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Vanessa Ashley felt herself qualified for a position as governess, until offered the position at Falconbridge Hall. Left penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa Ashley draws on her knowledge of art, politics, and history to gain employment as a governess. She discovers that Julian, Lord Falconbridge, requires a governess for his ten- ...more
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Published December 2012 by Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd.
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Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
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This is an interesting Victorian romance mixed with healthy dose of mystery and intrigue. The heroine, Vanessa Ashley, is the impoverished niece of an earl who becomes the new governess to Blythe, the young daughter of Julian Grieve, Viscount Falconbridge. Upon her arrival, Vanessa becomes fascinated with Falconbridge Hall, and rumors of a woman who was hung in its woods. The disappearance of Blythe’s previous governess was also a mystery to Vanessa, which, along wi
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Anita
Ms Andersen’s story contains all the elements for a perfect Victorian romance with an intriguing sensual element which is very well written and not at all cheesy. [I'm a bit jaded by sex scenes but Ms Andersen writes lovely ones] The handsome, but distant widower who carries a secret pain about his first marriage but who would do anything for his beloved child; the mysterious country house with a secret; a disappearing woman, and an antagonist who lurks in the shadows.

A satisfying and heartwarmi
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Ruth Hill
From the moment I began reading this book, I knew this was my kind of book. I was not far into the book before making the connection between this book and "Jane Eyre." That was always a favorite book of mine, and there were some definitely comparisons including romance, a little girl, and a lot of mystery in a big English manor. It was fairly easy to decipher what would ultimately happen, but the writing of the book kept me so engaged that I practically lost track of the time.

As to any issues th
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Francine "Tsukime"
Funny and sweet, this vividly descriptive and engaging read, draws the readers to the heart of the story. The twisting plot makes this a book that is hard to put down; so difficult that I read until dawn before I realized how late it was.

Julian, Lord Falconbridge, reminds me of the glasses-wearing Bishounen (pretty boy) in anime. Adorably responsible and serious, his studious nature is exemplified by his extensive sexual knowledge. Vanessa’s intelligence and slightly clueless personality contras
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Susan
Maggi pens her novel, a Victorian romance mystery, in a plot that is well written and has enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until your done. There are some minor sex scenes, but nothing that will turn you away, they are beautifully written in. Her characters are strong, very interesting and they just captivated my interest. This was a fantastically delightful book that I totally recommended to all romance fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which
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Sabrina
Vanessa Ashley has lost her parents, her home and is at the mercy of her estranged Uncle. Feeling unwanted in his home she seeks a governess job and luckily finds a position quickly. Her charge is a 10 year old little girl name Blythe. It is here the story opens and we are welcomed to Falconbridge Hall, Clapham, England.

read the rest of my review at http://romantichistoricallovers.wordp...
Literary  Chanteuse
May 26, 2013 Literary Chanteuse marked it as romance-historical
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Maggi Andersen
Apr 17, 2013 Maggi Andersen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Vanessa Ashley is still grieving
over the death of her parents
when she arrives at
Falconbridge Hall. She has
refused the help of a wealthy,
titled uncle to accept the position
of governess to Blythe, daughter
of Lord Julian Falconbridge.
A scientist, Lord Falconbridge
travels extensively to the
Amazon and is not home most of
the time. Blythe, although a
delightful child, has been
melancholy since the death of
her mother and is longing for her
father's affections. As Vanessa
unravels the curious aspects of
both
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Nash Nordin
I received a copy of The Folly At Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen from ABG Reads Book Tours as part of the blog tour.

Vanessa Ashley lost everything after her father’s death. Instead of moving in with her uncle, she decided to work and find herself a job. Vanessa then found herself a position as a governess at Falconbridge hall for Lord Falconbridge’s ten year old daughter, Blythe. Some questions arose as Vanessa began to learn more about Blythe and Lord Falconbridge. Why is it that no one sp
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Larena
1894 Clapham, England & Peru


Vanessa Ashley feels she is qualified to be a governess until she gets the position at Falconbridge Hall. Finding herself penniless after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa does what she can to earn a living. Vanessa uses her knowledge of politics, history and art to get the position of governess. Hired as a governess for ten-year-old Blythe, Vanessa hopes she can now have a stable life even if it isn’t quite the life she had planned o
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Susan Heim
I love Victorian novels, so it was no surprise that I loved “The Folly at Falconbridge Hall,” by Maggi Andersen. This is the story of Vanessa, who takes the position of governess after she’s left penniless when her parents die unexpectedly. Fortunately, she gets along well with her young pupil, Blythe, but she is shocked when Blythe’s widowed father asks her to marry him so that his daughter will be well-cared-for while he embarks on a scientific expedition to the Amazon. Vanessa agrees for the ...more
Susan Frances
Maggi Andersen’s story follows several clichés synonymous with historical romances such as a governess who captures her employer’s heart and his daughter’s trust, a rogue servant whose ties to his gypsy heritage grooms him to become the ringleader to a den of thieves, and a neighboring heiress who endeavors to endeavor an English Lord. The writing style has a lyrical flow with images that imprint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind. The main characters are reserved and stodgy initially but open ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Intrigue and suspense!
I just finished reading THE FOLLY AT FALCONBRIDEGE HALL written by Maggi Andersen. This is the first book that I read by this author. It's a well written and intriguing Victorian Romance.
It's the story of Vanessa Ashley and Julian, Lord Falconbridge. Vanessa, after being left penniless, she applies to be a governess at Falconbridge Hall, where Julian resides. He has a daughter named Blythe and since, he is a very busy man, he is in need of her services. Will sparks flare b
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Beth
Read all previous reviews for a synopsis of the story. I expected so much more after reading the reviews. I even did something that I never do and bought the book on line. I won't say I was disappointed, but it definitely did not rise to the quality of two of my romance favorites...Judith McNaught and LaVyrle Spencer. Did anyone notice that the point of view was all from Vanessa and nothing from Julien? I prefer stories that go back and forth between the characters' thoughts, especially about ea ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Intrigue and mystery is introduced early in this story and soon captures the reader's attention ten-fold!

Full review in February 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Maggi Andersen wrote her first book for publication after gaining a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. She lives with her husband, a retired lawyer in an historic country town near Sydney, Australia. She wrote her first adventure story at 8 years old. Her novels are still adventure stories, but also seductive romances. Georgette Heyer and Victoria Holt among others, inspired her Regencie ...more
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