The Truth about Miss Ashbourne by Joanna Barker
Published November 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications
Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This is a delightfully new aspect in Historical/Romance fiction!
This talented, new writer has thoroughly impressed me.!
The Truth About Miss Ashbourne has drama, humor, intrigue, romance and a couple of "twists".
I truly enjoyed reading it. Although it is slightly predictable, it still "draws the reader in", causing them to feel connected with the story.
Frustrated with the Mistress of the manor. Juliana needs to keep this job until she has her money saved for her own future dream job. However, she is always on "thin ice" with the Mistress constantly trying to find a reason to dismiss her.
Juliana receives a mysterious letter from a solicitor. When she meets with him, she is outraged her departed maternal grandfather left her a substantial inheritance with the stipulation she must dwell on the estate for one solid month first. There isn't enough money in the world to cause her to forgive or associate with the family who abandoned her mother... Or is there?
The mistress of the manor Juliana is governess for finally found a reason to fire her. Juliana decided she would have to suffer through the indignation of living at the estate so she could receive the inheritance. The sacrifice is for a higher cause.
The story smoothly flows from one adventure to another, with each chapter ending with a "teaser" which causes the reader to want to delve into each subsequent chapter.
I am looking forward to more of the same from this excitingly new author!
I offer a Five Stars rating
This book was sent by the publisher to me with nor request for a positive review.
Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.
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