A Regency Romance (Larkhall Letters Book 4), by Ashtyn Newbold — A Review   – Austenprose

From the desk of Katie Patchell:  

Matchmaker: For me, this phrase conjures up horrifying pictures of domineering great-aunts and nosy neighbors, all wagging their fingers in my unwed face to the beat of Fiddler on the Roof’s justly titled track, “Matchmaker Matchmaker.” Whereas these desires might have extra to do with my unresolved points (or a wealthy weight-reduction plan of too sharp cheese), I do need to say in my protection that the phrase “matchmaker” could be far much less anxiety-inducing if the matchmaker in query was tall, darkish, and good-looking. That will make me, like Ashtyn Newbold’s irrepressible heroine of her newest addition to the Larkhall Letters sequence, The Matchmaker’s Request, rather more keen to just accept a matchmaker’s support…or ought to I say, a matchmaker’s coronary heart?

“Aunt Crauford had many expressions, however at present the one one Matthew had seen was disapproval.

“Twenty-one,” she stated with a huffed breath, kicking one foot in opposition to the ground to set her rocking chair in movement…“Up to now month alone, I’ve heard you proclaim twenty-one occasions that you just shall by no means marry and by no means produce an inheritor.”

Matthew drew a deep breath, letting his eyelids flutter closed. “Then you need to see clearly simply how earnest I’m.” (5) 

One Confirmed Bachelor 

Matthew Northcott is, certainly, a bachelor in earnest. Having been burned by love as soon as earlier than, he has no intention of pursuing a spouse. When his good buddy asks him to hunt out a husband for his 27-year-old sister, Cassandra, Matthew agrees. In spite of everything, he has a lot expertise within the position of watchful older brother. A lifetime of it, in actual fact. Serving as Season information and confidante is simple, as he quickly finds; the problem is in not falling in love with a lady as unpredictable as she is hilarious. Chasing away rakish suitors has been a process he’s accomplished as a brother, but it surely’s by no means been so aggravating. Maybe that’s due to the charming girl who retains stunning him along with her vigorous humorousness, stunning character, and…antelope jokes.

“A stroll via Hyde Park would have been rather more pleasing with out footwear. Or different folks.” (91)

One Extremely Unique Lady

Regardless of her aunt’s unkind feedback, Cassandra is aware of that, as a mature grownup, she has a lot to supply to the world. When Matthew accepts Cassandra’s brother’s request to function chaperone and matchmaker in his stead, Cassandra steels her coronary heart in opposition to any attachment. Matthew’s laughing blue eyes, variety nature, and humility make this an unimaginable process. Because the Season progresses and her aunt’s coldness turns to cruelty, Cassandra is aware of that her selections are restricted. That is solely extra evident when Matthew’s authentic love–now a widow–arrives on the scene. When Cassandra’s aunt points an ultimatum concerning Matthew, Cassandra should determine if love–and insurrection–are definitely worth the danger.

Oh, the Characters!

Alright, I confess: Cassandra is my new Regency icon and Matthew is (cue a cheerful sigh) my newest Regency crush. In The Matchmaker’s Request, Matthew shares the position of narrator. As many authors have accomplished phenomenally with Pleasure and Prejudice, we get to see behind Matthew’s Mr. Darcy-esque exterior to the advanced man beneath. His journey to letting himself really feel love once more was as magnetic as Cassandra’s story of embracing what makes one stand out, which is already a robust story. Combining each Matthew’s and Cassandra’s views created a fuller, richer novel.

“However I made a decision that if I’m to desert any of my convictions in opposition to dancing, it could not be on your cousin. It might solely be for you.” (199) 

Eye-Catching Prose 

Shiny, vivid, passionate: Newbold’s prose is as stunning as stained glass in afternoon daylight. Every shard of The Matchmaker’s Request was colourful and completely designed. From the charged romantic dialogue to the small particulars of stockinged toes on grass, this was a charming, well-crafted story. After studying and reviewing the earlier e-book within the Larkhall Letters’ sequence, I’m put within the uncommon place of not with the ability to pick a favourite within the sequence. All are beautiful! In the event you’ve learn one (or all) of the Larkhall Letters sequence, please share within the feedback under which is your favourite and why. 

In Conclusion 

Each Ashtyn Newbold Regency novel I’ve learn has been a delight, and The Matchmaker’s Request isn’t any exception. To learn this romantic comedy of manners implies that the hours will fly by at double-time till one arrives, breathless, on the satisfying denouement. That is one in all my favourite reads of 2022, and I unreservedly advocate it to first time “guests” of Larkhall in addition to to these lengthy aware of its stately halls and equally magnificent inhabitants. 

5 out of 5 Stars 


  • The Matchmaker’s Request: A Regency Romance (Larkhall Letters E-book 4), by Ashtyn Newbold
  • Three Leaf Publishing (January 28, 2022)
  • Commerce paperback & eBook (270) pages
  • ISBN: 979-8409165208
  • Style: Regency Romance, Historic Romance, Inspirational Fiction


We bought a duplicate of the e-book for our personal enjoyment. Austenprose is an Amazon affiliate. Cowl picture courtesy of Three Leaf Publishing © 2022; textual content Katie Patchell © 2022, austenprose.com.

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