Friday, September 12, 2014

The Governess Club: Sara & Louisa Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the The Governess Club: Louisa & Sara book tour! I have a review of the books coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of the first two books in the series. But, first, allow me to introduce the books:

The Governess Club: Sara (The Governess Club, #3)
Release date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Governess Club #3

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?

The Governess Club: Louisa (The Governess Club, #4)Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Governess Club #4

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?

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My Rating for Sara: 3 Roses

Another lovely book in The Governess Club series, The Governess Club: Sara was an enjoyable romance. I didn't like it as much as the others, but I still thought it was a good read.

Sara was a great character. She was cripplingly shy, her upbringing making her intensely anxious in any kind of conflict. Because of this, she was often overlooked and overrun by stronger personalities. But, over the course of the book, she slowly faced her fears and was eventually able to make her own way. I thought she was a wonderful heroine.

Nathan, I was a bit conflicted about. I mean, there's really no nice way to say it. He could really be an ass. But, he did have his good moments, where he helped Sara come out of her shell. The thing is, I never felt like he earned his own merit as a character and he honestly would have lost his chance at happiness with the way he was acting, had Sara not finally taken the first step. I didn't exactly dislike him, but he wasn't my favorite hero.

The romance, despite my issue with Nathan, was nice. They were well matched, with Nathan's brashness helping pull Sara out of her shell. They made each other better, which really made the romance work. And, they definitely had some chemistry. Overall, I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot moved quickly and I was kept interested the entire way through. I wasn't a fan of the inclusion of the vicar who was Sara's suitor. He was a very kind and likable man and he didn't deserve to be humiliated in the way he was. But, other than that, I enjoyed the story and the ending had me curious about what would happen in Louisa's story.

The Governess Club: Sara was a quick, enjoyable read. It wasn't perfect, but I did like it overall. Romance lovers, this might be a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating for Louisa3 Roses

A lovely conclusion to the Governess Club series, The Governess Club: Louisa was a nice and sweet read and I rather enjoyed it.

Louisa has me a bit torn. For the first 80% of the book, I didn't like her. I understood that her past made her wary of men, but I didn't think that excused how rude she could be, to everyone. And, heaven forbid she ask for forgiveness when she realized that what she said had been unnecessarily harsh. Then, there's the fact that she simply left her friends, without giving them any indication that she was okay and for some reason, that never struck her as needlessly cruel. And, finally, it irritated me that she continually judged John by the same scale that she had assigned to the man that had turned her bitter, even though he had proved early on that he was a kind, honorable man. It made it seem like he had to continually prove himself to her, just so that she could give him common courtesy. However, she had a very satisfying moment later in the book where she looked in the mirror and saw what a bitter woman she had become. And, in that moment, things changed for her and she suddenly became much more likable. Still not my favorite character, but I ended up being okay with her.

John was absolutely adorable. This man might have been physically intimidating, with his formidable size, but he was really a kind, sweet man who was remarkable gentle. Oh, I just loved him. And, I really liked how he didn't just take Louisa's crap with some lame excuse. He didn't create a conflict about it. He would simply tell her that her behavior was unwarranted and that if she wanted to discuss things rationally, he would be waiting. He was just wonderful and I totally adored him.

The romance was good. Despite my issues with Louisa, I liked how they were together. John's simply goodness forced Louisa to acknowledge that she might just have been wrong about him and his gentle urging helped her face her past and come to terms with it. Basically, he made her a better person and I thought that was very sweet. And, they definitely had chemistry from the moment they met and it certainly turned the heat up.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept engaged the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and I loved how the ending wrapped up all their stories.

The Governess Club: Louisa was an enjoyable historical romance that I quite liked. It was a lovely conclusion to the series and an overall great read. Romance lovers, this book, and the series as a whole, is one worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

From The Governess Club: Sara:

Baffled by his sudden departure, Sara clutched the covers to her chin. Was it something she had done? Or perhaps didn’t do? He had seemed to enjoy their encounter; she certainly had, each moment teaching her something new and changing her opinion of what pleasure was. The thought that he was displeased with what happened cast a pall over her. She heard the door to his dressing room open and a flare of light came as he lit a candle inside the small space.

The sounds of his rummaging did not last long and the light moved toward the door, growing brighter. He reappeared, carrying the candle. Sara stared up at the canopy, averting her eyes, unwilling to let him see the questions she knew would be visible in them. He blew the candle out and settled back in the bed, once again closing the curtains and settling the covers back over his body.
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About the Author:
Ellie Macdonald
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.


  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. Great reviews hun!! I really have enjoyed this series. I just finished this series off, and I do have mixed feelings about Louisa. But John...oh i adore him. He is a trooper and so patient with her. There were times I wanted to wring her neck. But I have loved reading this author, and these books are such fun.

  3. Yes, I appreciated these honest reviews. I think sometimes with Regency romances, our thoughts on what we've read (including reviews) are purely subjective. In other words, how we feel about a particular story is reflective of our own experiences with romance through friends, family and personal relationships. So even when someone will find something negative about a story, it may be a positive to someone else. I am a fan of Regency romance (and Georgian and Victorian and other historicals) and will always be willing to read from a new-to-me author. So Ellie, I will be reading some of your books very soon! :-)

  4. I totally agree about John and Louisa. John was definitely the best part of the book. But, as you said, the series as a whole was great. Thanks for visiting :)

  5. Reviews are definitely subjective, which is why I try to be as detailed as possible about what I didn't like. It's always possible that what I didn't like won't be a problem for another reader. And, of course, it's always good to read from a new voice in romance. Thanks for stopping by!