She doesn’t want to be a kept woman…
Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house. While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules…
Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of an earl and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them.
But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?
-Please note that this is a novella-
About the Author
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It looked like Josephine would be alone for the holidays. The older of her two younger sisters, Louise, had just accepted a governess position in the far north. Her youngest sister, Eve, was visiting her friend in hopes of making some good connections and meet eligible gentlemen. Although the great-granddaughter of the Earl of Priorsbridge, Josephine, and her sisters, were in financial straits. Their father had squandered what money they had after the death of their mother. Now orphaned, they needed income. Josephine was an accountant, and now Louise was a governess. Anything to save enough to give their youngest sister Eve the Season she deserved and the chance to meet a good man. Returning home from work, she finds a strange carriage parked at her door. When the occupant emerges it is the Duke of Snowdon, a man she doesn’t know. Claiming to be sent by the Earl of Priorsbridge makes Josephine suspicious. What would make her uncle, until now an absent guardian, take an interest all of a sudden? Upon learning of the death of her uncle and that the Earl in question is her cousin, explains a few things. She invites the Duke into the townhouse and that is where it all begins. An Interesting Tale As with the first two books, The Governess Who Captured His Heart and The Earl Who Loved Her, the author has woven an interesting tale with characters you feel you know from the outset. This series has been excellent and I would recommend these three novellas to anyone looking for an enjoyable few hours read. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the novella provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
London Josephine Potter has recently seen both of her sisters leave their home. Louise left to take a governess position in the north and Eve has been invited to a house party for the holidays. The girls’ great-grandfather was an earl, but their own father lost all of their money before his death. Now, Josephine works hard as an accountant to pay for the townhouse where they live. As she arrives home one day with just enough firewood to take the chill off her room, Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, approaches her. She is quite surprised when she learns that her guardian, Edward, the Earl of Priorsbridge, whom she has never shown any interest in the girls, has now asked the Duke to check on her. She finds that her guardian has passed away and his son is the one asking about her and wishes to see that she and her sisters are cared for. Busy in his new role as Earl, her cousin, Edward, has asked Devon to tell Josephine that he will give her 75 pounds a month but she and her sisters must resign their jobs. Infuriated at this demand, Josephine insists that Devon leave her home. The next day, she is dismissed from her job at the Park View Hotel. Devon realizes he is inadvertently responsible as, being part owner, he has just found the hotel was losing honey and reluctantly agreed to reduce the staff. Josephine tells Devon that the place had been run on the cheap which had lost them business. She promises him to help get the hotel running well again if he lets her continue with her job. They agree but she has to accept her cousin’s stipend and she must stay at the Duke’s house for the holidays with his sister as chaperone. The arrangement works well. Josephine and Devon’s sister get along very well and Devon realizes that he is falling in love with her. Could there be a future for the two of them? What a delightful romance. Sophie Barnes has quickly become a huge favorite author of mine and I cannot wait to read more of her books. I hope others will discover her fabulous talent and read her books as well. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.