get her her sister back let along their inheritance? Helen, the precocious street urchin, was charming but sometimes way too advanced even beyond her expected street-smartness. I enjoyed Ashton's casual but affectionate dealings with her and opportunistic teachings. And why did Matilda never get to reunite with her sister, Kitty, considering that's the main aim of their undertakings? There was very little romantic tension because they fell for one another almost straight away.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wollstonecrafthomegirl

    I am in a bit of a slump right now (apathetic even towards the books I’m reading, which is a terrible state of affairs, and will hopefully pass soon). Thus I don’t think I am giving this book a fair crack as a consequence. So, I guess I’m prefacing this review with a caveat that no one should really give too much heed to what I say. I am giving this a solid three stars. It just didn’t set me on fire. It was fine. Solid, in that way that all Grace Burrowes books are, but my expectations are eleva I am in a bit of a slump right now (apathetic even towards the books I’m reading, which is a terrible state of affairs, and will hopefully pass soon). Thus I don’t think I am giving this book a fair crack as a consequence. So, I guess I’m prefacing this review with a caveat that no one should really give too much heed to what I say. I am giving this a solid three stars. It just didn’t set me on fire. It was fine. Solid, in that way that all Grace Burrowes books are, but my expectations are elevated and I just want to read another Captive, or Lady Louisa, or Tremaine, which, for me, this was not. I liked the characters. But I felt the volume could have been turned up on both of them. When I read about a reluctant Scottish Earl raised to think he was a bastard, I wanted brusque and earthy. I got that a bit, but not enough. Equally the same with the heroine, boarding house mistress (who is in fact a former countess in hiding because: Burrowes). There was a moment early on when it’s said of her, “If Matilda believed in one eternal verity, one immutable law of nature that would hold true down through the millennia, it was that Men Were Dreadful.” Then I was faced with the exciting prospect of having that deeply ingrained mistrust broken down and I was disappointed when it seemed to happen quite easily and quickly. The romance was quite front loaded. The two of them fall for one another and I’m not entirely sure why. Then a good third at the back end of the book was given up to resolving the ~dramaz~, which, as ever, I was not all that interested in. That’s not to say this wasn’t entertaining and it didn’t pass the time. It did. And there’s a typically adorable child character. It was also nice to see Burrowes playing outside her usual milieu, much of this book is set amidst the working class and that was well handled. There’s no grand country manor or ballrooms so that was a nice change of pace for GB. However, my apathy towards the central characters coloured my enjoyment of the book overall.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Ann

    This was my favorite Grace Burrowes novel that I've read so far. Ashton was an incredibly endearing hero, the plot moved along seamlessly, and the setups and foreshadowing for the climactic events at the end were executed perfectly. The heroine's plight was heartrending, and her likable personality and determination made me root for her all the more. I also LOVED the side characters. I adored the little girl. Instead of being a contrived plot moppet like many children in romance novels, she had he This was my favorite Grace Burrowes novel that I've read so far. Ashton was an incredibly endearing hero, the plot moved along seamlessly, and the setups and foreshadowing for the climactic events at the end were executed perfectly. The heroine's plight was heartrending, and her likable personality and determination made me root for her all the more. I also LOVED the side characters. I adored the little girl. Instead of being a contrived plot moppet like many children in romance novels, she had her own admirable traits and heroic moments of her own. All in all, I highly recommend this one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Grace Burrowes has a way with men. She writes them with such perfect description that you can’t help but love them. In a genre filled with rakes, rogues, and scoundrels Grace writes about Gentlemen – not just by title or status but by action. Her men are good, kind, honorable, loving, generous and of course handsome. In this addition to the Lontey Lords Series we once again meet Ashton Fenwick, illegitimate son of the Scottish Earl and Countess of Kilkenney. Though born on the wrong side of the b Grace Burrowes has a way with men. She writes them with such perfect description that you can’t help but love them. In a genre filled with rakes, rogues, and scoundrels Grace writes about Gentlemen – not just by title or status but by action. Her men are good, kind, honorable, loving, generous and of course handsome. In this addition to the Lontey Lords Series we once again meet Ashton Fenwick, illegitimate son of the Scottish Earl and Countess