Grays Hill by Barbara T. Cerny

grayhillsAn out and out romance, Grays Hill by Barbara T. Cerny makes a pleasant read on a pleasant sunday.

Lady Oksana’s father commits suicide after pledging every little item in their house. Penniless and destitute, Oksana is taken in by Geoff, childhood friend (brother of a Duke) as a governess for his brother’s children. With her brother still at school and her mother and sister with relatives, Oksana has no option other than employment to survive.

Rafe, Geoff’s brother and the Duke is an absent father and a landlord. Embittered early in life by his wife’s infidelities, he does not even name the last child that his wife bore and died. Oksana is aghast by the Duke’s indifference and battles him at every opportunity. I loved the slow building up of chemistry between these two characters and that really set the pace for the heated union between them.

Rafe first views her as a nuisance and is furious when she oversteps her limits. It takes a long time for him to overcome his doubts about his capable governess. Oksana brings Rafe out of his cocoon and makes him aware of his children in her own steady and patient way.

Though the ending was predictable, it still makes a good read.

Plus Points: Good chemistry between the characters and nice romance

Minus Points: The language and certain terms used by the characters certainly do not belong to the period in which the story is set in. Terms like ‘honey, dating, inputs, psychological twin’ are too modern and many dialogues in the book have a very contemporary touch that seemed out of place given the background of the story.

Verdict: A good time pass read


About sumeethamanikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.
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6 Responses to Grays Hill by Barbara T. Cerny

  1. Neelesh says:

    Good and fair review, Sumeetha. Setting a story in a period is a tightrope walk. If it’s not right, the reader is put off.

  2. Sumi, it is very hard to keep modern language out of writing when we speak it every day. My editor corrected a lot of it but I guess we didn’t catch it all. Thanks for being a part of this blog tour!

    • Very true Barbara. I completely agree there. I am translating a period novel to english and I too slip in many modern terms in it 🙂 Nonetheless I liked plot very much. Looking forward to more from you 🙂

  3. Nice review Sumeetha. The story was so interesting that I did not notice the errors that you mentioned. Looking back, I do agree. But I still found the book a lovely read 🙂

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