Secret Life of Lady Gabriella
by Liz Fielding
A lady, a klutz,
a housekeeper and a romance novelist all in one heroine!
Published under the line
Harlequin Romance (advertised as "From
the heart. For the Heart."), The Secret Life of Lady Gabriella
is a tender romance at its best with just the right mixture of depth
and humor. This romance delights on every page. The heroine and hero
could not be more perfect.
Accident-prone house cleaner and aspiring romance novelist Ellie
March receives rejection after rejection. When she house sits for an
academic philologist at the request of his sister (and unknown to him,
of course), inspiration and calamity strike. Now known as Lady
Gabriella March, Ellie writes for Milady
magazine as the perfect domestic aristocrat using the grand house as
her inspiration. When Dr. Benedict Faulkner returns unexpectedly from
his research, the trouble begins. Can she keep her secret identity,
maintain her writing career and prevent an accident or two as well?
When her heart is exposed in the process, will Ellie choose
practicality over long held dreams?
The plot is tight yet maintains the suspense and reader's pleasure.
The characterization of both primary and even secondary characters is
strong and memorable. By making the heroine a struggling romance
author, Liz Fielding opens this romance beyond just a tender romance.
The play with the stereotypical romance novel is a scream and
priceless. Throughout the novel, her imagery consistently creates a
world both vibrantly realistic and sensuously experienced. The reader
easily imagines in sight, sound and smell the scenes of the gardens,
the meals and even the accidents. The ending was just enough of a
surprise to satisfy but at the same time carefully prepared by the
author to ring true to the characters.
The Secret Life of Lady Gabriella is the
perfect read for any
reader who desires something a little different yet tender. Liz
Fielding hits the perfect chord in this romance --- a lighthearted yet
deep tenderness, complete with humorous zany complications. Not all of
us can aspire to a Martha Stewart level of domestic perfection
externally, but for those of us who will never succeed at this goal,
this house cleaning heroine and her professor stole this reader's heart.
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