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The Crown for Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton
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it was amazing

Calling all Anglophiles! Here is a dream book for you and the best news is that it’s now a series, currently at three books. The action starts immediately in The Crown for Castlewood Manor, the first book in the series. We meet Gemma, a California girl from Malibu who is a competent young women with a newly-minted Doctorate.

Gemma tells her story in the first person. As she explains, her family is a bit different from the everyday American lineage, as there is an American, as well as a titled English branch of the family. Gemma’s great-great Aunt Pippa went to England at the turn of the 20th century and married an aristocrat. Gemma’s mother is an actress in America, so the American side of the family has some star power, too.

Gemma has broken up with her boyfriend and is sorting out her career options, when an exciting opportunity opens up for her. The British side of her family is involved in a competition to choose the next grand home for a television show, called “Castlewood Manor”, reminiscent of “Downton Abbey”. Gemma is off to Cherrywood Hall to work with her cousin, Evan, the current Marquess of Kentshire to prepare the Hall to win the prize. The Marquess is modern and forward-thinking. Gemma, Evan and Kyle, the estate manager work well together in developing great ideas to showcase their home. And is there also a bit of supernatural help from great-great Aunt Pippa?

Readers, you will love reading about life in a country manor. All the special and grand events that are part of the competition are described in stunning detail, as are the treasures of the Hall, including the collections of gems and vintage designer garments. You will even get to meet a “royal” or two. You will also enjoy the beginnings of the relationship between Gemma and Kyle. Kyle wants to teach Gemma the art of “proper cuddling”.

But, in the midst of all this beauty and elegance, several murders occur. Is someone trying to sabotage the competition? Not only does the author give us beautiful scenes about England, and some warm romantic moments, but she also ramps up the mystery part of the plot, too. Good thing that Gemma has great-great Aunt Pippa looking on from her large portrait to guide her.

You can look forward to getting your “Anglophile fix” along with a fun story with this new series. I also loved the cover- just like how I pictured Gemma!
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February 13, 2019 – Shelved

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