The second in this tour with Tasty Book Tours (also a stop I missed yesterday due to aforementioned idiocy) this is another fun regency romance. Please be sure to check the other tour stops and don’t forget to scroll down to the giveaway! It’s pretty awesome!
We first hear of Bonnie and the difficulties with her position from a letter shared in Claire’s story. This second installment of the Governess Club series by Ellie Macdonald is now focusing on her and the mystery surrounding her young charge’s parents.
When the Viscount Darrow and his wife are mysteriously and suddenly killed in an accident, Bonnie is left with their two young sons in her charge. She is tasked with waiting for their guardian to arrive, and arrive with a vengeance he does: Sir Stephen arrives without patience for children and a bit of a chip on his shoulder regarding the “help”.
In what has come to be my expectation from this author, she manages to provide fully developed characters that are detailed with distinction and singular presence. Bonnie is a wholly likeable character: her determination to protect the children, and her devotion to them in standing up to Stephen’s rather oafish manners and behavior are admirable and make her the favorite in the story.
Stephen is more a fish out of water, with his concerns more involved with the death of his friend: he knows it was not an accident and is determined to find the murderer and bring him to justice. While he hasn’t the exposure to children, his manner with them is far less patient and based in some fairly antiquated expectations of both the children’s abilities and Bonnie’s true intentions. We do, however, see him loosen up and grow in both his openness to the children and to Bonnie, although this wasn’t as openly displayed in his behavior. In fact, much of his energy was directed toward resolving the murder of the Viscount and his wife, and only after that was done was he realizing that perhaps his lustful feelings toward Bonnie were more than just simply physical.
While I didn’t enjoy the love story as much in this book as in the first, the quality of characters, writing and plot were stellar and the story is a wonderful installment in this new series. I wholeheartedly recommend this series to fans of regency and historical romance, and while you can read each book without no great loss of plot or story, you will want to read both – they are that good.
Title: The Governess Club: Bonnie
Author: Ellie Macdonald
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Four regency misses, making their ways as governesses, make a pact work together in order to leave London and support themselves in the country. Thus, the Governess Club was born. But little did they know that their heroes might have something else to say about the matter.
Miss Bonnie Hodges, governess to the Darrow family, is desperately trying to hold it together. Tragedy has struck, and she is the sole person left to be strong for the two little boys in her care. When the new guardian arrives, she hopes that things will get better. She wasn't expecting her new employer to be the most frustrating, overbearing, and…handsome man she's ever seen.
Sir Stephen Montgomery is utterly distracted. He should be trying to figure out how his two best friends were killed in a suspicious accident and why the new young viscount seems destined to be the next victim. But he can't concentrate on anything but his growing infatuation with the beautiful, mysterious, and utterly captivating governess.
Together they're doing their best to save the two boys, but will Stephen's feelings for Bonnie get in the way of their search for a killer?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Giveaway: And a really good one it is!!
Grand Prize for One lucky winner: an Avon Swag pack including Rules of Surrender and Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd: Temptation of a Proper Governess by Cathy Maxwell: A Night Like This by Julia Quinn: An Unlikely Governess by Karen Ranney: AND The Duke in Disguise by Gayle Callen.
Two winners will get a digital copy of The Governess Club: Claire by Ellie Macdonald
Drawing ends at midnight on 12 October, 2013