Book Review (+ author giveaway): MAID IN ENGLAND by Brenda St John Brown

Title: Maid in England
Series: The I Do Crew #1
Author: Brenda St John Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019


TO: The guy who dumped me because of my career
FROM: The woman hired to save yours
RE: I am 150,000% over you. 


I’m on the 11:14 train out of London, so I’ll be there by 3:00. To make this as painless as possible, I thought it would help to establish key ground rules:

 1. No rehashing our past relationship. Yes, we were engaged, but it’s been twelve years and I’m over you.
  2. I’m very good at my job and that job is to help you shed the “reclusive” part of the whole “reclusive rock star” vibe you’ve got going on. Brace yourself.
  3. My plan is to have this wrapped up by Friday, so save your smoldering looks until I’m gone, please. (I assume you still smolder?) I’m immune now. See item #1.
 4. My cousin is getting married and guess who's a bridesmaid? Funny, huh? Almost as funny as the fiancĂ©e you dumped because you thought she was married to her job now saving yours.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Except almost. That one time.

P.S. Have I mentioned I’m totally, completely 150,000% over you? 

My Thoughts

MAID IN ENGLAND is the first Brenda St John Brown book I have read, and I enjoyed her writing. The writing flows easily and I felt the pacing was consistent. Admittedly I was somewhat confused by the title and book blurb; I don’t think they accurately reflect the story told, but don't let that put you off. The book is more serious that I expected but it was a pleasant read.

I enjoyed Remi’s story and thought her character development was realistic throughout. I particularly liked that the author had Remi “save” herself when she was experiencing her work/life crisis.  

I enjoyed Remi and Alastair’s relationship but I wanted more of it. It felt like we got the bare bones. As a result, it was hard to feel fully invested in their relationship.

One of the sweetest relationships in the book was between Remi and Ziggy, the dog. Their “conversations” were fun to read.

MAID IN ENGLAND is an entertaining, undemanding read that’s just the thing when you want to escape into a book for a few hours.

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Author Bio

Brenda is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. She’s lived in the UK long enough to gain dual citizenship, but still doesn’t understand Celsius. However, she has learned the appropriate use of the word “pants”. And how to order a proper bacon bap/barm/buttie. Because, well, bacon.

Brenda writes contemporary romance to make you giggle and swoon. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but it’s more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she can’t live on Doritos alone.

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