cover image Miss Newbury’s List

Miss Newbury’s List

Megan Walker. Shadow Mountain, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-63993-052-4

Rosalind Newbury is already engaged to the Duke of Marlow at the start of this delightful Regency from Walker (Lakeshire Park)—but she barely knows the man. Ros has a list of things she’s always wanted to do before getting married, one of which is learn how to swim. This results in a near-drowning, from which she is saved by Charlie Winston, Ros’s best friend’s cousin, who’s back in the countryside from London after being cut off by his father for breaking an earl’s arm in a boxing match. Charlie, a second son mourning his late older brother, is still adjusting to the increased scrutiny of becoming his father’s heir, and helping Ros complete her list provides both fun and distraction. Their growing bond leaves Ros more doubtful than ever about marrying the duke. Meanwhile, Charlie’s life may be in danger from a powerful enemy seeking revenge. Walker’s latest sparkles with sweet romantic moments as Ros defies societal and familial expectations in the name of love. This is a treat. (Feb.)