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an alternate cover edition can be found here Lady Eleanor Langston has a problem: her husband Henry, prime-minister-in-the-making, is too caught up in his work to notice her. Despite her involvement in his various public appearances, she feels shut out of his life, especially with their one-year anniversary looming. When Henry hires a highly recommended French lady’s maid w an alternate cover edition can be found here Lady Eleanor Langston has a problem: her husband Henry, prime-minister-in-the-making, is too caught up in his work to notice her. Despite her involvement in his various public appearances, she feels shut out of his life, especially with their one-year anniversary looming. When Henry hires a highly recommended French lady’s maid without consulting her, Eleanor’s anger can't be contained—until she meets her. With Babette’s help, Eleanor arms herself with the one weapon that will make Henry notice her as a woman—her inner siren.


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an alternate cover edition can be found here Lady Eleanor Langston has a problem: her husband Henry, prime-minister-in-the-making, is too caught up in his work to notice her. Despite her involvement in his various public appearances, she feels shut out of his life, especially with their one-year anniversary looming. When Henry hires a highly recommended French lady’s maid w an alternate cover edition can be found here Lady Eleanor Langston has a problem: her husband Henry, prime-minister-in-the-making, is too caught up in his work to notice her. Despite her involvement in his various public appearances, she feels shut out of his life, especially with their one-year anniversary looming. When Henry hires a highly recommended French lady’s maid without consulting her, Eleanor’s anger can't be contained—until she meets her. With Babette’s help, Eleanor arms herself with the one weapon that will make Henry notice her as a woman—her inner siren.

