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The Baron's Governess Bride (Love Inspired Historical) [Mass Market Paperback]

Deborah Hale
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (5 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373829205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373829200
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After a decade spent tracing her ancestors to their roots in Georgian-era Britain, Deborah Hale learned a great deal about the period and uncovered enough fascinating true stories to inspire her fiction plots for years to come. A Golden Heart® Award Winner and Rita® Finalist award Deborah has written over thirty novels and novellas in the genres of historical romance, inspirational romance, historical fiction and otherworld fantasy.

Deborah and her family live in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, a place steeped in history and romance. She is currently writing more historical romance novels in settings that include Regency England, Georgian England, medieval England,
post-Civil War America and colonial Canada. Besides writing, Deborah continues to dabble in genealogy, sings with a Celtic choir and tries to keep in shape by practicing tai-chi.

Readers can is visit her website at: http://www.deborahhale.com or interact with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahHale.

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3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok 4 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
the ebook is good, although there is no passion as i was hopping there was. it reminded me a bit of jane austin's book's but not the style of how the chacters talk. it was good tho, i wont be reading this authors books any more.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly good take on Cinderella's story 26 Jun 2012
By Vanya Petkova - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh my! This novel had all the romance, struggle and drama one could expect from a Jane Austen book! It was the story of Cinderella, yet quite different as well, and I could safely say that I loved every single bit of it.

I must be honest though and say that I approached "The Baron's Governess Bride" with caution. I wasn't sure whether I'd find in it what I'd expected, and indeed I didn't. I'd expected something average, but it turned out to be superior.

I'm a sucker for quality romance of the historical genre, and Ms. Hale's story completely won me over. From the very beginning, I was acquainted with both leading characters. I got to see their reasoning, their feelings, their fears. I felt sad and outraged because of their hurt and trials. And I respected them for their desire to fight for their happiness. Could you believe it if I said that I even cried a little at one point? That's how touched I felt!

The fact that both Lord Steadwell and Ms. Grace Ellerby were amiable characters with realistic personalities, made me want to cherish this story as much as I do "Pride and Prejudice".

Now more about the characters themselves:

*Grace was a young woman who had never felt good in her own skin due to the constant pestering of people who envied her beauty. She ended up hating her looks, because they only brought her trouble. She was smart, educated in everything (and perhaps beyond) that a self-respecting young woman should know, and yet very humble. I loved her personality because of its complexity. Grace just felt real, like a friend I'd known my whole life. It was nice to read her fairy tale.

*Rupert, Lord Steadwell - as his name suggests is a man of steady heart. He'd spent the past 4 years mourning his late wife, whom he'd loved dearly. I'm pretty sure he would've spent 4 more years in grief had he not met Grace and fallen for the charms of her personality. I was pleasantly surprised by how honorable Rupert was. Even in his anger he rarely raised his voice. It was obvious that he was not a person of conflict, that he'd rather settle everything quietly, with understanding. And he was just. In more than one occasion he could've been harsher with Grace, but he was kind and understanding. Also, the fact that other noblemen respected him and his political opinions was a great advantage - a clever man is always a good asset.

*Rupert's daughters were such amiable creatures! I loved all three of them. Sure, Charlotte, the eldest, was a tough nut to crack, but once she was won over, she was Grace's firmest ally. Little, sweet Sophie could stir anyone's heart, and Phoebe's quick with and bright character were a nice addition to the family.

If you love nice historical romance, if you are a Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte sort of reader, this book would be just right for you. It was just right for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella With a Touch of Jane Eyre - Loved it 2 Jun 2012
By JAScribbles - Read, Review, Repeat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all I need to admit that this was my first Harlequin Love Inspired Historical title. I was expecting something different, something heavier, preachier... What a pleasant surprise.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin for the review copy of this title.

My spoiler free plot summery -

Grace Ellerby is a beautiful woman. What most plain girls would give anything for has been Grace's curse. Older girls at school teased her, teachers distrusted her abilities, and dishonorable men chased her.

Poor Grace. She's at the end of her luck when she accepts a job with Lord Steadwell. She is to look after his three children. His main objective is to find a plain, dowdy governess to care for his girls. He wants a simple lady because his last hire ran off and got married. It was too soon after his wife's death and the young girls were devastated over another loss. So this time, his choice will be a somewhat homely female.

A wonderful love story! This book was very well written. It has rich scenery and detailed characters. I mention that it seemed to have a touch of Jane Eyre to it. I've read that title at least five times. It's one of my favorites. Of course The Barons Governess Bride doesn't have a female locked away in the attic. What it does have is a character who has wandered most of her life looking for a home. She wants to feel truly loved for who she is and not outward appearances. Ms. Hale captured this theme so well. I loved it.

We also visit the fairy tale, Cinderella. Again, the author gave me a fun and beautiful interpretation of this storyline.

My favorite part to this book were the three daughters. Each had a distinct personality and I enjoyed reading their actions and dialog. So well done. If I had one complaint it is that all Harlequin books need more side characters. This title is a shining example of why they need to be there.

I highly recommend this title to readers who want to read a heartfelt, beautiful love story.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Cinderella Story - Barely a Romance 16 Jun 2012
By ReadingGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was barely a romance novel. It told the story of the governess with the children and maybe the father with the children, but hardly the man and the woman. The writing was okay (3 star), but the romance genre (was a 2 star). Why bother writing romance if the characters don't even get a chance to relate to each other long enough to declare their love. So, really this is a 2.5 star

And Cinderella story it wasn't. Cinderella didn't choose to not have pretty clothes and to dress dowdy. Yet, this woman used her drab dressing to deceive, initiated by trauma or not - the way it was done was deceptive. There is something where you choose to dress conservatively, but to use it as a disguise is different. I can not stand when adults use children in deception - "don't tell the parent" kind of things. This is despicable. I had to page through much of the book because of this deception and how long it took to be found out.

Lastly, the whole beauty versus plain topic, I think the way the book was written; it emphasized looks (in the reverse). If looks didn't matter, why use it to say when you are plain looking, you must have character because there is nothing else. If looks didn't matter, why wasn't this written where the man showed more feelings before she revealed her beauty? I felt the book was trying to teach one thing - whether you are pretty or plain, this is skin deep; it really matters what is on the inside. However, the book presented the characters totally at odds with the lesson, because both ways emphasized what was on the outside, the plain and the pretty - to define what was on the inside.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Baron's Governess Bride 6 Feb 2013
By LD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
A grown-up Cinderella story with (3) beautiful children added to make things more interesting. The story is told with lots of emotion and subtle yet deep feelings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Baron's Governess Bride 18 July 2012
By E&M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Grace Ellerby is seeking a post and has just been hired by Lord Rupert Steadwell. As widow over four years ago and is in need of a new governess for his three daughters.

She has all the qualifications he seek in a governess and is content that she is unattractive and will not run away like their previous governess on a romantic whelm. Grace has her reasons for disguising as an unattractive lady but one night she has the opportunity to be herself.

I enjoyed how each child had unique personalities from each other. I liked that Grace's childhood friend made a small appearance in this book, she was my favorite Hale's LIH series. The christian message is very, very subtle.

I wished the book would have been a little bit longer and contained a little more character interaction.

This is a sweet and very clean regency romance.
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