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The Baron's Governess Bride
The Baron's Governess Bride
Author: Deborah Hale
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/3/2018


"The Baron's Governess Bride" by Deborah Hale 2012.
(This is a Love Inspired Historical) 2nd Book in the Glass slipper Bride's Series.
Grace Ellerby had been beautiful all her life. When her father died and her step-mother sent her to the terrible Pendergast School, she was tormented because of her looks. When she became a governess, she had more problems with single men in the houses where she stayed. Thus she felt her only recourse was to disguise herself. She went to her next interview with her disguise in place.
Lord Rupert Steadwell had three motherless daughters. Their last governess had run off to be married. Rupert didn't want that to happen again so he chose Miss Ellerby because she was so plain and unmarriageable.
Grace came to love the girls but was still skittish around Lord Steadwell. The girls discovered her disguise and wanted Grace to go to a mask ball to stop their father from remarrying.
Can Grace put aside her fears and go to the ball? Does Rupert see through her plain disguise?
Lots more to the story. No detailed sex in this one.
Happy Reading!


Blame It on the Duke (Disgraceful Dukes, Bk 3)
Blame It on the Duke (Disgraceful Dukes, Bk 3)
Author: Lenora Bell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/26/2018


"Blame It On The Duke" by Lenora Bell (May 2017)
Nicholas, Lord Hatherly, decided to live for the day because his father, the Duke of Barrington, had gone mad and so had all his ancestors. Nicholas was just waiting for the day when he himself would go mad. He vowed he would never marry but his father somehow got out of the house and gambled "him" away. Now he was honor bound to marry.
Miss Alice Tombs had plans to travel with her brother to India. She had saved a manuscript her grandfather was going to throw away. it was the missing piece to the Kama Sutra of Vatsydyana. She had been working on translating it when she found out her father had won the notorious Marquess in a game of cards and her parents expected her to marry him.
During her meeting with the Marquess, Alice talks Nicholas into marrying her. The agreement is that they will live together for a month in which time Nicholas would show her the ways of passion and then she would go on her way to India and be able to travel as a married woman. Nicholas would be free to do as he pleases and her father would pay his debts.
The story was going real well until about 2/3 ways through you have some detailed sex which I should have been prepared for since she had stipulated he teach her the ways of passion. The author does show how involved a woman can get when you put "marriage/love" into the mix.
My mother once told me how the doctor in her small town warned her away from a fellow because insanity ran in the family. The modern thought on this is still pretty much the same - that the predisposition toward insanity runs in families but predisposition is not the same as determinism. It's just one factor. The other factor which is more important is the environment.
The story is fun, happy and sad at the same time.
Happy Reading!


The Bride Insists
The Bride Insists
Author: Jane Ashford
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 9/17/2017


"The Bride Insists" by Jane Ashford (2014)
Clare Greenough had been forced into service and had been a governess now for 9 years. One day a solicitor, Everett Billingsley, came to see her to tell her that she had inherited her grandfather's brother's money. There was only one catch...Simon her awful cousin who had inherited everything upon her brother's death which forced her and her mother to leave their home, was to be one of the trustees with Mr. Billingsley being the other.
Clare knew of Simon's greed but it was confirmed when Mr. Billingsley told her that her cousin had written to her great uncle saying he was watching over Clare and that he had argued that he should be left the money.
Clare was fully aware that with Simon in charge of what she could spend, she would get nothing of the money. Mr Billingsley told her that the trust would be dissolved upon her marriage. After thinking about it, she decided her only alternative was to find a husband who would sign an agreement that would allow her to have control over her own money.
James Boleigh, Seventh Baron Trehearth was another client of Everett Billingsley and was to the point of bankruptcy. Should Mr Billingsley introduce him to Miss Greenough?
Could he be the answer to Clare's troubles? Would he sign such an agreement and would he live up to the agreement if he did? What secrets did he have?
Jane Ashford lives up to her name as one of the premier Regency writers with this one. See the power of love evolve. Happy Reading!.


Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues, Bk 3)
Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues, Bk 3)
Author: Jo Beverley
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/4/2017


This is Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington and Judith Rossiter's story.
All the ladies in London were falling in love with Leander (Lee to his friends), so he escaped to Hartwell, Lucien, the Marguess of Arden's cottage in Surrey. He wanted to get married but didn't want the lady to fall in love with him. So Lucien's wife Beth decided to play matchmaker and tell him about the Weeping Widow. She was a lady who was still so much in love with her husband that she was still wearing black after two years. The lady in question, Judith Rossiter, was the wife of a poet who had written all his works about her. After seeing her, Lee decided this was the bride for him. She even came with two children..perfect!!!
I am going to leave the rest of the story up to you to read. I have to say that I loved this story and I think that I would probably have been one of those ladies in London who would have fallen in love with Leaner Knollis! A delightful story. Happy Reading!


A Christmas Kiss and Winter Wonderland
A Christmas Kiss and Winter Wonderland
Author: Elizabeth Mansfield
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/2/2016


The stories were delightful. She has truly captured the era. No sex but definitely romantic and fun. She uses some fun words such as my mother used such as 'flibbertigibbet'. She describes the holiday traditions and even put in the Snap Dragon song. Definitely a keeper and one you will want to re-read.


Cupboard Kisses
Cupboard Kisses
Author: Barbara Metzger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 11/8/2011


I love Barbara Metzger's work and this book is one of her best. I picked it up at around 8 P.M and had to stay up until I finished. The book has humor as well as some drama. The story never seems to lose momentum. I always know I love a book when I hate to leave the characters.


Devil in Tartan (Highland Grooms, Bk 4)
Devil in Tartan (Highland Grooms, Bk 4)
Author: Julia London
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 3/5/2018


"Devil in Tartan" by Julia London 2018 (Highland Grooms Series Book #4
I was really excited to see this was Aulay Mackenzie's story. If you have been reading The Highland Groom's Series, this book comes after "The Hard-Hearted Highlander". In that book Aulay, brother of Rabbie, was the love/infatuation object of Rabbie's fiancee, Avaline. Although Aulay was only being kind to her, Avaline thought he was in love with her.
After Rabbie was settled in married bliss, Captain Aulay Mackenzie set sail carrying goods to trade for an English agent. He was to sail to Amsterdam and then on to Cadiz. This was the Mackenzie clan's chance to change their future even if his father argued about the risk.
It wasn't too long after they had set sail when they spied a ship on fire. The ship flew a royal flag. Then they saw a smaller boat which had damage to it's main mast. Aulay decided to take a closer look. The smaller boat's blundering crew made all the crew of Aulay's ship, the Reulag Balhaire, laugh with glee. Then they saw a beautiful Lady waving a white flag. A smaller boat came over to the Reulag Balhaire and asked for help. Thinking the blundering crew could be no trouble and their ship was taking on water, Aulay decided to let them come over. He would take them to land. Aulay's men were so busy looking at the beautiful Lady they were not even armed when the other crew came over. They brought over the beautiful Lady and every sailor was enamored with her. She asked the Captain to come forward so she could thank him. Aulay was bedeviled. Seeing blood on her dress they were concerned and Beaty, Aulay's first mate, commented that it should be looked at. One of her men shouted it could turn to Gangrene. "Gangrene" she cried and lifted her skirt to see the cut. All Watched. "Can any of you see?" But before Aulay could answer, he was hit from behind and when he tried to get up she said " I am so verry sorry" and kicked her knee squarely into his jaw. The next thing Aulay knew he was gagged, tied and shacked to his desk in his cabin. He was felled not by the sea, but by a woman. How humiliating! He would see them all hang.
Lady Larson is really Lottie Livingstone trying to save her clan. Her father injured, a load of whisky to sell and now she has stolen Captain Mackenzie's ship. Will she be up to all of this responsibility. She tries to tell the Captain that she is only borrowing his ship.
Read on to see the story unfold. Happy Reading!