30 review for The French Maid

  1. 5 out of 5

    When Funmi Met Romance

    4 stars: It was nothing but a little romance parable and If you think of it like that its well written, however, if you are expecting the next Ulysses you might as well keep going :p Remember when you were a kid and every story had life lesson applied to it. Well this is the same only for romance reading adults. It was very cute and had a resounding message to it: "Don't take companionship and love for granted. It is and always will be a blessing. Bridge the gap, drop your pride, and go for love. 4 stars: It was nothing but a little romance parable and If you think of it like that its well written, however, if you are expecting the next Ulysses you might as well keep going :p Remember when you were a kid and every story had life lesson applied to it. Well this is the same only for romance reading adults. It was very cute and had a resounding message to it: "Don't take companionship and love for granted. It is and always will be a blessing. Bridge the gap, drop your pride, and go for love. It's okay to be afraid, it's not okay to let that stop your progression" Too cute. I loved it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Short and sweet story. Eleanor and Henry have been married for almost a year. Eleanor is very much in love with her husband, but he is oblivious to her feelings. He is a workaholic, devoting most of his time to his political career. He appreciates her presence when he needs her to support him, and her willingness to amuse herself when he's otherwise occupied. When her lady's maid leaves to get married, Henry hires a new maid without any input from her. Eleanor is ready to pitch a fit until she m Short and sweet story. Eleanor and Henry have been married for almost a year. Eleanor is very much in love with her husband, but he is oblivious to her feelings. He is a workaholic, devoting most of his time to his political career. He appreciates her presence when he needs her to support him, and her willingness to amuse herself when he's otherwise occupied. When her lady's maid leaves to get married, Henry hires a new maid without any input from her. Eleanor is ready to pitch a fit until she meets Babette. Babette sees the problem very quickly. Eleanor loves her husband and wants more from him, but is afraid to ask. She fears rejection and would rather muddle along as is than to risk losing what she has. She doesn't have any confidence in her ability to gain and retain her husband's interest. Meanwhile, Henry is intent on protecting himself from losing control and focus and does so by keeping Eleanor at a distance. I loved Babette's motivational abilities. Her speech to Eleanor, telling her that if she wants more from Henry, she has to be willing to risk it all, gave Eleanor the boost she needed. The addition of the sexy nightgown was a great attention-getter and served its purpose very well. But though the night proved promising with its heat and the amazing connection between Henry and Eleanor, there are still issues to be resolved. That same connection that gave Eleanor such hope sent Henry running. He suffers from his own fears and insecurities, and in his attempt to protect himself he breaks Eleanor's heart. I was happy to see him suffer a bit as he tried to deal with the intensity of his feelings. I loved the eye-opening lecture he received from Babette and the effect it had on him. The conclusion was sweet and romantic. I loved Henry's big moment as he admitted his feelings and confessed his fears. The gift he had for Eleanor was perfect and showed his commitment to making their marriage work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... This short story by Sabrina Jeffries came out as a free installment with her 1st Hellions of Hallstead Hall book, The Truth About Lord Stoneville. This year, with a re-release, I thought why not read it? I’m glad that I did! This story of about 30 pages or so, is about a married couple, misunderstandings and a little clumsiness (well, Babette would say ‘lazy’ lol) from both sides about each others’ feelings. Henr My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... This short story by Sabrina Jeffries came out as a free installment with her 1st Hellions of Hallstead Hall book, The Truth About Lord Stoneville. This year, with a re-release, I thought why not read it? I’m glad that I did! This story of about 30 pages or so, is about a married couple, misunderstandings and a little clumsiness (well, Babette would say ‘lazy’ lol) from both sides about each others’ feelings. Henry Ruskin, Lord Langston is politically quite influential. He might become the next prime minister if everything goes well. So, his life is undoubtedly packed with schedules and meetings at the House of Lords, then there’s more of this and that. He married Eleanor because of her father’s political influences. He also thought she’d be the ‘perfectly biddable English wife’- no demands, no tears, none of those clingy sorts! He seemed very oblivious about her, as I found out. I thought it was not only clumsy, it was a crime of sort. He was quite insensitive. He didn’t really think of her as a human being with needs and so on, just a wife who manages his household, attends various functions he takes her to, doing whatever it is needed to be a ‘good’ wife. In return, he doesn’t really care for her wishes and has sex with her once a week. ONCE A BLOODY WEEK AND THEY’D BEEN MARRIED FOR LIKE WHAT, A YEAR? Oh man, I know this sounds bad, it is bad actually but Henry isn’t the evil type, really. He’s not abusive or anything, just oblivious of her. And he assumes all the time, about what Eleanor’s wishes would be- just as he did about this new French ladies maid whom he hired for her without even consulting her. Eleanor loves her husband but by now, she’s pretty sure he’s a hopeless cause. She wants to be noticed, she wants to be loved the same way and yet, he never does. And when Parliament is in session, no one dares enter his study. It’s his private sanctuary, of whom no one even has a key to. WOW, weird! And then, the connecting door to his room is also kept locked all the time (Seriously? Now that I think of it, Henry does need a spanking! :p lol). Anyway, Eleanor is the subdued sort and knows that her lack of beauty also might be the cause. This marriage was all about a sensible match but she feels nothing sensible about it anymore. I did feel for this woman, she’s smart and all but when it comes to seduction, she’s no good. So Babette comes to her as a gift of sort, when she finds her early next morning waiting for her. She gives Eleanor advices on how to look pretty and how you can make yourself look horrible just because you didn’t dress well enough etc. etc. At first, Eleanor is a bit suspicious about her because of her beauty. She feels a bit self conscious too but under Babette’s expertise, she begins to bloom. Now, the trouble is, tomorrow is their 1st marriage anniversary and Henry, so far, hasn’t mentioned of any plan or anything else. She’s a bit down about this. I mean she’s supposed to be down, my god, I was feeling angry for her. But knowing Henry, she doubted he even remembers. I mean WTF? Anyway, Babette helps her dressing nicely, which definitely catches Henry’s eyes. Then they were off to some place. Henry thinks wow, my wife suddenly looks amazing and yet he doesn’t compliment her. Poor Eleanor feels depressed again. She thinks it’s no use on Henry. But, he amends that soon, before I took a broom and chase him with it! At night, it’s Wednesday, their ‘give me some lovin’ day. lol Henry’s been thinking about it and now when he sees how Babette has taken care of his wife he’s awestruck. I’m not sure why he was awestruck but it was good and Henry kinda jumps on Eleanor and starts making love to her like a demented psycho! Er, well, that was kinda overboard (heehee) but he was nuts over her for sure. But the next day, Eleanor wakes up to find that Henry has closeted himself in his ‘private sanctuary’ aka his study, leaving only a terse note for her. She’s so mad and distressed (after such a night, how could he?) that she decides to leave for a few days to go to her parents’. Then comes Babette, again, with her invaluable advises. Well, I’m not going to go into anymore details but she did help them resolve this issue with some allusions to how ‘lazy’ they have been about everything and this and that and so and so which makes Henry look like a shamefaced greenboy (if that means a thing of course, don’t mind me please for I’m just down with a bad cold and not sure WTH I’m writing at the moment! :/). 4 stars because I love SJ’s writing style, as always. I’ve read other books/novellas with such premise, even then I thought it was pretty good, though I wasn’t really sure why Babette was such a prominent figure in the whole book. Guess it was because the title was about a French maid and she was one and... grr, I’m making no sense at all! Sorry about that. The French Maid is a free novella and can be downloaded from Simon and Schuster. BTW: The cover looks very much like Gaelen Foley’s Spice Trilogy UK edition. Hope I’m correct!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth Martin

