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The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by [Andersen, Maggi]
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Vanessa Ashley felt herself qualified for a position as governess, until offered the position at Falconbridge Hall. Left penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa Ashley draws on her knowledge of art, politics, and history to gain employment as a governess. She discovers that Julian, Lord Falconbridge, requires a governess for his ten-year-old daughter Blyth at Falconbridge Hall, in the countryside outside London. Lord Falconbridge is a scientist and dedicated lepidopterist who is about to embark on an extended expedition to the Amazon. An enigmatic man, he takes a keen interest in his daughter's education. As she prepares her young charge, Vanessa finds the girl detached and aloof. As Vanessa learns more about Falconbridge Hall, more questions arise. Why doesn't Blythe feel safe in her own home? Why is the death of her mother, once famed society beauty Clara, never spoken of? And why did the former governess leave so suddenly without giving notice?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 15 June 2013
By Mary - Buried Under Romance - Published on
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This is an interesting Victorian romance mixed with healthy dose of mystery and intrigue. The heroine, Vanessa Ashley, is the impoverished niece of an earl who becomes the new governess to Blythe, the young daughter of Julian Grieve, Viscount Falconbridge. Upon her arrival, Vanessa becomes fascinated with Falconbridge Hall, and rumors of a woman who was hung in its woods. The disappearance of Blythe's previous governess was also a mystery to Vanessa, which, along with the mysterious disappearance of a painting, made up the mystery aspect of the book.

The romance of the book is naturally between Vanessa and Julian, whose previous wife had left to pursue her own fun. Julian is a botanist and serious researcher of terrestrial invertebrates, in particular butterflies, which serves as an interesting motif of his previous wife's flighty nature and his own inclination to "keep things under glass." The change in his character from a highly withdrawn devotee of science to a father who learned to put his family ahead of science in his heart is slow, but believable and well done. Prior to his leaving for another botany expedition in the Amazon, he proposed a marriage-of-convenience to Vanessa, who agreed out of concern for Blythe's well being. What follows that is the familiar trope of a marriage-of-convenience turning into a love match, but the focus of the story was never on passionate love, but on the eternal love found among couples whose compassion and kindness surpassed all other qualities of person. In a sense, I believe this book could be put into the category of a love-inspired historical.

That is not to say, however, that there are no love scenes in this book. There is, but it's fitting and not induced by pure lust. Rather, the developing affection (which turns into love) and appreciation of each other's characteristics make the love scenes both intense and sensual.

Lastly, the mysterious of this book was interesting, though readers are given enough hints through Vanessa's own musings to piece the past together long before the characters themselves find out. Their process of finding out had omitted some details and appeared somewhat abrupt near the end, though it did not much disturb the book's pacing, nor the author's writing.

The author's use of interspersing simple sentences and detailed description of scenery perfectly crafted the wild and mysterious setting of Falconbridge Hall and conveyed without confusion Vanessa and Julian's thoughts when they were together, and when they were apart. This indirect characterization had done much to reveal the characters' personalities and mind, which added a layer of realism and amiability to the story. I highly applaud Maggi Andersen's writing in this book, and would say that overall, this is quite a soothing, wonderful read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 10 February 2015
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The story line is good, and the characters should be interesting, but somehow the writing is rather wooden, unlike other books by Ms Andersen. She attempts to tell the story through mostly dialog, but it doesn't come off well. The result is cardboard characters. Too bad; I've enjoyed her other books, and expect to purchase more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Platitudes 3 July 2013
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Lord Falconbridge is interested in his daughter's education and an upcoming trip to the Amazon to collect and study insects, especially butterflies. Her father an artist and her mother a suffrage participant has left Vanessa penniless but with an exceptional education. Lord Falconbridge and Vanessa marry before he leaves. Vanessa loves Falconbridge and he in turn realizes his love for Vanessa while in the Amazon. Treachery, deceit, and death are in the writing and make for an exceptionally good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 29 August 2015
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Really liked it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hated for book to come to an end. 29 March 2015
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Vanassa Ashley was left penniless after the death of her parents. She did have an uncle but her father was disowned by the family after his marriage.She was going to make it on her own as a governess. She is hired by Julian Grieve Viscount Falonbridge to to teach his 10 year old daughter Blyth.The daughter is aloof and withdrawn the mother Claire is dead and not spoken of. Julian is a scientist with special interest in butterflies . He takes extended expeditions to the Amazon and is leaving on one soon.Vanessa learns that a girl was found hanging in the woods and the last governess just disappeared. Vanessa spends a lot of time with Blyth trying to make her happy reads to her for hours. Julian sees how much she cares for his daughter and asks Vanessa to marry him.he wants to make sure Blyth has someone to care for her if something happens to him while he is gone. The marriage of convince turns into mutual caring before he leaves. I really loved this book You have three people who need love badly and find it. The mystery of the deaths and other things that occur blend in well with the story and the villains get their just rewards.I won't repeat again what the other reviewers said other than it is a good book.

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