Sara: The Governess Club #3 by Ellie MacDonald with Giveaway

Thank you for stopping by: today I have 2 stops with giveaways for you all.  Ellie Macdonald’s historical romance series The Governess Club is wrapping up with Sara, book 3 in the series.  Book 4 is in the next post!  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 the  Digital Sets of CLAIRE & BONNIE, The Governess Club Series Books One and Two.

Book Review:

The series continues with Sara’s story, one of the founding members of the Governess Club.  Earlier installments from Ellie Macdonald have shown us two of the young women finding their loves and happily ever after.  Sara is a bit different from Claire and Bonnie in that she is almost selfless in her willingness to go along to get along, unlike her friends who are more of the ‘stir things up’ sort of women. Ellie Macdonald continues with her wonderful character development, and gives us a slow-starting story where we meet Sara and Nathan in the middle of their own struggles, as they are trying to balance their lives and continue in their own self-imposed prisons.

Sara is painfully panicked at the mere thought of confrontation: she truly has no desire to be a governess, and less confidence in her own wishes or thoughts, but since her friends were so enamored of the plan, she went along.  Her own personal desires have been from a difficult and overbearing mother, unused to excess or even great pleasure, she can’t bring herself to contemplate them.  Her real dream is to meet and marry a vicar: do good works as his wife and lead a quieter more contemplative life.

Nathan is a former politician who, by his own admission was a rake and a misanthrope.  Disillusioned by the corruption, greed, tit for tat favor granting and clutter of London, he has purchased Windent Hall in the tiny village of Taft.  He has imposed a hermit-like existence on himself, avoiding most social contact. His time in London has jaded him to people, and left him with no willingness or ability to trust in anyone or anything.

A chance meeting at the Vicarage puts the two in contact, and while Nathan’s brash manner is disconcerting for Sara, she is intrigued by this man who is unlike anyone she has ever met.  Nathan is far more used to fawning and chattering women, Sara’s quietude and watchfulness intrigue him.  When he realizes that her quiet nature is fear and not stupidity, he attempts to hear her true feelings, poking, prodding and outright questioning.  She is slowly gaining in confidence and the ability to speak her mind, and he is realizing that this sweet and good-nature woman is someone he can trust and believe in. And I love that he didn’t downplay the admiration he showed for them in wanting to open a school, even if she was, at first, unsure if it was mockery.

Ellie Macdonald allowed these two to build a relationship that develops with fits and starts, it is in no way an insta-love situation, and there really are questions as to their final outcome since both are changing in dramatic and noticeable ways.  Of the four, Sara was the one who instantly had me on her side from the get-go, and Macdonald managed to present her story in a way that felt fitting and appropriate. I really enjoyed this installment, and am sad that the series is coming to an end with the last book and girl from the Governess club.

Sara: The Governess Club #3 by Ellie MacDonald with Giveaway

Title: Sara
Author: Ellie Macdonald
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 352
Rated: five-stars
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Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the governess club. But she has a secret… She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.

Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance of passion?


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.


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.

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