About Hearts of Briarwall
A TURN OF THE CENTURY ROMANCE
Lydia Wooding is fascinated by the latest inventions the new century brings, including motorcars. She longs for the independence they represent and believes that women should have a say in the future of the industry―just as they should have a say in suffrage, adventure, and, of course, love.
Spencer Hayes is a man of practicality and innovation, but he lacks the financial backing to make his dream a reality. When he contacts his childhood friend, Andrew Wooding, about a promising business venture, he is invited to Briarwall Manor to discuss the terms. Once there, he is surprised to find that Andrew’s once shy, younger sister, Lydia, has grown into a young woman of beauty, wit, and a bit of fire. Even better, the two share a passion for motorcars.
Andrew, however, is wary of cars, having lost his parents in a tragic auto accident when he and Lydia were young. And he’s not sure a relationship between his sister and Spencer is the best idea―not when Sir Lawrence is available and could match both Lydia’s social status and her fortune.
Torn between risking their hearts and being loyal to their dreams in an era of whirlwind change, Spencer and Lydia anchor themselves with the determination they both share: to live life to its fullest.
I haven’t read very many, if any, books set in this time period in England. It’s the Edwardian period. Around the time that cars were new. This is an interesting time period, because it seems like it’s right on the cusp of change. Women are still expected to wear dresses, but they can’t vote and their reputations can still be damaged easily.
It’s in this world that we meet Lydia Wooding. She and her friends are a little bit progressive. Lydia loves to wear man’s pants, to her brother’s consternation. And her deepest secret dream is to learn to drive. But due to circumstances, she can’t ask her brother for that. I loved Lydia! She knew what she wanted and she went for it. I loved that she was there for all of the Votes for Women rally’s and she worked hard for those too.
Spencer is a great kind of guy. It felt like he got over looked a little. Spencer doesn’t come from a high class family. And his father did some things that none of the family was proud of. But Spencer is kind, he looks out for those around him, and he isn’t like his father at all. I loved the way he wanted to get to know Lydia better, but knew that his friend and her brother, Andrew, wouldn’t approve. So he didn’t make any moves. And that was a little frustrating to Lydia!
I loved all of Lydia’s friends too. I’m really hoping we get to see those ladies in some books of their own really soon!
This is a great book that I really enjoyed reading.
I was sent a copy of Hearts of Briarwall as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.