Thank you for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Highborn Housekeeper by Sarah Mallory. Also wanted to say a big thank you to the author for my copy!
First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
A disgraced lady
Turned lowly housekeeper
Earl’s daughter Nancy turned her back on the aristocracy when she fled a forced marriage, working as a cook and housekeeper. But in nursing an injured man back to health, Nancy uncovers a deep longing for the dangerously attractive Gabriel, and a surprise: he’s working to protect government secrets! She wants to help him. But to do so, Nancy will have to return to the life she once cast aside…
This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Mallory and to be honest I am completely kicking myself that I haven’t picked up her books before! Even though The Highborn Housekeeper is part of a series I had no problems at all so I would easily class it as a standalone.
In this story we meet Nancy who after running away from a forced marriage has spent the years since working as a cook and housekeeper. What I loved about Nancy is that she was so happy and lighthearted even though her life hasn’t been the easiest. It was extremely easy to like her and then when she meets Gabriel well let’s just say that sparks fly! Gabriel has a few secrets which are revealed along the way and I have to say I loved their first meeting it left Nancy with plenty of questions ones that she was determined were going to be answered. As they spend more time together you see a more relaxed and less brooding hero although to be fair I am partial to a brooding hero 😉 This also goes to show how this pair really do bring out the best in each other.
The plot moves at a lovely pace and easily kept me connected to both the characters and the story. I loved seeing Nancy and Gabriel interact and slowly but surely form a friendship along with a sizzling chemistry that was so fun to see play out. In The Highborn Housekeeper there is a mystery, secrets and a dash of danger to make things even more entertaining. The romance is completely sigh worthy and left me with a smile as I turned the final page!