An ARC was given to me from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books, for a honest review.
Professor of Archeology Henrietta “Harry” Knight becomes Countess of Axedale upon her father’s death and takes a sabbatical from Cambridge University to begin refurbishing the long-neglected and run-down Axedale Hall. The child of a loveless marriage, witness to her father’s infidelities and her mother’s pain, Harry has no intention of ever falling in love.
Annie Brannigan is a survivor, remaining positive through hardships. As an agency housekeeper, she moves from post to post with her daughter Riley, taking care of people who have everything she will never have. Annie’s greatest wish is to find her happy ever after.
Can love restore the countess’s heart and the crumbling Axedale Hall, or will the first foundations of love turn to dust?
When her father dies Harry Knight becomes the Countess of Axedale. She intends to restore Axedale Hall to commemorate her dearly beloved Grandfather and his wishes. When the restoration is complete she will go back to Cambridge and her bachelorette ways.
Annie has been hired to be the housekeeper at Axedale Hall until the restoration is complete. She arrives with her daughter, Riley and meets the cold front that is Harry Knight. Riley is interested in all the Roman history at Axedale Hall and begins a friendship with Harry on their shared interests.
Annie and Harry’s relationship is a rocky one. One where they believe in different things but ultimately are more attracted and drawn to one another than they ever have been before…
Can Annie Clean up the Countess’s act and find a way to want the same things?
This was the first book I have read by Jenny Frame and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was written well and described the characters emotions beautifully.
Annie was probably my favourite. She was warm and loving but knew her own mind and was a nothing but supportive to the lovely Riley (Annie’s young Daughter). Annie believes in a ‘Fairy Tale’ romance and leaves you feeling like in life you shouldn’t settle for anything less.
The relationship between Harry and Riley was what showed the softer side of Harry at first. I only began to warm to Harry when she and Riley struck up the loveliest of friendships.
The sexual tension in this book was off the charts. You could have sliced it with a butter knife. I loved that element and it left me understanding the want these women had for one another.
I don’t want to spoil the ending but I will say this… The love these women find in each other is not only about them (don’t get me wrong their love is very present and emotional) but it’s about family and doing anything you can for the people you love. It’s very sweet actually.
All in all a lovely read and will definitely keeping my eye out for what’s next from Jenny Frame. I’m secretly hoping that this is a series and that The Vicar and the handsome farmer find love… Maybe not with each other but that would mean two books! Yay!