ARC Reviews


Why the Earl is After the Girl (Ways of Love #1) by Tabetha Waite. Historical Romance , ARC Review.

Add To

A missing heirloom. A stolen inheritance. Can love conquer mistrust? 

Athena Hawthorne never imagined that she would lose everything she'd ever had. But after the death of her father, his prosperous jewelry store is sold off to pay his supposed debts. Athena, now destitute, embarks on a mission to discover the truth, but circumstances force her to accept an offer from a handsome stranger to work as a governess. She's determined to clear her father's name, but a certain earl is making matters far more difficult than necessary. And she can't be in danger of losing her heart to a member of the aristocracy... 

Orion Ashcroft, the Earl of Rockford, is convinced that Athena is a grasping thief who stole a priceless family heirloom, the rare sapphire known as the Couleur Magnifique. When he offers her the position of governess to his sister's children, he only intends to catch her in some nefarious scheme and get back the sapphire—his grandmother's dying wish. But he soon discovers that keeping his distance—and his sanity—around the beautiful Athena isn't as easy as he'd planned. It certainly doesn't help that his sister and his best friend plead her innocence at every frustrating turn. Soon he's struggling between honoring his promise and his growing attraction to Athena. 

But there's danger closer than either expect. Even a masquerade can't hide Athena from the curiosity of the ton forever...and there's a threat hiding among the highest members of society...


Miss Athena Hawthorne,  the daughter of a celebrated jeweler,  is left dismayed when her father's lawyer tells her there is no money for her inheritance because it was gambled away.  She would not believe that was true,  and is determined to find out who has cheated her. 
Orian Ashcroft,  Earl of Rockford promised his grandmother he would reclaim an important family heirloom.  He knows where it was last seen,  but can't prove who has it. 
This is a lovely mystery with danger in the background for our sensible and courageous heroine.  Someone is out to do her serious harm. 
Our hero had to take responsibility far too young,  that has made him wary of allowing his emotions out. 
This is obviously part of a series of books than can be read alone,  but are better read in order.  I can't wait to read the next book even though I know,  from this story,  who the main characters will be. 
Thoroughly enjoyable reading. 


Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. She began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery, but it wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked! 
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance and the Second Place Feathered Quill Book Award in 2018 for Romance. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match,” released on ebook in June 2017, and her third, "When a Duke Pursues a Lady" released in January of 2018. 
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch lady at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA.
You can find her on most any social media site and she encourages any fans of her work to join her mailing list to learn more about upcoming novels or events.

 Website * Goodreads * Facebook * Twitter

No comments:

Post a Comment

I hope you all enjoy the books I post about here.