STORY: The beauty who tamed the beast
New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter, Clara. Even if it means working for Clara’s guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell!
Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath But when he discovers Grace is Clara’s mother, Nathaniel questions his place in this torn-apart family. Could there be a Christmas happy-ever-after for this beauty and the beast?”
REVIEW: Nathaniel Pembroke, Marquess of Ravenwell and Shiverstone Hall, is grieving the deaths of his beloved sister, Hannah, and her husband, David, from a carriage accident. Nathaniel has been named as guardian to their adopted daughter, Clara, age 2. His mother says he needs to take the responsibility of raising the child as she is unable to. He is unmarried and feels he may remain so as he has been rejected by women due to his scarred face from a fire in as he tried, but failed, to rescue his father. When he collects Clara from his mother, she reminds him that he will need to hire a governess.
Grace Bertram is traveling to Shiverstone Hall to apply for the position of governess. Actually, Grace is Clara’s real mother and had had to give her up at birth. She had been a student at Madame Dubois’s School for Young Ladies. Now that she knows where Clara is, she is determined to be the one to raise the child.
Grace is hired for the position and immediately bonds with Clara. She tries to be friends with Nathaniel but he is uncomfortable about his scars. As they become better acquainted, he appears to thaw but his personality is very mercurial.
Grace gets to know some of the townspeople which helps Nathaniel to come out of his shell. But, when she is in an accident, he begins to realize how much she means to him.
This was a good, clean story with interesting characters. Nathaniel’s moods are a bit grating. The reader can understand some of it, but I felt like he needed a swift kick.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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