The Governess Was Wicked: Governess #1 by Julia Kelly

The Governess Was Wicked: Governess  #1 by Julia Kelly

The first in the new Governess Regency Historical series from author Julia Kelly, a new to me author but one that I am sure will please many. Telling the story of 3 governesses to young ladies of ‘quality’, the series starts with the tale of Elizabeth. Please read on for my review of

The Governess Was Wicked

Charming doesn’t go far enough to explain this title. Truly a novella-length introduction to the world and the characters, the development of character and story encourage readers to engage and cheer on these young women.

Elizabeth’s story is a common one for gently bred ladies in this time. Without protection and charity of family, she needs to find a suitable occupation as either a governess or a lady’s companion.  Both require a reputation beyond reproach, and she has dedicated her life, deferring dreams of family and love of her own to do the best for the two young girls she is employed to raise.

Dr. Edward Fellowes is well-respected and regarded, particularly as he is willing to tend to his patients at all hours.  He particularly looks forward to the house calls to Elizabeth’s charges: the two have experienced an increase in ‘illness’ since the arrival of their infant brother.  Not finding the girls to be particularly challenging, Edward’s thoughts about Elizabeth are less than gentlemanly.

These two have a palpable chemistry, both stuck in their own moments of inaction due to the circumstances and social conventions.  But a search for ipecac and a daring move by Elizabeth open the door to more – and their inability to think and speak to their true wishes almost cost them dearly.  Wonderful character development and voice, everything you would wish for in a full-length novel is contained in this story.  Light, fun and engaging, I can’t wait for Mary’s story!

The Governess Was Wicked: Governess  #1 by Julia Kelly

Title: The Governess Was Wicked
Author: Julia Kelly
Series: Governess #1
Also in this series: The Governess Was Wanton, The Governess Was Wild
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Pocket Star
ISBN: 1501139339
Published on: 12 September, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 150
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Julia Kelly

Julia Kelly is the award-winning author of sexy historical and contemporary romances about smart women and the men who love them. She picked up her first romance novel and the bad habit of reading well past her bedtime when she was thirteen. Years later, she decided to try writing romances of her own and never looked back. Julia is the author of Seduction in the Snow and The Wedding Week. She is also a founding member of First Draught, a monthly YouTube show and podcast exploring writing and romance. By day, Julia is an Emmy-nominated journalist in New York City where she chases breaking news and bosses reporters around. She never met a pair of stilettos she didn’t love and still stays up too late reading.