Travel through the English countryside in this third delightful historical Regency romance in the Governesses series by award-winning author Julia Kelly!
When Lady Margaret Rawson is caught trying to elope with the thoroughly unsuitable James Lawrence, Lord and Lady Rawson decide it's time to send their daughter away from the temptations of London. The job of delivering the headstrong girl to the family’s isolated Yorkshire estate naturally falls to her governess, Jane Ephram. It should be an easy task, but with the wild Lady Margaret, nothing ever goes according to plan. To make matters worse, Lord Rawson has made it clear that if anything happens to his daughter along the way, Jane will be dismissed without a letter of reference. When Jane finds Lady Margaret’s inn room empty and the charming Lord Nicholas Hollings’s horse missing one morning, she must embark on an adventure of her own with the devilishly handsome baron. Will Jane and Nicholas find Lady Margaret, the scheming Mr. Lawrence, and the missing horse, or will they discover something else entirely?
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Certainly a favorite series for me for the year
I’ve been excited for Jane’s story since I picked up this series: the quiet one, a bit more reserved than her two best friends Elizabeth and Mary, and far more settled in her life’s journey. With only ever serving the Earl of Rawson and his only daughter, Lady Margaret.
When Jane awakes in a remote country inn, she finds her charge has disappeared. Determined to sort out this mess and find Lady Margaret before she reaches Gretna Green, she observes a gentleman in some distress over a stolen horse. Nicholas Hollings, Baron, is looking to sell breeding rights to the missing horse: a scheme that will help to secure his sisters’ futures and offer them a chance at a reduced season.
Jane is far from the quiet and reserved woman we have met. Her “governess’ face is spot on, the experience she’s gained in her years of reining in the rather intractable Lady Margaret have served her well. Particularly in manipulating and negotiating with Nicholas to accompany her to find the errant young woman and his horse.
Nicholas is a man on a mission: his only desire of the moment is to slowly rebuild his estate and provide some small season and dowry for his younger sisters. For himself, he’s never found a woman who strikes that bell: he’ll marry eventually but things like love and true regard are not in his cards. Until Jane. He admires her determination and bravery: traveling alone with a man is reputation ruining if she is discovered, and yet she appears almost excited for the adventure.
This was a journey of discovery: Jane and Nicholas traded stories and hopes, all while both are trying to ignore the attraction between them. While Nicholas is growing closer to Jane, she is most concerned with the damage her position in society (or lack thereof) would do to his sisters’ chances in society. Reaffirmed by the Lady Margaret when finally found, and her ‘suitor’ dispatched, Jane won’t allow herself to ensnare Nicholas, despite her bone-deep love for him.
Not a hugely angsty read – these are fun jaunts to the happy ending: you want these characters to find the ability to be together: it’s happened with two governesses finding their happiness in a path they once thought unreachable – why not a third? Far more laden with character and heart than one would expect from a novella, this story, indeed this series is the perfect refuge from the stress of the day. You have no option BUT to smile and embrace the hope, the heart and the happy that they bring. Certainly a favorite series for me for the year – these will become an oft-read ‘when I need a smile’ stories- with the right mix of story and emotion.
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 and expectations are my own responsibility.