The Governess's Earl
by Regina Scott
Series: Grace-by-the-Sea #4
Published by Edwards and Williams
Publication Date January 25, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Written for: Adults
Is the best role for a bluestocking a bride?
Rejected by the man she loved, quick-witted bluestocking Rosemary Denby is determined to win the position of governess to the temperamental Lady Miranda, daughter of the Earl of Howland. Surely helping another young lady find the joy in learning is just what she needs to regain her confidence.
Drake, Earl of Howland, is struggling to find his footing as a widowed father, new earl, and suddenly penniless owner of the castle near the cozy spa village of Grace-by-the-Sea. But the new governess has him even more off balance. He loved once and saw his wife die in childbirth. The more he learns about Rosemary, the more he begins to wonder whether he can open his heart again. As danger once more draws closer to the castle on the headland, he and Rosemary must work together to keep the village and his daughter safe. Could his bluestocking governess be the one to teach him a lesson, in love?
If you love sweet, witty Regency romances with a touch of adventure, then you’ll love The Governess’s Earl, the fourth book in Regina Scott’s Grace-by-the-Sea series, where romance and adventure come home.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Matchmaker’s Rogue , The Heiress's Convenient Husband , The Artist's Healer, The Lady's Second-Chance Suitor, The Siren's Captain
What a wonderful story to start the year with!
Having loved the previous books in the Grace-by-the-Sea series, I am so glad it’s not over yet! The people of this lovely English village have captured my attention – and my heart. They are troubled by the mere 40 miles that separate them from the enemies who live across the Channel in France. Each story builds the anticipation regarding the issues with the French agents, making me eager to read more and more and more.
Combining wit, adventure, and romance, author Regina Scott has written another winner. I found myself giggling at Rosemary’s repartee. The manner in which she took over her interview with Drake, the Earl, for becoming his governess was so clever! Even more fun was having him later quoting her from that interview. I also loved how Rosemary handled the feisty Lady Miranda, Drake’s daughter, and her boundless energy.
Ms. Scott has a knack for taking a humorous situation and drawing it out just the right amount. Such as with Drake’s footman-turned-valet’s “skills” with his wardrobe. And, of course, Maudie with her mermaids and trolls.
Not all is fun and games in Grace-by-the-Sea, however. Drake’s mother, the Countess, is not happy with the way Rosemary is handling Lady Miranda’s education. Or with Drake’s growing attraction for Rosemary. French spies are still suspected of infiltrating this sleepy village. And there is that matter of those pesky finances plaguing the Earl’s estate.
The surprising discovery in the cliffs was fascinating, as was the wealth of knowledge Rosemary imparted to Miranda (and Drake). Her experience working with her uncle gave her insight into many things considered unusual for a woman at that time to know.
Full of everything that makes for an enjoyable story, The Governess’ Earl is a must-read for those who love historical fiction.