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Posted December 27, 2011
Short Victorian story but well worth the read
Lady Holmeshire has chosen a common girl to be groomed for Victorian society. She has chosen Emma as her companion. Emma was found abandoned and was raised by a squire until he couldn¿t take care of her along with the rest of his own family. So the Countess decides that she will take care of Emma as a servant then decides to educate her as a Victorian Lady.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We start with Emma coming home from finishing. She feels out of place in the house where so recently she was a servant. Emma is also very nervous about being introduced into society. In the mean time, Wilfred, Coutness¿s son, has returned home and is planning on taking his mother and Emma to London while he works in Parliament.
While in London, Emma is to be introduced to polite society and draws a rather negative air. Several people are not impressed that a former maid should even grace societies halls and they plan on how they can get her thrown out. At the same time, Wilford is trying to get the lords and lady¿s to realize that there is a problem with the poor and that they need help. This topic is frowned upon so Wilford is having trouble getting support in Parliament.
I liked the idea behind this story. The end was surprising and there was a great twist when you thought the story was over. I really liked how everything was rapped up at the end.
Sadly, I have to say that I have learned that I don¿t enjoy Victorian based stories. Having said that, I felt that the story wandered around and branched off before coming to the end. Some of the story felt like filler and could have been taken out.
Beyond that, I do feel if you like Victorian stories, you will like this one. It is a quick read, about 133 pages, but well worth it.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 10, 2011
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delightful period romance and mystery
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire reminded me of a Jane Austen novel. Set in the Victorian period, it tells the tale of Miss Emma Carrington, an orphaned child, raised in the home of the Squire Carrington. She is later sent to work in the household of the Countess of Holmeshire. Emma becomes the companion of the Countess and is sent off to finishing school. Upon her return, she is introduced to the genteel members of society. Emma's introduction to society causes outrage within the London ton. I adored the characters Brown created; from the eccentric Countess; to the hopeful lady's maid Anne. Brown weaves a delightful tale involving different ranks of society, from the poor to the Queen. The story offers romance, intrigue, and a compelling mystery with a shocker ending. The Companion of Lady Holmeshire is Debra Brown's first published work, but it reads like those of a seasoned author. I am looking forward to Debra Brown's next endeavor For the Skylark. I want to thank Debra Brown for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2011
Suspensful, Intriguing, True victorian Romance.
This book is not a normal genre for me and I was a little nervous to delve into it. But I was pleasntly surprised in the depth and complexity of this story line. The characters were lovable, the plot well written, and the "true victorian" style was represented perfectly. Great debut novel from this author!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.