Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 20/07/2023
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Heartwarming fun!
Prepare to fall head over heels for "Trouble" by Lex Croucher, a character-driven masterpiece that tugs at your heartstrings. As a self-proclaimed aficiona... READ MORE
Millie Harris
delightful, funny and heartwarming!
i absolutely ADORED this book!! this is very much character driven, and you fall in love with every single individual. we follow emily who takes up a po... READ MORE
Perfect Summer Read
Thank you so much for the ARC of this fabulous book - another hit from Lex Croucher! A wonderful cast of unique characters, a plot that breaks free from so... READ MORE
Eleanor Symonds
Laugh out loud Regency brilliance!
I was very kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review, and let me tell you that from the very first page, this book ha... READ MORE
Evie at Llandudno
The perfect Summer Read
I’ve read most of Lex Croucher’s work so far and I have to say I think this is their best yet. Four novels in two years is insane and the quality doesn’t s... READ MORE
Ruth Barkley
Victorian style, not values!
This book is a ROMP, I had so much fun reading it! The writing is accessible and flowing without being shallow; the characters are lovable and sweet but ha... READ MORE
Trouble is like a sexy, queer Sound of Music, and it's as delightful as that sounds. Both the heroine and the hero are bisexual, and there are multiple que... READ MORE
Hannah at Hanley
A fantastic Regency romance!
Big thank you to Andrea and Bonnier Books for sending me a copy of 'Trouble'! Emily is such a great protagonist as she navigates life at Fairmont House un... READ MORE
Claire - Glasgow Fort


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, 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 months' 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?

  • Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781804180983
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 303g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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Deeply satisfying, compelling, chortling-on-the-plane kind of funny
A fun, fresh, fabulous regency romp - the perfect holiday-reading book. I devoured this in two greedy sittings and went on a rollercoaster of emotions. As ... READ MORE
Clemence Flanagan
Another wonderful outing
Granted on NetGalley. Lex Croucher seems to be the only author who can yank me out of a reading slump. Emily is hilarious, and the entire cast of character... READ MORE
Victoria Dragatis
Hilarious and heart-warming
Lex Croucher has earned their spot as an automatic-buy author. I fell in love with Emily and Captain Edwards even when they were arguing with each other (o... READ MORE
Maria Orlando
Their Best Yet
I had the best time reading this book. Lex Croucher was already an auto-buy for me, having devoured all their previous books on the same day I received the... READ MORE
Abigail Abell
A right regency romp
It’s a little under a year since I read @lexcanroar’s first book and, honestly? They just keep getting better. Compulsively readable, hysterically funny, a... READ MORE
Elizabeth Knight
Love this author!
Okay… I will try and make this review as ‘serious’ as I can but ughhh!! Just love it, please more! I am sad that this book has ended! Lex croucher writes i... READ MORE
An entertaining Recency romp
‘There's a new governess at Fairmont House, and she's going to be nothing but …’ - cover tag line. My thanks to Bonnier Books UK Zaffre for an eARC via Ne... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Lively, exciting, funny, emotional and unexpected.
I’d only read the first couple of (impactful) sentences but I already knew I was going to enjoy Trouble – and I did, greatly, but perhaps not for the reaso... READ MORE
Hugely enjoyable
If you liked Lex Croucher's previous books, then you will like this - it's hugely enjoyable. Emily arrives as a governess for the Edwards family, but she's... READ MORE
Ruth MacLeod