Trouble: A Novel (Paperback)

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Trouble: A Novel (Paperback)


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A Regency-era romantic comedy with a deliciously feminist and queer twist, from the New York Times bestselling author of Gwen & Art Are Not in Love.

There's a new governess at Fairmont House, and she's going to be nothing but trouble.

Emily Laurence is a liar. She is not polite, she's not polished, and she has never taught a child in her life. This position was meant to be her sister's––brilliant, kind Amy, who isn't perpetually angry, dangerously reckless, and who does (inexplicably) like children.

But Amy is unwell and needs a doctor, and their father is gone and their mother is useless, so here Emily is, pretending to be something she's not.

If she can get away with her deception for long enough to earn a few month's wages and slip some expensive trinkets into her pockets along the way, perhaps they'll be all right.

That is, as long as she doesn't get involved with the Edwards family's dramas. Emily refuses to care about her charges - Grace, who talks too much and loves too hard, and Aster, who is frankly terrifying but might just be the wittiest sixteen-year-old Emily has ever met - or the servants, who insist on acting as if they're each other's family. And she certainly hasn't noticed her employer, the brooding, taciturn Captain Edwards, no matter how good he might look without a shirt on . . .

As Fairmont House draws her in, Emily's lies start to come undone. Can she fix her mistakes before it's too late?

Lex Croucher is the New York Times bestselling author of Reputation, Infamous, and the YA novel, Gwen & Art Are Not in Love. Lex grew up in Surrey reading a lot of books and making friends with strangers on the internet, and now lives in London.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250323965
ISBN-10: 1250323967
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English

Praise for Lex Croucher:

"Lex Croucher is one of my favorite romcom authors and they should be yours, too." ––Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author

"Fans of come-as-you-are romance will find this a delicious, and not too guilty, pleasure." ––Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"For a delightfully queer historical romcom with equal parts humor and pathos and a delicate blend of romance and character growth, you really can’t do any better than Lex Croucher’s Trouble." ––Autostraddle

"If you love Regency-era romances, defiant feminist heroines, or The Sound of Music, then Trouble is the perfect book for you...the action is explosive, the sexual tension is unparalleled, and the happily ever after is incredibly well-earned." ––BuzzFeed

"Readers will revel in watching Emily learn to trust in this fun, funny and fast-paced story." ––BookPage

"Croucher’s characters are wonderfully diverse, and bisexuality and transness are celebrated even as they present challenges for their Regency characters. Emily is a bit of a feral cat who doesn’t trust you as far as she can throw you, but have some patience with her, set out a few treats, and settle in, because the reward of this delightful book is enormous." ––Oprah Daily

"Croucher takes care in their portrayal of queer people, chronic illness, and cross-class romance; humor and laughter is present throughout…a thoughtful, funny novel." ––Library Journal

"Croucher’s simultaneously sharp and subtle prose boasts delicious banter and a propulsive story populated by intersectionally diverse characters whose interactions feel fresh and vital." ––Publishers Weekly (starred review)