of Kilkenney. Though born on the wrong side of the blanket, Ashton was always raised as a son of the house and though he could not inherit, he was raised with all the privilege of an Earl’s son. As an illegitimate son, Ashton has worked for a living as a Steward – where he met some of the well-loved characters of previous books. Now, his younger brother tells him that here has been a mistake. His parents had been secretly married all those years before and Ashton, not Ewan, was the true Earl. While his younger brother had been doing a wonderful job as Earl, he had not been able to produce the male heir every Earl’s family needs. So, to reduce the stress on his sister-in-law, if for no other reason, Ashton gives in and accepts his fate. Three years later, Ashton finds himself in London for the season for one reason – to find a bride who will give him sons. Through a twist of fate, a small boy picks Aston’s pocket and he meets Mrs. Matilda Bryce who stops the boy and the boy himself, who turns out to be a young girl named Helen. As it happens, Mrs. Bryce rents out rooms. Ashton makes the decision to lay low for a short time and rents a room in her house. He also takes Helen under his wing and hires her as his general factotum – a jack of all trades. Though he has a large apartment at the Albany (the place for single men of the ton) he is happier in simple settings. Matilda doesn’t know that he is an Earl and Ashton doesn’t know that she is a fugitive from justice. As the two of them dance around their feelings and secrets it is inevitable that they fall in love. But, with a murder sentence hanging over her head, Matilda isn’t free to love or marry. Fortunately, Ashton is a true gentleman and won’t sit by idly while the woman he loves is in trouble. He will move heaven and earth to solve her problem. No couple deserves a Happily ever after more than these two and together with little Helen, they work to get it. The conclusion to the story is even better that I would have imagined and Ashton truly showed that he is a Lord to be reckoned with. Ms. Burrowes has once again produced an amazing love story with realistic characters and heart-warming as well as heart-wrenching scenes. IF you’ve read other books in this series, you will want to pick this one up. If you haven’t read any other books you will still enjoy this story as a stand-alone book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    KindleJo Jo

    Another winner from Ms. Burrowes. Ashton and Matilda were fantastic. Wonderfully complex characters and a great cast will keep the reader entertained. Of course this being my own personal lays-potato-chips, I'm off to read more books by Ms. Burrowes. Maybe I'll visit my favorite guy St. Just for a while. Another winner from Ms. Burrowes. Ashton and Matilda were fantastic. Wonderfully complex characters and a great cast will keep the reader entertained. Of course this being my own personal lays-potato-chips, I'm off to read more books by Ms. Burrowes. Maybe I'll visit my favorite guy St. Just for a while.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Four and a half stars, OMG she's baaaaaack! Although I have loved Grace Burrows' books I (whisper) had felt that she had got into a bit of rut and the last book I read in this series left me a bit meh. Annoyingly, I didn't bother to write a review so I can't recall what made me less than enthused. Nevertheless, a free Grace Burrowes is still better than tons of other historicals out there so I snapped it up when I saw it on eReaderIQ (BTW - highly recommended site for price drops and favourite aut Four and a half stars, OMG she's baaaaaack! Although I have loved Grace Burrows' books I (whisper) had felt that she had got into a bit of rut and the last book I read in this series left me a bit meh. Annoyingly, I didn't bother to write a review so I can't recall what made me less than enthused. Nevertheless, a free Grace Burrowes is still better than tons of other historicals out there so I snapped it up when I saw it on eReaderIQ (BTW - highly recommended site for price drops and favourite authors). I have to say, I have NO idea why this was a Kindle freebie, it was great, and I say that as someone who would have a filling without anaesthetic rather than read a book about a Scottish Laird with a brogue. Ashton has spent his entire life as the illegitimate oldest son of his brother the Duke, only to discover that their parents were actually married before he was born and therefore HE is the Duke, not his younger brother. I have to confess I thought that marriage conveyed legitimacy even after a child's birth but, hey ho! Three years later and Ashton is still resentful that his freedom has been curtailed and he is forced to deal with recalcitrant tenants and attend the House of Lords instead of act as a land manager. On a rare trip to London, after thwarting a young pickpocket, he decides to play hookey and stay in a clean but downmarket lodging house instead of at the fashionable hotel he booked for his stay. Masquerading as plain Mr Ashton Fenwick, he is intrigued by the woman who aided him in stopping the pickpocket, his new landlady Mrs Matilda Bryce. Matilda Bryce is also not who she appears to be. She is actually the daughter of a Duke and six years ago her husband died and she has been accused of his murder, she lives in plain sight disguised as a landlady. This had me hooked from the start. A grumpy Duke, two people in disguise, a street urchin worthy of Georgette Heyer's Arabella, dissolute heirs, interfering friends, sinister Dukes, reformed streetwalkers - I mean what's not to love? Ashton and Matilda are totally adorable characters, believable and kindhearted, even Ashton's occasional brogue didn't put me off. All I can say is, if you love an historical, reminiscent of the magnificent Georgette Heyer, then buy this NOW.