When It Rained at Hembry Castle

Downton Abbey Inspired Historical Fiction

When It Rained at Hembry Castle

Praise for When It Rained at Hembry Castle

“The story is exquisitely written, providing context and clear imagery of Victorian-era lifestyles and perfectly balanced descriptions of England’s countryside in a way that is as colorful as it is authentic. When It Rained at Hembry Castle is a charming, sweeping historical romance combined with an element of mystery. 5 stars.” -IndieReader.com 

“In every lovingly written descriptive passage, amusingly drawn character and intriguing twist of plot, reverence for Dickens is there throughout. Allard has clearly done her research, and there is plenty here to keep fans of historical fiction happy. When It Rained at Hembry Castle offers an eloquent and enjoyable read with Allard’s clear, strong voice. Be on the lookout for what will surely be a welcome follow-up to this very satisfying tale.” -Self-Publishing Review, 5 Stars

About the Story:

Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, When It Rained at Hembry Castle is the story of an aristocratic family, a mysterious death, secrets that dare not be told, and the wonder of falling in love.

When the 8th Earl of Staton dies, his eldest son, the unreliable Richard, inherits the title and the family’s home—Hembry Castle. Soon after, Frederick Meriwether, the new earl’s brother, arrives back in England from America, bringing his beautiful daughter, Daphne, with him.

Though Frederick’s mother has grand plans for Daphne—which may include a duke—Daphne is intrigued by Edward Ellis, a rising author with a first-hand knowledge of Hembry Castle—from the servants’ hall. And Edward, though captivated by the lovely Daphne, has his own hurdles to overcome.

Can Richard come to terms with his new role before bringing ruin on his family? Will Edward and Daphne find their way to each other despite the obstacles of life at Hembry?

When It Rained at Hembry Castle is a page-turning, romantic novel written in the finest Victorian tradition with vivid characters and an engrossing story that will keep you guessing until the end.

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