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Keeper of Enchanted Rooms (Whimbrel House Book 1)

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As the author explores two completely dissimilar people in two utterly dissimilar places, the writing may initially seem a little muddled and disconnected. Then comes the newly hired maid, Beth, with her own abilities and foresight, and Baptiste, who grunts and lumbers, but cooks the most delicious meals. As soon as Merritt enters the house he knows it is no ordinary house, as it contorts around him and traps him in his very own house of horrors. We also earn a small commission on affiliate links to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Booksamillion.

It inhabits a bit of so many genres, from historical, to fantasy, mystery and romance so seamlessly and beautifully that fans of each can relish every word!Unbeknownst to Merritt, Hulda Larkin, a valuable employee of the ‘Boston Institute for the Keeping of Enchanted Rooms’ (BIKER! The beginning may remind you of Beauty and the Beast (Disney), or, with a more literary nod The House with Chicken Legs (Anderson).

If you could take the enchanted characters from the Beast's castle and sprinkle them with a little magic from Hogwarts, then you'd have Keeper of Enchanted Rooms. This property has been vacant for more than a century, but Merritt, who doesn’t really have an alternative, is happy to move in. Romance: While the romance was not the center of the story, it was still something that stuck out to me and made this even more special.At first, the writing might seem a bit confusing and disjointed, as the author explores two completely disparate people, in completely different countries. She is a tamer of possessed and enchanted houses and sees it as her duty to preserve the disappearing magic in such ancient houses.

And the sentient walls aren't their only concern-something outside is coming for the enchantments of Whimbrel House, and it could be more dangerous than what rattles within. With its doors slamming shut and locking behind him, Whimbrel House is not about to let Merritt leave. This story is listed as Historical Fantasy and as much as I like Historical novels, Fantasy doesn't always work for me. Though when Merritt enters the house which looks very nice from the outside, falls into a NOT very safe and sound situation.No generations-old families inbreeding their sons and daughters to cling to the ladder of prestige, power, and aristocracy. I was just happy that these two finally figured out a way to admit their feelings for each other by the end.

Nearly took a star off for the lack-of-communication/misunderstanding between main characters which is a romance format that always irritates me. Slight spoiler ahead in the relationship area** The story ended without Hulda ever speaking her feelings where Merritt is concerned. Each has been hurt in the past and they have their guards up to avoid letting others get close but even the house knows they are attracted to each other before too long. The story of a haunted home, the guy who unintentionally inherits it, and the lady who helps tame it is told in this gorgeous, entertaining tale. I mean, it’s not everyday you get to a read a story about a house throwing a full on magical tantrum!However, they both soon realise that their residence has far more secrets than they initially assumed, and the dangers to them might not come from the house alone. I’m bummed bc when I started learning about the magic, I figured I could forgive the non-historical aspects, even tho they were grating. She and Merritt grow closer as the investigation progresses, but the house's secrets run deeper than they anticipated. Living at the house with Merritt, Hulda (as the "housekeeper"), and "house" (to be explained in the story), are Baptiste, the chef, and Beth (an additional employee from BIKES), two other characters that I couldn't help loving. It has its minor flaws, but the memorable characters, the innovative storyline, and the smooth writing style all ensured that this was a solid read for me.

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