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The Governess Club: Bonnie Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BS8SW2Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Read this book No 2 in series after reading No 3 first and No. 2 second (see those reviews). The story idea is good but just not long enough to do it justice so lets it down. Don't know if this is partly due to the editing but these books need to be double in length to do improve the flow and make more sense. The read is a bit disjointed and jumps from days to weeks from thoughts to actions, etc. There should have been much more character development. Whilst this is a work of fiction the characters and behaviours of the characters needs to be believable in respect to period it's written but also to the 'personality' of the supposed characters. I've pre-ordered book No. 4 so look forward to seeing some improvement since book No 3 was better than books 1 and 2.
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enjoyable read but didn't hold my interest, found that i could put it down and wasn't in a rush to pick it up again...thought that there could have been more made of the story line
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good book
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HASH(0xa1b9cfa8) out of 5 stars Pales in comparison with Claire's story 24 Sept. 2013
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on Amazon.com
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The second novella in Ellie Macdonald's The Governess Club series features Bonnie, a beautiful and kind-hearted heroine who is in ways like the Beauty to Sir Stephen Montgomery's Beast.

In the wake of Claire (The Governess Club: Claire)'s betrothal to Mr. Knightly, Bonnie writes of her plight: her employers, Viscount and Viscountess Darrow, have died in a carriage accident, leaving their two young sons orphaned and the elder in possession of the title. Sir Stephen Montgomery is named the boys' guardian, a task he takes to dislike for he neither had the patience nor special fondness for children, especially not when he is trying to solve a mystery: his friend's murder. Stephen knows his friend's death was no carriage accident, but a deliberate murder, so he is suspicious of the household, though his doubts of Bonnie quickly vanished:

"The boys are suffering from severe trauma. They know me and I care for them. Henry and Arthur need someone they can trust. There is nothing admirable about it." - Loc 189 of 2115

From the onset, Bonnie is far more likable than Stephen. Her character is that of a sweet yet resilient governess, who puts her charges first before herself, staying to care for them even when no wage is being paid. On the other hand, Stephen test Bonnie's trustworthiness; he somewhat desires her, but mostly his thoughts turn to the mystery at hand. He initially comes off as a cold and unyielding man, knowing not how to care for young children.

"You misunderstand me, sir. It is the children who do not leave me, not the other way around."
"Ridiculous. They are children. Call a maid or footman." - Loc 161 of 2115

In the end, he still is. There are moments when Stephen seems to bond with the children through teaching Henry to ride and Bonnie, though those are short-lived as Stephen's suspicions ruin what bonhomie they had built.

"Well, I certainly fell assured that the man who has done nothing to gain out trust feels that I am worthy." - Loc 488 of 2115

In essence, Stephen exhibits behaviors typically attributed to a scarred hero; he is coarse in mannerisms, unrefined and unsophisticated, while Bonnie, despite being a lowly governess (in the eyes of Regency society), has beauty of character far beyond that of Stephen. With regards to Bonnie and Stephen's romance, it is very much instant love. That is, based on Stephen's own thoughts and his actions, he appreciates Bonnie and lusts after her, but until the end he did not behave toward her any differently than when they were first acquainted. It seemed as if the lack of pages post-resolving the murder case had left Stephen with little recourse to go on if he wanted to win Bonnie back, and even then, he did not show the signs of a man in love, mainly a hero who needs to be with his heroine at the end. On that point, Bonnie was too accepting of Stephen's mercurial thinking, one minute pushing her away, only to ask her hand in marriage on the last page. Naturally, given that this is a novella, it is understandable that the "love" between the characters must be rushed, but for the story's over focusing on the murder mystery, the romance element was rather hastily put together, and not as refined as in Claire's story.

*Review copy provided by the publisher via edelweiss
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1bad2ac) out of 5 stars The governess is the one stable person her two charges have after their parents are killed. 29 Nov. 2013
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Our heroine is holding her dead employer's children together until their futures are resolved. Their guardian, a friend of their father, arrives in response to a letter sent to him. The books show bad investments made and money was being drained from the estate. An attachment forms between our heroine and hero. The guardian discovers that the supposed accidental death of his friend was actually murder and the older child has had two attempts on his life. So we now have suspense and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and ordered another governess club book.
Theila
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1bb09b4) out of 5 stars A bonny read. 3 Jan. 2014
By leonie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book had more to do with the children than the author's last book but she made the two young or orphans likeable and they didn't take over the romance.
Bonnie is left in charge of the two boys when their parents die in a carriage accident while she waits for the boy's guardian to turn up. When he gets there attraction and mystery follows.
I like the style of Ellie MacDonald 's writing and find her feel for the historical attitudes convincing. She entertains the reader and her ending makes sense.
I look forward to reading more of this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b9440c) out of 5 stars I love this book, but.... 8 April 2014
By LP - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book it was easy to read. The characters were very likable. It’s one of the better one from new author I have read lately. With that said…

If I'm rate this book for the romance part, I would give it 5 stars. It was sweet and touching.

If I'm rate this book for the mystery part, I would give it 3 stars. I wanted more detail on the mystery; it needed more work. The basic why, where, when and how was not really clear and seemed rush.
HASH(0xa1bad2a0) out of 5 stars fully developed characters that are detailed with distinction and singular presence. 10 Oct. 2013
By Gaele - Published on Amazon.com
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We first heard of Bonnie and the difficulties with her position from a letter shared in Claire's story. This second installment of the Governess Club series by Ellie Macdonald is now focusing on her and the mystery surrounding her young charge's parents.

When the Viscount Darrow and his wife are mysteriously and suddenly killed in an accident, Bonnie is left with their two young sons in her charge. She is tasked with waiting for their guardian to arrive, and arrive with a vengeance he does: Sir Stephen arrives without patience for children and a bit of a chip on his shoulder regarding the "help".

In what has come to be my expectation from this author, she manages to provide fully developed characters that are detailed with distinction and singular presence. Bonnie is a wholly likeable character: her determination to protect the children, and her devotion to them in standing up to Stephen's rather oafish manners and behavior are admirable and make her the favorite in the story.

Stephen is more a fish out of water, with his concerns more involved with the death of his friend: he knows it was not an accident and is determined to find the murderer and bring him to justice. While he hasn't the exposure to children, his manner with them is far less patient and based in some fairly antiquated expectations of both the children's abilities and Bonnie's true intentions. We do, however, see him loosen up and grow in both his openness to the children and to Bonnie, although this wasn't as openly displayed in his behavior. In fact, much of his energy was directed toward resolving the murder of the Viscount and his wife, and only after that was done was he realizing that perhaps his lustful feelings toward Bonnie were more than just simply physical.

While I didn't enjoy the love story as much in this book as in the first, the quality of characters, writing and plot were stellar and the story is a wonderful installment in this new series. I wholeheartedly recommend this series to fans of regency and historical romance, and while you can read each book without no great loss of plot or story, you will want to read both - they are that good.

I received an eArc copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review as part of a tour with Tasty Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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