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Lovely, fun read.
on 14 November 2013
Applebridge Hall, prestigious home to the Croxley family is to be featured in top tv reality show - Millionaire Mansion, a show where stately homes are entered into winning the top prize of a million pounds for renovations to the properties; they just need to convince the public that they are winners!
Lord Croxley has an idea to win, a food academy in the glorious old settings of Applebridge Hall, they just need their estranged cousin Abigail's help. But so do the orphans in Africa where her boyfriend Zac is headed to help rebuild the orhphanage he helped with the previous year.
The idea is the her flatmate Gemma who people always say she looks like, will stand in for her to show family unity for the viewers, the only problem is that Gemma is hardly a lady.
Abbey's aunt, Lady Constance Woodfold is on hand to help with the transformation, and running a finishing school she should find the job easy!
Things go well until fake Abbey has to do a cookery demonstration, something she is hardly familiar with, and then there is the dinner party where the façade begins to falter. That's without her plan to up the ratings of the television show...!
The staff become suspicious and Abbey/Gemma's feelings for Lord Edward begin to complicate matters!
Doubting Abbey is a lovely fun read set in a beautiful old hall and with a lovely family ethos behind it.
The characters are easy to warm to - I especially liked the cook, Kathleen, and the antics give lots of giggles. I enjoyed the whole reality tv plot, it is well explored and easy to imagine!
The ending wrapped things up well - I do enjoy a book with an epilogue!