Back Blurb :
The Beauty who tamed the Beast…
New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter Clara. Even if it means working for Clara’s guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell!
Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath… But when he discovers Grace is Clara’s mother, Nathaniel questions his place in this torn-apart family. Could there be a Christmas happy ever after for this beauty and the beast?
My View :
Grace gave her daughter up for adopted at birth, knowing that she would never be able to support her and look after her being an unmarried teenager she had no choice, Grace know’s that was best decision for her daughter Clara but it tore Grace apart.
On finishing governess school she want’s to know if Clara is happy and well looked after with her adoptive parent’s, unfortunately she find’s out that they had both died in a horrific accident and her daughter, Clara is now in custody of her uncle, Lord Ravenwell.
Grace know’s what life can be like for an orphaned child going to live with relatives that don’t care or even like you and she doesn’t want that for her daughter so she takes it upon her self to track down Clara and make sure that she is happy. But what start’s out as a bit of a fishing for information mission end’s with Grace being offered the job as governess to her own daughter and working for the reclusive and yet tormented Marquess.
“You have helped me see the importance of enjoying the Christmas season, for Clara’s sake.” he indicated to the Mistletoe. “Where shall I hang this?”
Grace eyed the mass of green. “In here?” she indicated the hall.
She looked up and their gazes fused, sending heat spiralling once again through her body, making her skin tingle. Then because it was nearly Christmas, and because she had offered a kiss – more than once – and had been resisted, and just because she felt a tingle like the rebellious Grace Bertram of old, she bent,snapped off a branch and then straightened, holding the sprig of mistletoe above her head.
He stilled. Not a muscle twitched as he looked deep into her eyes. . .
This reminds me so much of Beauty and the Beast, a tortured man locking himself away in his hill-top castle, letting the imagination of the near by village take over and the young and beautiful woman venturing into the lion’s den for all good reason’s. After getting over their wariness of one and other they soon fall in love.
Not that any would call Nathaniel a beast he is a vulnerable, elusive and very lonely man who is tormented about what happened in his past when he survived the fire that left him severely scarred and that took he life of his father. But in no way is he a beast, as Nathanial proves on every page there is so much more than what is on the outside, Nathanial is a handsome man in all the ways that matter, he has the kindest heart that I have come across he is protective and honest and once he let’s Grace, in he shows himself to be the perfect gentleman who will do anything even put his own life in peril for those he loves.
She must survive, for Clara’s sake.
“Stay with me, my darling Grace. Stay with me.”
he had thought that keeping her at bay his growing feelings might wither and die, but he had been wrong. They had continued to twine around his heart until he could no longer ignore the truth.
He was in love with Grace Bertram.
Fool that he was. he needed to say the word’s. If the worst should happen, he needed her to know.
“I love you,” he whispered and pressed his lips to the cool skin of her forehead.
He had fallen in love with her. . .
I just love the moment when he finally realises that he loves Grace. He dives into a rampant river to save her from drowning and huddles her close to stave off hyperthermia and in that moment when he is trying to wake her up and warm her he confesses the thing that he has kept hidden, the thing that he never really believed untill that moment. That he loves her, that is so beautiful, even though he still doesn’t believe that she could ever love him. That scene is just beautifully written, and so very romantic.
Nathaniel wrenched his lip’s from hers. “I could never believe a beautiful girl like you would ever look at an ugly monster like me.” He feathered kisses over her face and neck, the blood pounding hot and heavy into his groin.
She touched his cheek. “You are far from being ugly or a monster. You are a beautiful man, inside and out”
I do really like this, I haven’t read the previous book’s in the Governesses series, but I don’t think you have to read them in order, this for me is a very stand alone story, it is sweetly written with a lot of sadness and joy, the character’s are well-formed and extremely likable. I would definitely recommend this. Janice Preston is a wonderfully skilled writer in this genre, she has a classy and romantic style and I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
What a better way to ease your self into the christmas spirit then a romantic little christmas story?