In this Jane Austen-style sweet romance, a foundling girl, Emma Carrington, was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose her as her companion and sent her off for finishing. She was dragged along into snobbish, aristocratic Victorian society where she received a cold reception at tea and dinners - if she was allowed to accompany her mistress at all.
Emma had eyes for the young Earl of Holmeshire, but he was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, Genevieve, and Emma was out of his class. Humorous tribulations attend a banned romance of servants downstairs as we follow Emma and the Holmeshires from a stone fortress to a Victorian village and then into fabulous London mansions. Men in tatters follow Emma, and strange gentlemen spy on Genevieve. Answers to this mystery unfold at a Midsummer Night's Dream Ball. Listeners express great surprise at the revelation of the last few minutes!
©2011 Debra Brown (P)2012 World Castle Publishing
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I'd categorize this story as a traditional romance during the early reign of Queen Victoria - no racy scenes here. I enjoyed the writing and the story, but the hero's voice was annoying. I downloaded the free copy on Kindle to avoid that problem.
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