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Book Review of Miss Newbury's List by Megan Walker
Do you have a bucket list? You know, a list of things you want to do in your lifetime. I have an idea of some things I’d like to do, but I do not have an official list. Should I write one? What are your thoughts? Rosalind Newbury has a list. It’s a bucket list, but not one for her lifetime. It’s a list of things she’d like to do before she gets married. You know, because once you get married you can’t do anything fun or adventurous. Haha! Will she finish the list before her impending nuptials to the Duke of Marlow?
Before Rosalind weds, she wants to experience ten things. Meeting Charlie wasn’t on her list.
Rosalind Newbury is counting down the days until her wedding to the Duke of Marlow, a man she has only met twice, and she knows exactly how she wants to spend her time. As a child, Ros created a list of ten things to do before her wedding day. So far, she has done none of them.
She is determined to tackle each item, though she’ll have to accomplish them all in secret. After all, a soon-to-be-duchess is not usually allowed to bury treasure in the pasture, eat sweets all day, or learn how to swim. She enlists the help of her best friend, Liza, who brings along her cousin, Charlie, a prodigal son-turned-boxer who has come to the countryside to mend his reputation and learn how to be his father’s heir.
Together, the three of them work to complete the list, and as each item is crossed off, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Ros and Charlie. The more time they spend together, the more Ros falls in love with this imperfect man and his good heart.
With the wedding looming, Ros must decide to either admit her romantic feelings for Charlie and risk her family’s future, or keep her promise to marry the duke and start a new life as a noblewoman.
My Book Review:
Miss Newbury’s List by Megan Walker is such a fun story! Ms. Walker had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved the writing style, the characters, and the unique story. The writing just sucked me into the story. I love it when that happens! We had kind of a lazy day and I read the whole book in one day. When was the last time that happened? It’s been forever! That’s my favorite kind of day!
I found each of the characters to be relatable and realistic, and I want to be their friends in real life! Rosalind may be unpredictable, easily distracted, and stubborn, but she is also so fun, spontaneous, and tenderhearted. I admire her determination and her authenticity. Rosalind’s friend Liza is a trooper to put up with Rosalind’s antics, and Charlie doesn’t give himself enough credit. He may have made some mistakes, but none of them are impossible to overcome.
I loved the writing in this book. It’s so easy to get lost in this story because the writing sucks you in and doesn’t get in the way. The descriptions of the scenery are beautiful and so well done. I really wanted to be standing at the edge of the Cliffs of Dover and feeling the wind in my face like Rosalind was. The dialogue flows well and doesn’t distract from the story.
I may not have my own list, but I feel as if I’ve completed a list because I was with Rosalind every step of the way as she worked through hers. The concept of completing silly items on a list makes for such a fun story—I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Content Rating: PG (There isn’t any profanity, violence, or intimacy except for some brief kissing.)
Recommendation: YA and older
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.