Friday, May 10, 2013

The Folly at Falconbride Hall - Maggi Andersen

Title: The Folly At Falconbridge Hall 
Author: Maggi Andersen 
Genre: Historical Mystery Romance 
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Number of Pages: 350

Vanessa Ashley felt herself qualified for a position as governess, until offered the position at Falconbridge Hall. Left penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa Ashley draws on her knowledge of art, politics and history to gain employment as a governess. She discovers that Julian, Lord Falconbridge, requires a governess for his ten-year-old daughter Blythe at Falconbridge Hall, a huge rambling mansion in the countryside outside London. Lord Falconbridge is a scientist and dedicated lepidopterist who is about to embark on an extended expedition to the Amazon in search of exotic butterflies. An enigmatic man, he takes a keen interest in his daughter's education, but Vanessa feels that he may disapprove of her modern methods. As she prepares her young charge to enter into the modern world, Vanessa finds the girl detached and aloof. As Vanessa learns more about Falconbridge Hall, more questions arise. Why doesn't Blythe feel safe in her own home? Why is the death of her mother, once famed society beauty Clara, never spoken of? And why did the former governess leave so suddenly without giving notice.

First thoughts after....
I would like to learn more of Nessa's future!

How distracted did I get??
The Folly at Falconbridge Hall is a solid regency romance.  The story was slow to start but once it started going it flew!  I loved Vanessa and her enthusiasm and love for Blythe and her curiosity that couldn't be controlled.  I would have liked more from Lord Falconbridge's view throughout the book, however there may have been a reason for it in the plot line. ( I just enjoy knowing what the man is thinking.)  I reccomend The Folly at Falconbridge Hall for the avid regency novel reader.

I give The Folly at Falconbridge Hall........

4 Baskets

Author Bio:
Maggi Andersen and her lawyer husband are empty nesters, living in the countryside outside Sydney with their cat and the demanding wildlife. Parrots demand seed, possums fruit, ducks swim in the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the neighbours chickens roam their yard providing wonderful eggs. She began writing adventure stories at age eight. Three children, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree later, her novels are still filled with adventure and suspense, but are also passionate romances. Georgette Heyer among others, brought inspiration to her seductive Regencies and she also writes darker, Victorian novels, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult.

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  1. I love a good Regency romance and am glad once it picked up that you enjoyed it. This is my feel good genre, so i am adding it to my list!

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! It's not Regency, I set the story in the Victorian era to allow the heroine, Vanessa Ashley, more freedom. She rides a bicycle, which is quite scandalous!