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Monday, October 13, 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Governess Club Books 3 and 4 by Ellie Macdonald / @TastyBookTours @elliemacdauthor

Title: The Governess Club, Book 3: Sara
Author: Ellie MacDonald
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the governess club. But she has a secret… She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.

Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance of passion?

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Sara lives a life consumed with anxiety and obedience. Her mother's screeching voice echoes in her mind each time she does or thinks something "wrong". The penance she seeks after such errors made my heart weep, and I kept wishing for someone to see what she did, for someone to tell her she did nothing wrong. She had her friends, but they knew nothing of the workings of her mind. They only knew she suffered panic attacks and did what they could--in two three four, out two three four--to help her through those. But the reason for those attacks? She hid herself well even from those who loved her.

Nathan arrives in Taft to hide. He gave up his political career after one particular bribe opened his eyes to the lengths some men would go to gain a vote. He arrives in Taft world-weary and wary of his fellow man. He has no use for the people of Taft, especially the vicar who accompanies Sara on an unexpected and unwelcome visit to Nathan's new home, Windent Hall. Sara though, she intrigues him immensely. She's quiet and sweet, the opposite of him completely, but there is something about her that calls to him, something about her that makes him want her in the most primitive of ways.

I adored Sara's strength when she propositioned Nathan. It took guts, and I honestly didn't think she had it in her to say it and go through with it. But she did, and the time she spent with Nathan was enlightening and encouraging to read.

Sometimes it takes the right man to show a woman how strong she really is. Sometimes it takes the right woman to show a man how honorable he really is. Nathan and Sara were that for each other. Their happy ending was well-deserved, was worth the misunderstandings they endured, even if one almost cost them their chance at a happy ending. They grew and changed throughout the story, falling in lust then love with each other before they knew what was happening. The differences in them from beginning to end were immense, but it was nice to see how their love for each other didn't fix their problems. Sara still had panic attacks. Nathan was still wary of others. But that was okay because they had they each other and that was enough to make it through whatever they would face in the future.


Title: The Governess Club, Book 4: Louisa
Author: Ellie MacDonald
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Louisa Brockhurst is on the run - from her friends, from her family, even from her dream of independence through The Governess Club. But sometimes it’s easier for her to hide from those she loves in order to escape the secrets of her past.

Handsome but menacing John Taylor is a former prize-fighter turned inn-keeper who is trying to make his way in society. When Louisa shows up at his doorstep he’s quick to accept her offer to help - at a price. He knows that she’s hiding something and he can’t help his protective instincts around the beautiful woman. 

Their attraction grows, but will headstrong, fiery Louisa ever trust the surprisingly kind John enough to tell him the dangerous secrets from her past that keep her running? Or will the power of her feelings scare her into running yet again?

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Louisa wasn't the easiest heroine to like. She was cold, distant, and abrasive. The hard facade she presented to the world shielded her secrets from one and all, but it didn't hide the passionate woman she was. That woman appeared more often than not. That woman took my breath away. Her strength and competence shone bright in those moments, and it helped soften her hard edges a lot.

Man, oh, man, did Ms. Macdonald write Louisa the perfect hero though. A lesser man would have hurt her physically or emotionally or verbally for pretty much anything she did. But John... What an amazing man. A former pugilist with a heart of gold, gentle words, and a tender touch, he exhibited an infinite amount a patience and understanding with Louisa. An example of this is when he showed her how to nail shingles to a roof. It's not a romantic moment, but it made me smile and it showed a lot about his character.

John and Louisa's romance was a wonder to watch happen, but not as much as the change that happened to Louisa when her past caught up to her and her secrets were revealed, when she realized who and what she'd become and how much she didn't like that woman. That moment was brilliantly written. It brought her past and present to one single point in time and helped everything else in John and Louisa's world fall into place.

This is the fourth and last book in this series. It sucks when you have to say goodbye to characters you've grown to love, you know? But it was an incredible journey about four very different women who found friendship in their club and discovered love outside of it.

Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.


  1. Oh, I'm getting antsy to read this series! I really, really like the idea of governesses rather than highborn ladies, and ordinary men rather than "perfect" alpha heros. I believe the stories will be very lively and heartwarming at the same time. Thanks for the intro to Ellie Macdonald. jdh2690@gmail.com

    1. Hi Janice -

      That's what appealed to me about this series. The heroes are so different than what I'm used to reading in Regency romances. It was a really nice surprise and a breath of fresh air. I hope you enjoy the books!