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    Available in PDF Format | Held to Ransom.pdf | English
    Jemima Brigges(Author)

The continuing saga, set in Pre-Regency Shropshire (1808-1816) involving the gentry at Linmore Hall. 

Joshua Norbery vowed never to marry for money, but is forced to accept the unthinkable; when he learns that a mortgage taken out on his family estate has been acquired by the bride’s father. The only way to regain it is to provide a son as heir to his father-in-law’s business empire. 

Arthur Bradstone uses the threat of losing Linmore to ensure Joshua’s compliance, but no one seems to have told Joshua’s wife of the part that she is required to play. 

Hardly has Joshua overcome the initial difficulties in his marriage, than shadows from his past threaten to tear it apart. There are insidious influences to avoid, secret intrigues with a hint of scandal, as well as a petulant wife to appease and an interfering father-in-law to be endured.

How can Miss Dinchope, the eminently superior housekeeper that Joshua employs, prevent Bradstone from infiltrating the household with his hired minions? Will she succeed, by subterfuge, in training the raw country servants to resist bribery? Is the paragon in black bombazine all she claims to be on her testimonial, and is she, herself, beyond temptation?

Therein is Joshua’s dilemma – for if she is not, how will he respond?  

For what maiden lady of indeterminate age, who rules the servants’ hall with a firm hand, would permit a tall, grey-eyed gentleman to disturb her composure? 

Part 1 of a marriage of convenience, which would never have taken place if a vital piece of information had been known... And a friendship that began in an atmosphere of emotional blackmail.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Jemima Brigges(Author)
  • Troubador Publishing Ltd (28 July 2017)
  • English
  • 5
  • Romance
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  • By H.Taylor on 2 July 2017

    Held to Ransom by Jemima Brigges is from the continuing saga set in Pre-Regency Shropshire (1808-1816) involving the gentry at Linmore Hall.The reader meets Joshua Norbery, the rich handsome hero of our story. Although adamant he would never have a marriage of convenience, finds himself in just that particular predicament. He is forced to marry for money in order to save his family estate when he learns of a mortgage having been taken out against the estate. The only way to get ownership is to provide a son as heir to the father in law's business empire. However things aren't that simple, Joshua's new bride drives him loopy but the only person that keeps him sane is the new hired help, Miss Dinchope. She is hired to help prevent Bradstone from taking over the household with his hired minions. A connection blossoms between Miss Dinchope and Joshua, but the question, is are they beyond temptation?A thoroughly enjoyable period romance with more to it than just that.

  • By dagezi on 29 June 2017

    Held to Ransom continues the story of the Norbery family which began in Jemima Brigges' previous novels Brothers at Arms and Counting the Cost. Having enjoyed those so much I read this enthusiastically hoping this new story would match the same excellent standards set in those earlier novels; I needn’t have worried as the book is a resounding triumph.The story concerns the events surrounding the marriage of Joshua Norbery, who was the focus of Brothers at Arms, and who is now seeking to develop his estate in Shropshire. To achieve this, he contracts a marriage of convenience hoping to achieve his goals for the estate and improve the lives of all who live there.The marriage is beset by difficulties that escalate as people from Joshua’s past return to haunt him. His father in law, Arthur Bradstone, a nefarious industrialist with a distinctly shady past, applies unwarranted pressure on Joshua to produce a male heir for his business empire; an act of crass interference that almost dooms the union to failure.Determined to prevent Bradstone from dominating his home, Joshua employs the services of Miss Dinchope, whose early story featured in Counting the Cost. Her strong character instils discipline in the servants, and provides unexpected support to the master of the increasingly troubled household.What begins as an apparently simple story soon, through the same excellent prose of the earlier novels, twists and turns through unpredictable territory. There is a sense of ominous brooding under the surface from which no one is immune. As with real life, the actions of characters precipitate unforeseen consequences which only serve to deepen the problems that they face and increase the drama in interesting ways towards a truly unexpected and tragic climax.As Held to Ransom is the first part of an ongoing story, I can only anticipate the drama that is yet to unfold and eagerly await it.

  • By V.E. on 26 June 2017

    Held to Ransom by Jemima Brigges is historical fiction at it's finest. With an almost common story of a marriage of convenience, Joshua, the rich heir is forced into a marriage contract just to appease a man to whom he owes money. It didn't take a great amount of time however, for the plot to grow dramatically stronger and veer off into unforeseen territory. When Joshua's new wife begins to irritate and annoy him unceasingly, a new figure comes to have a great deal of influence over the household. Miss Dinchope begins to play a very important role in the life of Joshua and exerts a great deal of power. When blackmail, subterfuge and temptation come into play, her role becomes even more important to the story. A fascinating book with a lot of mystery, a strong plot, and deft characterization, Held to Ransom is both educational and emotionally satisfying. Highly recommend for a entertaining historical fiction read.

  • By Maranda Russell on 26 June 2017

    “Held to Ransom” written by Jemima Brigges, at first glance almost seemed to be a common romantic story trope (Joshua, the rich, handsome guy who is forced into a marriage of convenience when he finds that his financial empire is in danger and the only way to save it is to placate the owner of his family’s debt by marrying the man’s daughter and providing an heir). However, I will say that it didn’t take long into the story to see that this wasn’t going to follow the normal happily-ever-after, love story that normally accompanies this kind of plot. In fact, Joshua’s new wife seems to drive him crazy in many ways and annoy him to no end. Enter in Miss Dinchope, the housekeeper that comes to play a very important role in the plot of the book and in Joshua’s personal life as well. This story definitely brings the drama and suspense, making you wonder how it will all turn out and where the story is headed next. Overall, an enjoyable read!

  • By missaliax on 27 June 2017

    I love story lines set in the 1800’s, there is so much rich history to enjoy. Our novel starts out with Joshua Norbery whose family estate is in jeopardy of being taken if he doesn’t marry for money, something he vowed never to do. Now he must provide an heir for his father in law’s business with his new wife who drives him crazy at every moment. If he can’t meet the demands, his family estate will be gone forever.My favorite character is Miss Dinchope. She is smart, clever and strong. These are the qualities of every good heroine. I don’t want to give the best part away, but I was definitely surprised at how Jemima Brigges brought this story to life. A must read!

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