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 adoption at birth, knowing that she would never be able to support her and look after her as an unmarried teenager she had no choice, Grace knows that was the best decision for her daughter Clara but it tore Grace apart.
On finishing governess school she wants to know if Clara is happy and well looked after by her adoptive parents, unfortunately, she finds out that they had both died in a horrific accident and her daughter, Clara is now in the custody of her uncle, Lord Ravenwell.

Grace knows what life can be like for an orphaned child going to live with relatives that don’t care or even like her and she doesn’t want that for her daughter so she takes it upon herself to track down Clara and make sure that she is happy. But what start’s out as a bit of fishing for information mission ends with Grace being offered the job as governess to her own daughter and working for the reclusive and yet tormented Marquess.

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 nearby village take over and the young and beautiful woman venturing into the lion’s den for all good reasons. After getting over the wariness against one another 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 the 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 lets 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.

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 at 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 until that moment. That he loves her, 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.

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 characters are well-formed and extremely likeable. 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 better way to ease yourself into the Christmas spirit than a romantic little Christmas story?

2 thoughts on “The Governess’s Secret Baby ~ Review

  1. Lovely review, Frankie. I haven’t read any of Janice Preston’s books but I love the Beauty and the Beast theme and this sounds such an emotional and romantic story. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Carol. This is a very emotional story, I don’t know if the Beauty and the Beast theme was intentional, but it was how I saw the story and it is very smartly done. Like yourself, I hadn’t read any of Janice’s work before, but from reading this I definitely intend to read more of her books.

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