English Miss Meets “The Highlander”

The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
St. Martin’s Paperbacks: August 2, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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Kerrigan Byrne has become immensely popular due to her Victorian Rebels series; The Highwayman was a huge hit when it came out and I was seeing it everywhere I read about new books. While I had mixed feelings about the first book, I thought The Hunter was brilliant. If you’re a fan of romances that focus on folks with a darker past, there’s no question that you are reader that will enjoy all of the books in Byrne’s series and this latest is no different.

Colonel Liam MacKenzie is in need of a governess for his two children. After years away from home, Liam has returned home and is determined to do right by his family, something that he finds difficult considering the demons of his past. As a start, Liam hires a governess, Philomena, to get his daughter and son back on track. What Liam doesn’t count on is his mysterious governess and his desire to unravel her secrets. For her part, Mena is essentially in hiding. After being rescued from the “hospital” her husband put her in, Mena has been instructed to hide her true identity, which becomes difficult as she finds herself growing closer to Liam. (more…)


Hoteliers and Reformers in “The Likelihood of Lucy”

25481032The Likelihood of Lucy by Jenny Holiday
Entangled: May 26, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

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Jenny Holiday is a new-to-me historical romance author and one that I can see myself returning to. With The Likelihood of Lucy Holiday brings readers a romance that’s firmly set outside the aristocracy. Lucy Greenleaf and Trevor Bailey both grew up together in Seven Dials. When, at eleven, Lucy’s mother attempts to auction off her virginity, Trevor finds a way to get Lucy out. Growing up in a charity school, Lucy finds employment as a governess, only her adherent to the tenets of her heroine, Mary Wollstonecraft, gets her let go from her position. After returning to the streets for a week, Lucy soon has no choice but to turn to the friend who always protected her as a girl. (more…)

After the War is Over

21936660After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
William Morrow: January 6, 2015 (Historical Fiction)*

My rating: Outstanding Adventure! vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3

After the War is Over is Robson’s follow-up to the excellent Somewhere in France. To be clear, it isn’t essential that you read Somewhere in France before this one; however, I do think readers who have read the previous book will get a better appreciation of After the War is Over.

After the War is Over is set in England after the first world war (obviously). During the war, Charlotte Brown served as a nurse, something that she was able to do as a university educated young woman. Now that the war is over Charlotte is more than content returning to her old job in Liverpool, helping those that have suffered from the war.

As Charlotte gains satisfaction in her new life, she’s pulled back into the past by her best friend Lily (subject of Somewhere in France), who’s brother has come back from the war a changed man.

Edward Neville-Ashford, Earl of Cumberland, has returned home wounded both in body and spirit. He’s lost a leg and it’s clear that he’s not the same, care-free young man he once was. Each time Charlotte encounters him she tries to talk to him, help him, but to no avail. Needing to move on from her girlhood infatuation, Charlotte distances herself from the Neville-Ashford family. (more…)

“The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior” with his Governess

20957414The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton
Avon: November 25, 2014 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: I’d go there again! vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3

I’ve read a couple of Megan Frampton’s other historical romances, so I was quite happy to see she had a new one coming out. I snapped up this advance copy and tore through it in a day. The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior was a cute little romance, filled with great scenes of humour. And, it happily kicks off a historical romance series.

The new Duke of Rutherford has a problem. The child he’s always known about but never met, has been delivered to his doorstep. Confronted with his daughter, Marcus (the Duke) is immediately struck by the fact that he was wrong to have never learned more about her existence and sets about righting that wrong, unfortunately, he really has no idea how to raise a kid. Enter the requisite governess.

Miss Lily Russell has been helping run the Quality Employment Agency with her two friends. They’ve only been operating the business for a few months, so every employee that they place is of the utmost importance. When a duke sends for a governess, Lily knows that she has to find someone; the success of the business depends upon it. With no option, Lily puts herself forward as the governess for the duke’s daughter. Of course, voracious readers of historical romance can likely guess what comes next… (more…)

“Rules for a Proper Governess” or at least, a reformed thief

16181732Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley (MacKenzies & McBrides #7)
Berkley: October 7, 2014 (Historical Romance)

My rating: Beach vacation vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3

This is going to be a short and sweet review. I liked Rules for a Proper Governess, it just doesn’t stand out in my mind as a memorable read so I find myself in the position of not having much to say about it. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining, but not a read I was terribly invested in.

Roberta Bertie Frasier is twenty-six when she encounters Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride. Encounter is probably the wrong term, in actuality, she tries to rob him, and he catches her. Bertie, on the orders of her abusive father, stole Sinclair’s pocket watch, which unbeknownst to her, is a gift from Sinclair’s deceased wife. Sinclair has no intention of letting that watch go and gives chase, only to find himself entranced by the thief who stole from him.

While Sinclair does not have Bertie arrested, the attraction between them keeps them both invested and when they encounter each other once again, Bertie finds herself the unexpected governess of Sinclair’s two troublesome children. Respectable employment is not something that Bertie has any experience in, but she soon comes to love working with the children and is committed to being a proper governess to them. (more…)

Getting into the Holiday Spirit with “Once Upon a Christmas Kiss”

22495917Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins
St. Martin’s, October 14, 2014 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: I’d go there again! (4/5)

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of holiday themed novels, especially romances. They’re just all kinds of adorable. So when I came across this holiday themed novella, I thought to myself “Why yes, I am ready for Christmas.” It’s October after all, I’m sure Costco will breaking out the Christmas decorations soon, if not already.

When Sir Lucien Blakemore decides to accept his cousin’s invitation to celebrate Christmas he does so mainly because his neighbour’s governess will be elsewhere for the holidays. Lucien has no idea that the very governess who’s company he’s missing will also be at his cousin’s house party.

While visiting her sister, Winnie attends a house party to even out the numbers. Winnie and her sister aren’t high society but apparently they’ll do in a pinch even if some guests are put out by their presence. Like Lucien, Winnie does not expect to see her friend at this house party; however, it soon becomes evident that he might be only person she can turn to when she begins to receive threats from one of the other guests. (more…)

“The Reluctant Governess” Gets the Guy

20951172The Reluctant Governess by Maggie Robinson (Ladies Unlaced #3)
InterMix, August 19, 2014 (Historical Romance)

My Rating: Beach vacation (3/5)

Eliza Lawrence has been a secretary for the Evensong Agency ever since leaving her job as a governess for a rambunctious family. She enjoys the order and the regimented structure of the secretary job. More importantly, she loves the independence that working affords her and her mother, for whom Eliza is the sole provider since the death of her father. Eliza has no desire to work as a governess again, but it seems that’s exactly what she must do when her employer is desperate.

Soon Eliza finds herself installed in the home of artist, Nicholas Raeburn caring for his illegitimate daughter, Domenica. While Eliza develops an instant relationship with Domenica, she abhors her father. Nicholas has a bit of reputation. He doesn’t care what others think and he was completely happy in his previous dissolute and creative lifestyle before he took over the care of Domenica. While Nicholas doesn’t want to give up all his freedom, he realizes that he needs to change some things for the sake of his daughter, and a starchy governess is definitely not what he needs. In fact, he’s completely happy to let Domenica run wild and isn’t fond of having restrictions placed on his daughter. So when Eliza arrives and attempts to do just that, sparks fly. (more…)