Christmas Awards 2011

Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Folly at Falconbridge Hall

The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen

Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing

May 2013

ISBN: 1908483369

Pages: 238

1894 Clapham, England & Peru

Vanessa Ashley feels she is qualified to be a governess until she gets the position at Falconbridge Hall.  Finding herself penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa does what she can to earn a living.  Vanessa uses her knowledge of politics, history and art to get the position of governess.  Hired as a governess for ten-year-old Blythe, Vanessa hopes she can now have a stable life even if it isn’t quite the life she had planned on.

Julian, Lord Falconbridge is a scientist that is about to go on an extended expedition to the Amazon.  Julian takes an interest in his daughter’s education and is determined to make sure she has what she needs while he is away.

Vanessa soon finds things are not quite what they seem as the last governess left suddenly without notice.  Not to mention that Blythe’s mother death is never mentioned.  Blythe also doesn’t seem to feel safe in her own home.  It seems that there are secrets and Vanessa is determined to find out what is going on so that Blythe can be the happy little girl Vanessa knows she can be.

This is a very well written story that has a wonderful mystery in it that is sure to have readers guessing just what is going on.  With all the secrets that are in this one it is interesting to see them unfold and find out just what is going on.  This has several twists and turns that keep the story intriguing and helps the storyline move along well.  While this would have been an even better story had it been a little longer with more intrigue in it this is still a very good romance with the mystery threaded through it.  This is one that will be enjoyed by readers that like some mystery with their romance. 

I give this one 4 red roses  

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