A quiet governess…
An unruly heart
Sir Nicholas Denny is desperate to find a governess to care for his boisterous nieces and nephews. Demure vicar’s daughter Mary Smith seems ideal—at first. All too soon Nicholas discovers a different side to her… She’s a beautiful, vivacious woman, even if she infuriates him with her strong opinions! When he waltzes with Mary at a party he knows he’s in trouble—the spark between them is so tempting, but she challenges everything he thought he wanted in a wife!
Mary’s father has been accused of treason and is being held in a prison near his home in Norfolk. Mary is thrown out of finishing school in London due to not being able to pay the fees and takes a position as a temporary governess to Sir Nicholas’ sisters children so she can be near her father whilst she attempts to prove his innocence
I loved Mary as a character, she is strong and outspoken, she is smart and knows her own mind, she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks even though it may get her in trouble on occasion. She has some brilliant ways of teaching the younger children that makes them more engaged and actually wanting to learn which was a breath of fresh air compared to some of the more traditional ways
Nicholas was told from a young age that he is more important than those around him because of his position in society and this has stayed with him into adulthood. It takes Mary coming into his life to challenge this and make him question himself and his behaviours, even though he does at times struggle with her opinions of him. He is a character who becomes more likeable throughout the book and as his feelings towards Mary start to develop he starts to realise what is important in his life and as a reaction he becomes more real as a character
I really enjoyed reading Mary and Nicholas’ story, there is drama, intrigue and fights that caught my attention and had me unable to put this book down. I will admit that I found the ending a bit rushed but at the same time I understand why as it allows the drama to build for the reader
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance that challenges the characters thoughts and beliefs with enough mystery to keep you hooked
AM 🐾 x
Catherine Tinley is an award winning author who writes witty, heartwarming, Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at http://www.catherinetinley.com, as well as http://www.facebook.com/CatherineTinleyWriter and @CatherineTinley on twitter.
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