There’s a new governess at Fairmont House, and she’s going to be nothing but trouble.

Emily Laurence is a liar. She is not polite, she’s not polished, and she has never taught a child in her life. This position was meant to be her sister’s – brilliant, kind Amy, who isn’t perpetually angry, dangerously reckless, and who does (inexplicably) like children.

But Amy is unwell and needs a doctor, their father is gone and their mother is useless, so here Emily is, pretending to be something she’s not.

If she can get away with her deception for long enough to earn a few months’ wages and slip some expensive trinkets into her pockets along the way, perhaps they’ll be all right.

That is, as long as she doesn’t get involved with the Edwards family’s dramas. Emily refuses to care about her charges – Grace, who talks too much and loves too hard, and Aster, who is frankly terrifying but might just be the wittiest sixteen-year-old Emily has ever met – or the servants, who insist on acting as if they’re each other’s family. And she certainly hasn’t noticed her employer, the brooding, taciturn Captain Edwards, no matter how good he might look without a shirt on . . .

As Fairmont House draws her in, Emily’s lies start to come undone. Can she fix her mistakes before it’s too late?

Praise for Lex

‘ Bridgerton ‘s wild little sister. So much fun!’ Sarra Manning

‘Witty, whip-smart and full of characters I totally fell for. I didn’t want it to end’ Laura Kay

‘Beyond entertaining – high debauchery with a feminist swing’ Abigail Mann

Bite Size Review

4 stars

What a fun historical romance with a curmudgeonly character!

I had never heard of Lex Croucher but when attending YALC last weekend, I literally “stumbled” upon that book at Waterstones stand and the blurb immediately seduced me!

I love irreverent characters that will sow trouble and that’s how Emily was depicted.

Emily is prickly, reluctant, crude and curmudgeonly.

She doesn’t like kids but she’ll take the governess position meant for her lovely sister, Amy as Amy is unwell and her family needs all the money for doctors and medicine.

Only, Emily won’t tell the truth and will be called “Amy” by Captain Edwards, his kids and the servants.

When she arrives, she is determined to earn some wages and steal some trinkets to finance her family, before being expelled from Fraimont House.

She certainly does not want to befriend the staff, does not want to like warm and loveable Grace and she doesn’t want to find Captain Edwards shoulders broad and his chest appealing.

But… we don’t always get what we want in life!

You can guess where this story is headed of course and I think the execution was very well done with believable characters, relationships be it friendships or of romantic sort growing very organically.

Chronic illness is also taking a big part of the plot and the author explained that she willed it so as she suffers from chronic illness too.

Cherry one top: despite the story happening around what is probably the Victorian era, you have diversity in the book (bi mc, trans character, gay character, Black character, British Indian character, characters with chronic illnesses) and a strong “found family” trope.

It’s easy to read and you’ll spend a nice afternoon with Emily and Fraimont House inhabitants!

Thanks for reading.


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