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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Folly At Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen A Book Review

The Folly At Falconridge Hall by Maggie Anderson

Title: The Folly At Falconbridge Hall 
Author: Maggi Andersen 
Genre: Historical Mystery Romance 
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Number of Pages: 350

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, a huge rambling mansion 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 in search of exotic butterflies. An enigmatic man, he takes a keen interest in his daughter's education, but Vanessa feels that he may disapprove of her modern methods. As she prepares her young charge to enter into the modern world, 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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Author Bio:
Maggi Andersen and her lawyer husband are empty nesters, living in the countryside outside Sydney with their cat and the demanding wildlife. Parrots demand seed, possums fruit, ducks swim in the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the neighbours chickens roam their yard providing wonderful eggs. She began writing adventure stories at age eight. Three children, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree later, her novels are still filled with adventure and suspense, but are also passionate romances. Georgette Heyer among others, brought inspiration to her seductive Regencies and she also writes darker, Victorian novels, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult.  Maggi makes her home in Australia.

My Review;  Vanessa Ashley has decided that she must get a position as a governess because she has no one to turn to as her mother and father are gone. Lord Falconbridge has decided that he needs a governess for his daughter, Blythe, who is ten-years-old.  Falconbridge is a huge place to live. Trying to find exotic butterflies in the Amazon Lord Falconridge will be leaving soon so he needs to get ready. Vanessa finds that the longer she works there the more questions she has about Blythe's earlier years. I really love this kind of story where the governess finds a mystery. I would give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by AGB Book Tours and Knox Robinson Publishing for the purpose of a review and all opinions are 100% MY OWN.