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    How I wish I could rate this 4.5 officially. It's a great read, with humor and angst each used with such a light hand. The supporting characters are fleshed out and their histories are brought into the main story, with insights offered from their much less privileged stations that are heeded by the primary characters. Helen is amazing - one of the most interesting young girl characters I've read in a while - and quite a few characters from other Burrowes' books make appearances and contributions How I wish I could rate this 4.5 officially. It's a great read, with humor and angst each used with such a light hand. The supporting characters are fleshed out and their histories are brought into the main story, with insights offered from their much less privileged stations that are heeded by the primary characters. Helen is amazing - one of the most interesting young girl characters I've read in a while - and quite a few characters from other Burrowes' books make appearances and contributions to the story. Even the king and a rich merchant trying for a title to give his wife her dearest wish are presented sympathetically. The class differences, mores and speech ring true but Ashton and Matilda are much more than just typical "nobs", as Helen might say, and their path to a HEA is more involved than some have been. There is also a good solicitor and a not so good solicitor, as well as a "family situation" to overcome. My thanks for a very good evening of reading! Incidentally, you don't have to read the earlier books to be able to enjoy this one - although I do enjoy rereading Grace Burrowes' books on a regular basis.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    I have to admit to some slight disappointment in this book. Ashton's falling for and ending up with Matilda felt like a foregone conclusion, and Matilda's resistance to him felt thin at best. And, while I know I'm reading romance for a "happy ever after", I like for there to be some doubt or internal conflict. The external forces, while present, also didn't feel insurmountable, merely like tasks to complete before the inevitable. I did love Helen, both her on her own, as well as what she drew fro I have to admit to some slight disappointment in this book. Ashton's falling for and ending up with Matilda felt like a foregone conclusion, and Matilda's resistance to him felt thin at best. And, while I know I'm reading romance for a "happy ever after", I like for there to be some doubt or internal conflict. The external forces, while present, also didn't feel insurmountable, merely like tasks to complete before the inevitable. I did love Helen, both her on her own, as well as what she drew from the other characters, particularly Ashton.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I have a so-so relationship with Regency romance. Most of them just feel so insipid that I'm leery of giving any a shot. But then I run across an engrossing book like this one and realize what I've been missing! The urchin, donkey, and hidden identities were perfect. Time to read more Grace Burrowes.... I have a so-so relationship with Regency romance. Most of them just feel so insipid that I'm leery of giving any a shot. But then I run across an engrossing book like this one and realize what I've been missing! The urchin, donkey, and hidden identities were perfect. Time to read more Grace Burrowes....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    This was exciting and loads of fun, but Burrowes wrote the stupidest epilogue ever IMO. My favourite character was Helen, what a corker!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I found this boring.....sorry. A bit of a trek to get through it. Just not my cup of tea. 2☆

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sultanah ❥ bewitched by 'dem heartbreakers ❥

    To be honest, this is one of the best books Grace Burrowes has written to date. A must read !!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jules2016

