Miss Ridley & the Warlock

Miss Ridley & the Warlock

by Diana Green




Gemma Ridley's first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?

Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems-more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.

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ISBN-13: 9781518840678
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/22/2016
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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Miss Ridley & the Warlock 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Miss Ridley & the Warlock is the first standalone book in the Secret Realms series by Diana Green. Set in a world similar to ours, but with a different religious system, we find out that the same opinions regarding women abound. Also, like in Gemma's case, the daughter left living is 'tainted' with her father's 'sins'. She finds work in a distant house, where she hopes that the scandal attached to her name is as yet unknown. However, Squire Kenrick is fully aware of who she is, but unlike his peers, doesn't follow that way of thinking and so doesn't blame her. Instead, he admits that he found her father's writing the most fresh and original he had read. This is the start of a solid friendship, built as it is within the constraints of society. Now, of course, this is a fantasy novel, so be prepared for heartless fey, shapeshifting warlocks, evil Lords, children who can talk to animals, it's all here. This book was slightly reminiscent of Jane Eyre, and I LOVED it! With a cast of solid characters, whether you are supposed to like them or not, fantastic situations and places, this is a book to thoroughly enjoy. The descriptions are painted so clearly you can see each and every place. This book was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, I have no hesitation in recommending this book. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
AButchersWife More than 1 year ago
Dianne Green's story of Miss Ridley and the Warlock delighted me in the way she entwined old world charm with a new alternate world. I am always overjoyed with rebels who mix genres. Green has done that with an historical fantasy with a hint of romance, for good measure. This story held an exciting pace which kept me keen to discover the answers of the many riddles we are introduced to in the first few chapters. What is the nature of the pact between Allan and Ureleon? Will Romance blossom between Gemma and Allan? What are the strange creatures that circle the grounds at night? Gemma Ridley is a likeable character with a down-to-earth nature and a sharp mind. You feel empathy for her. Disgraced by her father's legacy and overshadowed by the memory of the mother of her young charges, she holds her head high. Allan Kenrik is a dashing, but not pompous, hero who has to face seemingly impossible decisions for the future of those he cares for. He might just be my new "book boyfriend". Delve into this magical world, if you enjoy paranormal fantasy with a twist, and a splash of romance. It's a quick read, but an enjoyable one. I loved the strong female character, and the exciting pace - and I think you will, too. Originally posted on my blog. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy fantasy especially Fae and England fantasy. Add some romance in there and I am happy. It started out a bit slow for me but I did enjoy it after first few chapters. I love when I can lose myself in a world that is make believe but is made real by a great author. Diana Green really made the world real and I could picture it in my mind as I read. Such great descriptions. It ended up to be a fun quick read for me.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed nanny and governess books, and I am drawn to the fact that women after a certain age are supposed to have these titles. Especially when they take part in the past, and especially in a regency like setting. I was immediately drawn into this story, and then the author added in some romance and I thought that this book could not get any better. I really enjoyed the setting and the characters that I at times I felt like I could escape to this new and different land. What I liked most however is the magic. There is so much magic in the story that it is a part of the story as much as the characters, and yet the author blended them perfectly together. I really need book two, especially with the chapter from it at the end of this book. I am giving this book a 4/5. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
This was such a lovely story to read, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with all the characters. With the story being set in the 19th century it added even more charm appeal to me and it turned into a quick read. Gemma had found herself jobless and almost penniless due to her father's writings which had caused widespread scandal and was classed as treason. Desperate to find alternative emploment with someone who would not hold it against her she found a placement as a teacher at Rook Hall for the widowed Squire, Allan Kenrick, and his two children, Edwina and Mathew. Gemma quickly became fond of both children and the fondness carried over for the Squire and herself too. Yet all is not as it seems there, a powerful dark magical force holds onto the Hall that also weighs down on the Squire. Gemma is told not to go past the wall boundaries after the sun goes down but is shielded from the truth of what lies beyond. Edwina and Matthew were adorable and made me smile a number of times throughout the story. I loved the instant connection between Gemma and the Squire and how Gemma tried to tell herself that she was there for the children and not her own heart. I really enjoyed both the fantasy and the romantic aspects of the story as well as reading along as the family and Gemma's bond grew. But will they be safe or will their lives be at risk from this hidden dark magic? A pleasure to read with wonderful characters. This is the second book that I have read by Diana Green and again I find myself transported into the story, eagerly reading each page.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
