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The Governess and the Master (The Montmoors Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Greer
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When penniless Catherine Roth answers a letter for a governess position in the isolated castle of Lord Andrew Montmoor, she has no idea that madness, obsession, and secrets await her.

Andrew Montmoor is ugly and isolated, but Catherine finds herself drawn to him even as she seeks to help with sickly nephew, Cullen. His Gothic horror of an estate and the secrets that call to her make her time there nearly unbearable. What happened to Andrew's sister, and will the family mausoleum or her diary reveal it? Just as Catherine is falling for Andrew, a new danger reveals itself, and Catherine's heart is swept up in the tumult.

*This is serial 1 in a set. You might also like...
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Editorial Reviews


"The description of Lord Montmoor's actions and the property are well done. I definitely felt a sense of foreboding - that creeping feeling up my neck that I get when I watch horror films. It made me want to tell Catherine to get out of there as fast as her little feet could carry her. " ~Victoria-- The Romance Reviews
"Lisa Greer's books have been a delightful surprise to me, and I dub thee Queen of Gothic suspense."
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Product Details

  • File Size: 110 KB
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00860I6RU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First Chapter, Only May 9, 2013
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Good writing, good premise and good start. However, this is only a start, and it is clearly not a complete story.

Amazon customers should be advised that this is not a complete book or even a story that would stand alone within a chapter. Characters and setting are introduced, and then it stops. While providing a story as a serialized set of writings is OK, the reader should know up front that the $1.99 paid for a few pages will not be purchasing a short story. Instead, they are purchasing a well-written first chapter of a book that could easily be 20 or more chapters. At $1.99 per chapter, the entire book cold easily soar to over $50 for a fictional novel that would best be provided as a single novel with a modest price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars typical story line January 7, 2013
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to predictable, characters to obvious and story line was so humdrum, I could hardly wait to finiish and move on to my next book
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 23 pages?????????? January 6, 2013
By Luanne
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This is 2 or so chapters that abruptly end. Not a novella, but two chapters - no ending. I thought there was some type of problem, but the reality is it is as if you pay for a sample. I feel nothing but cheated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 21, 2013
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The gothic usually has a pretty formulaic plot,and this is no different.Though I was expecting more.

The governess-to-be Catherine Roth arrives at the Montmoor mansion where she is to care for the sickly nephew of Lord Andrew Montmoor a recluse with a horrible reputation(because of his family)

Up until this part I was harboring some hope for the book,though I tried to ignore the phrase "pursed lips" being used thrice. Anyone can have their editor slip up.

But started to unravel

Its just too rushed,it doesnt devote itself to building up
suspense after the heroine meets the master of the house.
Of course this being a gothic the heroine finds herself strangely fascinated by the master of the house. Maybe a little too fast.

I found the heroine to be a little too forthcoming with her answers,in real life if someone asks you a probing question you arent always truthful or blurt out the first thing on their mind. Usually.

Another thing that bugged me was...why is the governess eating dinner with the master,unchaperoned?

Some other questions also arise if Cullen [is indeed so sickly that he doesnt expect to live out more than two years,why the need for a governess? The heroine doesnt seem to question this either (hide spoiler)]

I suppose this might be answered further along in the series/future novellas,but since I dont think I will be reading those I WILL NEVER KNOW.

Then add the fact that its not even a complete book,for some reason the author decided to cut up her own book in three parts.Instead of one book.there is three novellas This can be confusing to readers who expect to get a full book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars incomplete November 9, 2014
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This is not a book; it is a chapter. The main characters have barely been introduced and the book ends. The story hasn't ended, just the book!

There is potential if several volumes are put together.
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Do you have a passion-one you might have kept secret for a long time? I do. Earning an M.A. in literature only brought my favorite things into sharper view. My passion is gothic romance: reviewing it and writing it. If you like romance that will make you quiver and a hint of the supernatural to make you shudder, you're in the right place.

I write gothic romance reminiscent of the early authors of the genre, but my heroines have cell phones and Facebook-unless I'm writing historicals, of course. I've penned a couple regular romances, but my characters usually want graveyards, murder, mouldering ancestral mansions, and isolated spaces.

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