Sorry I have been gone for a while. We’ve been doing quite a bit of home renovations of the past couple of months, so when I’m not laying tile, sanding furniture, or painting, I am sleeping.
I did get the chance to read an ARC I received via Edelweiss and Avon Books. It’s The Governess Club: Claire by Ellie MacDonald.
The Governess Club: Claire is the first book in a new series. As the title gives away, it’s a group of Governesses working together to promote education, while remaining independent. The series begins with Claire Bannister, a companion-turned-governess, who wishes to return to her home estate with her friends. Through work, she meets Jacob Knightly, secretly Earl-turned-tutor.
What I liked: Claire is determined and seems to enjoy what she is doing. She’s conflicted, but trusts her heart at first. Some of the conversations with the children were funny and cute and I loved Claire’s relationship with the maid Lucy.
What I didn’t like: Every other character besides Claire and Lucy. The hero, Jacob, he was so self-absorbed and didn’t think about how his actions would affect Claire. He only became slightly redeemable towards the very end. I hated Claire’s employers, especially the wife.
Overall, I rate this book 2.5 stars. I will read the second book in the series to see if it improves, but I’m hesitant.
Thank you Edelweiss and Avon Books for the opportunity to review this book prior to its release.