Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: My Dear Sophy By Kimberly Truesdale

My Dear Sophy is a sweet, charming story of Sophia Wentworth, Fredrick Wentworth’s older sister (of Jane Austen’s Persuasion). It’s a beautiful telling of how she met and fell in love with Captain Croft.

Life for Sophy is slipping by. When her mother dies, she is left to help her father raise her younger brothers, Edward and Freddy. All of her friends have married, but at 23, her hopes for a husband have seemed to pass her by. Until one day, Mr. Hollingson, the young new curator starts paying her some attention. She begins to have feelings for him also - but could it be love? 

Soon, Captain Conard Croft comes to town to visit his parents, he’s been away 14 long years. Sophy was just a child when he left, but they immediately fall into an easy friendship. With Captain Croft, Sophy feels comfortable...she can tell him her secret thoughts, and he listens to her. Soon she begins to have strong feelings for Captain Croft, but he is leaving - going back to sea. Mr. Hollingson is here, and offering her a comfortable home and security. What can Captain Croft offer? Adventure and the unknown. Of course from Persuasion, we know whom Sophy will choose, but I was eager to know how Sophy would choose her future husband. 

Argh! The frustration of the regency period! With so many people around them all the time, Captain Croft and Sophy have very little time to talk alone. And time was limited, Captain Croft would be leaving soon. How would they ever get a chance to find out how the other feels? 

I loved getting to know Captain Croft and Sophy! I had really never thought much about them before. Truesdale has opened my eyes to them, and she has made me love them!!

4 out of 5 stars.

I won my copy of My Dear Sophy from Kimberly Truesdale's Website.

Buy a copy here. (Disclaimer: Link to Amazon. Should you purchase a copy of the book through the link I will receive a small commission.)

About the Author:

Kimberly Truesdale is a writing and literature teacher who has many nerdy tattoos ranging from The Great Gatsby to The Beatles. In July of 2012, Kimberly published her first Austenesque novel, My Dear Sophy, about how the Admiral and Mrs. Croft from Persuasion first meet. Kim is currently editing her second novel, The Wrong Woman, a Regency romance, and writing a non-fiction account of a murder mystery in her family.

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Kimberly's second book, The Wrong Woman is coming out this month! I love the cover! You can read more about her new book here.

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear what you think!


  1. Isn't the 'My Dear Sophy' cover just about most gorgeous cover in JAFF?!

    I enjoyed this one, I thought that the author had captured Sophy Wentworth really well. You could see how this character could grow to be the Sophy we meet in Persuasion. I wasn't so sure about whether the Admiral was true to character but I think that is more because I can't imagine what he would be like as a younger man. He was very nice though!

    The only downside of this book for me was that I felt some of the language was too modern. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, because if I'm noticing odd words it takes me out of the story. It was a while ago when I read it but I can remember actually going 'Gaaaah!' out loud when I read the word 'okay', but as I say, I am a fusspot on this aspect.

    The new book looks interesting too. I am already not keen at all on Miles and that's just from the blurb!

    1. Hi Ceri! Yes, the cover is great! It really fits the story well!

      I love your insights to a story! I think Kimberly did a good job capturing Sophy's character as well. As far as the modern language goes, it doesn't bother me too much. Occasionally, I'll catch a phrase or a word and think,"What?" but I let it go quickly.

      Haha! Hopefully Miles will redeem himself! :) Poor Isobel!! Sounds like a good read to me!

    2. Yes, I blush now to see some of those mistakes in there, Ceri! I'm combing the new manuscript now to try and make sure anachronisms are not in there.

      And thank you for the compliments on the cover. I wanted it to stand out from other JA novels, so I am very happy to hear that it does.

      As for Miles, I guess you will have to read and tell me whether he redeems himself ;) (I think he does, in quite spectacular fashion...)

  2. I have this one in my TBR pile. I'm glad its really good.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Sophia Rose! I had it on my pile for a while! It's hard to get to all the books I want to read, especially when my pile just keeps growing and growing! :)

      You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! :)

    2. Thanks for reviewing Candy, and for everyone who wants to read the book! I always love feedback so I hope that you will let me know what you think, Sophia Rose!

    3. Hi Kim! It was my pleasure! :)

  3. P.S. That "nortonshakespeareproject" post was me, Kim, the author of Sophy...

  4. This sounds like a book I would like to read. Will put it on my list. Thanks, Candy!

    1. Hi Adriana! I hope you enjoy it! :)


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