    So disappointing. And let me tell you, three stars is being generous. The premise is a Great one. The heroine is an heiress who has been on the run and hiding for six years, accused of a crime she did not commit -- killing her husband. The hero, who was thought to be a bastard all his life, was revealed to be the true heir to an Earldom. He goes to London to find a suitable wife, but instead meets the heroine who is running a boarding house. For some inexplicable reason he decides to rent a room f So disappointing. And let me tell you, three stars is being generous. The premise is a Great one. The heroine is an heiress who has been on the run and hiding for six years, accused of a crime she did not commit -- killing her husband. The hero, who was thought to be a bastard all his life, was revealed to be the true heir to an Earldom. He goes to London to find a suitable wife, but instead meets the heroine who is running a boarding house. For some inexplicable reason he decides to rent a room for two weeks at the heroine's boarding house even though he has secured a luxurious suite at an exclusive London club. Issue #1 The biggest issue I have with the story was with the heroine - I just did not like her. she comes across as brisk, rigid and surly for much of the book. Just did not see HOW in the world the hero took a shine to her so quickly. Issue #2 Why was the hero so lonely and alone? By all accounts he was wealthy, handsome and industrious with a loving family and friends. He also had a multitude of talents, from being able to sew, braid hair, train horses, arrange flowers, etc. a true Renaissance man. He came across as desperate for love and companionship - seems like he just got with the heroine cause he was lonely Issue #3 This is not a true romance in that the MCs only got together to have sex to ease their mutual loneliness. There was zero relationship development. Just sex then the they would drink tea and repeat. Issue #3 + 4 + 5 Predictable plot, lots of filler crap and all of the villains got away at the end scotch free.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    I was a bit disappointed not to be treated to the flirting nature Ashton was so famous for as Fen in Hadrian: Lord of Hope (Avie would have loved to see him fluttering). Alas, this time he was off his pins because he seriously fell for Matilda who needed a true hero not a jester. Loved imagining him dressing to the nines in his highlander plaid and hearing his brogue fly loose when angry. Little Helen was a delight. Grace Burrowes writes children so well, they fit in without feeling like unneces I was a bit disappointed not to be treated to the flirting nature Ashton was so famous for as Fen in Hadrian: Lord of Hope (Avie would have loved to see him fluttering). Alas, this time he was off his pins because he seriously fell for Matilda who needed a true hero not a jester. Loved imagining him dressing to the nines in his highlander plaid and hearing his brogue fly loose when angry. Little Helen was a delight. Grace Burrowes writes children so well, they fit in without feeling like unnecessary appendages. Matilda was a great heroine; protective, resourceful, courageous. The two of them were well matched.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    This was an interesting and captivating historical romance. Ashton was almost instantly smitten by Matilda and it reflected in his dedication and compassion. She was a strong, honorable, and courageous woman. They were bewitched with an irresistible passion toward each other and were a great match. Characters like Helen are not usually included in Historical Romances, but she was an intrical part of this story. Her ingenuity, strength, and tenacity were vital and entertaining. I look forward to mo This was an interesting and captivating historical romance. Ashton was almost instantly smitten by Matilda and it reflected in his dedication and compassion. She was a strong, honorable, and courageous woman. They were bewitched with an irresistible passion toward each other and were a great match. Characters like Helen are not usually included in Historical Romances, but she was an intrical part of this story. Her ingenuity, strength, and tenacity were vital and entertaining. I look forward to more adventures like this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Yes! Another wonderful Burrowes novel. I loved that Ashton was such a stand-up guy. I adored the way 'old' favorites from past novels were featured! Makes you feel like part of a small community to see them again! Can't wait for the new series on the Windham cousins to come out!! In the meantime, I already ordered the Christmas novellas that come out in October. Yes! Another wonderful Burrowes novel. I loved that Ashton was such a stand-up guy. I adored the way 'old' favorites from past novels were featured! Makes you feel like part of a small community to see them again! Can't wait for the new series on the Windham cousins to come out!! In the meantime, I already ordered the Christmas novellas that come out in October.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    The book was good until the resolution. The resolution was completely unbelievable. Really? The totally unstable guy who tried to kill her at least once just goes free and his only punishment is to continue to be impoverished?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina Ullrich

