“It’s the first time I’ve read Janice Preston’s work, and I’ll certainly be seeking out more of her books on the strength of this one” – All About Romance reviews
“I loved the author’s take on Beauty and the Beast. Grace and Nathaniel were an awesome couple and so deserved a happily-ever-after” – Amazon Reader
The beauty who tamed the beast
The Governess’s Secret Baby is a standalone story, but it is also the fourth and final book in The Governess Tales, a series about four friends who train as governesses at Madame Dubois’ School for Young Ladies and then head out into the world to earn their living.
(See bottom of this page for more details of The Governess Tales).
I loved bringing to life the gothic Shiverstone Hall, nestled below Shiver Crag in the Yorkshire Dales, and its reclusive, scarred and taciturn owner Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell.
Only a feisty heroine would do for Nathaniel, and Grace Bertram is certainly that: bold, impulsive and determined but also rootless and plagued with hidden self-doubt.
Enjoy the emotional ups and downs as Grace helps Nathaniel find the courage to embrace life again, and Nathaniel proves to Grace she is capable of being loved.
This is the cover – isn’t it lovely?
It’s my first Christmas cover and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it!
And here is the back cover blurb:
“New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter, Clara. Even if it means working for Clara’s guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell!
Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath But when he discovers Grace is Clara’s mother, Nathaniel questions his place in this torn-apart family.
Could there be a Christmas happy-ever-after for this beauty and the beast?”
Read The Governess’s Secret Baby to find out, and to read the epilogue (set a year later) to discover what happens when Joanna, Rachel, Isabel and Grace – plus their new husbands and families – reunite for a special Christmas celebration.
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More praise for The Governess’s Secret Baby from book bloggers and Amazon Readers:
“A wonderfully layered, emotionally nuanced and highly compelling historical romance” – Bookish Jottings
“…this gorgeous book by Janice Preston gave me all the little cozy, wonderful bookworm feelings you could possible want a book to give you.” – The Blossom Twins
I love this author’s work, because she always delivers a story that sweeps the reader away in emotion, and this book totally lived up to my expectations. – Amazon Reader
“The love story is nicely-paced and the romantic tension between the couple builds gradually, making their romance believable and their eventual coming together feel well-deserved.” – All About Romance reviews
“Janice Preston is a wonderfully skilled writer in this genre, she has a classy and romantic style and I am looking forward to reading more of her work“ – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
“A first class Regency from an outstanding writer of historical romance” – Bookish Jottings
“The story, the emotion and the romance in this book was perfect to me. I felt wrapped in this little cocoon that was Shiverstone Hall and I actually didn’t wish to leave.” – The Blossom Twins
The Governess Tales
Sweeping romances with fairy-tale endings!
Meet Joanna Radcliff, Rachel Talbot, Isabel Morton and Grace Bertram.
These four friends grew up together in Madame Dubois’s school for young ladies, where they indulged in midnight feasts, broke the rules and shared their innermost secrets!
But now they are thrust into the real world, and each must adapt to her new life as a governess.
One will rise, one will travel, one will run and one will find her real home…
And each will meet her soul mate, who’ll give her the happy-ever-after she’s always dreamed of!
Read Joanna’s story in The Cinderella Governess
Read Rachel’s story in Governess to the Sheikh
Read Isabel’s story in The Runaway Governess
And read Grace’s story in The Governess’s Secret Baby