The Game and the Governess

The Game and the Governess

by Kate Noble

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The Game and the Governess 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining, if sometimes off-putting, read. On the whole, I enjoyed this very much. The author has a witty turn of phrase and subtle sense of humor. But it did take a while to warm up to the hero, Ned. Initially, I found myself comparing him to a small puppy – loud, boastful, and selfish with a “look at me!” attitude. NOT attractive characteristics for someone meant to play the hero’s role. But this initial impression paved the way for a subtle shifting and transformation into a character worthy of the title “hero.” Ned’s character arc was a satisfying change from the obnoxious puppy seen in the beginning of the story. All thanks to one woman – the heroine, Phoebe Baker. Phoebe is a woman of sharp intelligence and quiet dignity. After her father’s death, she was forced to accept a position as a governess – not quite family, not quite servant – and it is this very change in circumstances that molds her into the strong, steadfast woman we get to see in this story. The wager between Ned and his secretary, Turner, is entertaining, if slightly distasteful in practical execution. Get a woman to fall in love with you in two weeks without using the benefit of your title or wealth. There were many times I sat shocked at the thoughts and words coming from Ned and Turner about each other. These men are supposed to be friends and yet this wager turned them into monsters when it came to their “friendly” interactions. Yet by the end, both men learned something from the wager and grew into better characters. The romance does take a while to get started, but I think had it begun any sooner, it would have felt rushed or disingenuous. Given the circumstances, I think the romance was more realistic and well-paced, but did rush towards the end. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
julieford More than 1 year ago
The Game and The Governess is a well-written story of chances taken, chances missed and the results that affect everyone. The Earl of Ashby, Edward (Ned) Granville, is called "Lucky Ned" for a reason but when privilege is no longer his to avail his luck takes a lot of work. Phoebe Baker started life as one of privilege but with the death of her father, she must make her own way in the world. She blames her fallen circumstances on the Earl of Ashby but is now determined to find joy in every day. When the two cross paths, Ned is playing the part of his secretary and Phoebe tries to keep her distance. As the two grow closer, secrets and past connections slowly begin to unravel and create problems that could destroy the love that is just beginning to develop.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Just like the other reviewers mentioned, the set up of the wager and character background took up one-third of the book.  Once Ned set his sights on Phoebe, I couldn't put the book down.  I thought the ending was very sweet and a little romantic.  I wished there had been an epilogue so that the readers could get a peek into their marriage life.  Maybe we'll get a little bit of that in the next book.   It was quite amusing to read Ned's reactions when he learns just what it feels like to live as a common man (i.e. bathing after other people, having no vale to assist him).  Lady Widcoate's dislike for Ned simply because he was a "secretary" was frustrating to read at times.  I'm not sure if all of the extra characters and their dialogue were necessary.  I sort of skimmed through those parts.  Nevertheless, this was a good book to read. 
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Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Winner Takes All series. Ned Ashby, the Earl of Ashby, has always had luck with the ladies. When his friend and secretary, John Turner, bets him that he won't have the same success without his title he jumps to prove him wrong. Off to see about one of the Earl's properties, Ned and John switch identities.  Forced into the life of servitude because of the Earl of Ashby, Phoebe Baker can't believe that he is staying with the family that she is the governess to their children. She does her best to stay away from the man, but seems to keep running into his secretary. Phoebe soon finds herself fighting the attraction she feels for the man. What will Phoebe do when the man she has come to love is not who he seems to be? I thought the beginning of the novel was very confusing. All of the ladies at the house party were being "introduced" and I had a hard time keeping them all straight. I had no idea what was going on and what the relationship was between all the women. It got easier to understand as the story progresses, but since their were so many people in the story it was a bit confusing at times. The set up of the story took about 1/3 of the book to get through, but it was needed to set up the circumstances of the bet and to tell the backstory. I'm hoping that the author doesn't do the same for the remainder of the books in the series. I really didn't like Ned at the beginning of the story. He was pretty much a Jack@$$, but that was probably the author's point. She wanted us to see how the character grew from beginning to end. I did like Phoebe. She made the best of her situation and really did love the children that were in her care.  Noble did an excellent job showing us the changes that Ned went through as he navigated the life of not being a lord. With each new experience, we see how Ned's attitude toward certain things change. I'm not certain how I feel about John Turner. There were things that he did that I didn't like. I'm very interested in seeing how Noble writes his story and how his change (I'm assuming there will be one) comes about.  