    Truth be Peril On me of the best books I have read by Grace Burrows yet. This fun, thrilling, adventurous story is filled with exciting characters, witty banter, and twists that will keep you up reading until the end. Ashton Fenwick knew that he would never have the title being from the wrong side of the blanket, but he knew he was loved. He cherished his freedom and the ladies. His brother Ewan and his with were, as he thought, great Duke and Dutchess for all they did. But finding their mother's Truth be Peril On me of the best books I have read by Grace Burrows yet. This fun, thrilling, adventurous story is filled with exciting characters, witty banter, and twists that will keep you up reading until the end. Ashton Fenwick knew that he would never have the title being from the wrong side of the blanket, but he knew he was loved. He cherished his freedom and the ladies. His brother Ewan and his with were, as he thought, great Duke and Dutchess for all they did. But finding their mother's diary confirmed that Ashton was the rightful Duke and so now he is thought with the idea of not getting married and to make Ewan and Alyssa first born son his heir. With no son born Ashton takes on the London marriage mart his way! Enter the first street urchin, Helen. She steals his handkerchief and the chase is on. Knowing how hard it is growing up having to fend for oneself, Ashton doesn't want the law involved. Ms Matilda Bryce stops Helen and Ashton proposes a deal with the two. Helen let's out that Matilda let's out rooms and Ashton now rents rooms from her to get accumulated with London and in a sense nice from the matchmaking mama's until he is ready. He makes Helen his albout benfactor, a glorified gopher. She is happy because she get a bed to sleep in, good to eat, money in her pocket, and safety for awhile. Matilda has a secret last she wants hidden, but now someone has found her and Ashton is haunting her security and dreams. When someone gets to close Matilda starts to panic which Aston figures out and wants to help. As the two get close and deeper feeling evolve things start to get more complicated. Matilda finds herself confiding in Aston and let's her story unfold slowly. Ashton at this point wants to make Matilda his Dutchess and marry her. Matilda just wants independence, security, and peace of mind but also secretly Ashton. By now her past is closing in on her and Ashton is there to help. He hides her but to no avail and Matilda is kidnapped. While in the custody of the one wanting to harm her, Ashton comes to her side but she sneaks out of custody. Ashton decided her with the help of a fellow Duke. However, the stepson Who is vindictive and spoiled, kidnaps her again only this time with more harm in mind. Helen being the crafty sort follows and gets the layout when Ashton arrives following a hunch. With help and truth in their side, Matilda gets Stephen to admit his failings, the truth of his father's death and her freedom. Ashton has her solid freedom in hand, guardianship of her sister and Helen, and now his lady love. With all the thrills and adventurous twists in this story the ending was short and a little flat but over all a very good read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    This is really 3 1/2 stars for me, I just can't quite bring myself to give it 4 stars, but it's close. My first book by this author, and I will definitely consider reading more from her. There were just a few things that didn't quite win me over, or left me feeling a bit less than enthusiastic. First, I love Matilda's whole story line. She's a strong character, and I understood every one of her actions and reactions to events around her. She worked so hard to survive, it was a unique and interes This is really 3 1/2 stars for me, I just can't quite bring myself to give it 4 stars, but it's close. My first book by this author, and I will definitely consider reading more from her. There were just a few things that didn't quite win me over, or left me feeling a bit less than enthusiastic. First, I love Matilda's whole story line. She's a strong character, and I understood every one of her actions and reactions to events around her. She worked so hard to survive, it was a unique and interesting character arc, and it didn't always go where I thought I would, which was also a bonus. I also adored Helen, and wanted to so much to adopt her myself. She was an absolute delight to read about, and I generally don't enjoy children in fiction. She was no plot moppet and did not distract from the story. In fact, she added it to a very real and interesting way. What I didn't love, although I didn't hate it either, was Ashton's part of the story. He was almost a bit too much for me at times. A bit too perfect. For a hero that is supposed to be a bit rough around the edges, he felt like a caricature at the most important scenes and events in the story. He's rough around the edges, a former bastard, a stable hand - yet he knows how to artfully arrange flowers? Little instances like that took me out of the story a few times. He's this big Scottish brute, but he's gentle enough to have Matilda feel instantly at ease and trust him? He lies to her throughout a significant chunk of the story, and she has specifically said she doesn't like liars - but he's charming enough the admission of the lie goes over too easily. She doesn't get upset at him, and instead tells more of her past - one that get her hanged. Their relationship felt a bit off at times, and I didn't fully feel he was as