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09 July 2021

Book Beginnings: The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte R. James *AD gifted

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte R. James book cover Mills & Boon historical

The rumbling and creaking of the cart, and the bitter grumblings of the old man Rebecca had hired in the village to help her complete the journey, had long since faded.

I requested this book on NetGalley and I'm still waiting, but I'm on the blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources so I have a copy anyway.

And boy, am I excited.

I'm not gonna lie, I have expectations for The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall. And the first line really makes me excited - I think this is exactly what I'm looking for. I want bit of Jane Eyre and a dash of Catherine Cookson, paired with a love story. I want drama and angst and passion in a Georgian/Regency/Victorian setting, and I think this will tick every box for me.

The story starts in 1828 in the North of England, and the writing immediately sets the scene, cleverly using the weather to build the atmosphere.

The cover is probably not the strongest, but that's personal taste and I can see what they're going for. Basically Jane Eyre and a dash of Catherine Cookson, with angst and love. So I'd have picked it up regardless of being on the blog tour.

Was the problem simply that he could not walk away? That he could not be rid of her? He should have dismissed her when he'd had the chance. But even then...

This is from 56% in my digital review copy.


By halfway though there has been A Lot that has happened. Think Rosie Goodwin levels of happenings. The pace is very much driven by the plot and it makes for a read I don't want to put down.

I think that we're about to see a change and that it will be more character driven going forward as the characters fall more into their feelings.

I think that this a book I'll end up reading again and again.

About the Book

She arrived as a housekeeper...

Will she leave a countess?

To some Thornhallow Hall might be tarnished by tales of vengeance and ghosts, but to new housekeeper Rebecca Merrickson it represents independence and peace from her tumultuous past.

Until the estate’s owner William Reid, the disappeared Earl, unexpectedly returns…

After clashing over the changes she’s made to the house, Rebecca slowly unearths the memories that haunt brooding Liam, and her defiance gives way to a shockingly improper attraction to her master!

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What are you reading this week?


  1. I also immediately got Jane Eyre vibes from the novel, what with the angst and the creaking! I'll try and drop by for the blog tour to see your thoughts! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. I am loving the look and sound of this one. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS”

  3. I like the cover and those snippets. Sounds like a good one! Happy weekend!

  4. This looks like a great story, and I really like the quotes. Enjoy your current read!

  5. This does sound good! And a book you want to re-read again and again? That says volumes about how good it is. I am glad you are enjoying it! Have a great weekend!

  6. I am never quite sure how to do blog tours. Obviously I've not participated in one. Glad you are reviewing a book you are excited to read. My Friday Quotes are here

  7. Ooh, I'm going to have to look into this one. Thanks for introducing me!

  8. This does sound interesting! Thanks for sharing! Here's a link to mine:


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