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We know he told his mother about Claire and she wants to meet her but that is all we get. I would have like to have had more of the time Claire and Jacob spend apart. Whether it explained how the governess all got together again and how they managed to organize themselves or what Jacob did while he waited for her in London.
Overall I really enjoyed this story. Oct 16, Jo My House of Books rated it liked it. This novella by Ms. MacDonald begins The Governess Club series, which focuses on four friends who happen to be governesses. All the ladies are tired of pushing back against stereotypes of their station in life and have decided to save their money for three years in the hopes of purchasing a house where they can live and work. The first novella focuses on Claire, who proposes her childhood home, Ridgestone -- despite it having been repossessed -- as the place the ladies should purchase.
Claire wo This novella by Ms. Claire works for the Aldgate family. Jacob has no idea how to survive or blend in at a lower station, so Claire gives him some tips. They spend quite a bit of time together, and naturally, they fall in love. Jacob keeps his true identity a secret from her. Despite Claire discovering the truth, things work out fine: Jacob and Claire agree to marry; the governesses leave their employ and live free. Some portions of the novella didn't seem possible that Jacob could free himself of debts and purchase Ridgestone within a two-week period or historically accurate Jacob losing his title when his nephew is born.
However, The Governess Club: Claire was a good way to spend an afternoon. I really, really enjoyed this novella. It's so refreshing to read a historical romance that revolves around the working class and the children. I was intrigued at the prologue and was in love and enchanted from chapter 1 onwards. Although short, I find the characters well fleshed out with a solid plot.
My only complaint is the issue between Jacob and his father as he only mentioned his mother looking forward to meeting Claire. It would have been perfect if the author had resolved this father and I really, really enjoyed this novella. It would have been perfect if the author had resolved this father and son issue. Other than that, I simply can't wait to start on the next one. Dec 30, Christiana rated it really liked it Shelves: hist-rom , novella-anthology. New author. Library borrowed. It could have been more developed but overall, quite enjoyable.
Also some unanswered questions, eg I dont think it was explained how Jacob who was at the brink of bankruptcy before he disappeared, had the money to buy the estate for Claire. It's plausible but never elaborated on? Also the idea of private tutoring in those days, was it possible? What I liked best was the overall idea of 4 friends pooling their resources to start a new better life together, it New author. What I liked best was the overall idea of 4 friends pooling their resources to start a new better life together, it reminded me of Madeline Hunter's Ravishing in Red, Provocative in pearls etc.
Apr 01, ARomanceLover rated it liked it. The first governess we meet from the Governess Club is Claire who falls for a newly hired tutor in her employer's household. The tutor, Jacob, is more than he seems as Claire soon discovers. This was a sweet story and I also liked the characters of Claire's charges, the five children who provided much comic relief. Jul 29, Eileen rated it liked it.
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I liked this book. It had a great concept with four friends who are governesses determined to be independent. From the very first page, the author did a great job with each one's personality. I loved the concept of an Earl hiding as a tutor. Great concept! The book is a fast fun read. I'm looking forward to the others. Mar 07, Nightwitch rated it it was ok Shelves: romance-regency. This book fully acknowledges that, but basically only so that the hero can rescue the heroine from attempted rape. The hero is a complete wastrel whose father tells him to get lost because of his massive gambling debts; he then tries to make it as a humble tutor.
Basically, this whole book was a generic historically-inaccurate regency romance, and it didn't have the compelling characters or plot to make it compulsively readable. Dec 11, Gail rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book , historical-romance , regency , e-book , drama. Books seem to be getting shorter these days-- not just seeming, but they are. This book clocks in at pages. The first book I sold was a "short" series contemporary at pages. This isn't necessarily bad, but it does mean that there isn't room for much plot or characterization.
And the plot to this story is fairly simple and straightforward. It's not even clear exactly when in history it's set. The cover would lead you to believe it's in the mid-Victorian era, but the text-- r Books seem to be getting shorter these days-- not just seeming, but they are. The cover would lead you to believe it's in the mid-Victorian era, but the text-- referring to Wollstonecraft's writings as recent, would indicate more of the Regency era.
The Governess Club: Claire Book by Ellie Macdonald
The heroine is a governess to five children. The hero comes to take over tutoring the sons, but we know right away that he's more than he seems. The hero and heroine fall in love. His secrets cause conflict. He tells her he's sorry, and after a short time, he's forgiven.