Double Deception (Signet Regency Romance)
Double Deception (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Patricia Oliver
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/29/2017


"Double Deception" by Patricia Oliver August 1997
Athena fell in love with John Standish but his father would not approve of the marriage. Confident the father would change his mind, John and Athena were married. When John's father cut off his allowance, John joined the army to fight Napoleon. At this same time Athena's father remarried and his new wife didn't want Athena to live with them so Athena went with John to the Peninsula and while there had a little girl, Penelope. John was killed at Talavera and now she finds herself with a small pension living with her Aunt, Mrs Mary Easton in London.
Mrs. Easton and Athena received an invitation for Lady Hereford's alfresco breakfast at her home outside London beside the Thames. She really didn't want to go but did so to please her Aunt.
Athena felt like an ancient beside all the giggling innocents so she took herself off for a walk by the river hoping it would be cooler. As she stood by the river a swan trailed by a fleet of half grown cygnets came straight toward her hissing imperiously. She was saved by a young man (about 19 or 20) who carried a plate of delicacies. He told her food was the only thing to keep the beasts at bay.
Peregrine Steele, Viscount Fairmont, was the only son and heir to the Earl of St. Aubyn. After speaking to Athena and finding out she was the widow of one of England's heroes he became totally infatuated with Athena. He also came to love her daughter, Penny. He bought them clothes, took them for rides in the park and started begging Athena to marry him. He promised security and a future for her daughter so although he was so young she finally accepted. He wanted to get his father's permission and knew his father would love Athena as much as he did.
Sylvester Steele, Earl of Aubyn was not happy when Perry came with Mrs. Standish and her daughter telling him about his future bride and Sylvester called Athena a fortune hunter and tried to bribe her to leave Perry alone.
What does Sylvester do when Athena refuses his bribe and what can he do to discourage Athena from marrying Perry now? Him as a distraction? But does Sylvester learn to love Athena as much as Perry or More?
This is a another fun story so to all my friends and readers...Happy Reading!


The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, Bk 1)
Review Date: 12/1/2017


"The Elusive Miss Ellison" by Carolyn Miller 2017
Debut novel Book One in Legacy of Grace Series
I picked this book off the library shelf because I loved the dress on the cover. I know that's not a good reason to read a book but I found Carolyn Miller's writing to be so very interesting. This is an inspirational historical novel.
Nicholas, the Earl of Hawkesbury has inherited his title after his brother had died. He returned to St Hampton Heath to get away from London and the match making mamas.
The first thing he did was to go to the Reverend at the local church and ask for forgiveness. When he was fifteen, he had egged his brother into racing a friend. His brother had traveled down the village road without care and ran down the vicar's wife who died because of the accident. The vicar's small daughter had witnessed it.
Lavinia, the vicar's daughter, sees Nicholas as the brother of the man who killed her mother.
Nicholas was intrigued by the elusive Miss Lavinia Ellison. She challenged him at every turn to look into his heart and learn to forgive himself. This brought him to find comfort in turning to the Lord.
Lavinia comes to the understanding that she too has to find strength to forgive and not judge Nicholas.
Secrets abound. The story goes to London. But can Nicholas and Lavinia's differences be too much to overcome? Will God give them the gift of Love?
I'd tell you more but that would spoil the story for you. This book is well worth reading. Happy reading!


