Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Governess by Kristen McKendry

The Governess

Author: Kristen McKendry

Publisher: Covenant

Published: October 10th, 2016

ISBN13: 9781524400385

Paperback: 214 pages

FTC FYI: I received a complimentary PDF from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Goodreads Summary

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?

My Review

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. 

Author Links

Goodreads / Website

Purchase Links

Amazon / Deseret Book / Seagull Book

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