The end. It's a nice story. I enjoyed reading it.
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But I have to confess that I still prefer the longer, more complicated and angst-filled books. Still, for a short read, it's good. Claire lost her family and her family's home and became a governess. A 5-year plan formed with her fellow governesses was for them to earn enough money, purchase back Claire's family home, and to live together without worry. A new tutor in Claire's home is starting to make her rethink that plan.
Jacob is living in hiding, a younger son running away from his titled family to prove that he can make it on his own. Remembering he is now a servant is a little harder then he thought. He's intrigued by Claire lost her family and her family's home and became a governess. He's intrigued by Claire but his secret could tear them apart. Can the feelings growing between them help them find happiness or will the truth tear them apart?
A really fun read from a new-to-me author. I enjoyed the characters and loved the heart and humor the story offered. Great read! Jan 28, Ana Ionite rated it really liked it. Emotion, faith, love story-all the ingredients of a good book. I am so proud of Bonnie! She is such a strong woman, also kind and a real fighter, like any man. He is good looking, but very immature. They fell in love, and here is my dissapointment: their night is quite a cliche, nothing out of the ordinary.
But I will keep reading, I enjoyed it. Jun 21, Annalice rated it liked it. Good, though the romance was a little too fast for my taste. I felt that they could have gotten to know each other better and didn't really understand how they fell in love. This book is really short; it probably only took me an hour, at the most an hour and a half to read. Oct 07, Egle Vair rated it really liked it. Light but entertaining with a slightly different twist to the plot which induced me to search the other titles of the series - something I rarely do! Oct 12, Mrs Giggles rated it really liked it.
The club thing is just a gimmick, a "Collect them all! This story, by the way, requires considerable suspension of disbelief to get into, and even then, one has to be very patient and not want to cringe at the impendin Claire is the first story in Ellie Macdonald's series The Governess Club.
This story, by the way, requires considerable suspension of disbelief to get into, and even then, one has to be very patient and not want to cringe at the impending train wreck that is going to happen in the governess heroine Claire Bannister's life. The pay-off is almost worth it, so if you really want to get to that point, just take a deep breath and keep reading despite your reservations. Jacob Knightly, the Earl of Rimmel, has some issues in his social and personal life that require him to lay low and prove to certain parties that he's not that useless SOB that makes life hell for everyone around him in his pursuit of his personal pleasures.
Okay, he is just that, but, you know, he wants to make a point, whatever that point is, so he gets himself hired as a tutor to some noble family's kids. It is possible that a much-gossiped Earl manage to get himself into this position, I suppose, just like how it's always certain that a heroine experiences seventeen amazing consecutive orgasms when she loses her virginity to the hero. Naturally, he decides to play with our governess heroine Claire. To give him credit, he wants to marry her.
No, it doesn't matter that she's a governess and he's an Earl, because true love breeds pink unicorns and conquers all evil in this world. Unfortunately, he only tells her that he's an Earl after he's practically ruined her and she predictably enough will never marry him even if she will face ruination, poverty, crushed dreams, and more for the rest of her life. It's all about Okay, this story is pretty predictable in how it unravels to its anticlimax, and in many ways, it's a standard "he lies to her, he boinks her, she gets very mad, they make up, the end" story. Still, I do think there are some promising moments in this story that suggest that the author is capable of much more, something great, if she puts her mind to it.
Claire's stock "stubborn heroine willing to ruin her life just to make a point" nonsense late the story does some considerable damage to her character, but up to that point, she's a pretty sensible heroine. Sure, she becomes a fool for love, but the way the author develops the story has me thinking that Claire's lapse of judgment is understandable.
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She is, after all, horny and the guy is hot, so it's understandable that she gets a bit silly about having fun with the hot guy. Their moments together have a tender undercurrent that convinces me that there may indeed be something more than just superficial interaction to their relationship. Jacob is a self-absorbed fool for the most part, and it can be quite wince-inducing to read about how careless he can be with Claire's feelings and reputation.
But that's what he is - until he meets Claire, he's exactly what it says on the box: "Selfish playboy who will break your heart, play at your own risk. Of course, he's so hot, she soon loses her head, the poor dear. But I do like how the author is aware of Jacob's flaws and how she doesn't let Claire immediately forgives him just because he has past family issues. It's the fact that she persists in being a stubborn fool, even when it's obvious that marrying him is the best option she has, that gets to me.
