STORY: Once upon a time…
Joanna Radcliff has always dreamed of the day when she’d become a governess and finally be part of a proper family. Except, instead of a warm welcome, she’s given a frosty reception by her employers—and her charges! The only person who pays her any attention is the dashing Major Preston…
Despite their stolen conversations and tantalizing glances in the ballroom, Luke and Joanna know that their stations in life are just too different. But when this Cinderella governess’s life is transformed and their roles are reversed, will they risk everything to be together?
REVIEW: Madame Dubois’s School for Young Ladies is where friends Joanna, Rachel, Isabel, and Grace are students. After much training, the are finally taking positions as governesses.
Joanna Radcliff left first to work at Huntford Place in Hertfordshire. There she is in charge of 4 girls. They are ill-behaved and treat her with contempt. Her room is sparse and always cold. In addition, the parents are not friendly and tend to ignore her.
Joanna had been a foundling left on the doorstep at Madame Dubois’s School so she does not know who her parents were.
Luke, Major Preston, has just returned to Mayfair from France and duty with the Army. He is anxious to see his finance Diana Tomalin. Under orders from his family to marry and produce an heir, he is intent on doing that so that he can return to his regiment. He is the second son of the Earl of Ingham. However, he finds that during his 5-year absence, his fiancee, Diana has married an older, wealthy man and is expecting a baby.
Luke is also tasked with bringing his family home in Hertfordshire back to prosperity, but he needs to marry a wealthy woman to achieve this end. He plans to visit his sister in Hertfordshire. Upon arrival, he agrees to attend a ball. There, he notices Joanna in the background keeping watch over her charges. One of her charges, Frances, is determined to ruin herself, but Luke and Joanna manage to intercept her before any damage is done.
There is a definite attraction between Luke and Joanna, but neither of them has the money for a union between them to be successful. But when Joanna meets the local vicar, some pieces of the puzzle of her background begin to fall into place.
This book did not appeal to me. The events did not seem to flow well which left me confused about some of the characters. I do want to read other books by this author and hope to find them more appealing.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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