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The Rise of Miss Notley
When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?
As with all of Rachael Anderson’s books, I loved The Rise of Miss Notley. It’s the second book in the Tanglewood series. The first book, The Fall of Lord Drayson, is hilarious with its mistaken identity story.
The Rise of Miss Notley begins with Cora Notley fleeing her home and her controlling father who wants her to marry a stodgy old titled man. Cora’s family has the wealth, but they don’t have a title. Cora’s parents are so desperate for the connections that come with a title that they don’t care a bit about what Cora wants. Cora reaches out to Lady Harriet, Lord Drayson’s sister, for help.
Of course, Lady Harriet and family are more than willing to let Cora stay with them, but Cora feels her family would find her there and ruin the Drayson family’s reputation. Lady Drayson’s mother offers to help and launch Cora into society, but Cora doesn’t want to be a burden. She takes it upon herself to become a housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor.
Though she’s got no experience, Mr. Jonathan Ludlow is so enchanted with Cora that he hires her on the spot. Cora and Jonathan begin as employee and employer, but end up as friends. Cora brings him out of his depressing moods, though more often than not she exasperates him to no end.
You will absolutely love this book and the way that the story plays out. The characters are so full of life and spunk. If you need an escape from life, go back to Regency England with The Rise of Miss Notley.
About Rachael Anderson
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.