[Book Review] The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte R. James

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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The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall

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!


Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WK3Q2MQ/

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WK3Q2MQ/

Harlequin – https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780369711106_the-housekeeper-of-thornhallow-hall.html


My Review of The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall

It’s no secret that I love historical romances but The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall is so very skillfully written!

Lotte’s debut gothic fiction is dark and brooding but has a tender and sensitive core. I find her writing excels at descriptions of Thornhallow Hall, the otherworldly experiences it offers, the rumors its unhappy past has generated, and the quiet loyalty of its staff.

Rebecca appears as a spot of bright light in the gloomy big house and I could almost feel her bringing an airy lightness to her surroundings. Such is the author’s skill at painting characters that I felt that William and Rebecca’s encounters were playing out in front of me and not just in my mind’s eye.

I think the author kept historical accuracy in mind when she stressed several times during the story that housekeepers should not hope to marry earls. Doing so was sure to lead to ostracism. It was interesting to see how she tackles this problem at the end.

William and Rebecca’s instant connection is believably-written, although William’s trauma and subsequent inability to handle his problems seem exaggerated. Why do men need women to shoo their demons away but won’t let them handle matters of importance?

Rebecca is characterized as not-your-average housekeeper but a woman of fire and grit, which makes it interesting to read about her.

My favorite scenes in the book are those where Rebecca attempts to win over the Thornhallow Hall staff with her dignified demeanor and able leadership.

The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall is an excellent debut and lives up to its promise of entertaining lovers of the genre!

(I received a copy of the book from Rachel’s Random Resources with a request for an honest review.)


About Lotte R. James

Lotte R. James author

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.

Social Media Links –

Twitter – @lottejamesbooks


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