(From the publisher):
From the publisher
Flavia Montague is a teacher by choice; but tiring of her work in Miss Bredale’s academy, she becomes a school mistress in the village of Brooks. The school has been closed for some months, and Flavia hears something of the story of the previous teacher, Miss Price, who had been involved in scandal.
Flavia is given welcome assistance in establishing the school by the handsome landowner Paul Wheaton who seems attracted to her. Two of her pupils, Penelope and Philip, are obviously from a wealthy family. As she gets to know them, it becomes clear that Penelope has been ill-treated by her guardian, Sir Lewis Glendenning, whose name has been linked with the notorious Miss Price.
Her first encounter with Sir Lewis is a stormy one, and his open hostility to the school becomes so acute that she actually locks him in a cupboard to prevent him from causing trouble during a visit from the bishop.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wheaton continues to be friendly and supportive; but is his friendship really genuine; and is Sir Lewis really the brute that he appears to be? And what is the truth about the mysterious and scandalous Miss Price?
Original title: The Squire and the Schoolmistress
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Historical→ Victorian