1893 . . . Alice Porterman is released from her duties as a maid and travels home to help her mother care for her sickly brother. But her mother and brother are not in their family home when Alice arrives and she learns the landlord, Albert Donahue, has evicted them into the harsh Boston winter. Alice goes in search of him and is surprised at what she finds.
Albert Donahue, an up-and-coming member of Boston’s elite, made his fortune through hard work and shrewd business deals. But his dreams of a family to share it with have not come true, perhaps until an impertinent young woman enters his home and won’t leave until she speaks to him.
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“May I help you?” he said.
Alice nearly lost her voice and courage. But if the butler was capable of keeping her at arm’s length, how would she ever get her family home back? She cleared her throat. “I need to speak to Mr. Albert Donahue. My name is Alice Porterman.”
The butler’s bushy brows rose. “And you have an appointment, miss?”
“I do not.”
“Anyone wishing to speak to Mr. Donahue has an appointment.”
“And who do I see to get such an appointment?”
“Mr. Vickers, his secretary. I’m sorry, he is not in but, but—Where are you going? You cannot come into this house!”
Alice swept by him and seated herself on a settee inside the door. “I will wait here until Mr. Vickers arrives, unless you would prefer me to wait in his office.”
“Certainly not. I can’t just let a complete stranger make herself at home in Mr. Vickers’s office.”
“Then I will be satisfied to wait here,” Alice said, as she noticed a young man hovering near the staircase. She nodded toward him. “Someone is looking for you.”
Book Review by Melissa Snark:
The Maid’s Quarters by Holly Bush was simply a delight to read. English Regency and Victorian romances are among my favorites when I do find the time to indulge. In particular, it often seems like the authors of historical romance are both more educated and better read than many of their contemporary counterparts. Hence, a higher caliber of story and writing tends to be found between the pages. The Maid’s Quarters is no exception. I found myself immediately caught up in Alice’s plight as she championed the cause of her mother and infirm brother. The heroine moves forward in her quest for justice with the reader’s sympathy. The author cleverly turns the point of conflict, revealing the apparent villain to be the hero, and the true antagonist to be another party entirely. Dialogue is snappy with a true-ear feel, and scene development is solid. Ultimately, my only criticism was at points I felt the emotional connection between reader and characters was underdeveloped. The story could have benefited from being longer and more thoroughly cultivated.
I received an review copy of this story.
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Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.
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