Tuesday 16 July 2019

The Earl's Runaway Governess by Catherine Tinley (2019)

Who knew living with an Earl…
…would lead to such temptation?
Marianne Grant’s new identity as a governess is meant to keep her safe. But then she meets her new employer, Ash, Earl of Kingswood, and she immediately knows his handsome good looks are a danger of their own! Brusque on first meeting, Ash quickly shows his compassionate side. Yet Marianne doesn’t dare reveal the truth! Unless Ash really could be the safe haven she’s been looking for…

I love the governess trope in Regency romance especially when it is well written and charming. Catherine Tinley manages to put her own stamp on this well worn theme to create a likeable couple and a feel good romance that I couldn't put down. Everything about the story was well developed; the side characters, Marianne's background, Ash's background, their budding romance and intrigue and menace that followed Marianne. I really enjoyed her friendships with the people she worked with and loved how they stood up for her and disapproved of Ash when things went awry.
Marianne's stepbrother, Henry, was a nasty piece of work and I was glad that the author didn't shy away from showing how much of a brute he actually was.  It made Marianne's submission believable and added a more urgent sense of danger to the predicament she found herself in.
The conclusion of the story was particularly heartwarming and I couldn't wait to see Ash deal with Henry and confess his feelings to Marianne.
This was a lovely read and I look forward to reading many more books by the author.

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