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By Lily Maxton
2.99
This is on Lynn's Best of 2016 List. In her B+ review of the book, she wrote:
The upstairs-downstairs conflict inherent in a romance between an aristocrat and his housekeeper also receives good treatment. At 32, Cassandra is widowed and her life has made her deeply practical. Even though she feels herself more and more drawn to Henry, she also recognizes immediately all the problems inherent in such a relationship. After all, Henry must expect to marry within his own class and produce an heir. From her point of view, the best she can look forward to is to be his mistress, a position which would undermine her authority as housekeeper. At worst, she could end up losing her job with no reference, something which would have been catastrophic in that time period. Henry understands the class issue as well, and the tension between privilege and poverty plays an important role in the story. With such a large class chasm between them, the leads would almost certainly require some form of deus ex machina or dramatic event to allow them to be together. In a sense, they do get something along that line, but they still don’t have an easy time of it. The story ends on quite a dramatic note, and I couldn’t help feeling as though Cassandra and Henry had earned every bit of their HEA.

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