The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen. This is the story of Vanessa, who takes the position of governess after she’s left penniless when her parents die unexpectedly. Fortunately, she gets along well with her young pupil, Blythe, but she is shocked when Blythe’s widowed father asks her to marry him so that his daughter will be well-cared-for while he embarks on a scientific expedition to the Amazon. Vanessa agrees for the sake of Blythe even though she fears she’s falling in love with Lord Falconbridge, who’s surely only marrying her for his daughter’s welfare. Meanwhile, Vanessa learns of several mysteries. What happened to Blythe’s former governess, who simply disappeared along with a painting from the house? And what were the circumstances surrounding Blythe’s mother’s death? Meanwhile, Vanessa is warned against going into the woods alone due to a suicide there, and she sees lights and hears voices in the garden in the middle of the night.
The Folly at Falconbridge Hall is well-written and kept me turning the pages. The characters are well-drawn, and I cared about Vanessa and Blythe’s happiness and safety. All of the best elements of historical fiction, romance, and mystery are incorporated into this book, and you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Folly at Falconbridge Hall or add it to your reading list. Learn more about this book and other books by Maggi Andersen at http://maggiandersenauthor.com/.
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