His Christmas Countess (Lords of Disgrace, Bk 2) (Harlequin Historical, No 1260)
His Christmas Countess (Lords of Disgrace, Bk 2) (Harlequin Historical, No 1260)
Author: Louise Allen
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/25/2017


HIS CHRISTMAS COUNTESS by Louise Allen
The second book in the Lord's of Disgrace Series.
This is Grantham (Grant) Rivers and Catherine (Kate) Hardings story.
When I started reading, I came to the conclusion that I should have read the first book of the series "His Housekeepers Christmas Wish" before jumping into "His Christmas Countess" story. Right at the beginning it is mentioned that he had suffered a head injury and that was the apparent reason he was still on the road on Christmas Eve. But this does not really distract from the basic story of Grant and Kate.
The story starts out with Catherine unwed and with child caught out in the middle of nowhere in the winter in Scotland. She had been robbed of her purse leaving her penniless. She was now also in labor. She found a shelter in a tumbledown cottage and prayed for a miracle for her baby.
When Catherine heard a snort of a horse and a man's voice, she scrambled to hide behind a plank table that had collapsed.
Grant had not seen any houses for miles and decided to stop when he saw a tumbledown cottage, a place which could be called technically a but and hen (one half for the beasts, one half for the family. He was lost, his horse had a sore hoof and it looked like snow. His grandfather had been ailing and the last communication said he was not expected to last the night. His little son, Charlie was probably alone and needed him as much as Grant needed his son. But it would be irresponsible for him to continue until his horse was fed and rested. He needed the rest himself.
When Grant entered the cottage, he heard a low moan. He pulled away the table only to find a woman in labour and desperate. Talking kindly to her and trying to alleviate her fears he knelt beside her and told her "I'm a doctor, it is going to be alright, trust me."
He worked to make her comfortable. Catherine just kept telling herself to thinking of the baby and Grant Rivers as a guardian angel.
Grant was a widower and his grandfather's heir. His son, Charlie, needed a mother. He had been making excuses to not marry which was his grandfather's wish so he asked Catherine what she was going to do next since she told him the father had died. She said "Do next? I don't know." He blurted out "We're still in Scotland. There are two men, farmers coming along the track." Witnesses. " Kate- Marry me." He told her that she would have the protection of his name and her baby would not be illegitimate.
So that is how it began....a germ of an idea put into action. Both had things they did not want to share with one another. Catherine had secrets. Could they overcome all these and make a love match of their marriage. Trust plays an important part in any relationship. Grant and Kate needed to realize this before they get their happiness ever after. Happy Reading!


Honor's Bride (Harlequin Historicals, No 432)
Honor's Bride (Harlequin Historicals, No 432)
Author: Gayle Wilson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/11/2015


Kit Montgomery, Lord St. John, was a typical second son. Both handsome and confident, he was immensely popular with the ladies. He was also a reckless and daring sportsman and a skillful gambler.. His present boredom with the normal activities of the ton had led him to push against the few boundaries that constrained young men of his class. His father was ready to disinherit him but offered an alternative....Join the army. He accepted his offer and went off to Portugal. He fell in love with another officer's wife but never acted on his feelings. Honor is everything...his families motto. Wonderful read. Great characters. A keeper.


The Hourglass
The Hourglass
Author: Barbara Metzger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/27/2011


I absolutely loved this book. It had a magic twist which is always fun. After finishing the book, I had a most unusual impulse to pick it us and read it again..Like I didn't want to leave the characters in the book.


Just Say Yes (Zebra Historical Romance)
Just Say Yes (Zebra Historical Romance)
Author: Betina Krahn
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 10/14/2015


The story is about a young woman, Treasure, who grew up as a "thinker", one who helped everyone in the village with their problems. The problem is she was never expected to have any feelings...never expected to cry etc. then she met the late squire's only child, Sterling. He returned from England to claim his inheritance she finds herself with many new feelings she doesn't know what to do with. Treasure ends up helping Sterling find his true self, but the journey is wonderful and awful to watch. There is of course sex. A lot I think she could have left out or shortened but it did give you the meaning of what was going on. I thought all and all is was a good read.


Kiss of the Highwayman (Signet Regency Romance)
Kiss of the Highwayman (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Jenna Mindel
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/13/2016


Very intriguing. I enjoyed this book.


