Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Governess by Kristen McKendry
Author: Kristen McKendry
Published: October 10th, 2016
Paperback: 214 pages
FTC FYI: I received a complimentary PDF from the publisher, all opinions are my own.
For Kate Porter in 1880s Canada, working as a governess is simply a means to an end, and she aspires to a high-society future that will lift her out of her middle-class existence. When she accepts a new position as tutor to Alonzo Colaco's children, she sees it as a step in the direction of her dreams. She eagerly envisions a grand house awaiting her...but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job will not be all she anticipated.
Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position comes along. Soon, however, she abandons her preconceptions along with her bustle in favor of the joys of a simple life---and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she has come to care about to pursue her high-society dreams?
The Governess is an enjoyable book with very likable characters and a great story. I enjoyed the Canadian setting too. Kate experiences a great growth in the story, that I appreciated. She had some lessons to learn about herself and I felt one lesson at the end took a bit longer "time-wise" for her to come to terms with, but I loved all that transpired to get her there. After finishing the story I understood why the went through what she did. I absolutely loved the ending, although I had my suspicions of a certain surprise. Alonzo was a fabulous leading man. I loved every page he was on. His children were also scene stealers. I loved the lessons learned throughout the book. The author did a fabulous job with her characters. Jin, Ah Lam, and Millie were delightful. I laughed, I cried, I will read more books from this author.
5 out of 5 stars.
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