Tabitha's Folly ~ Review with Interview and Giveaway

Tabitha's Folly
Regency House Party: Somerstone #5
By Jen Geigle Johnson

 Tabitha Easton has a problem and it comes in the form of her overly protective brothers. Brothers who love her and want her to find a good match at the House Party at Somerstone to which they have been invited. And to Tabitha's annoyance they have a list of what she should find in a husband - after all, he'll soon be one of the brothers and needs to fit in.  Tabitha has long held feelings for their neighbor and good family friend Henry Courtenay but Henry seems to see himself as an additional brother to help guard her rather than as a suitor to court her. What's a Lady to do? Tabitha is about to find out.

Henry Courtenay has always seen Tabby as the little sister of his best friend. But acting as one of her guards at the Somerstone House Party allows him to see her in an entirely new light. Unfortunately, he's sure her big brother Edward would see his change of feelings as a betrayal of his trust. With a house party full of guests Henry fears he may not get the chance to reveal his feelings to Tabitha. And then there is the all too helpful footman of Somerstone who seems to have set his sights on Tabitha.

Caught up in the designs of someone who doesn't have her best intentions at heart Tabitha soon finds her heart tested as to what it truly wants. Get ready for a bit of excitement as Tabitha's very future seems to be in the balance. A watery accident, a chase, a ghost, four brothers, a neighbor, and a lingering servant - this is one house party she won't soon forget.

This is another fun addition to the Regency House Party: Somerstone series and this one will leave you with a few more questions about the Countess de Breven. Just what does she know and how does she know it. And just who is Damen? (This can be answered in Damen's Secret, which needs to be read after Tabitha's Folly) And what I most want to know - who will the Easton brothers end up marrying they all quite obviously need something else to do rather than babysit Tabby.

I was provided a  complimentary copy of this book through SLB Book Tour with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:

Tabitha’s Folly is one of Five books all set at the same Regency House Party Series. While each is a standalone story, watch our characters mingle together with others from the books in the series. The stories can be read in any order.

Lady Tabitha Easton recklessly dodges four over-protective brothers while trying to gain attention from the man who holds her heart. She has many choices of suitors, and with Henry as disinterested as ever, she turns to what is wholly forbidden, an irresistibly handsome footman. While their friendship grows, her trust in him increases while her hurt and doubt in her childhood love and friend pushes her away from all she’s ever known as family.

When Lord Henry Courtenay discovers a new attraction to his childhood friend, his role as one of her chaperones at the house party becomes near impossible. Irrationally defensive about any potential suitors and seeking time alone with the enticing Tabby, maintaining friendship with her brothers proves more difficult than he ever imagined. His task becomes all the more difficult when she refuses to understand his growing attraction and often finds herself in almost compromising situations.

When Tabitha’s choices might lead her to danger, and doubt and distrust are high, Henry must prove himself or lose her forever.

About the Author:
An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love.

Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.

Author Interview:

1) Who is your favorite comfort read author?
I love to read really beautiful writing. That takes me so deeply into another place and character's mind that I don't totally notice the writing, but it sort of contributes to a beautiful experience in the background. Those are steep shoes to fill, right? That being said, I also love a fun beach read. Light, makes me laugh, makes me cry but not out of sorrow, more because something beautiful just happened on the page. So, with all that being said, I love to read Heather Moore, Julie Berry, Julie Klassen...and more.

2) What do you most like about the Regency era?

I love the lifestyle, the interaction with their servants, the attention to the purely social aspect of life. That makes for some great romance. I love the balls. I love the flirting. I love participating in their insanely wealthy lifestyle. Their clothes are super fun. And I love that Regency is an era all about change. There is so much to uncover during that time period that authors have only brushed the surface. there was so much more going on than JUST the social interaction.

3) What one author past or present would you like to mentor you?

It would be so much fun to sit down with Charles Dickens. I'd love to know how he so masterfully weaved together so many things going on in his books. I'd love to learn from Jane Austen. Was she a revolutionary in her writings about women? Or were they much like she describes?

4) What one question do you wish you would be asked and how would you answer it?

I wish someone would ask me about a fun new project. And I would answer that I have two things coming that I am super excited about. A series that takes place in and around the beautiful area of Arundel Castle. Oh my word. It's so fascinating. And of course, another Regency House Party with stories taking place in Brighton! So exciting! I have two more books coming out with Covenant, one in 2019 and one in 2020. So much to look forward to.


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