The Governess Club: Claire (The Governess Club #1) by Ellie Macdonald, Review and Giveaway

The Governess Club: Claire (The Governess Club #1) by Ellie Macdonald, Review and Giveaway

As part of a tour stop for Tasty Book Tours (that I missed yesterday because, well, I’m an idiot!) I am thrilled to present a new entrant in books for your TBR pile for fans of historical romance.  Please be sure to check the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter !

Book Review:

The first of a new series by Ellie Macdonald, The Governess Club: Claire is a well-devised historical romance novella with many moments of laughter and smiles.

Claire is the first in the series, a group of young ladies who wish to become self-directed and start their own school.  But, in the meantime they must earn the funds to start their dream venture, and this is Claire’s story. 

One of the highlights for me in this story was the characterizations: each person we meet is developed with care and skill, incorporating humor, appropriate language and vivid descriptions to bring them breath and life.  Claire is, understandably, determined and sharp-witted, with a penchant for propriety that is ingrained as another element to help her achieve her end goals.  When the house in which she is employed decides to hire a tutor for the children, her  carefully plotted life goals are thrown into a tailspin, allowing her the dream of something more than a life of teaching other people’s children.

As the tutor, Jacob is really quite clever and funny.  Hiding the fact that he is an Earl, his attitude and charming manner are quite unlike anything Claire has encountered on a personal level.  As the two start to develop a friendship, their conversations and his approach show a caring heart and sense of chivalry that was initially not apparent.  Conversations are clever and quite well crafted, with humor and heart in the forefront.   Additionally the children are developed with quirks and outrageous statements that bring their characters a dimensionality that is rare in stories of this type.

While the angst created with Claire’s stubbornness regarding Jacob’s initial truth-withholding, the two do manage to work through that as Claire also holds a secret, and it is possibly the key to their easy understanding of one another.  The heart and its desires are at the forefront of this story, despite the societal restrictions of place and position and conflicts that they encounter.  With a fun ending that will suit many readers, this was a book that ended with a smile.

The Governess Club: Claire (The Governess Club #1) by Ellie Macdonald, Review and Giveaway

Title: The Governess Club: Claire
Author: Ellie Macdonald
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 192
Rated: four-half-stars
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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.

Claire Bannister just wants to be a good governess so that she, and the other ladies of the Governess Club, can make enough money to leave their jobs and start their own school in the country. But when the new, sinfully handsome, and utterly distracting tutor arrives, Claire finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance that could change the course of her future.

Jacob Knightly has a secret. He’s actually the notorious Earl of Rimmel. He’s just posing as a tutor to escape his reputation in the city. He never expected to fall in love with the beautiful and kind governess. She is the first person to love him for himself and not his title.

But when Jacob’s true identity is revealed, Claire realizes she has risked her reputation and her heart on a man she doesn’t truly know. Will Jacob be able to convince her that the Wild Earl has been tamed and that she is the true Countess of his heart?


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

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About Ellie Macdonald

Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.