well developed as Matilda. Or even Helen. Still, he was likable enough I didn't hate their relationship, even if it developed rather quickly - and was not as much depth as I would have preferred. The resolution at the end, I was a bit disappointed in, the cause of Matilda's problems doesn't get a very satisfactory punishment. I almost feel like the author left his ending a bit ambiguous, so that maybe she could write his story in the future, he could marry a well-to-do heiress and be redeemed, not that I want to see him redeemed. Overall, pretty interesting and delightful story, a slightly grittier side to the regency fair of frills and dandies. I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot - Helen alone is worth it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gerda

    I have read several books by Grace Burrowes and liked them. Here the writing was somehow off in the beginning, it felt stilted and I had trouble to keep reading. Later it was better or maybe I got used to it. I had some issues: Issue #1 Why had Ashton to grow up thinking he was illigitimate? His father as the Earl should have known the Scottish and English marriage laws or his solicitor should have. We are to believe 30 years later it was possible to pass the earldom from legitimate heir to the fir I have read several books by Grace Burrowes and liked them. Here the writing was somehow off in the beginning, it felt stilted and I had trouble to keep reading. Later it was better or maybe I got used to it. I had some issues: Issue #1 Why had Ashton to grow up thinking he was illigitimate? His father as the Earl should have known the Scottish and English marriage laws or his solicitor should have. We are to believe 30 years later it was possible to pass the earldom from legitimate heir to the firstborn simply because of some rumors in the village and investigation of the parish register? Unnecessary plotline Issue #2 I didn't get Matilda's story. She was about 20 years older than her sister (aged 18 married off to a widower, 3 years married, 6 years a fugitive = 27 years of age/ sister judged by her playing ball = 7years old, otherwise she would sit at home learning embroidering a cushion) but loved her so much that she risked getting caught every day. She was already miserably in her marriage when the sister was born, and her parents didn't help her? Why did her father appoint her brother-in-law as the sister's guardian? Quite unusual, just for the plotline. Issue #3 They hardly knew eachother and had sex. For a woman in that period, and furthermore an educated one, that was unthinkable. This behaviour reminds me of a novel maybe set in 2010, 200 years later. Issue #4 All the villains get away: the embezzling solicitor, the fraudulent uncle, the spendthrift step-son. Issue #5 Too short epilogue that doesn't explain anything: what happens with Helen? Is she educated as a lady or employed in the stables or maybe later as help for Lord..., the investigator? I liked all of the side characters more than the MCs.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    So..Burrowes follows a well-trodden path in the newest of her 'Lonely Lords' series. Ashton Fenwick, a reluctant Earl, arrives in London looking for a woman to become his countess. But..he wants to postpone the inevitable entry into the ton's social whirl, and decides to stay in a lodging house for a few weeks -- a lodging house run by the intriguing Mrs. Matilda Bryce. Matilda's just trying to remain anonymous, hoping to run out the clock on the assumption of her death; then, she'll be free of t So..Burrowes follows a well-trodden path in the newest of her 'Lonely Lords' series. Ashton Fenwick, a reluctant Earl, arrives in London looking for a woman to become his countess. But..he wants to postpone the inevitable entry into the ton's social whirl, and decides to stay in a lodging house for a few weeks -- a lodging house run by the intriguing Mrs. Matilda Bryce. Matilda's just trying to remain anonymous, hoping to run out the clock on the assumption of her death; then, she'll be free of the relentless pursuit by her dead husband's family. As the intimacy between Ash and Matilda grows, so does Ash's certainty that she's hiding a secret, and he's determined to find out the truth. Matilda's equally determined to keep him safe-- even at the expense of a happy future. Matilda's independent, resourceful, and embraces her sexual self -- my kind of heroine (if a little too 21st century-ish). Ash is wonderful (aren't all of Burrowes's heros?). I wasn't sure why he needed all the backstory of being thought illegitimate...but then wasn't...and now, suddenly, he's the Earl. Is it to give him more empathy with the common man, or a reason to want to lodge with Matilda? I didn't think it added anything to how we view his character. So...heroine with a Dark Secret in her past falls for noble, caring, and pretty hot, aristocrat. Burrowes has been here before...a few times. But despite being a re-tread, "Ashton" is a sweet and warm love story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    SynergyQuest

