A quiet governess…
An unruly heart
Sir Nicholas Denny is desperate to find a governess to care for his boisterous nieces and nephews. Demure vicar’s daughter Mary Smith seems ideal—at first. All too soon Nicholas discovers a different side to her… She’s a beautiful, vivacious woman, even if she infuriates him with her strong opinions! When he waltzes with Mary at a party he knows he’s in trouble—the spark between them is so tempting, but she challenges everything he thought he wanted in a wife!
Loved this book–un-put-downable!
Miss Mary Smith, daughter of a vicar, is a young woman with a mind of her own. She’s ahead of her times, feeling that it is her right to speak her mind. She’s raised by an indulgent, tolerant, and broad-minded father. But she shocks the rest of society with her outspoken ways.
Fate deals her a harsh blow and she finds herself working as a governess at the home of Sir Nicholas. She strikes up a friendship with the master of the house, much to the disapproval of his sister. Mary navigates the minefield of Sir Nicholas’s household while her heart is heavy with a terrible burden. It doesn’t help that she’s highly attracted to her employer!
Catherine Tinley has written an unputdownable romance that left me literally breathless. Neither Mary nor Sir Nicholas are perfect characters, and they speak and behave inappropriately (for the times) often. Mary’s thoughts about women’s rights are relevant even today, when many men think that a woman’s place is in the home and that they aren’t as smart as men.
I flew through the book–it is gripping, almost addictive. Tinley doesn’t bore you with unnecessary details, but she describes the atmosphere where it is important for the reader. You can feel the passion of Mary and Sir Nicholas, the disdain of Susan (his sister), the jealousy of Miss Cushing (the governess), and the warmth and love of the children.
It isn’t a short book at around 300 pages, but I didn’t even realize how the hours flew by as I became immersed in the book. If you like historical romances, DON’T miss this book!
(I received an e-ARC from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.)
About the author
Catherine Tinley is an award winning author who writes witty, heartwarming, Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at http://www.catherinetinley.com, as well as http://www.facebook.com/CatherineTinleyWriter and @CatherineTinley on twitter.
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