The Nobleman's Governess Bride
by Deborah Hale
Series: The Glass Slipper Chronicles #1
Publication Date December 29, 2017
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 235
Written for: Adults
Jane Eyre meets Prince Charming in two enchanting Regency love stories! Previously published as "Much Ado About Nuptials" and The Baron’s Governess Bride.
Loyal Rebecca Beaton and gentle Grace Ellerby became lifelong friends while enduring the hardships of childhood at a harsh charity school. Now employed as governesses, they care for other people’s children, never expecting to know the blessings of loving marriages and families of their own. But when Rebecca and Grace encounter two special gentlemen who have suffered their own misfortunes, these humble governesses may become Cinderella brides!
In “The Viscount Meets His Match” Sebastian Viscount Benedict knows from bitter experience that marrying a woman of lower rank and fortune brings nothing but heartache. He is determined to prevent his beloved brother from making the same mistake by wedding the local squire’s daughter. Rebecca Beaton disagrees. She is certain her former pupil, Hermione, truly loves the viscount’s brother and will make him a devoted wife. She tries to persuade formidable Lord Benedict to give the young couple his blessing.
In spite of their many differences, Sebastian finds himself drawn to forthright, loyal Rebecca. Yet he fears his admiration for the lady could erode his good judgment and resolve. Rebecca fights her growing attraction to Sebastian, which threatens to divide her loyalties…and perhaps break her heart. If only she can help him believe in true love, there may be hope for more than one happy ending!
In The Baron’s Governess Bride, Rupert Lord Steadwell is determined to hire the dowdiest, most unmarriageable woman he can find to care for his motherless daughters. The girls were heartbroken when their last governess eloped and Rupert does not want to risk a repetition. In her drab clothes, frumpy cap and spectacles, Grace Ellerby look like the ideal person for the job.
Rupert has no idea that clever, caring Miss Ellerby is a beauty in disguise. Alarmed by unwanted advances from men in her previous positions, Grace is desperate to hide her dangerously attractive appearance and her growing feelings for her new employer. But when Lord Steadwell appears in danger of making a loveless marriage and saddling his daughters with a dreaded stepmother, Grace must risk everything to prevent it. Will a midnight kiss at a masked ball lead to scandal and ruin or will two wary hearts find their happily ever after at last?
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Forgiveness is the overarching theme of these two lovely novels, combined in one book, The Nobleman’s Governess Bride.
In The Viscount Meets His Match, Rebecca and Sebastian meet when he mistakes her for her charge and accuses her of being unsuitable for his brother. I enjoyed the way they spent time together in an attempt to sway the other to their reasoning about the match.
I really liked the way that Rebecca was willing to confront the powerful viscount about his attitude and need to forgive, using Scripture to do so. And her willingness later to take a clear look at herself to see her shortcomings as well.
The Baron’s Governess Bride was an interesting view of the life of a beautiful yet poor woman in Regency England, and the difficulties she encountered because of that. Grace not only had to learn of forgiveness (as did Rupert), but also to learn about trust.
Rupert’s daughters was so sweet and I enjoyed reading about the lessons both in and out of the nursery that Grace taught them. I think my favorite part of the book was the intimate, yet innocent meeting Grace and Rupert had at the ball and the scene on the bridge as he was so bold to place his hand next to hers so their fingers touched.
Both stories were delightful and well-written.
The first line of The Viscount Meets His Match is:
The Cotsworlds, England
“Miss Leonard, I presume?”
The first line of The Baron’s Governess Bride is:
Most governesses heading off to meet with a prospective employer for the first time would have made every effort to look their best.
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