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Lady EleanorLangston has a problem: her husband Henry, prime-minister-in-the-making, is too caught up in his work to notice her. Despite her involvement in his various public appearances, she feels shut out of his life, especially with their one-year anniversary looming. When Henry hires a highly recommended French lady’s maid
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ebook, 30 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Pocket Books
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When Funmi Met Romance
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who need a 5 minute rom story
4 stars: It was nothing but a little romance parable and If you think of it like that its well written, however, if you are expecting the next Ulysses you might as well keep going :p

Remember when you were a kid and every story had life lesson applied to it. Well this is the same only for romance reading adults. It was very cute and had a resounding message to it: "Don't take companionship and love for granted. It is and always will be a blessing. Bridge the gap, drop your pride, and go for love.
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Susan
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet story. Eleanor and Henry have been married for almost a year. Eleanor is very much in love with her husband, but he is oblivious to her feelings. He is a workaholic, devoting most of his time to his political career. He appreciates her presence when he needs her to support him, and her willingness to amuse herself when he's otherwise occupied. When her lady's maid leaves to get married, Henry hires a new maid without any input from her. Eleanor is ready to pitch a fit until she ...more
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Beth Martin
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
This was, in essence, an entire romance novel crammed into very few pages. While the idea of the married couple who are in the duty lock step being revitalized into True Love by some sort of outside catalyst isn't the most popular, it has been done before. Especially for historical romances set in (where else?) Britain. There's nothing wrong with it. But...

What I Didn't Like: Because there was so much attempted plot crammed into so few words, it fell short. Things happened in very quick
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Jess the Romanceaholic
Short and sweet, but I think I would've liked it drawn out just a teeeeeensy bit more. The angst was delightful, but the maid worked her magic a wee bit too quickly for my tastes.

Still, quite good for a free read.

3/5
iamGamz
A very short, very sweet tale of a couple who have been taking each other for granted, and the sassy French maid who rescued their marriage.
It’s a quick read but it did not feel like it. I was left with a smile on my face and happy for the h and H.
Cheesecake
Eleanor and Henry. Eleanor wed Henry a year ago almost to the day, and feels hopeless that Henry will ever return her affections. Sure he's a good husband, and provider, but he takes her for granted. He forgot her birthday and will probably forget their first anniversary in a few days time. Recently Eleanor's maid left and Henry surprises her with a new made from France. The new maid is kinda like the sexy version of 'Nanny McPhee'. I assumed her 'help' to their marriage was gonna be more riske. ...more
Shelly
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I only read this because it's Sabrina Jeffries, and I love her. It's not a very interesting premise to me, why marry someone for anything other than love? I know it happened all the time, especially during this time period, but I still don't like it. We didn't really get to know the characters to well, which is difficult in a short story format, but for what we got I think it was pretty good. Cute and adorable and just a quick bite for when I'm craving something by Jeffries, which is pretty ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ms.Jeffries is a writer that keeps my interest throughout the book and gives me that feeling to read her next book. I have not been disappointed
Once again Sabrina Jeffries has presented another dazzling and intriguing story
I liked the characters..I loved everything about this book and it was hard for me to put it down
*MariaA*
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novellas
A short Quick read!! Maid is the 'Mary Poppins' for the married couples :)
Georgina Parkin
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a really lovely read. I didn’t think I’d like it as it’s so short but it was great
Sabina Alilovic
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very short, very sweet story
Pamela Broecking
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short but sweet

I recommend for a quick read. Very short though, I wish it were a little longer. Just a little steamy.
Susan Polino
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun fast read.

Fun fast read. Love the simplicity of how it relates to all ages. A quick read when you only have half hour to spare.
Chris, RN
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
decent read. to me wasn't one of her better tales
Jim Beck
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*****

It says I must have 20 words or more but I don't want to write any words about this book. :)
kandice mills
Too short not enough back story on Henry & Eleanor


Where did this maid come from why was she helping couples with their love life?
The love was great once revealed by both Henry & Eleanor.
Cindy
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The French Maid turned out to be a delightful short read that I am glad I decided to download. Babette, the French maid, is hired by Henry and instantly sets out to fix Eleanor up to win her husband over. Poor Eleanor has felt neglected the year of her marriage but has never had the courage to do too anything about it, while Henry has meant to interact with her more but makes more excuses than actual time to do so.

