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19 July 2021

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

I was provided with a free ebook of The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall ahead of the blog tour.

I featured The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall in a Book Beginnings post a couple of weeks ago and I revealed that I had high expectations... And those expectations were absolutely met. This is a wonderfully atmospheric historical romance.

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She arrived as a housekeeper

Will she leave as 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 with him 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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5 Word Review: Secrets, history, family, trust, love.

This was the historical romance I needed right now, full of atmosphere and passion. It was excellent.

I really liked Rebecca's character - she's messy and headstrong and proud. She takes great pride in herself and the households she runs, even if she does break the rules. She's sassy with it sometimes, Rebecca has secrets, and I liked the slow unravelling of them and they way their built her character. Despite the secrets she keeps, she has a wonderful sense of integrity, and it was very endearing.

The simmering attraction between Rebecca and Liam is almost palpable. Every time they were close their was intense lust between them, the kind that has you going NOW KISS. And it's a slow burn, so it is frustrating in the best of ways, especially as there are so many little thing that help drive the passion. They're messy with it too, especially when they don't trust each other at the start.

This is a couple that you don't just want to be together, you need them to be together.

This romance almost felt gothic. I love the setting, Thornhallow Hall has such atmosphere, and I loved how other things like the weather and the characters actions built upon it. The sprawling Jacobian manner house truly comes to life on the page, and I wish I could explore further. I liked the dark background, the locked doors, the neglected interior. I love things being brought back to life and how it was all driven by Rebecca.

I wish I could read this again for the first time in the autumn, it would be perfect for reading with a hot chocolate while it's raining outside.

I will not be bullied, threatened or blackmailed into relinquishing any part of myself I do not wish to give freely.

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Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a book.


  1. Definitely sounds like it's one that's worth reading for the atmosphere. What a cool cover too. Great review!

  2. First off, the cover of this book looks absolutely beautiful. I haven't read this book before but it sounds like an amazing one. I'll add it to my to-be-read list


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