Book Review of The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall, Bk 1)

The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall, Bk 1)
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I'm not your typical historical romance reader. I don't read many at all, and when I do, they tend not to be English historicals. I've also never read a book by this author before. I purchased this one based on an excellent review by someone I trust, and promptly fell in love with it.

Since others have summarized the story, I won't. What sold me on this first and foremost were the characters. I can't think of anyone in the story I didn't like. Maria is strong and no-nonsense, while Oliver is charming with just the right amount of personal turmoil. The humor both approach life with made me laugh out loud more than once (as did Freddy, who I absolutely adored). Minerva and Celia have stronger characterizations than Jarret and Gabe, but I think that was likely deliberate to keep the focus on Oliver. However, all siblings were entertaining, and I particularly loved how they ganged up to push Oliver and Maria together.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I'm not sure what the expectations were for Jeffries' fans or readers who saw Oliver in other books, but for this person coming in cold, this was a fantastic read.