Governess Gone Rogue: Dear Lady Truelove

Governess Gone Rogue: Dear Lady Truelove

by Laura Lee Guhrke

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ISBN-13: 9780062853691
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: Dear Lady Truelove , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 39,898
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun.  A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned over twenty-five historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is a two-time recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband and two diva cats. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

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Governess Gone Rogue: Dear Lady Truelove 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele 21 days ago
It’s rare that I use ‘charming’ as an adjective to refer to a book or series, but Guhrke’s Dear Lady Truelove series are simply that. Charming, clever, funny and full of hopeful heart, making them a wonderful way to spend a few hours. In this book, Amanda Leighton is the heroine: well-educated, clever, determined and wholly unique, she’s wanting to be a tutor – but that isn’t something that ‘women do’, no matter how well-qualified they are. But, James is in need of a tutor – one determined and strong enough to bring his young twin boys into line, particularly as they are rampant hellions, constantly requiring his discipline. The boys, for their part, have decided that their Papa needs a wife, and they’ve written to Dear Lady Truelove – with their own very specific set of wishes. James lost his wife and in his grief he’s been emotionally withdrawn and not particularly attentive to his twin boys’ needs, at least not the emotional ones. A bit single-minded in his determination to ‘carry on’, he’s got only one wish – see the boys educated and behaving properly, allowing him to not revisit that well of despair when he thinks of their mother. Amanda is just what he and the boys need, and while this new tutor has horrible fashion sense and is rather short in their interactions, the boys are thriving and learning more than even he had hoped for. But there’s something not quite ‘masculine’ about the tutor – and when he realizes that the tutor he hired is in fact, a woman, he managed to not behave entirely true to form for his class, and he listened. He listened to Amanda’s reasons for continued opportunity to teach the boys, and while unexpected, her every reason made more sense than he expected. There’s also that little bonus that she’s adorable, and he’s intrigued by what he now sees as her humor and personality, as well as her brain. Oh this was cute – the slow awakening of James as he and Amanda flirt and explore emotions he ran from for so long. The Twins, so mischievous and clever – not particularly bad but full of energy, desperate for their father’s attentions and the love of a mother. This was an utterly charming title that bent the rules that had been in place for so long in British society, and totally showed the resilience of Amanda, the joy of the boys and the modernity in thinking of James, without venturing too far afield to lose the sense of time. Guhrke has created a lovely series here, full of unexpected charm, heart and characters, and I’m excited for the next. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
RomanticReadsandSuch 8 days ago
This book made me happy. I loved the rascally twins and their inventive (and sometimes) disgusting pranks, which is hiding a deeper pain (of course). They are adorable as only fictional scamps can be. I also loved how much Amanda understood them and worked to redirect them in a positive manner, winning them over. But most of all I love how she manages to break Jamie out of the prison he’s locked himself in. With the death of his wife he’s pretty much shut down, throwing himself totally into his work, which unfortunately has meant that his sons have suffered from a bit of neglect. Of course, Amanda proves pretty hard to ignore. The timeline of this story is pretty short. I think the whole thing happens in just a couple of months, and Jamie & Amanda hardly spend any time together, so you have to be OK with an insta-love kinda situation. But it worked for me. I liked the two of them together and I was totally in to a quick romance. If I end the book with a smile, it’s a good read in my mind. **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
Anonymous 14 days ago
The characters are entertaining. The dialog is humorous and touching. The story is far fetched but a fun read. Some insight into the politics and lifestyles of the day.
beckymmoe 18 days ago
Ohmygoodness, this series! Even though Lady Truelove doesn't play a meaningful role here at all and the romance portion moves unbelievably slowly, this might be my favorite series book yet. The twins! The busy father/still-grieving widower! The female tutor who dresses as a man! I laughed out loud, sighed happily, clutched at my chest in despair, and shed happy tears while reading this one. Even though one could argue that their main relationship problem was "easily" resolved, it really wasn't--those involved had to make a difficult choice, and listening to them explain that choice and how they'd keep to it gave me happy flutters. My only complaint is that it ended rather abruptly, so my fingers are very much crossed that we'll get to see more of Jamie, Amanda, Colin, and Owen in the next series book. Though this is third in the series, it could absolutely work as a standalone. Earlier series characters only play a very tangential role; you don't have to have read their stories to appreciate this one. (But DO read them--they're all so good!) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Interesting characters, nice plot.
Anonymous 20 days ago
This author is an automatic buy for me because her characters are smart, principled, likeable, usually very amusing with with witty dialogue and zingers flying furiously. This book was more serious than usual, because the heroine was in danger of becomming homeless and destitute. I have to like and respect the characters for me to maintain interest in the story and this author never fails to grab my interest right from the first pages.
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book_junkee 22 days ago
I requested this one on a whim because the synopsis was just too much fun...and it didn’t disappoint. I loved Amanda. She knows what she wants and has the smarts to figure out how to get it. I loved that she was tenacious enough to portray a man, especially in this time period. Jamie was stoic and stern and it was amusing seeing the two of them interact. Of course, the twins stole every scene they were in. Plot wise, I was expecting repetitiveness, but it never came. The lessons were fun and the conflict was expected. My main complaint was that the last few chapters felt so rushed and I desperately wanted an epilogue. Overall, these characters were super easy to root for and while I wanted more, it was satisfying. I may have to go back and read the previous books. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**