    This was, in essence, an entire romance novel crammed into very few pages. While the idea of the married couple who are in the duty lock step being revitalized into True Love by some sort of outside catalyst isn't the most popular, it has been done before. Especially for historical romances set in (where else?) Britain. There's nothing wrong with it. But... What I Didn't Like: Because there was so much attempted plot crammed into so few words, it fell short. Things happened in very quick secessio This was, in essence, an entire romance novel crammed into very few pages. While the idea of the married couple who are in the duty lock step being revitalized into True Love by some sort of outside catalyst isn't the most popular, it has been done before. Especially for historical romances set in (where else?) Britain. There's nothing wrong with it. But... What I Didn't Like: Because there was so much attempted plot crammed into so few words, it fell short. Things happened in very quick secession without breathing time. The climax came too quickly, and thus became...anti climatic. Babette the French Maid was just weird. What I Did Like: I got it free. It was well written. The characters were likable. The plot was not entirely far fetched. It was just generally enjoyable and thus worth the twenty or so minutes I spent going through it. Therefore this book is recommended for: those who can get it for free and enjoy a good, quick romp with some historical romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    Short and sweet, but I think I would've liked it drawn out just a teeeeeensy bit more. The angst was delightful, but the maid worked her magic a wee bit too quickly for my tastes. Still, quite good for a free read. 3/5 Short and sweet, but I think I would've liked it drawn out just a teeeeeensy bit more. The angst was delightful, but the maid worked her magic a wee bit too quickly for my tastes. Still, quite good for a free read. 3/5

  6. 4 out of 5

    iamGamz

    A very short, very sweet tale of a couple who have been taking each other for granted, and the sassy French maid who rescued their marriage. It’s a quick read but it did not feel like it. I was left with a smile on my face and happy for the h and H.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Eleanor and Henry. Eleanor wed Henry a year ago almost to the day, and feels hopeless that Henry will ever return her affections. Sure he's a good husband, and provider, but he takes her for granted. He forgot her birthday and will probably forget their first anniversary in a few days time. Recently Eleanor's maid left and Henry surprises her with a new made from France. The new maid is kinda like the sexy version of 'Nanny McPhee'. I assumed her 'help' to their marriage was gonna be more riske. Eleanor and Henry. Eleanor wed Henry a year ago almost to the day, and feels hopeless that Henry will ever return her affections. Sure he's a good husband, and provider, but he takes her for granted. He forgot her birthday and will probably forget their first anniversary in a few days time. Recently Eleanor's maid left and Henry surprises her with a new made from France. The new maid is kinda like the sexy version of 'Nanny McPhee'. I assumed her 'help' to their marriage was gonna be more riske. But it was really just a small push her and there to get them out of their marital rut. It's a sweet enjoyable short tale with a moral; it takes work to make a marriage work.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    I only read this because it's Sabrina Jeffries, and I love her. It's not a very interesting premise to me, why marry someone for anything other than love? I know it happened all the time, especially during this time period, but I still don't like it. We didn't really get to know the characters to well, which is difficult in a short story format, but for what we got I think it was pretty good. Cute and adorable and just a quick bite for when I'm craving something by Jeffries, which is pretty ofte I only read this because it's Sabrina Jeffries, and I love her. It's not a very interesting premise to me, why marry someone for anything other than love? I know it happened all the time, especially during this time period, but I still don't like it. We didn't really get to know the characters to well, which is difficult in a short story format, but for what we got I think it was pretty good. Cute and adorable and just a quick bite for when I'm craving something by Jeffries, which is pretty often! The maid is a God-send!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Ms.Jeffries is a writer that keeps my interest throughout the book and gives me that feeling to read her next book. I have not been disappointed Once again Sabrina Jeffries has presented another dazzling and intriguing story I liked the characters..I loved everything about this book and it was hard for me to put it down

  10. 5 out of 5

    *MariaA*

    A short Quick read!! Maid is the 'Mary Poppins' for the married couples :) A short Quick read!! Maid is the 'Mary Poppins' for the married couples :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Polino

