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.
Read the First Chapter HERE
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A fascinating historical fantasy suitable for NA readers and older. Reminiscent of Cinderella and Mary Poppins, or perhaps Nanny McPhee, with a touch of Beauty and the Beast all rolled together.It is very difficult to write such a dark story while maintaining a sense of hopefulness.
Gemma Ridley has run out of options and takes an assignment away from everything familiar.
She finds herself where the veil is thin. The doorway between humans and evil fey kingdoms may as well be the passage between life and death.
Sparks fly and continue to heat up between governess Gemma and employer Allan which causes everyone to gossip and complain. Lots of negative gossip. With emotions raw, tensions rise further when his condescending mother pays a visit. You can cut the tension with a magical dagger!
The main themes are revenge and obligation.
What can I say about weak and whiney Lord Deven? Talk about abandonment issues and arrested development.
The human side of the battle culminated in a bittersweet ending.
A quick read full of magic and turmoil.
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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