Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and-with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation-the four young ladies become her "nieces," neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!
It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice's dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient-and discovers an impostor running his household.... A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents-but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves....
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A Delightfully Light Piece of Fluff
I can't wait for the second book in the series!
If I could bookmark all the fun passages in the audio edition as I do in the book/eprint version so I can go back and listen again, then yes. Since I can't, No. But I enjoyed the audio.
Aunt Bea is a hoot! She's quite funny, but also loving and loyal.
Alison Larkin was a great pick for this narration. I read the ebook first, then bought the audiobook. I could hear each character's voice in my head as I read. Ms. Larkin's Bea, Freddie and Daisy were different, but better.
The conversation between Abby and Aunt Bea when Abby found Bea in her lonely room, uncared for moved me to tears. I got just as angry with Max as Abby did. I know Max was at sea working to keep Bea living in comfort, but not having someone check to make sure everything continued along the same path when Bea man of affairs passed away leaving her care to his son was irresponsible. The apple does not always fall close to the tree. He should have known better.
This is a beautifully written story with wonderful dialogue. A little sad at the beginning, but it becomes humorous very soon after. I am waiting for the next story which is The Winter Bride (Damaris & Freddy's) love story. What's weird is I would not have pick these two characters to fall in love, but, I'm now intrigued.