To say that I enjoyed this book would be understating it--totally understating. Gemma, an intelligent young woman in the 19th century has been banned and is ostracized from high society because of a journal her father wrote before he died. She had been working as a teacher but was fired and was at her wits end--because no one would hire her. So when she got a letter from Squire Kenrik offering her a position as the governess to his two children--of course she packs up and goes.
Strange things happen on the estate and it take Gemma a while to figure it all out--I mean what intelligent woman from the 19th century believes in Warlocks and Feys and magic? She gets along well with the children and they seem to love her as well. But can she fight the attraction she has for her employer--
If you love historical romances set in England with a bit of fantasy (well more then a bit) mixed in (which I do)--then get this book--PRONTO. I, on the other hand, have to find the rest of the Secret Realms series by Diana Green--who is one of my favorite authors!
Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?
Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.
***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic.
Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.
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Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while writing as a hobby. After she developed an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become an award winning, Amazon bestselling author.
Diana’s books are mostly fantasy, with strong elements of romance. She placed first in the 2016 EPIC Awards – Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Category, first in the 2015 Paranormal Awards – Romance Category, second in the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards, and fourth in the International Digital Awards. She has also been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Chatelaine Awards, and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.
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