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Rose Darby has been imprisoned in Morton Manor by her father , he’s now died and her brother has taken the title .
Rose has no idea these events have come about , before her brother came to rescue her , she escaped on her own , now she’s found her way to Everleigh, the residence of Christian Knight 7th Viscount Farleigh.
Christian is stunned by the angel now in his study , apparently a maid with no references, she can’t prepare and clean a grate and gets soot and dust on her face , which far from making her look dirty , makes her more desirable.
He can’t afford to get involved, his unfaithful wife died 2 years earlier ,leaving him with 2children to care for , he’s got staff falling ill every week for no apparent reason, and the governesses keep leaving .
No matter, he can’t seem to stay away from her , and she has similar problems.
When she finds evidence all may not have been as assumed in the death of his wife, and that the illnesses maybe anything but random, they work to discover the identity of the people involved .
Adele’s sequel to The Mysterious Miss Flint is brilliant, just as good , just as emotional, just as gripping, written with the same amount of care and attention to detail, books don’t get better than these .
I received an Arc copy of this book , and chose to submit a review 🤗
This book is a standalone but is twinned with the previous one 'The Mysterious Miss Flint' and I recommend you read this first as it explains more fully Rose's background, her relationship with her brother and what makes her so understanding of children's problems. We are introduced to two very interesting characters towards the end of the tale and I look forward to reading their stories, especially that of Vane who I anticipate will be the hero of the fourth book. I received an advance copy but Adele Clee is on my list of favourite authors and this is my honest review.
The story is told parallel to the first novel so if you have read that it gives a greater understanding of the events as a whole but if not, it works very well as a stand alone novel.
Due to certain events Rose ends up doubling back trying to return to the Manor but loses her way in the dark and ends up Everleigh, the neighbouring estate which is home to widower Christian Knight, Viscount Farleigh. She is mistaken by the housekeeper for a maid they are expecting shortly. Needing sanctuary, Lady Rose grabs this chance to stay hidden for a few days whilst she decides what to do.
Lord Farleigh, on his part immediately recognises Rose is not what she says she is but being in dire need of a governess for his children he accepts her word and employs her to look after the children rather than as a maid. He is a deeply troubled man - his children are unsettled and there is an inexplicable sickness running rife through his home for which there seems to be no cure. But in Rose he feels an immediate sense of comfort and peace as well as a deep attraction.
The story employs one of my favourite sub genres in romance - the troubled Lord of the manor and the sweet but feisty governess - and adds a twist to it. Rose is not a maid or servant and certainly doesn’t always act like it but Christian suspects she is more than what she says and is not surprised by her manner. This cleverly allows for franker discussion and behaviours than would usually be the norm. We see the deepening attraction and developing relationship between the two but there are also mysteries to solve. Rose needs to know what happened to Nicole back at the Manor and Christian has to figure out why the strange illness that has befallen his household is not going away and who could be behind it.
There is also a mystery surrounding his faithless wife’s death which seems to be linked to Morton Manor. There are many strands to the story which are linked very well but keep the reader guessing.
I loved Christian as a hero. He is a good, strong, deeply honourable and honest man who is struggling with events that are out of his control. He is also a wonderful father and you can see that from his interactions with his children in the book. He may not have been as understanding as he could have when Rose’s deception is revealed (because after all he did have some suspicions) but you can certainly see why he reacts as he does and this is quickly resolved.
Rose is a wonderful heroine. She is a gently bred lady who is thrown completely out of her comfort zone and she learns to adapt very quickly to her new circumstances. She is sweet, lovely with the children and in a short amount of time makes herself indispensable to everyone at Everleigh. She falls very quickly for Christian but is always aware of her deception and can never really find the right moment to tell him her true identity.
The events actually only span a couple of weeks but Adele crams a lot of twists and turns through it and it is never predictable. The writing is excellent as always and the secondary characters are intriguing. I am waiting with baited breath for Vane’s story!
Needless to say that I loved this story and would recommend this to all. Adele is on my list of must buy authors and she never disappoints. I was generously given an ARC copy by the author for my honest opinion.
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