Published by Pocket Star on September 12th 2016
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This delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they can’t have.
Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls’ ruse. Yet even Elizabeth can’t help but notice Edward’s bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss won’t hurt.
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
The Governess was Wicked is the first book in the ‘Governess’ series by Julia Kelly.
It’s the story of Elizabeth Porter, a woman who when she found herself in hard times decided to become a governess. Her current employment sees her as the governess to two little girls. Girls who have been sorely neglected by their parents since their mother had a baby boy. The boy will be the heir, and therefore is idolised by his parents. In an attempt to get their parents to pay attention to them, the little girls have begun to feign illnesses. Elizabeth doesn’t want to risk that one day the illnesses won’t be put on, so she often has to call the doctor to the house. She has had feelings for the doctor for the longest time, but she knows that she, as a governess, isn’t a high enough class of woman to become a doctor’s wife.
Doctor Edward Fellows has had feelings for Elizabeth too, but he’s never let on to her how he feels. But during every visit to the girls he is reminded just how much he admires and is attracted to her.
On one occasion when the doctor was called out to the girls, the illness wasn’t put on. In fact they both contracted the deadly disease, Scarlet Fever. Edward and Elizabeth were the ones to care for the girls because their parents quickly left the house with their son so that he wouldn’t fall ill too.
After spending a lot of time together nursing the girls, and with emotions high, Edward and Elizabeth give in to their attraction and find themselves in a passionate clinch. Unfortunately for them, they are caught by the master of the house, who quickly dismisses Elizabeth. Of course she is painted as the disrespectful party, especially as she should be setting an example to her charges, not being a ‘whore’. Edward should have offered marriage then and there, but instead all he did was keep her from getting dismissed (or so he thinks).Elizabeth’s heart breaks, and she is even more distraught when after Edward leaves, her boss tells her to get out, dismissing her after all. She quickly packs her bags and leaves.
She has some wages saved up and can get a room for now, but she desperately needs to find more employment. The women that helped her become a governess and found her a situation in the first place are happy to help her find a new situation. That is until the horrid mother of the girls sends a scathing letter to them telling them about what Elizabeth had done. Needless to say, after that, being a governess wasn’t going to be an option for her.
Her other only option, decent one, is to be a lady’s companion. Can she find a position before her money runs out? Will her heart ever mend over Edward’s treatment of her?
Edward has realised how very wrong he was to not offer marriage to Elizabeth, not because it was the right thing for him to do, but because he realises how much he loves her, and that he doesn’t want to live his life without her. He doesn’t realise that she has been dismissed from her job, so for weeks he has been sending letters to her begging her forgiveness. He thinks she won’t forgive him, and he is feeling broken hearted too.
Will he find out that she was dismissed, can he find out where she has moved on to, will he get his happily ever after with Elizabeth?
I really loved this story, OK there were a couple of inconsistencies like when the girls were deathly ill, despite loving them like her own children, Elizabeth still managed a naughty moment with Edward. If that was me, lust would be the last thing on my mind when children I cared about were so ill. I also don’t think that if Edward truly loved Elizabeth he would have just written to her for weeks and not chase it up when he didn’t get a reply of some sort from her. My first thought would have been, hmm, maybe she was dismissed after all. I definitely think he could have worked harder to find her and get her to forgive him, rather than just rely on letters. Those things didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment of the story though, and I am happily going to read the next in the series. I love when a Governess gets her man, especially if he’s of the upper classes!!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.