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Feature book: The Governess was Wanton

17 May 2017

The Governess was Wanton by Julia Kelly

A governess relies on her reputation. They are the women at the top of their field. These three woman are friends through their work and their circumstance.

Lord Asten has a dilemma. He is a widow but wants his daughter to have the guidance of a woman. He hires Mary as she was the best governess and one who was available. Mary has to contend with Lady Laughlin, a baron’s widow, who has designs on Eric and tries to bully Eleanora, Eric’s daughter.

Eleanora admires Mary’s ability to put Lady Laughlin in her place. Mary also attracts Eric’s attention for her gentleness and kindness to Eleanora but also because he is attracted to her. He finally sees what his daughter had been trying to tell him about Lady Laughlin. Mary is also about reputation and is unable to reconcile that Eric wants her and is willing to marry her, despite the fact it would elevate her to the peerage (and well over Lady Laughlin!).

This story was a great read. It has many elements of the Cinderella trope all with the possible wicked step mother and step sisters. We also see the friendship between the three governesses as they talk, or don’t, about their love life. Each of them understands the anxiety they might feel about loving out of their circle.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was supplied by the publisher.

One Comment
  1. Lynette williams permalink
    17 May 2017 10:40 am

    This must be inice a series about governesses

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