Review: What Ales the Earl by Sally MacKenzie

Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Publisher: Zebra

ISBN: 978-1420146714

Length: 352 pages

Rating: 5 Stars


Penelope Barnes knew an Earl would never marry a farmer’s daughter but she loved him and wanted him anyway.  Nine months later she found herself with a beautiful baby girl.  She knew she would do anything for that little girl.  She finds herself at The Home where she discovers she has a knack for horticulture.  She cultivates the hops needed to make a superlative ale.  To protect her daughter, she contemplates marrying the local vicar, even if he is less than pleasing.


Harry went off to fight for the crown unaware he had left behind a daughter.  Now he is back and, with the loss of his brother, is now the Earl.  He quickly tires of his duties and jumps at a chance to help a friend investigate an issue in Little Puddleton.  He finds something he would have never thought possible.  Now he must persuade Penelope that maybe they can have a future together.


What Ales the Earl is delightful tale from beginning to end.  Filled with humor and a healthy dose of reality to counter that,  Penelope and Harry will touch your heart and soul.  You can’t help but wish for a happy ending, even when it seems impossible amidst all the snares and traps they encounter.  An earl and a farmer’s daughter can never marry, or can they?


Pick up What Ales the Earl and be prepared to laugh and cry, but above all be prepared to be ensnared by the excellent story telling by Sally MacKenzie.  You cannot go wrong with What Ales the Earl.  It is perfect for those of us who enjoy Historical Romance with a touch of something more.

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