The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte James

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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!


One to read again and again

Rebecca is a housekeeper at Thornhallow Hall, a house with a bad reputation which had gone through 21 housekeepers before her. Liam is the Earl but has been gone from Thorhallow for years, the estate having nothing but bad memories for him but can the changes Rebecca makes to the house start to alter that belief 
I liked Rebecca, she is hard working and independent, she is determined and stands up for what she believes in. She isn’t perfect but I think that is what made me love her so much, she felt real and I could almost see her standing in front of me 
Liam struggles with being back home and with the changes that Rebecca has made to the house but thanks to her he starts to see things come back to life and the bad memories start to be less powerful, allowing in the good ones. He is strong, determined and aware of his position in society but he also likes Rebecca and allows her more leeway than maybe he should at times but through all this I could see that he just needed someone there who would support and understand without judgement. This vulnerability coupled with the rest of his character made me totally love him (after a slightly rocky start) and had me hoping for his HEA
Liam and Rebecca blur the lines between master and servant but it’s their characters and personalities rather than their titles that shine through in their relationship. One thing I did really enjoy with their arguments, neither willing to give in and both fighting for what they believe is right. I will admit that I did often side with Rebecca, mostly because I could understand her point of view and quite quickly Liam would as well! 
There are a fabulous supporting cast of characters in this book without who the story just wouldn’t have worked in the way that it does and I think they made me enjoy it even more than I would have done 
This book kept me up all night reading because I couldn’t put it down (the traditional one chapter before bed plan…) and I became so entangled in Rebecca and Liams world that it started to feel real to me and I was totally engrossed, desperate to find out what would happen next 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book filled with drama and the most amazing characters who you will love as much as I did 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

The Housekeeper Author -L.James.2021

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


Social Media Links –

Twitter – @lottejamesbooks

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