The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen is a Regency read, with the flavor of the era perfectly woven in. The heroine, Olivia Keene flees from a bad situation at home, only to be thrown into prison for trespassing on private property. Lord Bradley of Brightwell Court frees her from prison, but insists she work as a nursemaid to his niece and nephew for three months, hoping to find out what she knows about his “secret”. (She overheard a conversation while trespassing.) Both have secrets to keep hidden, yet as things unravel, they must learn to trust one another as the past threatens the future.
I loved the historical details in this book, with the propriety of the Regency era and the way of life it entails. The plot of intricate and well planned and kept me turning the page. As an avid romance reader, I was disappointed in how little romance factored in, but had I known before hand, I’m sure I would have been okay. There was some romance, but not much of it and it really didn’t develop well until the last part of the book. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who love a good plot with great historical flavor.
BACK COVER: Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his. But now that she has, what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything–his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.