Series: The Governess Tales

Guest Review: The Governess’s Secret Baby by Janice Preston

Posted November 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Governess’s Secret Baby by Janice PrestonReviewer: Tracy
The Governess's Secret Baby by Janice Preston
Series: The Governess Tales #4
Also in this series: The Cinderella Governess
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
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three-half-stars

The beauty who tamed the beast

New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter, Clara. Even if it means working for Clara's guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell!

Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath But when he discovers Grace is Clara's mother, Nathaniel questions his place in this torn-apart family. Could there be a Christmas happy-ever-after for this beauty and the beast?"

When Grace left her all girls school she was finally told what happened to the baby she’d given birth to two years earlier.  She heads off to find the baby, Clara, to make sure that she’s being well taken care of.  Unfortunately she finds that the adoptive parents have died in a carriage accident and that the baby is now under the guardianship of the Marquess of Ravenwell.  She heads to what she thinks of the vast wilderness to Clara.  When she arrives she’s not sure what she’s going to say but when the Marquess opens the door she finds she doesn’t have to.  Nathaniel thinks that Grace is there for the position of governess and Grace doesn’t disabuse him of that notion.  She takes the position and is thrilled to be so close to her daughter.

Nathaniel is in hiding.  Oh, he doesn’t think of it as hiding but after being scarred by the fire that killed his father nine years earlier, then being rejected by not one but two women because of those scars, he headed to his far off estate and has been there ever since.  He thinks that Grace is too young to be a governess and certainly too pretty but that doesn’t stop his feelings from growing for her.  He doesn’t want to be rejected again, however, so he keeps pushing her away before she can reject him.

Despite the fact that Grace loves Nathaniel she doesn’t understand his hot and cold attitude.  When he finally pushes too far Grace knows that she can never be his – or can she?

This was a very sweet story of a reunion between a mother and her child as well as a love story of beauty and the beast proportions.  It definitely grabbed my heart a time or two during the course of the book.

Grace was a kind and loving girl who really was very accepting of her position in life.  She didn’t have any illusions of being a proper mother to Grace but loved the fact that she would be with her all the time.  I wondered at times how her love grew for Nathaniel.  Not that he was unlovable – he wasn’t – but he was so very rude and cold to her at times I just couldn’t see how her love kept getting deeper after being hurt verbally so badly.  It made my heart hurt when he was so rude to her so I’m not sure how she put up with it.  It did happen, however, and in the end he made up for his rudeness.   He really was a great man who had just been hurt too badly to trust new people in his life.  I was so happy when he finally realized that Grace truly loved him and accepted him for who he was.

The story was a sweet one and a nice holiday romance.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: The Cinderella Governess by Georgie Lee

Posted August 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Cinderella Governess by Georgie LeeReviewer: Tracy
The Cinderella Governess by Georgie Lee
Series: The Governess Tales #1
Also in this series: The Governess's Secret Baby
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016
Genres: Historical
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three-half-stars

Once upon a time…

Joanna Radcliff has always dreamed of the day when she'd become a governess and finally be part of a proper family. Except, instead of a warm welcome, she's given a frosty reception by her employers—and her charges! The only person who pays her any attention is the dashing Major Preston…

Despite their stolen conversations and tantalizing glances in the ballroom, Luke and Joanna know that their stations in life are just too different. But when this Cinderella governess's life is transformed and their roles are reversed, will they risk everything to be together?

Joanna is leaving Madame Dubois’s School for Young Ladies and going off to her first post as a governess.  She is sad to be leaving everything she’s ever known and her friends.  She was left on the doorstep of the school when she was just an infant and was raised there.  Her friends Rachel, Grace and Isabel are also off to their respective posts but they will all be very far away from each other.  Despite this Joanna is secure in her ability to be a wonderful governess to the Huntford children.

Once Joanna gets to the Huntford estate, however, she finds that the Huntford children are ridiculously spoiled and certainly not afraid to be cruel and mean to her.  She does act as chaperone to the eldest daughter, Frances, but she’s a nightmare all on her own.  She is acting as chaperone at a ball at a neighboring estate when she meets Luke.  She’s not quite sure how to tell him that she’s a governess so they have a wonderful conversation before Frances quickly puts Joanna in her place and lets Luke know that Joanna is far beneath him and should not be spoken to.

Luke has been brought home from the Army against his will.  He has worked his way up the ranks and loves what he does.  His family, however, needs him home so that he can marry and produce an heir, even though he isn’t the heir.  His older brother Edward is the heir but he and his wife haven’t been able to conceive in the 10 years they’ve been married The family fears the family name will die out if Luke doesn’t come up to snuff.  To save he’s peeved about this is a huge understatement and he wants nothing more than to go back to the army.

Once Luke meets Joanna he can’t get her out of his head.  He knows that she’s wholly inappropriate and that his family will never approve of the match as they need him to marry someone with money but he can’t keep himself away.  When Joanna learns of who her family is – Luke thinks he may have a chance but he didn’t count on Joanna’s grandfather and his hatred of Luke’s family to get in the way.

This was an entertaining story.  There weren’t any surprises in the story as the reader pretty much can guess what will happen.  Despite that it was a sweet romance.  I loved how Luke came to love Joanna despite her station in life.  He tried to turn from her a couple of times as he knew his family wouldn’t approve but he just couldn’t do it. He was a pretty stand-up guy, and loyal to his family, so going against their wishes was a pretty big thing.

Joanna had had a good life at the school.  No, she didn’t have parents and had no idea who they were but she couldn’t say that she wasn’t provided for.  When her true family comes for her she is thrilled but she’s so used to doing things that everyone else wants her to do that it’s hard to stand up for herself and what she wants.  That includes wanting Luke and believing that he wants her too.  She’s too afraid of angering her grandfather to tell him how she truly feels until a bit of sage advice from a trusted friend.  I was happy all was worked out in the end as I love my HEA’s.  No, the story didn’t hold any surprises and was predictable but it was still a good one in the end.

Rating: 3.5.out of 5

three-half-stars

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