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The Companion Of Lady Holmeshire

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A baby girl was found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep. She was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose Miss Emma Carrington as a companion and sent her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into genteel Victorian society. What sort of reception would she have at tea and dinners? The young Earl of Holmeshire was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, but their relationship was difficult. Could they ...
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Overview

A baby girl was found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep. She was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose Miss Emma Carrington as a companion and sent her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into genteel Victorian society. What sort of reception would she have at tea and dinners? The young Earl of Holmeshire was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, but their relationship was difficult. Could they work it out? Even the tribulations and banned romances of the servants downstairs play into the story as we follow Emma from a stone fortress to a Victorian village and then into fabulous London mansions. Great surprises unfold at a Midsummer Night's Dream Ball which help to solve mysteries that have gradually developed. You are invited to predict the great revelation of the last few pages!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937085377
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Indulging Your Inner Aristocrat~ British Period Novels

Meet Author Debra Brown

I grew up with my nose in books. I loved mysteries and surprise endings. I especially loved the Victorian houses that my favorite sleuths tiptoed around in. In school, I was handed a copy of Great Expectations, which I could not put down. Miss Havisham was an incredible figure! For the rest of my life, I wanted to be a mouse in the wall watching her live her strange life.

During my years of self employment in the jewelry field, I watched period movies while I worked on my creations. I was in love with the characters, the plots, the historical realities. I became acquainted with the rigidly structured class system, the customs of the times and the required polite behaviors with the policy of shunning anyone who stepped out of line.

I ran out of movies.

With the economic difficulties of recent years, my jewelry business slowed. I began to write my own little story as a hobby, never intending to publish it. It developed in my mind faster than I could get it down on my word processor, and I stayed up later than I should have typing away. It didn't let me sleep when I did go to bed! It developed so beautifully that I decided to put it out there into the world. I am grateful to those that have helped me in various ways with this happy project; you know who you are. I am thankful to World Castle for accepting my book for publication.

And my second book is now keeping me from sleeping.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    A Regency type of novel with a little mystery is always interest

    A Regency type of novel with a little mystery is always interesting to behold. It is quickly learned that Emma is more than she seems and the intriguing mystery is nicely developed during the story. The captivating part of the book was trying to solve the mystery of exactly who Emma really was.

    All of the history and background made the story fall into more of a slow paced style of book rather than having it incorporated more into the plot as a whole. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and had a good message.

    Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    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.

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    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!!

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    Posted December 11, 2011

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