This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life
Every once in a while I love to pick up a novella. It's not as big of a commitment as a full length book and often times the story is equally satisfying. As an added bonus, novellas are short so I can read them in a single sitting. This novella was such a nice little story that kept me entertained for part of an afternoon.
Annabelle is quite the character. She says exactly what she is thinking. When an Earl needs a housekeeper for only month, she takes the position because there are no housekeepers available at her employment agency. She meets her new employer in a most interesting manner shortly after starting the position.
Matthew lives life by the rules. He does what he is supposed to do and has his life planned out. He comes to London for the period of one month to help his uncle make an important business decision. Matthew doesn't seem bothered at all by Annabelle's chatter or her inability to cook. He soon wants all of Annabelle's attention.
This was a nice little story that was sometimes a bit silly. I didn't mind the silly but it did seem like the story tried a little to hard to be funny at times. I liked Annabelle and Matthew as a couple. I have read so many stories about Earls that are the center of attention so it was really nice to read about one that was more down to earth and studious. The scene where they meet for the first time was a lot of fun and I loved the fact that they were both equally affected. It was also very refreshing to have a female lead character who actually says what she wants.
I would definitely recommend this novella to fans of historical romance. This is the first opportunity that I have had to read Megan Frampton's writing but I plan to watch for other stories in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.