A Knight in Shining Armor (Montgomery, Bk 16)
A Knight in Shining Armor (Montgomery, Bk 16)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/23/2015


This is one of the best romance time travel books I have read so far. I read it in one day. Very believable ending! A must read even if you are not into time travel.


Lady Delafont's Dilemma (Zebra Regency Romance)
Lady Delafont's Dilemma (Zebra Regency Romance)
Author: Donna Simpson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 7/21/2017


"Lady Delafont's Dilemma
Book 2 Lords & Ladies
by Donna Simpson
The new publication of this book is under the title "Married to a Rogue"
This is Baxter Delafont, Marquess of Sedgely and Lady Emily Sedgely's story.
Emily had decided to come to London. She had been separated from her husband for five years. Tonight at the opera was her first entrance into London society.
The Marquess of Sedgely, known to his friends as Delafont had come back from gallivanting on the continent. He had sent his mistress , Belle Gallant, earlier to his friend Sylvester Lessington who was a theatre owner in hope that Lessington could put Belle on stage.
Lessington and Delafont were both attending the opera tonight when they overheard a man proclaimed loudly "My Lady has grown fat" as he held a quizzing glass to his eye. The lady in question was Emily. Emily had indeed put on two or three stones, but he remembered her as she was when they first met all naive and sweet.
Lessington known as Less was a friend to both Emily and Delafont. He came to Emily the next day with a worry. Someone was trying to kill Delafont. When she heard that there had been several attacks on his life and another attempt the previous evening she and Less went over to his house. Delafont brushed off their concerns. There was another man in the room, Vicomte Etienne Marchant, a Frenchman.
Vicomte Marchant had rescued Delafont the night before, but that didn't stop him from making advances to Emily. Less came to her the next day with information that he may not be all he says he is. Emily decides to keep an eye on him in case he has ulterior motives toward Delafonte.
Delafont found that seeing Emily again stirs up emotions for her that he thought were lost for ever. But does she love him? Can they recover the love they had for each other?
You have villains, deceit and abduction thrown in for good measure. Enjoy! Happy Reading!


Lord Endicott's Appetite (Signet Regency Romance)
Lord Endicott's Appetite (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Elisabeth Fairchild
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/17/2012


Fun read... I loved the way she was so observant of his needs... and nurished his spirit through food.. I will read this again!


Lord Harry's Angel (Signet Regency Romance)
Lord Harry's Angel (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Patricia Oliver
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2018


Lord Harry's Angel by Patricia Oliver (1993)
Major Harry Davenport inherited after his brother's death. He was now the sixth Earl of Casleton. But that didn't really matter much as Mr. John Hamilton, solicitor and man of business to the Earls of Castleton for the past forty odd years explained that he was very deep in debt. Probably close to 100,000 pounds in debt and that the only way out was marriage. Marriage to a Cit's daughter. Having been in town only two days he laughed at the idea but seeing that was the only way, he agreed to let Mr. Hamilton make inquires. Drastic measures and all that.
Angela Walters had been trained to be a lady by her mother who had been an earl's daughter but disowned when she married Angels's father. Upon meeting Major Davenport (as she like to think of his as instead of Lord Castleton) and having some unusual feelings for him, she agree to marry him.
Harry put all of his efforts into building up his estate with the money given to him and Angela worked to not show to Harry what her foolish heart was telling her.
Lovely story. Happy Reading! ReadingGenie


Lord Sebastian's Secret (Duke's Sons, Bk 3)
Lord Sebastian's Secret (Duke's Sons, Bk 3)
Author: Jane Ashford
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 8/29/2017


"Lord Sebastian's Secret" by Jane Ashford.
This is the third book in 'The Duke's Sons Regency Series'. 2017
I have to say upfront that I found Lord Sebastian Gresham a really delightful, wonderful and caring character. Shows I probably fell in love with him myself.
Lord Sebastian had become betrothed to Lady Georgina Stane. The first time he saw her he thought she was the most beautiful creature ever. It didn't hurt that she was an heiress. As he began to know her he found her to be the most intelligent woman her had ever met.
He had not met her parents or sisters in London so although the wedding wasn't set until early September, he went to stay with they to get to know them.
Georgina was worried of what Sebastian would think of her unusual family. Her father had invited a Hindu man to visit and they had been constantly discussing reincarnation. Her mother breeds pugs and sells them for a great deal of money. She didn't just have a few but fifteen or twenty of them roaming the house. Her sisters expected Georgina to take them to live with her and Sebastian when they were married. She hadn't mentioned any of this to Sebastian.
When Sebastian arrived, he was let into the house by the Hindu man. A pack of pugs came down the hall flowing like a school of fish around the Hindu man. The Hindu man could not control the pugs and asked Sebastian to call them off. Sebastian liked dogs so he called the pugs off, but then the pugs turned their attention to him doing all sorts of unsavory things to his legs and boots. They wouldn't listen to any of his commands.
Georgina seeing this from the top of the stairs, went to call upon her mother who soon arrived to take control of the pugs.
Sebastian had a secret... He could not decipher letters. He was a soldier and a brilliant strategist but always felt so stupid because of his lack of being not able to read. He was terrified that when Georgina found out, she would not have him.
This is a story about acceptance and understanding on both their sides when true love is present. Happy Reading!


Lord St. Claire's Angel (Zebra Regency Romance)
Lord St. Claire's Angel (Zebra Regency Romance)
Author: Donna Simpson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2017


In May Victoria Hamilton messaged me and told me that when she started her writing career in the Regencies, she wrote under her real name... Donna Simpson. Her first novel was Lord St. Claire's Angel. These days, Donna writes traditional mysteries under the pseudonym .. Victoria Hamilton and Amanda Cooper. I decided I really wanted to read her first Regency novel.
LORD ST. CLAIRE'S ANGEL is Lord Justin St.Claire (Richmond) and Celestine Simons story.
Celestine was from a very good family but when her father died the estate went to a distant cousin, she was without money or a home. She took a position of governess with the St. Claire's (Marquess and Marchioness of Ladymead).
Lord Justin St. Claire was the Marquess' brother. He spent his time in London. He was handsome and a born flirt. He liked to romance the debutantes but never commit. He was coming to Ladymeads for the Christmas holidays. It was not beyond him to have a little flirtation going with the help.
The holidays were quickly coming upon them. Celestine was walking by the drawing room when she heard Lady and Lord St. Claire talking about her.
'She is so plain and homely that Justin will not force his attentions on an aging, plain, arthritic spinster governess. It will definitely save us all from having the problem we had last year with Miss Chambly.
Celestine hung her head, too stunned by the cruel accuracy of the words to retreat, listened while they spoke of her. Embarrassed at having lingered long enough, she began to ascend the great curved staircase.
H Justin St. Claire found her ladyship with his two nieces in the parlor. The two little girls shrieked with delight and pestered their uncle until they found the treats he had brought for them. Lady St. Claire introduced Miss Simons their new governess. Justin saw a drab little creature in an ugly gray gown. "What happened to the little charmer you had here last Christmas? He asked. You know very well what happened. When Celestine took hold of the children's hands, he noticed her hands were malformed.
As the door closed behind her, he gave his sister in law a knowing look. "making sure I don't dally with the governess,, Elizabeth"
Justin decided that he was going to give this little brown mouse of a governess some romance for Christmas.
Celestine was not immune to Justin's charms. Even though she was a daughter of an untitled gentleman, she knew Lord St. Clair was above her touch but she figured she could dream couldn't she? She knew she was but one of the many women who have been drawn to him.
When the book ended I really did not want to leave this story. I found the story riveting. I read it in one day. And to think this was her first book I liked the book very much and as they say " Well done, Miss Simpson, well done!" Donna Lea Simpson has put out a new edition of this book in digital format. The book's new cover page is beautiful.
Happy Reading! @ReadingGenie


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