About the Book
Brianna Kelly has worked at Ballymacool House and Boarding School since she was a wee girl and will likely die there. Despite a sense that she was made for something more, Brianna feels powerless to change her situation, so she consoles herself by exploring the Ballymacool grounds, looking for hidden treasures to add to the secret trove beneath the floorboards of her room.
When Michael Wray, the son of local gentry, is sent to Ballymacool to deal with his unruly cousin, he finds himself drawn to Brianna, immediately and inescapably. There is something about her that feels so … familiar.
When Brianna unearths an intriguing silver platter in the woods, she commits to learning its origins. Could the handsome newcomer hold the key? If so, their discovery could change everything.
In My Opinion
In the newest historical romance from Jennifer Deibel, readers return to Ireland for a touch of mystery and tons of romance. The Maid of Ballymacool features a kind, but unfairly treated maid and a noble (in more ways than title) man who enters her world and helps open her future.
I’ll admit that Brianna and Michael’s story is predictable, but sometimes, that’s exactly what I want to read. Even though I can guess what’s most likely to happen over the course of the book, as I get to know the characters, the journey to get to the conclusion I expect is worth taking.
This novel has all the markings of a good Cinderella story—an oppressed maiden, a bitter and judgmental villain, and a hero who sees beyond circumstance to the beauty of the maiden’s heart. Throw in a little Irish charm, and I am perfectly pleased with the outcome.
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