- Harper Collins Inc
- Release Date
- February 2011
A Proper Governess Should Never. . .
Assist a handsome stranger, alone on an unfamiliar road . . . unless the rake happens to be her new employer.
Take a position in a crumbling manor . . . especially if the household staff has been replaced by unruly former soldiers.
Allow her young charge entrÉe to her heart . . . for once done, it will be impossible to maintain proper distance.
Permit her charge's uncle a breathtaking kiss under a star-lit sky . . . henceforth she will most certainly lose composure whenever he is near.
And above all, she should never, ever fall completely, irreversibly in love with her employer . . . for nothing good can possibly come of it.
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 02, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
107 people found the following review helpful
Margo Maguire has created a fun and compelling read in this story of a governess and her employer, the Earl of Ashby.
Mercy Franklin was stunned to discover she'd been adopted by her parents, which probably explained their lack of affection toward her. However, she didn't have much time to dwell on this, because she'd been left penniless upon their deaths, causing a need for her to seek out some kind of work. Unfortunately, the only person who replied to her ad of a governess position was the Earl of Ashby, who hired her to teach his niece. She was further disconcerted when she found herself attracted to him, despite his damaged visage. However, there could be no future in a relationship with him. For Ashby Hall is in ruins, and the earl needed to marry a rich heiress to restore his estate to its profitable condition.
Mercy Franklin is a spirited woman who couldn't curb her tongue around the earl, but this only made her more attractive to him. For her, being able to say what she wanted to was heady freedom after being restrained by her parents. Despite her ignorance about what the position entails, she made a pretty decent governess, mainly because I think of her caring ways, the way she really wanted to help and draw the little girl out of her shell. I also like the way she didn't let the earl's scars deter her from seeing the wonderful and lonely man he was beneath. She was also a bit indecisive about reading her mother's journal and writing a significant letter, but I like the way she found her backbone toward the end, when she decided to fight for Nash.
Nash Farris is an impoverished lord, who had witnessed the war in all its brutality and who's also grieving for his two older brothers. Not only that, but he has to take care of his niece, who seemed afraid of him. Through Mercy's influence, he was finally able to make inroads into his relationship with his niece, yet what was he to do about the governess, whom he desires but could not marry? Practical about funds, he was torn between the logical course of action in seeking to marry a rich heiress or following his heart, but he couldn't deny the attraction he had for Mercy. Also, the fact that she seemed "blind" to his scars was a great balm to him, something he couldn't resist.
The romantic development between Mercy and Nash was slow, though the attraction between them was hot and fast, starting from the time Mercy caused Nash to unseat from his horse and what he asked her to do afterward. That was a fun scene to read. I wish though that their romance could've been developed more. Although the chemistry between them sizzled, there seems to be a lack of conversation and therefore, connection, between the two. For one, I'd have expected Mercy to ask regarding Nash's scars, since the war had wrought such a devastating effect on him, or to know more about his brothers from Nash himself (instead of hearing them talked about by others) as he was quite close to his brothers, but there wasn't any mention, if at all, of such matters between them.
I believe that such was overshadowed by the mystery/suspense surrounding the death of Nash's brothers and Captain Briggs' mission. That said, I like the way the ending came about, the slight twist to the "need to marry a rich heiress" theme.
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