I have always fancied myself as a hardcore mystery and romance reader but for some reason, something told me to step outside of my box and try something new. This book is definitely a new avenue for me with the blend of fantasy meets history meets whimsical. I quickly fell in love with Gemma - she is smart and headstrong to find a way to make it despite the resistance from the high society. When all else fails, Gemma sets off to accept a job with the Squire Kenrick to care for his children. Of course, it adds the whip cream and cherry on top that he's easy on the eyes. He is so strong yet the descriptions, his words - everything - make him come across as such a deep, attractive man who happens to be a warlock. What a fun, interesting and mesmerizing aspect! I loved it! I believe I'll be reading more of the Secret Realms series - it definitely added a new level of love for something new! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This book is a perfect blend of historical and fantasy romance, a truly appealing and compelling read. A smart and sweet heroine, a charming and mysterious hero, an intriguing storyline and a flowing style make it a really compelling story. Following a family scandal, Gemma Ridley is forced to leave her teaching job. She is used as a children's nurse at a country estate but her new employer Kenrick is a very mysterious man and seems to have magical powers. Gemma's educated and rational mind refuses to believe in magic even when she starts to make bad nightmares and has witnessed some strange events. Luckily the children are wonderful and she immediately becomes attached to them. A very bad magician is willing to do anything to get what he wants, has already killed Kenrick's wife and cursed his children ..... Gemma is a very cultured woman, intelligent, independent. She's very angry at losing her prestigious job because of her father. But she is not willing to surrender. Kenrick is a great hero, an honest person who loves his children. According to him, Gemma is the woman of his life because he loves his kids and he is willing to fight against his family and society to be with her. Rites magical, enchanted forests, gothic atmosphere, a sweet love story, interesting characters: this novel is really an enjoyable read. I recommend it to those who love historical novels and for those who love fantasy.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Gemma's life has spiraled downwards until she is forced to take a position as a governess far away from the city that she's used to. As Gemma was approaching the house she encountered Squire Kenrik and and a fae, and her stay continues to get stranger. As the story progresses Gemma and Squire Kenrik learn about each other they have to work together to fight the forces who are trying to tear them apart. Initially I had a hard time with this story, since it was so much more fantastical than I'm used to reading. However, once I went along with the fantasy I really enjoyed the story. The story is very well written, and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and flourish. This was a fun, quick read that is perfect for summer! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Warlocks, fae… so much more magic happening in Miss Ridley and the Warlock. I loved every word, paragraph, page, and chapter. The story is perfectly put together, the words flow together seamlessly, and the characters are exactly as they should be. There is romance, danger, secrets, magic, and so much more going on. The characters are perfect. Even the “bad guy” is not a hated character, he is a guy who fell in love with a woman in love with someone else and he can’t manage to give up on her. The Squire is truly wonderful. He has secrets, who doesn’t, but he cares and loves for those important to them. His love and protection for his children is second to none. His care for the governess is slow and steady. The treatment of his staff is with total respect. The governess, Miss Ridley, is smart, tough, lovable, understanding, and the perfect person to teach the children. I cannot say a bad word about any of the characters. Diana Green has the start of a wonderful series. I cannot wait for more of this series. ***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic. Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Gemma has been cast aside from the life she was accustomed to for reasons out of her control. The only place to hire her is Squire Enrik at Rook Hall – a location beyond anything Gemma has ever experienced. She immediately falls into trouble – and into the protection of Squire Enrik. The connection between the two is undeniable, but the things we know that Gemma doesn’t, made me giggle at times. Gemma and Squire Kenrik really feel as though they are cut from the same cloth. Gemma is unlike any other governess that the Squire has employed and Squire Kenrik is unlike any other Squire Gemma has experienced. I have to admit, I felt this book was a little slow for my tastes, but it was a good read none the less. I found myself reading parts in an “English” accent (in my head of course) that made me giggle. I loved the setting, the language, the people. I love romance stories and I love fantasy stories and this was a great combination of them both. I look forward to seeing what comes next!
