I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Maid's Quarters by Holly Bush
Series: Crawford Family #2
Published by Self Published on July 8, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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1893 . . . Alice Porterman is released from her duties as a maid and travels home to help her mother care for her sickly brother. But her mother and brother are not in their family home when Alice arrives and she learns the landlord, Albert Donahue, has evicted them into the harsh Boston winter. Alice goes in search of him and is surprised at what she finds.
Albert Donahue, an up-and-coming member of Boston’s elite, made his fortune through hard work and shrewd business deals. But his dreams of a family to share it with have not come true, perhaps until an impertinent young woman enters his home and won’t leave until she speaks to him.
I knew Alice Porterman had heart when she risked her life during the influenza outbreak at Jolene’s Texas ranch and helped tend to those afflicted. Now she’s come back home to Boston to help her mother and sickly young brother. When she arrives, she discovers they’ve been unfairly evicted from their house. Alice decides she’s going to take on Albert Donahue, the new landlord.
In this short novella, there’s a mystery with action, romance and heartbreak. Alice is a formidable heroine in an understated way in keeping with the era. She puts herself at risk and Albert was cagier and more interesting than I first thought. While their romance heats up pretty quickly, it still was lovely to see develop. And, it’s nice to see the bad guys get their comeuppance for a change.
I enjoyed this quick interlude in the series and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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