The author demonstrates that she has a good grasp of what her characters are, and she puts some effort in making them work for their happy ending in a way that can result in some good emotional scenes. Much of this story is comprised of familiar tropes, but the author's treatment of her characters makes the story still feel pretty fresh. Even the children aren't too irritating, although the author can't resist making them plot devices to force the story along.
All in all, this is a pretty solid effort that manages to win me over despite some obvious flaws in the story, and that's pretty impressive, especially considering that this is a short story. Sep 18, Gaele rated it really liked it Shelves: edelweiss , avon , reviewed. Claire is the first in the series, a group of young ladies who wish to become self-directed and start their own school.
One of the highlights for me in this story was the characterizations: each person we meet is developed wit 4. One of the highlights for me in this story was the characterizations: each person we meet is developed with care and skill, incorporating humor, appropriate language and vivid descriptions to bring them breath and life.
Claire is, understandably, determined and sharp-witted, with a penchant for propriety that is ingrained as another element to help her achieve her end goals. As the tutor, Jacob is really quite clever and funny. Hiding the fact that he is an Earl, his attitude and charming manner are quite unlike anything Claire has encountered on a personal level. As the two start to develop a friendship, their conversations and his approach show a caring heart and sense of chivalry that was initially not apparent. Conversations are clever and quite well crafted, with humor and heart in the forefront.
Additionally the children are developed with quirks and outrageous statements that bring their characters a dimensionality that is rare in stories of this type. The heart and its desires are at the forefront of this story, despite the societal restrictions of place and position and conflicts that they encounter. With a fun ending that will suit many readers, this was a book that ended with a smile.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review as part of the Tasty Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Jul 30, Secretly Reading rated it liked it Shelves: reads , avon-addict , historical.
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Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen In a Nutshell: Enjoyable historical with a very likable heroine and a hero who redeems himself. What I Liked: Claire is a delightful historical heroine. She has a self-assuredness and sexual agency that is rare in romance. I loved how honest she was in her interactions with Jacob, both falling in love and her anger at his deception. I love her relationship with the maid Lucy and her fellow governesses.
But the very best part of Claire is her admittance that she distrusts Jacob when his deception is uncovered. She acknowledges her needs and comes to a mature decision about them. This sexual agency of a female character is way too rare in romance in my opinion. What I Also Liked: This is the perfect sized novella, not too long and not too short. His pompous arrogance and callous desire to seduce Claire were extremely dislikable. I wondered how I would ever like this hero but I have to say the author did a very admirable job of reforming Jacob.
IMO: This is a debut novella and I will absolutely read the rest of this series since I enjoyed this. Jul 30, Pam rated it really liked it. The beginning a series of novella's about women who want to control their own lives without having others dictating what they can and can't do. Claire's story is enjoyable and I look forward to getting to know each of these women in their upcoming books.
Louisa, Bonnie, Claire and Sara are all governesses who want more in life. They meet each month, coming from different backgrounds but wanting basically the same things, they talk of pooling their money over several years to buy their own place, The beginning a series of novella's about women who want to control their own lives without having others dictating what they can and can't do. They meet each month, coming from different backgrounds but wanting basically the same things, they talk of pooling their money over several years to buy their own place, where they can pick and choose who they want to tutor and teach.
Claire Bannister had a nice life at one time, then five years ago her father died, she had to give up her dreams and her home, Ridgestone, but vows that someday she will get it back. Jacob Knightly is a new tutor at the house she is currently working at, but he is not like any tutor she has ever met. He is arrogant, worldly and seems above the others in employment here and Claire does not like him at first. Actually he is the current Earl of Rimmel but his brother is soon to have a child and if it is male he will lose his place.
He is hiding from his father and London society, as the second son his father does not have much to do with him, so he has acted out and now wants to lay low. Everything comes out when Claire is fired because of her growing relationship with Jacob and his identity is revealed causing her hurt and humiliation. Jacob has falling in love and wants to make amends, is it too late? A wonderful start to the series as we find out about these strong women. I enjoyed meeting all of them and look forward to their stories.
Claire and Jacob and good together, I did not feel the heat of their relationship in the beginning, as I had a hard time liking Jacob. But he eventually grew on me and I like the two together. The novella is short and an enjoyable read as the plot progression works well. Second best is "Titanic" and third "Passion of the Christ".
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