The Governess Club: Sara-
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?
Heroine: Sara-I identified with Sara quite a bit because she is so shy. I am quite shy myself and so much of Sara’s characteristics reminded me of me. It was nice to see her come out of her shell because she was so buttoned up most of the time.
Hero: Nathan: Nathan was the complete opposite of Sara. He’s a politician so his whole demeanor is “out there.” He couldn’t be more different from Sara. I was quite curious about how he was going to draw her out.
Chemistry: I love how different Sara and Nathan are and how their differences only added to their amazing chemistry. Sara is so shy and Nathan is extremely outgoing and you could definitely see their personalities impacting and changing each other.
The Governess Club: Louisa-
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?
Heroine: Louisa-I generally liked Louisa but I did have some difficulties with her. She had a bitter and sort of cruel aspect to her character that I really didn’t like. I didn’t quite know if it was a lack of checks and balances in her mental filter or if she was just cruel and bitter.
Hero: John-I loved John. He was a prizefighter (well, innkeeper…but he was at one time a prizefighter…it counts). I love rough around the edges heroes with gentle, mushy demeanors. I found him to be quite sweet and tolerant—he had to be considering his heroine’s harshness.
Chemistry: I loved them together. Even though I had difficulties with Louisa. These two just worked well together. The intimidating but sweet John and the slight but bitter Louisa. They were complete opposites but it worked so well.
Conclusion: I think I need to get my hands on the previous books in this series. Ellie Macdonald is an author I will be keeping my eye on.
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.