Published by Harlequin Special Releases on June 19, 2018
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A most unlikely governess......with a shocking secretPart of The Governess Swap: Lady Rebecca Pierce escapes her forced betrothal when the ship she's on wrecks. Assuming the identity of a governess she believes has drowned, she enters the employ of brooding Lord Brookmore, who's selflessly caring for his orphaned nieces. Inconveniently, she's extremely attracted to the viscount, with her only chance of happiness tied to the biggest risk: revealing the truth about who she really is...
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Lady Becomes a Governess is the first book in The Governess Swap series by Diane Gaston.
Lady Rebecca Pierce is on a ship bound for England where she is to wed a man she despises. Her parents are both dead, and her half-brother wants to be rid of her hence arranging her marriage. Whether she marries the man or not he is cutting all ties with her which leaves Rebecca no choice but to go ahead with the wedding.
On board the ship she meets Claire Tilson, a governess on her way to a job with Lord Garret Brookmore, looking after his two young nieces whom he is the guardian of since their parents died. Claire and Rebecca do a double take when they meet because they could be identical twins. They talk and decide that they can’t be related which makes their likeness even stranger. They quickly become firm friends and have a heart to heart about their lives, then, for a laugh, they decide to wear each other’s clothes to see if they can make people on the ship believe that Claire is Rebecca. Before they have a chance to change into the correct clothes a storm hits and the ship is sunk. Claire is lost at sea, and Rebecca only just survives. Dressed as she is, it is believed that she is Claire. All of a sudden Rebecca sees an opportunity open to her to escape her old life and a marriage she doesn’t want. She happily lets people believe she is indeed Claire Tilson.
Brookmore arrives at the Inn Rebecca has been taken to, and when she is well enough to travel they make their way to his home. There is an immediate attraction between them, one that they both know nothing can come of. Rebecca is no longer in his class, being just a governess, and Brookmore is betrothed. He doesn’t want to marry but knows he must for the sake of producing an heir, and more importantly to give his nieces some stability.
The more time that Rebecca spends as governess to the girls the more she comes to care for them, and their uncle. She worries that she isn’t being a proper governess to them, but does her best, and most importantly she makes them happy. Brookmore thinks her way of teaching is odd, but he sees how much happier the girls are so doesn’t question her at all.
The story goes on to show us how the relationships develop between Brookmore, the girls and their governess. Throw into the mix a jealous fiance come to claim her man, an ex-besotted employee come to claim back his children’s governess, and the threat of Rebecca’s secret coming out and you have an exciting story that will keep you reading as quickly as possible to see how it will work out. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I suppose if I were to be critical I would wonder how Rebecca could make anybody believe that she is anything less than a lady, especially as she struggles to act subservient. BUT, I enjoyed the story so much I don’t care about that. I loved the twins and how they changed from sad little cherubs into much happier girls under Rebecca’s care. I didn’t know how they would all end up with their happy ever after but rest assured that they do have one, and it will make you smile.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.