Book Review: Penelope’s Hope

22 Feb

UnknownLife has given Penelope Drayton very little hope. After years of preparations, 1806 is the year that she is determined to create her own hope. The successful execution of her plan would grant her independence, but failure would certainly be her ruination. Just when her plan begins to meet with difficulty, she finds a faithful ally in Miss Violet Wyndham. Violet’s brother, Mr. Ashbridge Wyndham, has but one objective for London’s Social Season: escape unscathed. With his mysterious benefactor, he is suddenly a sought-after prize for the matchmaking mamas. Unfortunately for him, marriage is the last thing he wants at present. His sister Violet, with her shy but calming spirit, is the only part of the Season which he finds tolerable. When Penelope and Ash meet through their mutual affection for Violet, will God use the acquaintance to begin healing for both of these wounded hearts?

B14vWSBW6QS._UX250_Sarah Baughman grew up in Ohio and received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago. She was married after college, and has lived in Missouri, Michigan, and Alabama before moving to Texas. Along the way, she and her husband had three wonderful children and received guardianship of a fourth. Besides writing, she enjoys volunteering at church, sewing historic clothing, and spending time with her family.

Having written stories almost since picking up her first pencil as a child, Sarah is thrilled to be publishing her first novel, Penelope’s Hope. Look for the release of Violet’s Daybreak, the second installment of the Regency Silhouettes series in the winter of 2015-2016. It is her prayer that her writing will uplift and encourage her readers while also giving glory to God.

My Impressions:

Sarah Baughman’s debut novel, Penelope’s Hope, has all the flavor of a true Regency romance. This Indie author has done her homework — the setting, fashion, and dialog all lend a touch of authenticity to the book. The romance is sweet and the faith message is strong. If you would like to escape to the England of Jane Austen, this book is perfect for you.

Penelope Drayton has been a part of the ton for several years, but she is longing for an escape from society’s expectations. Her plan to win independence hinges on her cultivating acquaintances among influential members of the current Season. When she meets Violet Wyndham she finds an ally and a good friend to help achieve her goals, and . . . Violet’s intriguing brother, Ash. But Penelope has many obstacles to overcome. Her life becomes a deception . . . in more ways than she imagined.

Baughman uses an unconventional premise within a very conventional framework. The Regency period examined in Penelope’s Hope required a delicate balance of honor and reputation. The expectations of society demanded men and women be gentle-born and gentle-bred. The main characters resist the strict manners of the time to live according to their dreams. Penelope lives a double life of Invisible Painter and gentlewoman; Ash pretends an alliance to avoid the schemes of marriageable girls and their mamas. Both Penelope and Ash long for freedom, but they don’t recognize the true freedom that is available through trust in God. Influential secondary characters are used to bring Penelope and Ash to a real understanding of forgiveness, grace and God’s love. In the end, Penelope and Ash discover what is really important and a new life and love.

There are a few mysteries that are hinted at in Penelope’s Hope. In the end we meet Ash’s benefactor, but his story is yet to come. I look forward to discovering what Baughman has up her sleeve for the characters I grew to love.

Recommended for fans of Regency romance.

Audience: older teens to adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE. (The book is FREE for Kindle Unlimited)

(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

3 Responses to “Book Review: Penelope’s Hope”

  1. Carrie February 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    i will have to check this author out as well – You are bad for my TBR tower, Beckie! 😉 haha!

    • rbclibrary February 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Back at you, Carrie! 😉

      • Carrie February 23, 2016 at 9:04 am #


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