In the tradition of the costume dramas television shows that captivate millions comes this twelve episode story of the lives and loves of three friends in Victorian England.
Brynthwaite, Cumbria – 1895. Three men who were raised as close as brothers at the Brynthwaite Municipal Orphanage have returned home after making a name for themselves in the world.
Jason Throckmorton has always been a fighter. After leaving Brynthwaite, he clawed his way to the top of the business world, making a name for himself as a hotelier. Now he has built a luxury hotel in Brynthwaite itself, a draw for wealthy tourists wishing to take in the Lake District. His real designs are on Lady Elizabeth, the woman he has obsessed about since he was a boy. Jason has a dark secret, though. His personal demons could destroy him. But help comes in the form of the clever and insightful Flossie Stowe, a maid Jason hires to work in his hotel—a woman who harbors secrets of her own.
Dr. Marshall Pycroft left Brynthwaite to become a doctor, making a name for himself in London. His true desire is to heal the sick and downtrodden, and when Brynthwaite Municipal Orphanage was converted into Brynthwaite Hospital, he returned home to head it, taking his London wife and three daughters with him. Life refuses to give Marshall a rest, however, and he has his hands full between the understaffed, under-funded hospital and his shrewish, overbearing wife. Until help comes along in the unlikely form of Dr. Alexandra Dyson, a lady in her own right as well as a qualified doctor. But Alexandra’s mother has other plans for her disobedient doctor—plans that could land the hospital in hot water.
Lawrence Smith never truly left Brynthwaite. As the local blacksmith, he plays a pivotal role in town, but as a well-known hedonist and reputed practitioner of old, pagan ways, he is both a subject of fascination and speculation. When a mysterious woman arrives on his doorstep with no memory, speculation runs rampant. How long will it take before her past catches up to her and puts Lawrence in danger?
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Some episodes in this set contain very steamy scenes!
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
Jason Throckmorton, Marshall Pycroft, and Lawrence Smith grew up in an orphanage in Brythewaite. Jason grew to be a successful hotelier, Marshall a doctor, and Lawrence a blacksmith. All three are back together again in the town where it all began. But this is more than just a series about these three men, there are also several ladies. There’s Flossie, who was hired on by Jason to work in his hotel, and her natural ability to take charge has more than one person coming to attention. Dr. Alexandra Dyson, who comes to the hospital to help when Dr. Pycroft needs her most. And Mattie, a girl who wandered into Lawrence’s forge in need of safety and care. There is also Lady Elizabeth, Dr. Dyson’s cousin, who’s formidable and quite the catch, and the object of Jason’s pursuit. And her lady maid, Polly. Who is able to ferret out secrets better than most spies.
This story is really captivating, with Jason’s “affliction” and Lawrence’s hedonism and then we can’t forget Elizabeth and her need to figure her own lady maid out. We can’t forget the Drs. Pycroft and Dyson and their hospital which is woefully understaffed, underfinanced and overran with the sick and needy. This series has it all. There’s death, suicide, backstabbing, whimsy and lots of shenanigans. I can’t wait to read the next boxset, which will conclude season 1. Can’t wait to see what the next season has in store.
Ms. Farmer writes delightful characters. I love how she’s not afraid to put social taboos (for the time) into her stories, because they were STILL there and they still affected people back then. I also love how she can create such diverse and wonderful characters. I cannot pick my favorite, because I love them each for different reasons. Oh and the turn of events involving Jason and needing to “remove the body from the equation”….wow. HAHAH! I never expected that! So would I recommend this book. I would, but like the warning in the blurb states….some scenes are QUITE steamy.
Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.
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