We don't really know exactly what Babette does to Eleanor but she is, what seems
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Alysia
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
I downloaded this book onto my iphone because it was free. I had never ever read anything by Sabrina Jeffries before this one.
I found myself getting into this story. A dowdy wife to the future Prime Minister is living in financial splendor but her husband doesn't even notice her until a French Maid comes into their lives.
The story is interesting and the characters in the story are interesting but the book is only 30 pages long. YES! As soon as I got into the story, it was over. Just like that!
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Aayesha Khatri
3.7 stars. This was a really sweet and cute novella. Too short, IMO but I suppose I'm just not cut out for short stories.

I loved Eleanor from the very beginning. I love heroines who pine away after the heroes and are in love with them from the beginning. But this story got to me - I found myself actually taking Eleanor's side instead of Henry, the hero. And when that happens, circumstances are very severe indeed. Because I'm always, always, always on the hero's side. I loved the passion between
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David
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I loaded my Kindle with nine e-Books from the Amazon Kindle Store Free Best Sellers list, on November 20, 2011.
All of my selections fit my goal to read widely, and critique a variety of author's creative writing. Some write creatively, but miss the mark on character development or setting.

"The French Maid" truly is a short story. I read it immediately in a couple of hours.
I gave it only a three-star rating, because the time period and location of the setting were not clear until late in the
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Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
3.5 stars.

This was a nice, quick story.

Eleanor has been married to Henry for nearly a year. Their wedding anniversary is only a few days away. During their marriage Eleanor has been the perfect English wife, standing by her husband at various functions, and being there when he needs and not being there when he doesn't need her.

Their marriage isn't a passionate one, Henry only visits his wife for sex one night a week and always on a Wednesday. Eleanor loves Henry but Henry doesn't notice
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Courtney
Thoroughly disappointed. Yeah, I get that Ms. Jeffries had to write a romance in 20 pages (the last 10 are simply a sneak preview of her next book), but.. seriously? Eleanor's husband is married to his work - to the point of ignoring her except for his weekly visits to her bedroom to perform his husbandly duty, and the occasional meal. Meanwhile, she dotes on him but has given up on ever being loved by him, or even paid attention to. A new French maid shows up, and with a new day dress and a new ...more
Lexie
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
My one complaint with this was I wish it was longer and we could have seen a bit more about Babette. I'm fairly certain she's not connected to any of Jeffries other books (at least I don't remember her?) and her rather magical ability to see to the heart of the matter (plus her impudence!) had me giggling.

As far as stories go this one was pretty cut and dry--wife wants husband to love her, husband is scared of giving her more than he thinks he can afford, almost missed opportunity--this isn't a
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Holly
This is a short story about a married couple with a proper English marriage. Eleanor wants more from her husband, but doesn't want to ask for it for fear of being turned away. He occasionally wants more from their marriage as well, but his concerns for his work in parliament always overcome his desire to get to know his wife.

Until he hires her a new French ladies maid. Babette makes Eleanor realize both she and Henry have been lazy about their marriage...but putting her heart out there is harder
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Maura
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 Mummy Cat Claire
This is a very short story about a young married couple. The husband has high aspirations to further his career. Eleanor is a lonely wife whose husband only spends minimal hours with her. Through a friend of a friend Henry hires a french maid who was highly recommended.
Babbette the maid is funny. She was a great character and I wish that Jeffries would have spent more time with the character. I would have liked to learned more about her.
In the short amount of time that Jeffries had, with the
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Christine
This is a very short novella about a married couple at the cusp of their one year wedding anniversary who each receive a little push from an unusual French maid to work harder at making their marriage a happier, more mutually satisfying relationship. It was short and sweet, but I was disappointed that the woman needed to make herself more beautiful and seductive in order to get her husband to notice her. There were other positive messages in the story, however, to still send valuable messages ...more
Tina
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very short (20 pgs on my Nook for PC) story. Despite it's length, I thought it was very sweet and endearing. This was my first foray into historical romance and I enjoyed it. I was shocked, although I'm sure they're not all this good.

I'm certainly more open to reading this genre. The writing was done really well. I was worried that there would be a lot of 'thee' and 'twas' and 'thou' but there was none of that. The behaviorism's were the only thing that gave away the genre and the pet
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Jane
A good short story presents a problem and in The French Maid Lady Eleanor is being ignored by Sir Henry, her husband. The solution comes with the help of The French Maid that Sir Henry hires for Lady Eleanor. She helps both the Lady and Sir Henry see where they can work to improve their marriage and in the end they realize she is right, which solves the problem. The story flows, is fun and one that addresses an issue that are timeless in marriage as couple learn to live together. Wouldn't it be ...more
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million ...more
“He comes, so I must go. But be bold. He is your husband, no? The worst he can do is wound your pride," she pointed to Eleanor's chest. " he cannot hurt your heart unless you let him” 3 likes
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