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Series: Everton Domestic Society #1
Title: A Lady’s Honor by A S Fenichel
Author: A S Fenichel
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Kensington Books
Published: April 3rd, 2018
This is a delightful, heartwarming historical romance and I’m so happy to discover it is the first in a new series – I’ll definitely be looking out for more in the series and other books by this author in future.
Although a member of the nobility, Phoebe Hallsmith has chosen to work for the Everton Domestic Service rather than staying at home – much to the displeasure of her family some of whom have disowned her. She believes she is doomed to spinsterhood after leaving London to care for her ailing grandmother (Grands) for five years and having her fiancé break off their engagement. She’s quite enjoying her new life! When she returns to the Society after a job ends, she is greeted by the mother-in-law of her now-deceased best friend and ends up going to help her son, Markus Flammel, who is not coping well with his wife’s death in childbirth, even though it is now two years since it occurred. When she arrives at his home she finds Elizabeth ,his two year old daughter who doesn’t speak but does scream to get her own way, is being brought up by the few servants who remain in the household and his lordship is drinking to excess to help him cope with his grief. Phoebe is determined to improve the situation and takes over organising his household, employing new servants, helping Elizabeth behave more like a young lady and endeavouring to stop Markus from drinking and encouraging him to look after his estates again. She’s one feisty red head who ends up with two other men seeking her hand in marriage whilst Markus really doesn’t want her to marry either of them. However, he’s still feeling guilty about moving on after his first wife’s death. Will he give their mutual attraction a chance or will he return to drowning his sorrows again?
The story had great characters from all levels of society and I suspect many of them will feature in future stories in this series. It is a whirlwind romance, a real page turner, with many moving moments – some funny, some sad and some heartwarming. It is a beautifully told story that I thoroughly enjoyed and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys historical romances with a fiery female lead helping reawaken the hero who has to fight to win her heart.
I requested and was lucky enough to be given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Not every match is made at the marriage mart . . .
After a disastrous, short-lived engagement and years of caring for her ailing grandmother, Phoebe Hallsmith is resigned to spinsterhood. But if she must be unmarried, far better to be of use than languishing at home, disappointing her parents. As an employee of the Everton Domestic Society of London, Phoebe accepts a position at the country home of an old friend and discovers an estate—and a lord of the manor—in a state of complete chaos.
Losing himself in the bottle has done nothing to ease Markus Flammel’s grief over losing his wife. Not even his toddler daughter can bring him back from the brink. Now this fiery, strong-minded redhead has taken over his home, firing and hiring servants at will and arousing unexpected desire. As not one, but two, suitors suddenly vie for Phoebe’s hand, can Markus move past loss and fight for a future with the woman who has transformed his world?