BookwormNM More than 1 year ago
I went out on a limb with this book. Not my usual genre at all, yet what a surprise, as soon as Miss Ridley meets the Squire, I was hooked and quickly drawn in. Their story is very mystical and enchanting with an old world charm and these two have such magical chemistry. The author explains their surroundings so well, I could picture them there. It sounds like a place I would love to visit. I really enjoyed each and every character! The children were easy to enjoy as well as Miss Ridley and the Squire! This was my first read from this author and I want more! A real nice, easy weekend read! Pick it up and enjoy! I received this book through Beck Valley Book Tours.
Littlebird84 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day, curled up on the sofa and it was a delight. I love the fantasty genre and whilst this was mixed with romance it didn't lose any of it's mystical appeal. My only complaint is that I would have liked more, more action and more details especially in the final chapters. I'd love to have known more about the Fey and how Urelon played humanity so well. My favourite character was Edwina, a head strong, intelligent and powerful 9 year old who laughs in the face of the expectations society and her grandmother place on her. If Green were to write another installment to this I would love to follow Edwina as a major character. The house is described wonderfully, I could imagine the grand building and all it's staff milling about. Miss Ridley is reminiscent of Jane Eyre in a lot of her traits, stronger in fact, as she battles her late father's disgrace to make a life for herself. Finally Squire Kenrick, phew!, a man who loves his children, is a shape shifting Warlock and is handsome! Perfect haha! The Squire's attraction comes through in his actions as well as im his description. I definitely recommend this book, I originally rated it at 3.5 out of 5 but have changed that to 4 simply because of Green's writing and the fact that I really want to read the next book in the Secret Realms series. Please note: I never include spoilers in my reveiws as I feel it takes away from the reading experience. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
To say that I enjoyed this book would be understating it--totally understating. Gemma, an intelligent young woman in the 19th century has been banned and is ostracized from high society because of a journal her father wrote before he died. She had been working as a teacher but was fired and was at her wits end--because no one would hire her. So when she got a letter from Squire Kenrik offering her a position as the governess to his two children--of course she packs up and goes. Strange things happen on the estate and it take Gemma a while to figure it all out--I mean what intelligent woman from the 19th century believes in Warlocks and Feys and magic? She gets along well with the children and they seem to love her as well. But can she fight the attraction she has for her employer-- If you love historical romances set in England with a bit of fantasy (well more then a bit) mixed in (which I do)--then get this book--PRONTO. I, on the other hand, have to find the rest of the Secret Realms series by Diana Green--who is one of my favorite authors!
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
delightful story! I was gifted my copy direct from the author. Following the discovery of her father's journals and the contents there-in, Gemma is forced from her teaching position and into the role of governess in some far away place that she hopes has never heard of her. Governess to the Squire's children. Allan is said Squire. But there is more going on at Rook Hall than meets the eye, and Gemma is thrown into a dark world she never knew existed. Ms Green is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine! Dragons, shifters and now magic! Even before she arrives at the door of Rook Hall, Gemma has an encounter that should have made her run, and run far. But she doesn't, and Rook Hall and its occupants grow on her, in ways she never imagined. And this book grew on me too. It creeps and crawls along, throwing things in here and there, just enough to make you think, make you plot and plan ahead. Then it whups you upside the head with something that throws all that plotting and planning ahead straight out the bloody window and you have to start all over again! And I LOVED that! It's told from both Gemma and Allan's POV but also we get into the head of the baddie. And I do so love it when the baddie gets a say! It's not overly explicit, rather more, fade-to-black and I really did enjoy that. It makes a change from the more explicit stuff I read. It does get a little gory when it all goes down, with the aforementioned baddie, but not too much. The setting is probably mid 19th Century, and carries all the rules and mannerisms and class structures of that time. Which is why I've filed it on the historical shelf, as well as the magic shelf. There is a chapter one of book two in this series, and I do hope I get a chance to read it. 4 stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble**