This delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they can’t have.
Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls’ ruse. Yet even Elizabeth can’t help but notice Edward’s bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss won’t hurt...
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everything you would wish for in a full-length novel
Charming doesn’t go far enough to explain this title. Truly a novella-length introduction to the world and the characters, the development of character and story encourage readers to engage and cheer on these young women.
Elizabeth’s story is a common one for gently bred ladies in this time. Without protection and charity of family, she needs to find a suitable occupation as either a governess or a lady’s companion. Both require a reputation beyond reproach, and she has dedicated her life, deferring dreams of family and love of her own to do the best for the two young girls she is employed to raise.
Dr. Edward Fellowes is well-respected and regarded, particularly as he is willing to tend to his patients at all hours. He particularly looks forward to the house calls to Elizabeth’s charges: the two have experienced an increase in ‘illness’ since the arrival of their infant brother. Not finding the girls to be particularly challenging, Edward’s thoughts about Elizabeth are less than gentlemanly.
These two have a palpable chemistry, both stuck in their own moments of inaction due to the circumstances and social conventions. But a search for ipecac and a daring move by Elizabeth open the door to more – and their inability to think and speak to their true wishes almost cost them dearly. Wonderful character development and voice, everything you would wish for in a full-length novel is contained in this story. Light, fun and engaging, I can’t wait for Mary’s story!
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.