    Fun fast read. Fun fast read. Love the simplicity of how it relates to all ages. A quick read when you only have half hour to spare.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Parkin

    This was a really lovely read. I didn’t think I’d like it as it’s so short but it was great

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Broecking

    Short but sweet I recommend for a quick read. Very short though, I wish it were a little longer. Just a little steamy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sabina Alilovic

    A very short, very sweet story

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miss Lazy LeftEye

    Too short to be anything

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris, RN

    decent read. to me wasn't one of her better tales decent read. to me wasn't one of her better tales

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim Beck

    ***** It says I must have 20 words or more but I don't want to write any words about this book. :) ***** It says I must have 20 words or more but I don't want to write any words about this book. :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    Too short not enough back story on Henry & Eleanor Where did this maid come from why was she helping couples with their love life? The love was great once revealed by both Henry & Eleanor.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alysia

    I downloaded this book onto my iphone because it was free. I had never ever read anything by Sabrina Jeffries before this one. I found myself getting into this story. A dowdy wife to the future Prime Minister is living in financial splendor but her husband doesn't even notice her until a French Maid comes into their lives. The story is interesting and the characters in the story are interesting but the book is only 30 pages long. YES! As soon as I got into the story, it was over. Just like that! I downloaded this book onto my iphone because it was free. I had never ever read anything by Sabrina Jeffries before this one. I found myself getting into this story. A dowdy wife to the future Prime Minister is living in financial splendor but her husband doesn't even notice her until a French Maid comes into their lives. The story is interesting and the characters in the story are interesting but the book is only 30 pages long. YES! As soon as I got into the story, it was over. Just like that! That is why this review is so short too! It would be really interesting to find out more about the French Maid who came to save the day and what happened to Lady Eleanor and her husband after she left. Did she leave? Did she stay? And where did she come from? There are way too many questions. If there was more to the story and a few questions answered, then it could be a better book. I think I will be checking out another (full) book by Sabrina Jeffries to see if I have found a new author to love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The French Maid turned out to be a delightful short read that I am glad I decided to download. Babette, the French maid, is hired by Henry and instantly sets out to fix Eleanor up to win her husband over. Poor Eleanor has felt neglected the year of her marriage but has never had the courage to do too anything about it, while Henry has meant to interact with her more but makes more excuses than actual time to do so. We don't really know exactly what Babette does to Eleanor but she is, what seems m The French Maid turned out to be a delightful short read that I am glad I decided to download. Babette, the French maid, is hired by Henry and instantly sets out to fix Eleanor up to win her husband over. Poor Eleanor has felt neglected the year of her marriage but has never had the courage to do too anything about it, while Henry has meant to interact with her more but makes more excuses than actual time to do so. We don't really know exactly what Babette does to Eleanor but she is, what seems magically, changed and finally really noticed by her husband, who is usually too caught up with his work to pay much attention to her. A few troubles ensue between them in such few pages though, but I don't want to spoil the story, so I will leave you with that! We don't learn too much about the characters because of the short length, which is disappointing a bit and Babette really remains a mystery throughout the whole story, leaving us wanting to learn more about her. It is definitely a cute romance about marriage though, that I was happy to read right before sleeping.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    3.7 stars. This was a really sweet and cute novella. Too short, IMO but I suppose I'm just not cut out for short stories. I loved Eleanor from the very beginning. I love heroines who pine away after the heroes and are in love with them from the beginning. But this story got to me - I found myself actually taking Eleanor's side instead of Henry, the hero. And when that happens, circumstances are very severe indeed. Because I'm always, always, always on the hero's side. I loved the passion between 3.7 stars. This was a really sweet and cute novella. Too short, IMO but I suppose I'm just not cut out for short stories. I loved Eleanor from the very beginning. I love heroines who pine away after the heroes and are in love with them from the beginning. But this story got to me - I found myself actually taking Eleanor's side instead of Henry, the hero. And when that happens, circumstances are very severe indeed. Because I'm always, always, always on the hero's side. I loved the passion between the two and also the *ahem* bedroom scene. Took my breath away. As for Henry, admitted, he was a bit of an ass but he makes up for it later. Now let's move onto the French maid. She was a hoot, calling both of them lazy! I admired her audacity, I wish I could read more books where she plays a hand in the union of more couples. Or, even better, I'd like to see her in a novel of her own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David

