Brizecombe Hall

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
‘A young woman must value, above all else, her virtue.’

Ann Rhys, daughter of a minister, is employed by Charles Brindley, the widowed Master of Brizecombe Hall, as governess to his two children. Her initial feelings of apprehension regarding her employer are rapidly surpassed by other emotions that are new to Ann.

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About Catherine E. Chapman

I write women's fiction and romance. My longer works have been described as quirky romances. I also write shorter fiction in the genre of historical romance.

For tasters of my writing, the short stories, 'Opening Night,' 'The Ramblers,' 'The Family Tree,' 'The Office Party' and 'All The Trimmings,' are available to download for free from Smashwords & their retailers.

Many thanks to all who have reviewed, recommended and rated my books. I really appreciate feedback from readers.

'Brizecombe Hall,' a novelette set in England in the early Victorian period, has been my most popular book to date, receiving great responses from readers who appreciate that it's intended to be an homage to the Brontes.

A review of 'Kitty,' my Regency romance, written in an Austen-esque style, concluded, "Well worth your time for a light and light-hearted read. I recommend it to all who just need a small diversion from life."

'Three Romances,' a collection of the stories, 'Brizecombe Hall,' 'Kitty' and my WWII romance, 'The Hangar Dance,' is available digitally and in print.

The novel, 'Elizabeth Clansham,' is also available in both digital and print formats.

My latest contemporary novella is 'Clifton.' There are more short historical romances in the pipeline...

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Review by: John Whelan on Nov. 25, 2013 :
Enjoyable and she gets the history correct.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ana Shea Ann on Feb. 27, 2012 :
A delightful read. As a truly good book does, it left me with a smile and desiring more. It was not overly drawn out but the scenes perfectly timed to keep your constant attention. It is a lovely short story.

For those looking for non-smut romance stories, look no further.
(review of free book)

Review by: Renee Pippens on Feb. 24, 2012 :
My daughter loved your book Ms Chapman!
(review of free book)

Review by: Karen Mason on Feb. 21, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this story. A weird amalgam of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre (my favourite book), it worked when it shouldn't. At times it was close to rip-off (Mrs Travers the kindly Mrs Fairfax), Ms Newcombe is obviously Blanche Ingram. A lot of Austen's heroines are the daughters of parsons who are not entitled to marry into the landed gentry. But despite this the story was engaging and kept me reading until the end, I think if the author put her mind to it and came up with an original story, but written in the same style, she could achieve something special, especially if she commited to a full-length Victorian novel. I would certainly read it. I was rather disappointed when Brizecombe Hall came to it's rather abrupt end, and would have preferred it after all her months of longing, we could have had more of an insight into Ann's feelings at the end.But all in all, a very good effort.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jutzie on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Ann Rhys is the Reverend's daughter and she is asked to come and educate the two children at Brizecombe Hall. Her employer is Charles Brindley. She finds him handsome but cold. He likes his children quiet and it seems he has found a young beauty to wed. Ann is not in the same class as Charles but it don't stop her from dreaming. A quick read with a happy ending.
(review of free book)

Review by: Karen Watkins on Nov. 21, 2011 :
Very enjoyable short story with plenty of atmosphere. Shades of Jane Eyre. A good escapist story that you can loose yourself in.
(review of free book)

Review by: anjay on Nov. 12, 2011 :
This is like a Jane Eyre short story with lots of chemistry, differences in social standing, and the dark, brooding presence of the moors. Ms. Chapman created a delicious tension between Charles and Ann that kept me reading to a pleasing finish. I can only say that I was absolutely spellbound until the very end!
(review of free book)

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