Author: Anna Bennett
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: NEVER SEND A DEBUTANTE
William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady—if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.
TO DO A WALLFLOWER’S JOB
Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement—and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?
Review: Sometimes fate has to give you a punch in the stomach to get you to change directions. William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, has just had his delivered in the form of six-year-old twins. He’d promised his now deceased cousin that he would be their guardian, but the sheer reality of having two rambunctious little girls in the house changed everything. The house was constantly filled with the noise of children fighting, running, and playing. It was making him mad! Hiring a governess was a great idea–but was he really so desperate as to hire the woman who’d refused to marry him?
Meg was in a pickle. She and her two sisters had been living with their uncle since their parent’s death several years earlier. Unfortunately, her uncle’s wealth was not commensurate with his sweet-natured temperament–they were flat broke. She simply had to get the job being the governess of Will’s two girls. Approaching him was hard enough–she had to convince him to let her do the job with little or no training. As soon as she saw him face-to-face, though, she was filled with trepidation. Was he harboring ill-wishes towards her? Or had he forgiven her for shouting that she’d rather die than marry him?
The setup was exciting with the two having been almost engaged several years earlier, the discovery of her father’s reasons for agreeing to it, the surprising chemistry between the two, and the mystery about the twins. Lots of competing story plots with enough intrigue to keep you reading. I really enjoyed it! Thanks