The Folly at Falconbridge Hall
Vanessa Ashley felt herself qualified for a position as governess, until offered the position at Falconbridge Hall. Left penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa Ashley draws on her knowledge of art, politics and history to gain employment as a governess. She discovers that Julian, Lord Falconbridge, requires a governess for his ten-year-old daughter Blyth at Falconbridge Hall, a huge rambling mansion in the countryside outside London. Lord Falconbridge is a scientist and dedicated lepidopterist who is about to embark on an extended expedition to the Amazon in search of exotic butterflies. An enigmatic man, he takes a keen interest in his daughter's education, but Vanessa feels that he may disapprove of her modern methods. As she prepares her young charge to enter into the modern world, Vanessa finds the girl detached and aloof. As Vanessa learns more about Falconbridge Hall, more questions arise. Why doesn't Blythe feel safe in her own home? Why is the death of her mother, once famed society beauty Clara, never spoken of? And why did the former governess leave so suddenly without giving notice?
- Paperback | 250 pages
- 124.46 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
- 08 May 2013
- Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Maggi Andersen
Maggi Andersen fell in love with the Georgian and Regency worlds after reading the books of Georgette Heyer. Victoria Holt's Gothic Victorian novels were also great favorites. Maggi's free time is spent enjoying her garden and the local wildlife, reading, movies, and the theatre. She lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of Australia.
Our customer reviews
From the moment I began reading this book, I knew this was my kind of book. I was not far into the book before making the connection between this book and "Jane Eyre." That was always a favorite book of mine, and there were some definitely comparisons including romance, a little girl, and a lot of mystery in a big English manor. It was fairly easy to decipher what would ultimately happen, but the writing of the book kept me so engaged that I practically lost track of the time. As to any issues that require warning: very little profanity (nothing too bad, in my opinion) and intimate bedroom scenes only following marriage. I did not find myself repulsed during the bedroom scenes, and I am glad that the couple did not live in the bedroom (I get tired of books that do that). Vanessa, Julian, and Blythe were well-developed characters, and I found their interactions period-appropriate and rather humorous at times. I often forgot that this was a book written in this century rather than during the 1800's. This is the first book I have ever read by Maggi Anderson, but she is definitely my kind of author. No cheesiness, semi-realistic situations, sweet and hot romance/love, and a bit of mystery. And, of course, it takes place in England--where else? If you love historical fiction and romances, this just may be for you. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show moreby Ruth Hill