    I loaded my Kindle with nine e-Books from the Amazon Kindle Store Free Best Sellers list, on November 20, 2011. All of my selections fit my goal to read widely, and critique a variety of author's creative writing. Some write creatively, but miss the mark on character development or setting. "The French Maid" truly is a short story. I read it immediately in a couple of hours. I gave it only a three-star rating, because the time period and location of the setting were not clear until late in the sto I loaded my Kindle with nine e-Books from the Amazon Kindle Store Free Best Sellers list, on November 20, 2011. All of my selections fit my goal to read widely, and critique a variety of author's creative writing. Some write creatively, but miss the mark on character development or setting. "The French Maid" truly is a short story. I read it immediately in a couple of hours. I gave it only a three-star rating, because the time period and location of the setting were not clear until late in the story. The main character, married to England, grooming himself to be Prime Minister, was a clue in Amazon's sample page. Horse-draw carriages appear later. The maid's profession suggests prostitute, but no, she moves from the home of one public celebrity to the next, teaching the men to make time to romance their wives. Good timeless lessons.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect

    3.5 stars. This was a nice, quick story. Eleanor has been married to Henry for nearly a year. Their wedding anniversary is only a few days away. During their marriage Eleanor has been the perfect English wife, standing by her husband at various functions, and being there when he needs and not being there when he doesn't need her. Their marriage isn't a passionate one, Henry only visits his wife for sex one night a week and always on a Wednesday. Eleanor loves Henry but Henry doesn't notice anyth 3.5 stars. This was a nice, quick story. Eleanor has been married to Henry for nearly a year. Their wedding anniversary is only a few days away. During their marriage Eleanor has been the perfect English wife, standing by her husband at various functions, and being there when he needs and not being there when he doesn't need her. Their marriage isn't a passionate one, Henry only visits his wife for sex one night a week and always on a Wednesday. Eleanor loves Henry but Henry doesn't notice anything about his wife. However things are about to change. Eleanor's former maid has gotten married so Henry gets her a new one. A french maid named Babette. Babette helps Eleanor try to get the attention of her husband. She succeeds...sort of. And Henry must almost be hit in the head to get a clue. The French Maid was a good, quick read that for a half hour kept me entertained.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Thoroughly disappointed. Yeah, I get that Ms. Jeffries had to write a romance in 20 pages (the last 10 are simply a sneak preview of her next book), but.. seriously? Eleanor's husband is married to his work - to the point of ignoring her except for his weekly visits to her bedroom to perform his husbandly duty, and the occasional meal. Meanwhile, she dotes on him but has given up on ever being loved by him, or even paid attention to. A new French maid shows up, and with a new day dress and a new Thoroughly disappointed. Yeah, I get that Ms. Jeffries had to write a romance in 20 pages (the last 10 are simply a sneak preview of her next book), but.. seriously? Eleanor's husband is married to his work - to the point of ignoring her except for his weekly visits to her bedroom to perform his husbandly duty, and the occasional meal. Meanwhile, she dotes on him but has given up on ever being loved by him, or even paid attention to. A new French maid shows up, and with a new day dress and a new flimsy sexy nightgown, Eleanor's got his attention - for a little bit. The French maid accuses them both of being lazy - Eleanor because she won't put in MORE effort to get his attention, and Henry because he won't put in any effort whatsoever into his marriage. Et voila, a perfect marriage! Yeah, right.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    My one complaint with this was I wish it was longer and we could have seen a bit more about Babette. I'm fairly certain she's not connected to any of Jeffries other books (at least I don't remember her?) and her rather magical ability to see to the heart of the matter (plus her impudence!) had me giggling. As far as stories go this one was pretty cut and dry--wife wants husband to love her, husband is scared of giving her more than he thinks he can afford, almost missed opportunity--this isn't a My one complaint with this was I wish it was longer and we could have seen a bit more about Babette. I'm fairly certain she's not connected to any of Jeffries other books (at least I don't remember her?) and her rather magical ability to see to the heart of the matter (plus her impudence!) had me giggling. As far as stories go this one was pretty cut and dry--wife wants husband to love her, husband is scared of giving her more than he thinks he can afford, almost missed opportunity--this isn't a dazzling achievement of bold story-telling, but a heart warming story about a husband and wife finally communicating. Its short and sweet, with a nice level of heat that matches the story. Also a fairly good introduction to Jeffries writing!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mummy Cat Claire

