I really, really, really didn't like the first book I read by this author (The abduction of Julia) but since everyone else seemed to like her work, I decided to give it another shot. And I am glad that I did.
This book is about a girl who has come down in the world. Her family is well conected, and knows all of the right people, but they have no money. She is a clothes-horse, and her grandfather gets caught up in money-making schemes that lose money. So, in order to hold off debtors prison for her grandfather, she becomes a governess. As a past member of society, she initially makes the mistake that she is on the same footing as her employers, a mistake that she learns from and survives when the younger brother of her first employer tries to take advantage of her, and the employer fires her on the spot as a slut.
So, Anna is a governess who tries to cut herself off from her former friends, but during a ball which a former friend and member of society has convinced her to attend she runs into the older brother (unmarried of course) of another friend of hers, who has just inherited the five children of his cousin, who have been allowed to run wild by their uncaring parents. For some reason (which is revealed at the end of the book), their grandmother wants the children to live with her instead, and she actively works to encourage their misbehavior in their uncle's home. So the Earl (he's an Earl) in desperation hires Anna who has become known as the best governess, who can deal and transform the most unruly of children.
This is a nice little story about two people with different ways of dealing with life, and how they fall in love. Not very realistic of course, but that shouldn't be what you are looking for in romance novels. This is a delightful book.