I feel like I have be reading a lot of Historicals and Thrillers in the past few months, more than other genres. And I’m quite liking it, specially since I have been trying to stay away from paranormal because of the book I’m editing. I still am reading that genre, just not as much.
Anyway, today’s review is a historical romance, from a publisher I like, from an author I’m being introduced to.
“The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall“, written by Lotte R. James, is a Historical Romance in the gothic romance subgenre, that will be published on 22nd July 2021, by Mills & Boon.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lotte R. James for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
She arrived as a housekeeper
Will she leave as a countess?
To some, Thornhallow Hall might be tarnished by tales of vengeance and ghosts, but to new housekeeper Rebecca Merrickson it represents independence and peace from her tumultuous past. Until the estate’s owner, William Reid, the disappeared earl, unexpectedly returns… After clashing with him over the changes she’s made to the house, Rebecca slowly unearths the memories that haunt brooding Liam—and her defiance gives way to a shockingly improper attraction to her master!
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Potential Trigger Warnings: Mention of suicide, Mention of emotional parental abuse, Threat of sexual assault, Some mild violence, Mention of mental health problems.
About the Author
Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a book.
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I have read many historical romances and I have always enjoy them. This one was just as amazing. The novel has put in the subgenre Gothic Romance, and I haven’t explored that subgenre much compared to others, it doesn’t really matter. It was exciting, and it had the elements I love in historical romances.
In this story we follow Rebecca, the new housekeeper at Thornhallow Hall, and William, the earl and owner of the estate. I just loved them. I felt connected to them, I was curious about their lives, their past, and their dreams. And from the very beginning I wanted to know more about them. Memories, uncovering the background of Liam and Rebecca… It all grab my attention.
The circumstances that made them interact, fall in love… It made sense, it was exciting, it had a good pace and flow. Seeing them grow and open up, it helped with connecting with the characters, which is always a plus. With the housekeeper and earl roles, the romance was lovely and emotional. And since it was in a historical setting, it added the context of certain themes of the story and the characters’ life.
Overall, I enjoyed the stor. I liked that there was some drama, romance, secrets and a dark past, it’s just what I like in any book, specially in Historical Romances. The cultural and social elements that make the story unique and take us on this time-trip, is always an welcome read. It was fascinating.
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