on February 10th 2018
Introducing the "Falling for the Governess" Novel - Discover NOW The New Historical Regency Romance Book by Abby Ayles!
Isabella Watts’ life of privilege is about to come crashing down.
Her wealthy lifestyle, as the daughter of the adventurous Baron Leinster, is swept away when her father is unexpectedly killed, leaving her with a debt she cannot possibly overcome.
Not only that, but her father has turned the estate over to the vile Mr. Smith, a man whose advances Isabella has already once refused and who is now out for revenge.
Fleeing from the repugnant Smith and his desire to humiliate her, Isabella finds work as the governess of a young ward at Wintercrest Manor.
There she meets the Marquess of Bellfourd, recently returned from the navy to take his place by his father’s side following the death of his elder brother.
But there are deep and possibly irreconcilable rifts at Wintercrest Manor. Wounds so deep they may never be healed.
Can Isabella help the family to overcome their woes while staying out of reach of the clutches of her nemesis? Or will her past catch up with her even there?
"Falling for the Governess" is a historical regency romance novel of approximately 90,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.
~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
Ms. Ayles is a new to me author and I enjoyed the overall story. For me, the biggest struggle was her writing style, choppy and it read like it was how she talked. Even after our couple have agreed to use given names Ms. Ayles has them thinking of each other by titles and last names. It was frustrating.
We met the evil villain and for three minutes we were repulsed and felt badly for Isabella. The author missed the opportunity for our couple to work and grow together to vanquish the evil. Even when individually they set about dealing with the evil the characters suddenly seemed unsure of themselves, their own strengths and power.
I enjoyed watching Isabella grow personally. She maintained her bright spirit and refused to stoop to the cattiness or allowing the snarkiness of the ton to ruin or taint her attitude. But again, Isabella was robbed of the chance to grow her relationship with Christian while dealing with the villain.
Christian is supposed to be an Ex-Captain of the Royal Navy. That should carry with it self-confidence and a personal power. It felt like the more we got into the story he lost that confidence. Granted becoming Duke was never on his mind as the spare, but he was a Captain.
I adored the female side of Christian’s family. There was an instant connection with Christian’s sister and niece. The interactions with and between them were charming. His mother conflicted but sweet. These ladies helped the best of both Isabella and Christian shine.
There was an extended epilogue that was wonderful, but you had to go to a separate site; request it, go to your email, forward it to your Kindle. Then read it. That process was frustrating, and I almost avoided it, but I am glad I didn’t.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.