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A baby girl, Emma, is found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep. She is raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chooses Emma Carrington as a companion and sends her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into aristocratic, "polite", Victorian society. As a former servant girl a...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by World Castle Publishing
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Elizabeth Marshall
‘The Companion of Lady Holmeshire’, is a warming tale, with the Victorian elegance of the characters mirrored in Brown’s graceful and eloquent writing style.
This beautiful tale follows a young squire’s daughter, who, as a result of the grace of her master, rises into the elite sections of society. Emma is met with multiple confrontations with those who wish to further solidify the rigidity of Victorian social structure.

Meanwhile, this controversy is coupled with the resistance met with the fam...more
Tarrin Lupo
The author's descriptions are excellent and it makes you really feel you are in the Victorian age. If you like the pomp and circumstance of a Victorian social life you will love this book. It does well at mixing real history with her plot-line, it is hard to tell what characters were real and which ones were fake after awhile. The end has a great twist that would make Maury Povich jealous. If you enjoy a Victorian age romance that does not beat you over the head with romance, you will love this...more
Kate Dana
The Victorian Age was a time of immense change. New inventions and questions of social norms were arising and it set the established upper crust on edge. Change is not something welcome as it means a reconfiguring of what was. In Debra Brown’s debut novel The Companion of Lady Holmeshire we see all the turbulence of Victorian change dashed with romance and mystery.

The novel was a refreshing change from my usual fare, as I found myself whisked away into the elite society of Victorian living much...more
Rick F.
"A baby girl was found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep. She was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose Miss Emma Carrington as a companion and sent her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into genteel Victorian society. What sort of reception would she have at tea and dinners? The young Earl of Holmeshire was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, but their relationship was dif...more
Anna
'm going to come right out and say that I loved this book. It was well written, meticulously researched, and beautifully brought together at the end with one shock revelation after another. It made many great moral points about social injustice without being either preachy or irrelevant to the modern reader, and it was very satisfying to see some of the more arrogant characters get their comeuppance. I thought the dialogue was especially good, and I warmed to Winnie and Wills from the beginning....more
Gary Inbinder
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire is a delightful period piece set in the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Emma Carrington, the eponymous companion, is a young woman of unknown parentage, raised as a servant in a Squire’s household, until she’s educated for a higher station in life—to become a noble lady’s companion. Having left the servants’ quarters and achieved the manners and status of a gentlewoman, Emma is introduced into London society, where she is accepted by some and shunned by ot...more
Michael Vorhis
Charming Cliffhanger with Heart
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Debra Brown's debut novel "The Companion of Lady Holmeshire" was quite a surprise. English period novels aren't always the shelf I race to first, but this one quite transcends genres. The beauty and charm of long ago pervades the book's feel, yes, and the characters parade and bustle through their manors, ballrooms, estates and lives with a real pulse and in authentic clarity, but there's the relentless haunt of suspense as well. Som...more
Jennifer (Books That Spark)
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, debut novel of Debra Brown, is set during the early reign of Queen Victoria in Victorian England. I must be honest and admit that although I am a fan of some historical fiction, I was a little apprehensive of reading this book. The reason for this being, I am greatly interested in the period and feared that the book would not live up to my expectations. However, upon completion, I was surprised at the outcome...

This book centres primarily on Emma Carrington. Emm...more
Kimba
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire reminded me of a Jane Austen novel. Set in the Victorian period, it tells the tale of Miss Emma Carrington, an orphaned child, raised in the home of the Squire Carrington. She is later sent to work in the household of the Countess of Holmeshire. Emma becomes the companion of the Countess and is sent off to finishing school. Upon her return, she is introduced to the genteel members of society. Emma’s introduction to society causes outrage within the London ton.
I...more
Kim
Brown’s story follows Emma Carrington, who as a baby was left on the doorstep of a man known as Squire Carrington. The Squire takes the baby in to care for it as his own, and upon the death of his wife he gives the child up to the Countess of Holmeshire as a servant. Distraught over the death of her own husband, the Countess sends Emma to London to learn the ways of society from her old governess. Once properly instructed and groomed, Emma returns to the home of the Countess to act as her compan...more
Toni Mckain
I was pleasantly surprised, because I hadn't read a Victorian period piece in years. My first impression of the three main characters: Emma, was the youthful ex-maid transformed into a lady of upper class society who didnt feel worthy or welcomed, (the companion).
Wills Holmeshire: the manipulative, worldly, strategically smart young man trapped in a pre arranged bethrothal was a delight to watch.
And his cunning, unpredictable mother, Lady Holmshire, who spoke her mind, and did not allow class...more
Larisa
2.5 stars
If classified as a teen or young adult HRF book this would be a 3-3.5 star rating. The difference is more about where I am in life than the author's skill...how far fiction can stretch within a genre and still remain plausible. This is a very traditional style book with no sex and most of the proprieties observed until the very end.

All but one of the multiple tropes used work well, with a kind and engaging heroine; a solid supporting cast, including just enough details of the clothing,...more
Melody McBride
Ok. So I'm not exactly sure why or how this book was free when I put it on my Kindle, but WOW, am I glad it was! This book was so good that I know now that I would pay good money to have a hardback copy to add to my sadly tiny library. I love regency-period romances (Jane Austen, anyone?), and this was my first foray into an an early-Victorian book.

