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What Ales the EarlScandal does not define the fallen ladies of Puddledon Manor's Benevolent Home Instead it's a recipe for an intoxicating new future as the women combine their talents to operate their own brewery and alehouse When Penelope Barnes arrived at the Home with her young daughter she discovered a knack for horticulture and for cultivating the hops needed to produce a superlative pint She put her scandalous affair wi. A well written regency romance with a plot that had me turning the pages It was the perfect book to start my reading year with I will be continuing on with the series

Sally MacKenzie ☆ 9 review

Th Harry Graham firmly in the past along with the wrenching pain she felt when he went off to war After all she'd always known a farmer's daughter had no future with an earl's son Now she has the pleasant memory of their passion and she has little Harriet for whom she would do anything even marry a boring country vicar Harry went off to fight for the Crown unaware that his delightful interlude with his childh. 35 stars rounded upHarry Graham and Penelope Barnes were childhood friends and eventually lovers they parted ways ten years ago when Harry went off to war But unbeknownst to Harry Pen gave birth to a daughter and moved away from DarrowNow Harry is back from the war and had unexpectedly inherited the earldom of Darrow from his wastrel brother He has promised his mother he will marry and has chosen his bride Lady Susan Palmer The night he is going to propose his friend the Duke of Grainger begs him to do an investigation for him Grainger also inherited unexpectantly and has found a payment being made to someone identified as JSW in Little Puddleton Harry delays proposing and sets off for Little PuddletonPen has lived in the Benevolent Home for the Maintenance and Support of Spinsters Widows and Abandoned Women and their Unfortunate Children since her daughter Harriet was just a baby As the daughter of a tenant farmer she never expected Harry to marry her and has no regrets she loves Harriet and will do anything to protect her even marry the vicar She lived with her aunt while she was expecting and they came up with a story Pen calls herself Mrs Barnes and claims to be a war widow she has made a life for them with her knowledge of farming she grows hops for the brewery they started Widow's brew This story has held for years but new comers to the home recognize the distinctive silver stripe in Harriet's hair that mark her as a Graham They assume that she is the daughter of the former Earl Walter as he spread his seed far and wide When Harriet confronts Pen about her birth Pen feels rushed to marry the vicar before gossip spreadsHarry comes across Harriet and when he sees her hair makes the same assumption as everyone else But when he finds Pen being assaulted he knows the truth Harriet is his This begins the reunion of Harry and Pen but there will be no happy ending he is going to marry Lady Susan Earls do not marry farmers daughters They reconnect and it is clear that the passion and friendship they shared never died and now Harry wants Pen and Harriet in his life for good but Pen is not sure she has to do what is best for Harriet she loves Harry she always has and always will and she desires him but she has doubts about how Harriet will be treatedWhen Lady Susan Letitia Harry's SIL and his mother show up in town Harry's ideas for the future take a radical turn but will Pen agree with his new plansThis book was well written fast paced read that had a little bit of angst steamy love scenes some amusing banter and a sweet second chance at love And while I didn't particularly care for Harry at the beginning it had nothing to do with him not considering marriage to Pen I did end up loving him by the end I also thought that this book was one of the most historically accurate regarding the class differences that I have read in a long time because let's be honest an Earl would not consider marrying a farmers daughter it just wasn't done I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series and hope that we get a glimpse of Harry Pen and Harriet's future since this book did not have an epilogue BooI am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher

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review What Ales the Earl 109 ´ Scandal does not define the fallen ladies of Puddledon Manor's Benevolent Home Instead it's a recipe for an intoxicating new future as the women combine their talents—to operate their own brewery and alehouse When Penelope Barnes arrived at the Home with her young daughter she discovered a knack for horticulture—and for cultiOod friend had permanent conseuences Now he's back in England catapulted into the title by his brother's untimely death He sorely misses his former life of unfettered adventure so when he has reason to explore Little Puddledon he jumps at the chance But what he finds there is something and someone he never knew he'd lost and a once forbidden love whose time has come if only he can persuade Pen he's home to st. I received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway Overall I thought this was a sweet story There were however a couple of things that drove me mad such as the problems of the main characters being stated again and again and also the time line in which the story happened Though Pen and Harry had known each other since they were children it did not seem that they truly knew each other that well so I think they should have had a longer time line for their second chance love story