Friday, October 14, 2016

THE GOVERNESS by Kristen McKendry — book review, book giveaway

THE GOVERNESS by Kristen McKendry. This was a very cute read. For me, it had a slow beginning and felt a little info dumpy for the first chapter or two. Once Kate and Mr. Colaco met the story moved much more smoothly. I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I figured out the surprise at the end about halfway through but it was still fun to read and see how it played out. This is a delightful read for anyone who loves a good, clean romance that touches on issues in a different country during a more commonly written about era. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she's always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the grand house awaiting her—but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily-painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job as a children's tutor will not be all she dreamed.
Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions in favor of the joys of a simple life—and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she's come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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