Windsong Manor Book Review

Monday, October 23, 2023


The London Countryside, 1820

Eleanora Coventry comes from a life of title and privilege, but even that isn’t enough to prevent her from being wed at sixteen to a controlling and dismissive husband. So when she finds herself a widow at only twenty-six, the idea of choosing her own path forward both thrills and terrifies her. She knows how to be a daughter and a wife, but she has no idea how to be Eleanora.

She moves her son and daughter to her late husband’s country estate, where she meets Ridley Ellis, the young stable master, and a favorite among the staff at Windsong Manor. He is ruggedly handsome, but also kind, and Eleanora finds herself drawn to him. There is only one problem: Eleanora has a title, and Ridley does not.

Ridley Ellis has a way with horses. Even the most spirited stallions trust his soft voice and gentle touch. He has the same effect on people, and when he first lays eyes on Eleanora, he is smitten by her beauty. But he quickly discovers it will take more than soft words to gain her trust—Lord Coventry had been cruel to people and animals alike. But the closer he gets to Eleanora, the more he is willing to share his heart, and more importantly, his secret.

In a world where title and privilege mean everything, will Eleanora and Ridley risk it all to find happiness? Or will the shadows of their pasts destroy everything they hope to build together?


Julie Wright (1972-still breathing) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She's lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don't ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she's written twenty-three novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney award for best romance with her books "Cross My Heart" and "Lies Jane Austen Told Me." The America Library Association listed “Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me” in their 2020 top ten best romances and "A Captain for Caroline Gray" in their 2021 top ten best romances. Her book "Death Thieves" was a Whitney finalist.

She has one husband, five kids, two grandbabies, one dog, and a varying amount of houseplants (depending on attrition).

She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

She used to speak fluent Swedish, but now speaks only well enough to cuss out her children in public.

She hates mayonnaise. 

Eleanora married into a life with title and privilege to a man who was controlling and cruel. With the death of her husband, she begins to find freedom on her late husband's country estate. As she gets to know Ridley, who works in the stable, she finds herself falling for him.

I loved the story in this book. The author plays with some unique and creative ideas in this book from unexpected romance between stations, creating a family, and dealing with cruelty from others. The author creates a sweet wholesome romance between the characters, while also making some expected and unexpected twists and turns. Ridley and Eleanora both face past issues that come to surface and have to figure out how to deal with it. Most of the story is built on the growth of the characters and starts off as character driven novel and then becomes more action based. It's an easy-to-read romance that's clean, and romance readers will enjoy it. The pacing was slow at the beginning and seemed rushed at the end. I would have also liked to have seen the author play and expand some of her imagery and descriptions. The author did bring some fresh and creative takes on the Regency Romance genre that readers will appreciate by bringing in a mix of issues. To learn more about this book, click here.

Please note that I received this book for free to review from the publisher, however, this is my honest opinion. This post contains an affiliate link that helps support this blog.

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