Thanks go to Pocket Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book for an honest review.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Ahhh ... historical romances. Love it!! My first and only note that I took for this novel is that the concept is awesome. I've never read anything like it and the idea is really cool. What's even cooler is that the delivery was awesome. This was a really well written book with pretty complete characters. I didn't once wonder why one of the characters was behaving in this way or that ... everything was so well thought out that I felt like I might know the characters better than they know themselves! I really liked how vulnerable yet strong she made the main character, Phoebe. From the first page, you're thrown into Phoebe's life and almost drowned in her turmoil. You are able to catch a glimpse of this young woman and then later, how she has matured and changed. It's quite captivating. AND unexpected for a historical romance to tackle. Usually this genre is all about the dresses, balls and handsome men but this one was a bit deeper even though it is all based on some silly bet. Speaking of the bet ... this brought out the best and worst of more than just the men betting. You're able to see how other people react to what they thing is a ridiculous endeavor. This was just an all around fabulous book. One that I really enjoyed, in case you can't tell, and one that I'll read again. Along with anything else that this author has written. So good. Oh. Wait. You might be wondering why I gave this novel only 4 stars after waxing poetic about it for forever. Well, there were just a few places where I found myself skimming because I thought it dragged the story down. If it weren't for those passages, this would have flown to the top of my 5-star list. Now, they are not enough to make someone want to shy away ... on the contrary. Go grab this book. You'll really like it, I promise.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This was a tough book to get into. I picked this for the storyline and Kate's writing. The hard part of reading this book is when Edward (Ned) Granville Earl of Ashby and his friend and secretary John Turner make a spur of the moment bet and switch identities. It really got confusing in spots when they switched back and forth. I would have time back then as women were properties and had way too many rules to follow. Phoebe was doing well untilher father drowned after a bad business deal. She was made a governess as she was dropped from the Ton and had to work for a living. There are so many twists and changes in this story it makes it hard to keep it straight. Don't let this make you pass this book up. I liked it and so should you. Enjoy!   I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars - A Heroine to Love At the age of seventeen, Phoebe Baker experienced a change of fortune. It led to the loss of her father and left her nearly without means to survive -- all this due to one earl’s inaction. Employed as a governess, Phoebe works toward changing her circumstances. She will build a new life in America with the money she has saved. If only her hostile words in an old letter don’t return to haunt her.  Lord Edward Granville, the Earl of Ashby, also experienced a change of fortune. At the age of twelve, Ned was whisked away from genteel poverty to become the old Earl of Ashby’s heir. His uncle’s stifling upbringing led to Ned joining the army to fight the French where he became known as ‘Lucky Ned.’ Everything happens so effortlessly for him, and without a scratch. Ned becomes a bit conceited.  A friend, with motivations of his own, bets it is Ned’s title and money people love. A wager is made. A woman must fall in love with Ned in two weeks.  It will be a woman of great dignity and pride who will change Ned’s life. [Do not fear! Within this historical romance is a praise-worthy heroine! She is brave, shrewd, and - in her own quiet way - formidable.]  The Game and the Governess involves a wager, deception, and the ways love can change a person. I must confess that I’m still in awe of the heroine’s quiet dignity and the way she found joy in the little things. The wager had me worried. The level of deception was cruel and insensitive, but the perpetrators, namely Ned and his friend John Turner, are the players with the most to lose no matter who wins the wager.  Ned’s metamorphosis from the frivolous noble to the person he became was rewarding. He gained more depth of character than what I had expected. Phoebe, the heroine, remained steadfast. She not only surprised the hero with her admonishments, she caught me off guard too. Phoebe Baker outclassed every character in this book! As you can tell, I truly loved her.  John Turner, an essential secondary character, had moments where he fit in seamlessly. Yet, there was too much backstory and set-up for John’s story thread in this book, but this is common for a first-in-series book. Other readers may be able to overlook this. There are also mundane details that others may forgive, but I felt they were unnecessary and slowed the novel’s pace. The story set-up, John’s motivations, and Ned’s experience as a commoner made up nearly one-third of the book before the romance truly began and became addictive. Overall, The Game and the Governess was an enjoyable historical romance. It’s light. It’s poignant. (I cried.) Its heroine is unforgettable.    *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*