Here is the final installment in Ellie Macdonald’s historical romance series, The Governess Club, Louisa. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where Avon is offering two winners a chance to win a Digital Set of CLAIRE & BONNIE, The Governess Club Series Books One and Two.
The wrap-up installment of this lovely historical romance series, Ellie Macdonald has managed to bring all four of her characters full circle and bring them all a happy, if unexpected ending. After the end of Sara, we were left with a cliffhanger and several questions – all surrounding Louisa and her disappearance.
Far from my favorite of the four, Louisa is sharp tongued, judgmental and not always the nicest person to deal with. Her attitude and behavior toward Sara was pretty horrid, carrying a bit of the snob along with her. Surprisingly, Ellie Macdonald managed to explain many of her dislikable behaviors with her backstory and history, and while I didn’t always agree with her approach, she was easier to understand and make allowances for after I finished this book. And, her story was quite astonishing, making her own behavior and secrecy completely in keeping with her choices, even when those aren’t the most endearing.
John is wonderful: a former champion prizefighter who is always willing to help out those in need as he quietly works to run his small tavern: his manner and open nature keep his tavern full although not always well run. When Louisa appears and makes arrangements to work for room and board, the two start a cautious relationship, soon brought to business partnership.
But John is fascinated by her: her brains, her no-nonsense approach to business matters and her work ethic. Less fascinating, but still something he will overcome is her unwillingness to admit to her feelings for him, or consent to marry him. She is hiding something, and John wants to be there and support her, make a life with her, and offer her his protection and heart. Of course, her life does catch up with her – England is a small place after all: and John is wonderfully stalwart and steadfast, even as she is reeling from learning what had happened after she ran.
I still did not entirely see how Louisa could have remained unaware of the situation after she ran, even with her brother’s assistance to shield her, but I wanted to believe for her sake – and that is, perhaps best attributed to Macdonald’s writing and skill in involving us so completely in the character at the moment. With a lovely epilogue that wraps up the whole series, these are fun and enjoyable characters that will be read and reread by many.
Author: Ellie Macdonald
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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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.