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 accessible character fiction. I also write shorter fiction in the genres of contemporary and 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.

My seven short historical romances are available in one volume, 'Collected Romances.' I am currently working on longer-length historical romances.

'The Laird's Right-Hand Lady,' a contemporary romance set in the Scottish Highlands, is my most recent publication on Smashwords.

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John Whelan reviewed on on Nov. 25, 2013

Enjoyable and she gets the history correct.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Ana Shea Ann reviewed on 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)
Renee Pippens reviewed on on Feb. 24, 2012

My daughter loved your book Ms Chapman!
(review of free book)
Karen Mason reviewed on 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)
Jutzie reviewed on on Jan. 8, 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)
Karen Watkins reviewed on 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)
anjay reviewed on 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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