April 20, 2016

When it Rained at Hembry Castle by Meredith Allard - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: January 28, 2016
Number of pages: 465
Genre: Histocial Fiction
Series: The Hembry Castle Chronicles

From Meredith Allard, author of the bestselling Loving Husband Trilogy, comes When It Rained at Hembry Castle, a lush historical novel set in Victorian England. Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, it’s the story of an aristocratic family, a mysterious death, secrets that dare not be told, and the wonder of falling in love.

When the 8th Earl of Staton dies, his eldest son, the unreliable Richard, inherits the title and the family’s home—Hembry Castle. The Earl’s niece, the American-born Daphne, is intrigued by Edward Ellis, a rising author with a first-hand knowledge of Hembry Castle—from the servants’ hall. And Edward, though captivated by the lovely Daphne, has his own hurdles he must overcome. Can Richard come to terms with his title before bringing ruin on his family? Will Edward and Daphne find their way to each other despite the obstacles of life at Hembry Castle?

When It Rained at Hembry Castle is a page-turning, romantic novel with vivid characters and an engrossing story that will keep you guessing until the end.

What did I think of this book:
This is a new author for me and one that I enjoyed trying out. I liked the author's writing style as it made the story flow nicely for me. If you are a Downton Abbey fan I think you will like this book. I enjoy books that follow this theme. I thought the author did well her descriptions not only with the characters but with all the background. You could almost see the beautiful dresses and the landscapes. I thought the author did a good job of capturing time and place. She also did a good job of showing us a little of the relationships between upstairs and below stairs just as we have seen in Downton Abbey. There was a little mystery and a little romance so you get the best of both worlds. I really liked Daphne and Edward and enjoyed reading about their relationship. This is the first book in a trilogy and I am looking forward the rest of the books to see what happens next. 

About the Author
Meredith Allard is the author of the bestselling novels The Loving Husband Trilogy, That You Are Here, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle. Her newest release, the historical novel When It Rained at Hembry Castle, is a great read for fans of Downton Abbey.

Visit Meredith online at www.meredithallard.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

This giveaway is open to both the US and International. US entries have a choice between a paperback or ebook copy and International entries can win and ebook copy of When It Rained at Hembry Castle. It is mandatory to leave a blog post comment. This will be verified and if you do not leave a comment you will be disqualified. The winner will be drawn by rafflecopter. Once the winner is drawn I will send an email. The winner will then have 24 hours to respond. If you do not respond a new winner will be drawn. Good Luck!

Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, April 14
Interview at Books and Benches

Friday, April 15
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Interview at The Book Connection

Monday, April 18
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, April 19
Excerpt & Giveaway at CelticLady’s Review

Wednesday, April 20
Review & Giveaway at A Holland Reads

Friday, April 22

Saturday, April 23
Guest Post & Giveaway at Brooke Blogs

Sunday, April 24

Monday, April 25
Review at Luxury Reading
Excerpt & Giveaway at A Literary Vacation


  1. I love all historical fiction and this one sounds like a read for me.

  2. I love this period. thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Historical Fiction set during this era is captivating, fascinating and my favorite of all. Your feature and giveaway is wonderful. Your review made the book come alive and was excellent. I enjoyed Downton Abby and miss it.

  4. Thank you for the introduction to this new-to-me author Angela! I have never watched Downton Abby if you can believe it, but, I do like historical fiction. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of When It Rained At Hembry Castle!