Regency housemaid Euphemia Reeves has acquired a faerie godfather. Unfortunately, he has no idea what he's doing.
Euphemia Reeves has most inconveniently fallen in love with Mr Benedict Ashbrooke. Housemaids do not marry gentlemen, of course... but a faerie named Lord Blackthorn is only too eager to help Effie win Mr Benedict's heart regardless.
Effie knows what a terrible idea it is to accept help from one of the Fair Folk—but life as a maid at Hartfield is so awful that she is willing to risk even her immortal soul for a chance at something better. Now, Effie has one hundred days and ten thousand stitches to make Mr Benedict fall in love with her and propose... if Lord Blackthorn doesn't wreck things by accident, that is. For Effie's greatest obstacle might well be Lord Blackthorn's overwhelmingly good intentions.
The long-awaited sequel to Half a Soul delights and amuses in equal measure. Pick up Ten Thousand Stitches, and dive into another enchanting faerie tale set in Olivia Atwater's charming, magical version of Regency England!
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Good faerie intentions go awry
Effie, a housemaid working for a truly awful family in Regency England, is angry. But she is a sensible woman without many options. In order to cope with her frustration she turns to embroidery to soothe herself, something which has more power than she realizes. She also daydreams about Benedict, the handsome and charming youngest brother of the house. Effie is quickly brought down to earth when Benedict doesn’t recognize her at the ball where she is serving after a very promising encounter the day before. After leaving the house to have cry and vent her exhaustion and disappointment, she meets Lord Blackthorn (aka Mr. Jubilee) who quixotically asks her to dance and listens to her explain her tears with sympathy. Effie tells him “I have thought about quitting, even if it meant that I might starve. But only for a moment, Mr. Jubilee. I always remember at the last moment that thinking about starving and actually starving are two very different things.” She soon realizes her very immediate peril when she notices Lord Blackthorn’s pointed ears.
Despite the danger of dealing with fairies, Lord Blackthorn convinces her of his sincere desire to help, and they make a deal for him to assist her to escape her terrible life. Lord Blackthorn is apparently trying to acquire English virtue, which he has been told involves helping the powerless and punishing the powerful. Effie has identified herself as powerless to his great enthusiasm. The deal requires a bet that she can make Benedict fall in love with her and propose within 3 months. If she loses, she must become Lord Blackthorn’s maid in faerie. In return for making her appear to be a lady, a prerequisite to marrying a gentleman, she must also embroider his jacket with one stitch for every minute she is so glamoured. No, this is not a Rumplestiltskin tale. Lord Blackthorn doesn’t have a clue about the mortal world, but his intentions are good. Things, of course, do not go according to plan.
This is the second book in the Regency Faerie Tales series following the very delightful Half a Soul. The books can be read standalone but I highly recommend reading Half a Soul first if you can. It will provide an introduction to this world and some key characters as well as being a great story. What I love about these books is the protagonists’ outrage at social injustice and the wonderful lengths they go to in order to address it. There is a lot of humor and heart, and both books are very well written. I’ll definitely be reading everything from this fine new author!
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Fabulous next installment! Love!
Honestly this is the genre I never imagined but can’t live without! I’m so glad there’s a next book in this series because the stories and characters are so rich and well crafted I just can’t get enough! Please never stop writing and keep weaving in novel concepts! I love it!!
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