The Lady of Astoria by Anita Stansfield

About “The Lady of Astoria”

Bess leads a quiet life, intent on easing the burdens of her widowed father. She acts as maid, cook, and assistant in his medical practice—but she is wearied by the thankless work and her father’s lack of kindness. And then a miracle happens. Lady Agatha Buxton of Astoria Abbey is seeking a physician for her ailing son, Hugh, and, sensing that Bess is trapped in her situation, offers the young woman a position as nurse. Despite Bess’s father’s objections, she accepts—and her life is forever changed. Bess and Hugh enjoy an immediate bond of friendship, which quickly blossoms into love. Despite his dire prognosis, the couple makes the bittersweet decision to wed, embracing what little time they have. Their tender union ushers in a season of both joy and heartbreak, and Bess discovers greater meaning in life than she’d ever imagined. As she’s confronted with the sorrow of living without Hugh, Bess finds herself at a crossroads—will she have the courage to trust her heart and allow herself to love again?

About the Author

Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield’s characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at

My Review

This novel is about Bess who is kind, hardworking and an assistant to her father’s medical career.  She has an opportunity to help another full time and decides to leave the home nest for another adventure.  Although this causes a strain on her family relationship, it becomes a great blessing to Bess when she meets Hugh.  They form a quick friendship that turns into love over time.  The story builds up the two of them through most of the novel and like the summary of the book says from the author, Hugh passes away.  The second part of the story goes by pretty quickly and it is hard to get into the relationship of Hugh and Bess.  Anita is a great writer but this one was hard to wrap my brain around.  I don’t like tragedy, but I guess that is more like real life.

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