USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell introduces her sparkling School for Dukes series with her sparkling Regency interpretation of Mary Poppins.
Wanted: Governess for duke’s unruly children
Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have terrorized half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.
Lost: One heart to an arrogant duke
Mari knows how to wrap even the most rebellious children around her finger. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father? He won’t be quite so easy to control. And there’s something else she can’t seem to command. Her heart. The foolish thing beats so wildly every time Edgar is near.
Found: A forbidden passion neither can deny
As his employee, Mari is strictly off-limits. But what if she’s the one breaking all his rules? In the game of governess versus duke, how can Edgar maintain his defenses when the only thing he wants to do is let the tempting beauty win . . .?
When Mari Perkins, the heroine of this excellent introduction to Bell's Victorian-era School of Dukes series, arrives in London, she has two goals: find out about her parentage and secure a job. Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, knows he shouldn't hire the unorthodox spitfire as a nanny. Her beauty alone is too much of a temptation, and he refuses to mimic his father's behavior of assaulting the help. But when she charms his staff, his sister, and more importantly, his twins Michel and Adele, who have scared away every other governess he agrees to give her a trial period. A working man himself (in the burgeoning steam engine field) despite his rank, he appreciates her determination to make it on her own, and her intelligence and wit amplify the beauty he tries so hard to resist. Mari is just as drawn to Edgar, and his softer side and interactions with the children blur the lines between their statuses. The chemistry between the two is spectacular. The many references to Jane Eyre are more entertaining Easter eggs than homage; Bell (the Disgraceful Dukes series) makes this her own story, piling on plenty of witty dialogue, unconventional characters, and hints of mystery to leave readers both satisfied and eager for the next in the series.
Absolutely delightful play on Mary Poppins’s... this story will bring happiness to your heart and give you the spoonful of sugar you need to get through a bad medicine day
Doesn’t tug the heartstrings
Mary Poppins-meets-Jane Eyre governess has a secret past, as does the glowering Duke who employs her. It’s hard though to feel invested in either. Few sparks, little tension, and all ends as you might expect. Not Lenora Bell’s usual witty fare.
Unimpressive and pointless
This book was truly a waste of time. The story never went anywhere and was so cliche and pointless. Governess meets and falls for duke without knowing a thing; he sort of does the same thing; cheesy verbiage follows, the end. There was no real story, no antagonist, no problems with a duke marrying the governess???! Hard pass this book. So very boring.