    So good Burrowes is a veritable enchantress. She seems to effortlessly spin tells of woe and love with aplomb. From the beginning of the read she has you so invested in her characters that you easily forget to pause for lunch and then fight the desire to close your eyes long past bedtime. In this installment of the Lonely Lords series we meet Ashton again. He's a once steward turned reluctant earl and the perfect hero for any romance. Brave, unafraid to love and unimpressed by his own consequence So good Burrowes is a veritable enchantress. She seems to effortlessly spin tells of woe and love with aplomb. From the beginning of the read she has you so invested in her characters that you easily forget to pause for lunch and then fight the desire to close your eyes long past bedtime. In this installment of the Lonely Lords series we meet Ashton again. He's a once steward turned reluctant earl and the perfect hero for any romance. Brave, unafraid to love and unimpressed by his own consequence Matilda is his perfect counterpart. Well-born and having long ago traded in formal teas for making tarts in her own kitchen, the unlikely pair is exactly what the romance reader ordered. Sweetening the pot is a quick-witted, resilient, soon to be beautiful, young girl who is also in need of Ashton's rescue and guidance. Together they create a story that captivates and pleases. Well done all around, I highly recommend this read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kebby Shropshire

    Another hero to fall in love with Grace Burrowes always has the most marvelous heroes. I could fall in love with Ashton myself. He is witty, good looking, smart and tender. Add in being an earl and what is not to love? Matilda is hiding from her in-laws. She stands accused of murdering her husband. Her life is lived quietly and she draws as little notice to herself as possible. She takes in lodgers and hopes they will pay their rent -- and not try to take advantage of a woman alone. Ashton has come Another hero to fall in love with Grace Burrowes always has the most marvelous heroes. I could fall in love with Ashton myself. He is witty, good looking, smart and tender. Add in being an earl and what is not to love? Matilda is hiding from her in-laws. She stands accused of murdering her husband. Her life is lived quietly and she draws as little notice to herself as possible. She takes in lodgers and hopes they will pay their rent -- and not try to take advantage of a woman alone. Ashton has come to London to find a bride. And he hates London and hates the whole wife-finding expedition. Of course he and Matilda cross paths. Their love story is helped along by a little scamp named Helen. Normally I don't care for juvenile characters but Helen will be my exception. She is a treat - and please Ms Burrowes, give her a story. And the young lawyer Basingstoke? I know I am asking a lot.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn

    I am still reading these all out of order, but I remember Fenwick from Hadrian's book. We get an explanation of why Fenwick was there, as we learn he is not illegitimate, but is indeed an Earl. So we have a goid understanding of how he just wants to be a man when he rides into London and decides to live 2 weeks in a small house rather than his rooms in the Albany. Once again Burrowes writes a better hero, and an adorable child better than her heroine. Matilda of course gas a secret and does not I am still reading these all out of order, but I remember Fenwick from Hadrian's book. We get an explanation of why Fenwick was there, as we learn he is not illegitimate, but is indeed an Earl. So we have a goid understanding of how he just wants to be a man when he rides into London and decides to live 2 weeks in a small house rather than his rooms in the Albany. Once again Burrowes writes a better hero, and an adorable child better than her heroine. Matilda of course gas a secret and does not think to ask for help, but would rather sacrifice her love rather than put her lover in danger. That is one problem with binge reading an author , the plots, though quite different, tend to have a certain pattern Don't get me wrong, I love this author for her characters and dialogue, and am off to buy her newest book, but I still prefer her men to her women characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    Ashton is a reluctant earl in need of a wife. He hates the smelly city of London and the pompous ton. When he comes upon the proprietress (Matilda) of a boarding house in a less noble part of town, he decides to delay the inevitable by taking rooms there. Matilda is an intelligent and empathetic woman. Helen, the little girl in boys' clothing who becomes his tiger, steals the show with her boldness and honesty. Besides the budding romance there is a bit of suspense and the need for dashing rescue Ashton is a reluctant earl in need of a wife. He hates the smelly city of London and the pompous ton. When he comes upon the proprietress (Matilda) of a boarding house in a less noble part of town, he decides to delay the inevitable by taking rooms there. Matilda is an intelligent and empathetic woman. Helen, the little girl in boys' clothing who becomes his tiger, steals the show with her boldness and honesty. Besides the budding romance there is a bit of suspense and the need for dashing rescues. Although in some parts predictable for this genre, it was a very enjoyable read which kept my attention throughout.