A most unlikely governess...with a shocking secret
Part of The Governess Swap: Lady Rebecca Pierce escapes her forced betrothal when the ship she's on is wrecked. Assuming the identity of a governess she believes has drowned, she enters the employ of brooding Lord Brookmore, who's selflessly caring for his orphaned nieces. Inconveniently, she's extremely attracted to the Viscount - but her only chance of happiness is tied to the biggest risk: revealing the truth about who she really is...
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Diane Gaston's dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she dared to pursue that dream and has never looked back. Her books have won Romance's highest honours: the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award, Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, and Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends. Visit her website at: http://dianegaston.com
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Lady Rebecca Pierce wants more out of life than a loveless marriage. She devises a way to do just that when the ship wrecks in a storm. She assumes the identity of the young woman with similar looks she thought drowned in the wreck. She takes the position of governess for Lord Brookmore, who is caring for his two nieces after the death of his brother and his wife. She is extremely attracted to the viscount but knows nothing can come of it without revealing the truth about her identity. Lady Rebecca was determined to have love in her marriage. She did not want to be just for breeding. When the opportunity arose, she decided to take on the life of a governess that she thought drowned in the ship wreck. Her feelings for Lord Brookmore were inconvenient to say the least but those feelings were returned and Lord Brookmore had even more difficulty dealing with that. Making their love work would require more that just love. Are they up to it? Pick up A Lady Becomes a Governess and find out for yourselves. You will find yourself enchanted by a story filled with unexpected danger, deceit, betrayal and finally happiness and love.
Lady Rebecca Pierce’s brother has sent her from Ireland to marry an English lord. She is not at all happy about marrying this man. On the ship, she meets Claire Tilson, a governess on the way to a new job, who looks exactly like her. When a storm sinks the ship Rebecca survives, but she can’t find Claire. Deciding she’d rather be a governess, how hard could it be, she takes Claire’s name. Garret was a soldier, but unexpectantly now Viscount Brookmore. He has 2 nieces, 7 and 9, to care for. He was to meet the new governess but is informed the ship wrecked, but there are survivors. He discovers her at an inn and was surprised to find his governess is a lovely young woman. His nieces, Pamela and Ellen, took to the new governess immediately as she does fun things with them. Garret is engaged, but when his fiancée shows up he realizes she might not be who he wants, and the girls need. There are more things going at the mansion and I will not spoil them. There is a happy ever after and a surprise in the London paper. Another female survivor of the wreck has been found. I’m looking forward to that book.
1816 Lady Rebecca Pierce is about to embark on a ship that will take her to London to marry Baron Stonecraft of Gillford, whom she loathes. A maid named Nolan is hired by her half-brother, the Earl of Keneagle, to accompany her. When Nolan is overcome with seasickness, Rebecca heads up to the deck. On the way, she meets a woman who looks remarkably like her. The young woman is Miss Claire Wilson, a governess, who is journeying to care for two little girls, Pamela, 9, and Ellen, 7, whose parents were killed in an accident. Now, they are under the care of their uncle, Viscount Garrett Brookmore. Claire and Rebecca spend time getting to know one another and saying again how remarkable it is how alike they are. When a storm hits and they must abandon ship, Rebecca hands her reticule with all of her money in it to Claire as she is going to try and rescue Nolan. But then the ship cracks apart and they are all thrown into the ocean. Rebecca is rescued and awakens to find Viscount Brookmore by her side at an inn where he addresses her as Claire Wilson. Now, Rebecca is ready to undertake her new role as Claire, the governess. Having never been a governess, she is not sure where to start. She takes the girls on nature walks and teaches them about animals and trees. She also has them keep a journal of what they had done each day. Rebecca also enjoy riding early in the morning often with Brookmore. Viscount Brookmore knows he needs to get married and produce an heir. He is currently betrothed to Lady Agnes, daughter of the Earl of Trowbridge. He had thought to spend time in town with her but realizes that his home and tenants need his attention. So he pitches in to help them. When Lady Agnes decides to make a surprise visit him at his home, he is not pleased. She is critical of his home, the girls and the governess. But when one of her schemes goes awry, danger lurks. This is a relatively clean book and I enjoyed it. Rebecca and Brookmore are strong characters and even the character of the obnoxious Lady Agnes is well written. I know readers will enjoy this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.