    This is a very short story about a young married couple. The husband has high aspirations to further his career. Eleanor is a lonely wife whose husband only spends minimal hours with her. Through a friend of a friend Henry hires a french maid who was highly recommended. Babbette the maid is funny. She was a great character and I wish that Jeffries would have spent more time with the character. I would have liked to learned more about her. In the short amount of time that Jeffries had, with the l This is a very short story about a young married couple. The husband has high aspirations to further his career. Eleanor is a lonely wife whose husband only spends minimal hours with her. Through a friend of a friend Henry hires a french maid who was highly recommended. Babbette the maid is funny. She was a great character and I wish that Jeffries would have spent more time with the character. I would have liked to learned more about her. In the short amount of time that Jeffries had, with the limited amount of pages, I felt she did a great job setting the story up and the story itself was good. I just wish it would have been longer. I liked the characters and just ended up wanting more. Free on Amazon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This is a short story about a married couple with a proper English marriage. Eleanor wants more from her husband, but doesn't want to ask for it for fear of being turned away. He occasionally wants more from their marriage as well, but his concerns for his work in parliament always overcome his desire to get to know his wife. Until he hires her a new French ladies maid. Babette makes Eleanor realize both she and Henry have been lazy about their marriage...but putting her heart out there is harder This is a short story about a married couple with a proper English marriage. Eleanor wants more from her husband, but doesn't want to ask for it for fear of being turned away. He occasionally wants more from their marriage as well, but his concerns for his work in parliament always overcome his desire to get to know his wife. Until he hires her a new French ladies maid. Babette makes Eleanor realize both she and Henry have been lazy about their marriage...but putting her heart out there is harder than expected. If he rejects her, will be recover? This was a sweet story. The length doesn't lend itself to a lot of character or plot development, but Jeffries did a credible job of putting us inside both characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cute, short and sweet, this story gives testament to the fact that marriage is work and you can't be lazy. Eleanor has been in love with her workaholic husband for the entire year they've been married but has settled for the breadcrumbs he gives her because she's too afraid to upset the status quo. He's absolutely clueless and dedicated to his profession in politics. He thinks that all he wants is a perfect English wife and hostess, but there are times when he's tempted to open up to her. It all Cute, short and sweet, this story gives testament to the fact that marriage is work and you can't be lazy. Eleanor has been in love with her workaholic husband for the entire year they've been married but has settled for the breadcrumbs he gives her because she's too afraid to upset the status quo. He's absolutely clueless and dedicated to his profession in politics. He thinks that all he wants is a perfect English wife and hostess, but there are times when he's tempted to open up to her. It all changes when French Maid, Babette comes along and pushes Eleanor to risk her heart for love. Not extraordinarily passionate, but pretty angsty. It doesn't have a lot of depth or complexity, but it's a novella. Worth a 30 minute read for sure.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a very short (20 pgs on my Nook for PC) story. Despite it's length, I thought it was very sweet and endearing. This was my first foray into historical romance and I enjoyed it. I was shocked, although I'm sure they're not all this good. I'm certainly more open to reading this genre. The writing was done really well. I was worried that there would be a lot of 'thee' and 'twas' and 'thou' but there was none of that. The behaviorism's were the only thing that gave away the genre and the pet This is a very short (20 pgs on my Nook for PC) story. Despite it's length, I thought it was very sweet and endearing. This was my first foray into historical romance and I enjoyed it. I was shocked, although I'm sure they're not all this good. I'm certainly more open to reading this genre. The writing was done really well. I was worried that there would be a lot of 'thee' and 'twas' and 'thou' but there was none of that. The behaviorism's were the only thing that gave away the genre and the pet names of course. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this story and look forward to trying other books similar to it. Not on a regular basis, but certainly as an alternative.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a very short novella about a married couple at the cusp of their one year wedding anniversary who each receive a little push from an unusual French maid to work harder at making their marriage a happier, more mutually satisfying relationship. It was short and sweet, but I was disappointed that the woman needed to make herself more beautiful and seductive in order to get her husband to notice her. There were other positive messages in the story, however, to still send valuable messages ab This is a very short novella about a married couple at the cusp of their one year wedding anniversary who each receive a little push from an unusual French maid to work harder at making their marriage a happier, more mutually satisfying relationship. It was short and sweet, but I was disappointed that the woman needed to make herself more beautiful and seductive in order to get her husband to notice her. There were other positive messages in the story, however, to still send valuable messages about how a husband and wife need to work at their marriage, not take each other for granted, and speak up when they need something from their partner.

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