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! This series can't be over! This was a great ending for the series. Thank goodness there will be more Windhams in our future. I loved Ashton in Hadrian's book, so I was thrilled that he did his own book justice. If you're ever in trouble, you need a guy like Ashton for your hero. I adored his interaction with his love Matilda. I was really touched by his dealings with the little hellion Helen. And I was excited that I got to see Hazelton, Asher and Maggie again. I feel li Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! This series can't be over! This was a great ending for the series. Thank goodness there will be more Windhams in our future. I loved Ashton in Hadrian's book, so I was thrilled that he did his own book justice. If you're ever in trouble, you need a guy like Ashton for your hero. I adored his interaction with his love Matilda. I was really touched by his dealings with the little hellion Helen. And I was excited that I got to see Hazelton, Asher and Maggie again. I feel like I'm losing good friends when I finish a series I love. Here's hoping we'll see our Lonely Lords again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    A good solid read. Matilda is tired of hiding but she has no choice, the family is still out there and she can only hope that they will give up looking for her. Ashton has come to town to find a bride, he just doesn't really want too. He is happy with his life but he did promise his brother that he would pass on the family title. He just can't find the one woman that makes him happy that is until he meets Matilda. She is everything that he wants but she is hiding something and so is he. Will Ash A good solid read. Matilda is tired of hiding but she has no choice, the family is still out there and she can only hope that they will give up looking for her. Ashton has come to town to find a bride, he just doesn't really want too. He is happy with his life but he did promise his brother that he would pass on the family title. He just can't find the one woman that makes him happy that is until he meets Matilda. She is everything that he wants but she is hiding something and so is he. Will Ashton ever be able to take her home for good? Can they battle the enemy together> A great read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deb Diem

    Ashton: Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes is an awesome historical romance. This book is well-written and full of lovable, amazing characters. I especially loved Helen. What a little spitfire. Ashton and Matilda's story is full of drama, suspense, action and spice. Best of all though was the humor. I enjoyed reading Ashton: Lord of Truth and look forward to my next book by Grace Burrowes. Ashton: Lord of Truth is book 13 of the Lonely Lords Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complet Ashton: Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes is an awesome historical romance. This book is well-written and full of lovable, amazing characters. I especially loved Helen. What a little spitfire. Ashton and Matilda's story is full of drama, suspense, action and spice. Best of all though was the humor. I enjoyed reading Ashton: Lord of Truth and look forward to my next book by Grace Burrowes. Ashton: Lord of Truth is book 13 of the Lonely Lords Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    The romances of Ms. Burrowes never fail to disappoint me, though some are better than others. Even though her novels are all variations on a template, it's a read I can lose myself in without much exertion. Her books are also one way I "cleanse my palate" when I'm done reading a more weighty book, or going between nonfiction and fiction. I liked Ashton and Matilda, and Helen, well enough, but the central conflict seemed a bit muddy in this one, and not as original as others I've read. Still it di The romances of Ms. Burrowes never fail to disappoint me, though some are better than others. Even though her novels are all variations on a template, it's a read I can lose myself in without much exertion. Her books are also one way I "cleanse my palate" when I'm done reading a more weighty book, or going between nonfiction and fiction. I liked Ashton and Matilda, and Helen, well enough, but the central conflict seemed a bit muddy in this one, and not as original as others I've read. Still it did what I wanted it to do, and will move on to the next Lonely Lord eventually.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Ashton thought he was the bastard older brother but it turns out there had been a marriage before he was born so he is now the Earl. He must marry and sire sons so he is off to London to do just that. As he is walking the streets he has his pocket picked. A lady helps catch the thief and together they come up with a plan to keep the thief out of jail. But the lady who helps turns out to be accused of murder. Now they fall in love but her step son is trying very hard to find her.

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