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After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale’s sister—even though she’s been warned her predecessors can’t seem to resist the earl’s exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold onto her job without losing her heart? 

“What a lovely Victorian romance! A courageous heroine in the style of Austen’s Sense & Sensibility whose world falls apart, mingled with Bronte’s Jane Eyre — you can’t go wrong with this if you’re a true romantic!”

Author note: Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility was a major influence on Jessamine’s Folly. In S&S, the Dashwoods are thrust into poverty when Mr. Dashwood dies. The genteel Dashwood women are unable to seek a living, and are therefore dependent on relatives for assistance. In Jessamine’s Folly, Jessamine is orphaned and impoverished at age fifteen. She’s forced to rely on an uncle to take her in. Unfortunately, her aunt and cousin can’t stand her.