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    I love the women in these two stories!

    I love the women in these two stories! And the concept of the school is fascinating. I can always count on Shana Galen and Theresa Romain to entertain me and help me escape from life for a little while. I'm hoping for more stories related to this school in the future!
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    Great read!

    A great read with an unusual character to be the heroine - a cook in an education establishment (albeit an *exceptional* education establishment!). Rather surprised that the students at the end were *being paid* to attend - how on earth does the place earn it's keep? Usually the students *pay* to be educated! This minor hiccup doesn't come close to spoiling the story, however, and I look forward to more unusual characters and their stories emerging from Mrs Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies!
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    a nice little duo

    The Way to A Gentleman’s Heart by Theresa Romain My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2 Spice Level: 💋💋 I love a past love story and that this one was very different in how things happened. Family came first and tore them apart, but he never stopped loving her. I really liked how he came back into her life and helped in the kitchen. The story about his sister was a surprise and explained a lot. Marianne found her own way after having her life flipped upside down. I liked that she didn’t hate him for doing what he had to for his family. I couldn’t really understand her reasons for not seeing or writing to her family. Jack did what he had to and never gave up on getting her back. I really like him and that he made sure her family was okay. He didn’t really let money go to his head and wasn’t afraid of work. Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ Spice Level: 💋💋💋 This one will suck you in from the start! The war tore them apart, but they were meant to be together. I loved that they worked together to find Jimmy and it brought them closer. There are a couple of scenes that had me holding my breath waiting to see what happened. The ending was perfect. Bridget had a very hard life and her son his the driving force that keeps her going. I loved her right away with how honest she was with the girls about things. She put her anger aside and opened her heart again. Caleb is always looking over his shoulder because his former work haunts him. I loved that he was determined to be honest with her and not hide anything again. He still wanted to protect her. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review
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    Strong, Independent Heroines

    I loved the setting of these novellas...a very unusual academy for girls in London. Some of the classes taught there made me laugh and applaud for their originality and practicality. I would love to read more stories from graduates of this delightful school! Romain’s and Galen’s stories were both about second chances at love. Romain’s cook (Marianne) left home heartbroken eight years before when Jack abruptly married a wealthy woman to save his family’s finances. She ended up at the academy where she trained for and became proficient at cooking. Jack enters the picture again after the death and mourning of his wife (neither loved the other) to ask for forgiveness from Marianne. I liked the strength of Marianne in making a life for herself on her own terms. But I found her a bit wishy-washy when dealing with her feelings for Jack. Galen’s teacher (Bridget) was left pregnant (unbeknownst to Caleb) and heartbroken when he had to disappear (supposedly die) because of his Foreign Office assignment. She married unwisely and ended up widowed and poor before securing a position at the school. I loved Marianne’s strength and purpose as she works to atone for mistakes she made so she can provide (on her own) for herself and her son. The strengths here were in the obvious determination and purpose of the heroines. I would have loved to see both of these novellas as full-length stories. My issue with novellas is simply with their brevity...not enough time for good character/plot development. Thanks to the author for the free ARC. The opinions are strictly my own.
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    An Exceptional Duo of Novellas

    An exceptional duo of novellas from two of my favorite historical romance authors, both stories begin in the setting of Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. I'd love to see more stories come from this unusual establishment. The Way to a Gentleman’s Heart by Theresa Romain: Marianne Redfern lost the man she thought she was going to marry when he married someone else, a young lady with lots of money. So she left home and went to London where she became a cook at Mrs. Brodie’s Academy. She enjoys what she does and has learned a lot of unusual skills from the instructors who teach the young ladies at the school. When Jack Grahame, who is now a widower, shows up to try to win Marianne once more, he has a lot of explaining to do, and maybe some groveling would be good, as well as agreeing to be Marianne’s temporary kitchen maid. I thought this was a wonderful story, and loved watching these two work things out. Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen: Bridget Lavery's life has been rough - after her lover disappeared and she was told he was dead, she marries a man she doesn’t love to give her child a father. Her husband's debts send them to debtors prison, so she leaves her child at an orphanage. Now a widow working at Mrs. Brodie’s Academy and searching for her son, since the orphanage burned down with no trace of where the children were relocated, she's running out of hope. When her former lover returns from the dead, she enlists Caleb's help in finding their son. Although his life is in danger from his war activities, he agrees and the search is on. Of course there is intrigue and danger, as well as the heartbreaking ache for the child lost. I loved that the child is Jimmy from the orphanage featured in No Earls Allowed and I was happy to see a happy ending for him, as well as for his mother and father.
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