A widowed single mother hiding from the world. The man who will teach her to love again.
Lydia Taylor's roof is leaking, her chickens have run amuck, and the rent is due. When her daughter falls ill, she faces it as she does all challenges--alone. The last person she needs at her door is handsome schoolteacher, Alfred Lowe. His disapproving gaze seems to penetrate her façade of a respectable widow and capable mother.
To achieve his dream of his own school, Alfred Lowe needs to marry a wealthy lady. But from the moment impoverished Lydia Taylor fell at his feet, he's been inconveniently attracted to her. What begins as a duty to aid his ill pupil's mother soon becomes much more complicated. Maybe even . . . love?
But amongst kisses, tears, and savory pies, the past creeps into the present, casting a long shadow. If they risk love, they both could lose everything they've ever wanted.
* secret relationship
* meet cute disaster
* friends to lovers
* cinnamon roll hero
* unrequited love
Characters: hot teacher hero; heroine with a secret;
Setting: mid-Victorian England Feel: soft yet angsty; family drama; homely and domestic; countryside; romantic; bucolic; all-the-feels; slow-burn
Content Notes can be found at the front of the book Length: 45,000 words (long novella/short novel)
Once a Fallen Lady is a stand-alone romance and the series can be read in any order.
Read romance with confidence - Happily Ever After ending!
How I loved this story! Alfred Lowe was the ultimate hero, he was handsome, caring and kindhearted. Importantly, he appreciated Annie for herself and accepted all she told him with understanding. Annie had been let down by the men in her life and she wondered whether she could trust Alfred. Annie was a loving mother and did her best, even though money was tight. Alfred was very gentle in his manner towards Annie, allowing her to gain her trust in a man again. However, they were from very different backgrounds and he did have a goal in life that required him to marry an heiress. This story also illustrates how unfair society was towards women and the struggle they had to feed and clothe themselves. The narrator’s voice was easy to listen to and she brought the characters to life by changing her tone and accent.