Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: The Earl and the Governess
Author: Sarah Elliott
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Sarah's Website/Blog: www.sarahelliott.net
Isabelle Thomas is left in a desperate situation after her father dies. Unknown to her, her father has been selling fraudulent pieces as part of his antiquities business. One of the buyers finds out about it and wants their money back and Isabelle doesnít have it. She has sold off everything of value and is basically left with only her clothing and the last piece of artwork which her father gave her. She hasnít sold it because she knows it isnít a real piece of art but simply has sentimental value. She is hiding from the buyer but needs to find a way to support herself.
William Stanton, Earl of Lennox, has also found himself in situation he never intended. When he agreed to be the godfather to his best friendís daughter, he never expected to be called into duty. However, when his god daughter is left an orphan, he has no choice but to step up, especially when she is expelled from her current boarding school.
When the Earl literally ran into Isabelle circumstances transpire in which Isabelle becomes the governess to a young girl. Mary desperately needs someone to listen to her and spend time with her. Isabelle becomes that someone but her life continues to intrude and her feelings for the duke arenít making things any easier.
Sarah Elliott has created a very sweet love story. Yes, it is a story we have all heard before with a love that crosses the "class" lines and The Earl and The Governess does this quite well. However, Ms. Elliott has also given us characters with very human flaws, making it easy for the reader to associate with a character from years ago.
While the relationship between Isabelle and William isnít anything extraordinary, the best part of the story for me is the relationship between Isabelle, William and Mary. William is sweet in his fumbling as he tries to understand this young girl who is introduced to his household. Isabelle endears herself to the reader as she reaches out to this motherless child with compassion and warmth. It is very poignant as we get to experience these three individuals grow into a family.
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