An ARC was given to me from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books, for a honest review.
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.
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?
Annie was probably my favourite. She was warm and loving but knew her own mind and was a nothing but supportive and loving to her lovely daughter, Riley. Annie believes in a ‘Fairy Tale’ romance and she left me feeling like in life you shouldn’t settle for nothing less.
The friendship that developed between Harry and young Riley was what showed the softer side of Harry’s personality. I only began to warm to Harry when she and Riley started to spend time together.
The sexual tension in this book was off the charts and I could feel the build up while I read each intimate section. It was cleverly written and left me understanding not only the love building but the lust.
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!