Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Baron's Governess Bride by Deborah Hale

The Baron's Governess Bride
Plain, Prim...Perfect! Lord Steadwell's three motherless daughters were heartbroken when their last governess ran off to elope. In her dowdy cap and spectacles, Grace Ellerby seems an ideal replacement-a nurturing, intelligent woman uninterested in marriage. No wonder Rupert doesn't recognize Grace as the golden-haired vision at a masked ball, who slips away before midnight.... Frightened by the unwanted attentions of previous employers, Grace resolved to hide her beauty...and her growing feelings for Rupert. One enchanted evening-and a sweet, breathtaking kiss-changes everything. For with Grace's three adorable charges playing fairy godmother, Rupert may discover his happy ending is closer than he thinks.

Not as good as I hoped it would be...
The Baron's Governess Bride seems to try to show that beauty isn't all it's cracked up to be, but it ended up overestimating how important beauty is . It made the entire book seem shallow and superficial. I know what the author meant to do, but I don't think she achieved it.

First off, Grace seemed a little over paranoid. I know that her looks have gotten her unwanted attention and it was smart of her to downplay them in her next job. But what I didn't get was why she treated her beauty as some sort of secret. And this bleeds over to Rupert as well. When he found out how she really looked, he acted as if she was hiding a criminal past. She just hid her looks to avoid some creep coming on to her! Why was her beauty considered such a scandalous secret? It's just how she looks! This is what I mean when I say the author overstretched the importance of beauty. I really don't think hiding her looks was so offensive, like the characters in the book seem to think. I just didn't understand why the whole issue was so overblown.

Rupert seemed...less than intelligent at times. For one thing, when he was going to marry this widow who lived nearby. His daughters were crying to him to not go through with it and he just says: oh, they'll get over it. Do you not see how upset your daughters are about it?! And to complete his unobservant streak, he didn't recognize Grace at the masquerade. The masquerade doesn't happen until about 2/3 into the book, after Grace had already been working for Rupert for months. I mean, couldn't you at least recognize her voice, if not her looks? You've known her for months. If the ball had happened earlier, before Grace and Rupert got to know each other well, I would have understood the lack of recognition. But as far as it was, no, I couldn't believe it. The last problem was the fact that Rupert didn't realize his love for Grace until after she showed him how she really looked. It made the whole romance seem very shallow and superficial. They didn't really talk, there wasn't much building of their relationship. But after Grace shows that she's actually pretty, he suddenly realizes that he loves her. Doesn't that seem shallow to you? Maybe it's just me, because I know that other people who read this enjoyed it. 

The saving grace of the book is the girls. Rupert's daughters were wonderful. I loved them and I loved how their relationship developed with Grace. It was really sweet, and it kept me from completely hating the book.

I really hate to be negative about a book, but I just didn't like The Baron's Governess Bride. The concept was great but the execution ruined it for me.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

No comments:

Post a Comment