A couple things that I loved about the book were the believable dialogue and the general behavior of the characters. A problem for other period books...more
Plwest
Debra Brown's debut novel, "The Companion of Lady Holmeshire" is a delightful romance novel set in early Victorian times in England. The setting and mores of the time period have been well-researched and add much to the story. The characters are likable and realistic. Numerous subplots add to the interest of the book. In particular, a trio of individuals who are lower class follow the upper crusts around, causing trouble and always looking for their big break. The woman in the trio is a favorite...more
Debra Brown
Jul 21, 2011 Debra Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone old enough to read Jane Austen
Well, I wrote the book. I didn't like the first draft, but that is pretty common. I worked on it, researching the era, developing my characters, rewriting over and over until I loved it. So what can I say but that I love it! Demure Emma, independent Genevieve and Wills the Pill- all are alive to me and I love them all. I laugh aloud at Gabriel's concerned bumbling for Anne, and I cried, twice, at one touching occurrence. If you cry, please tell me where. I hope it touches you the way it did me....more
Margaret Metz
I read all the reviews comparing this to Jane Austen and sort of held my breath and plunged in. I was pleasantly surprised. I love this time period and thought the book seemed well researched and had a "lovely" feel to it. The pace is fitting to the times as well, a sort of gentle flow rather than a raging rapids.

I thought the characters were interesting and though it wasn't hard to guess how the story would end, getting there was delightful. She dipped into every aspect of the times from wealth...more
Wanda Luce
It has been a great many years since I was a child, and yet, I find I have never outgrown my love for a good Cinderella story. It entrances me as much, if not more, than it ever did. I love and laud authors like Debra Brown who weave history, drama, and mystery around a sweet romance. Too many rely on pornographic scenes to supplant those elements. I really loved this book and hope to read more by this author. If you enjoy an extremely clever and well-written romance sprinkled with the language...more
Rachael
I loved this book! I won this book in the Goodreads giveaway and received it last Thursday. I usually will read the back of a book and maybe the first couple of pages to see how it is written. After I did that, I literally couldn't put this book down and finished it in a couple of days. The characters are very interesting and well-developed. I loved that this book became a bit of a mystery in the end with a great twist!
Wendy Hines
Emma Carrington was found in a basket on a Squire's doorstep when she was an infant. Mrs. Carrington doted on Emma and raised her as her own, even though Mr. Carrington treated her like a servant, unlike his own daughters. When Mrs. Carrington passed away, Mr. Carrington was through with Emma and tossed her out.

The Lady Holmeshire desired a companion, so she sent Emma off for finishing, determined that she become a lady. Emma returns and the household is so happy for her return. When Lady Holme...more
Jessica Bronder
Lady Holmeshire has chosen a common girl to be groomed for Victorian society. She has chosen Emma as her companion. Emma was found abandoned and was raised by a squire until he couldn’t take care of her along with the rest of his own family. So the Countess decides that she will take care of Emma as a servant then decides to educate her as a Victorian Lady.

We start with Emma coming home from finishing. She feels out of place in the house where so recently she was a servant. Emma is also very ner...more
Judith Arnopp


The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown
A Review by Judith Arnopp

In early Victorian England, a baby girl is found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep, her identity unknown she is brought up as a servant. Eventually Emma rises to the post of companion to the Countess of Holmeshire and, while some look askance as she accompanies the unconventional Countess to formal tea and dinner parties, a small core of friends remain staunchly supportive. The narrative visits the grandeur of earl...more
Lauren
A Regency type of novel with a little mystery is always interesting to behold. It is quickly learned that Emma is more than she seems and the intriguing mystery is nicely developed during the story. The captivating part of the book was trying to solve the mystery of exactly who Emma really was.

All of the history and background made the story fall into more of a slow paced style of book rather than having it incorporated more into the plot as a whole. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and had a g...more
Heather
I can't decide whether this story delights or intrigues. Characters are multidimensional. Their fascinations weave through each other like a fine tapestry. Skip this one if you don't go for characters and you don't go for great stories. Otherwise, and especially if you love old country culture, courtesies, complexities and charm, prepare to enjoy one of the best debut novels in this genre.
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I really enjoyed this. There were a few twists and turns along the way. Some turned out as I thougthy they would and a few surprised. Don't want to say more as I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone else.

Was fortunate enough to get this as a free ebook from Kindle, as the author let us know it was free for one weekend only.
Whitebeard Books
Interesting tale loaded with social commentary and expose' of the time. Reading it left me with the feeling that I'd just been given a history lesson including culture, economics, society and politics all in the guise of a novel. Well done Ms Brown! Waiting now on that current manuscript that is keeping you awake nights. :)
Aly
I enjoyed this book. It had a Jane Austen vibe to it. In the book you get several characters' pointe of view. I did find myself at times wishing I read the main character's point of view more. I will definitely read more books by this author.
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
It was pretty good. The description of this story was really good! I hope the book has another sequel! It is a promising book. A book of such, is something to be read. So I think this book is a good read.
Megan
Absolutely LOVED IT!!! I couldn't put it down! Longer review to come later when I catch up on my other reviews.
D.w.
Over the last year, I have come to know Debra Brown as a fellow researcher of British History. My favored genre as a writer is the Regency, which takes place a little before the action of Lady Holmeshire. This is the very earliest part of the reign of Victoria, probably the season of 1838. I believe this as Victoria marries in 1840, and we have no presence of Albert about. Victoria is a minor character, very minor, yet she is present in the work, and is used as a device. So too we find the 10th...more
IndieJane
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown is a Victorian romance with a hint of intrigue–or is it a mystery with a hint of romance? The line between the two often blurred in a delightful way.

Emma Carrington, the title character, was a foundling child who became a servant at the local manor house when she grew up. The novel begins when she is just returning to Holmeshire Hall after having spent an indeterminate amount of time in London. The Countess of Holmeshire sent her there to be finish...more
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Debra cut her teeth on the Bookhouse Books, which created a nagging longing to live in a land of castles and wear flowing gowns and headdresses. Though life was busy and full, she eventually became able to do so vicariously through the characters of her books.

Her first published novel, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, is set in early Victorian England. Emma, a former servant girl, was chosen as...more
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