Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?
Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.
***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic.
Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.
Our Book Review
This was such a lovely story to read, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with all the characters. With the story being set in the 19th century it added even more charm appeal to me and it turned into a quick read.
Gemma had found herself jobless and almost penniless due to her father's writings which had caused widespread scandal and was classed as treason. Desperate to find alternative emploment with someone who would not hold it against her she found a placement as a teacher at Rook Hall for the widowed Squire, Allan Kenrick, and his two children, Edwina and Mathew. Gemma quickly became fond of both children and the fondness carried over for the Squire and herself too. Yet all is not as it seems there, a powerful dark magical force holds onto the Hall that also weighs down on the Squire. Gemma is told not to go past the wall boundaries after the sun goes down but is shielded from the truth of what lies beyond.
Edwina and Matthew were adorable and made me smile a number of times throughout the story. I loved the instant connection between Gemma and the Squire and how Gemma tried to tell herself that she was there for the children and not her own heart. I really enjoyed both the fantasy and the romantic aspects of the story as well as reading along as the family and Gemma's bond grew. But will they be safe or will their lives be at risk from this hidden dark magic?
A pleasure to read with wonderful characters. This is the second book that I have read by Diana Green and again I find myself transported into the story, eagerly reading each page.
About the author
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while writing as a hobby. After she developed an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become an award winning, Amazon bestselling author.
Diana’s books are mostly fantasy, with strong elements of romance. She placed first in the 2016 EPIC Awards – Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Category, first in the 2015 Paranormal Awards – Romance Category, second in the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards, and fourth in the International Digital Awards. She has also been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Chatelaine Awards, and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.
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