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The Cinderella Governess (The Governess Tales) Mass Market Paperback – August 23, 2016
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Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a local TV station before moving to Hollywood to work in the entertainment industry. When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com for more information about Georgie and her books.
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Joanna Radcliff has just graduated from the only home she’s ever known. At Madame Dubois’ School for Young Ladies, Joanna and her three closest friends have been trained to become governesses and now the time has arrived for them to leave. Joanna is sent to live with the Huntford family who disrespect and bully her. Despite her best efforts, Joanna suspects she was not cut out to be a governess and longs for a family of her own.
After a chance meeting at a ball, Major Luke Preston becomes entranced by the beautiful Huntford governess. Unfortunately family obligations require that Luke marry a wealthy heiress and pursuing a woman from the lower classes would be unacceptable. While Joanna and Luke do their best to resist the growing attraction between them it becomes clear that fate has other plans.
The Cinderella Governess is a delightful and nuanced love story that follows two good people as they fall in love. Joanna Radcliff has been raised to respect her station and she fears falling in love with Luke will endanger her future. Luke Preston loves his family and while he recognizes his strong feelings for Joanna, he also realizes the very real consequences of marrying her.
While it may seem that you’ve read this book before, there is much more to the story than the description above entails. Without giving anything away I will say that this isn’t just a simple book about a governess falling in love with someone above her reach. There is a backstory to Joanna’s life that becomes crucial to the storyline and Luke eventually has choices that were not at first available to him. Other characters play important roles in our couples’ future, and events play out differently that you might think.
What I loved most about The Cinderella Governess were Luke and Joanna themselves. These are two good people who make responsible adult decisions and while they love each other they also realize that love doesn’t exist in a vacuum. At its heart though The Cinderella Governess is a fairytale and has the perfect ending to prove it.
Ms. Lee’s prose is so eloquent, her descriptions so precise, that while I read, I could the flora, the décor, the clothes as clearly as a picture. The author also conveyed every little nuance of the relationship, the shift in sentiments, and Luke and Joanna’s feelings; and I felt I knew them well. The interactions between Luke and Joanna are simply sublime: a little touch here, a glance there, the pull, the hesitations, as well as the respect Luke shows Joanna. I also liked the fact that while there is some sex, the author handles it very adroitly; it was not explicit, and I felt it remained true to Regency sensibilities.
The story is much more complex than it seemed at first, although an indication of life-changing events to come that had been hinted at somewhat early in the book, took a while to come to fruition. THE CINDERELLA GOVERNESS is definitely not fast-paced, but while Ms. Lee takes her own sweet time, while getting there, the author treats us to a very detailed look at the Regency era, especially how disheartening class distinctions could be. Joanna and Luke are both prisoners of their respective milieus, and I like how the author was able to convey their dilemma, the apparent impossibility of getting married, but when those few precious moments when they could be alone happened, they were like a rainbow after the rain. Ms. Lee tortures the reader until the very end, because I had no idea how it would all work out, if at all until the very last pages!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
She had wondered all her life why she'd been left there and just assumed she hadn't been lovable enough. Making do with her situation, she tried hard to help the four girls, an uphill battle, because the oldest, whose example the others would follow,was a spoiled, nasty piece of work, deeply in lust with a rake named Lt. Foreman.
Meeting Major Preston and becoming his friend made things both easier and harder at the same time. He needed a rich bride for his family's sake, but she drew him like a moth to a flame. She felt as though he was perfect, but as a lowly governess, had no dowry to offer.
When her true family ties become apparent, the is a total about face as to who is of higher consequence.
The young couple is pushed and pulled by family and their situations and give up on love several times only to come together again despite the reasons that it cannot be.
I received an ARC copy for my honest opinion and enjoyed reading it and would recommend to fans of romance, particularly historical.
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