The Rags-to-Riches Governess

“A sweeping and seductive historical romance rich in period detail, emotional intensity and heartfelt drama…” –  Bookish Jottings

The Rags-to-Riches Governess is book 1 of the Lady Tregowan’s Will mini-series, but it is a standalone read – as are all my books.

Here are both the Mills & Boon and Harlequin covers – I reckon they capture heroine Leah’s red hair perfectly!

Sometimes an idea comes to you as a writer and you dismiss it as too complicated to write. And so it was with Lady Tregowan’s Will. I loved the idea of three young women—all strangers and down on their luck—who inherit a share in a fortune out of the blue, and who discover at the same time that they are half-sisters. But I couldn’t quite see how it would work, given that—inevitably—the three women’s stories would be closely intertwined.

But the idea wouldn’t go away, and so I explored how I could make it work without too many overlaps, given that each book must be able to be read as a standalone story. And I’m pleased I persevered, as I thoroughly enjoyed writing this first book in the trilogy, all the while with one eye on the other two stories to come.

I hope you enjoy The Rags-to-Riches Governess, the first book of the Lady Tregowan’s Will trilogy, as heroine Leah Thame meets her two new half-sisters – Beatrice Fothergill and Aurelia Croome – all of whom must meet the conditions set out in the will if they are to inherit their share of Lady Tregowan’s fortune.

But, first, Leah must return to her post as governess to the children she has grown to love and find a way to say goodbye. But their long-absent father – the guilt-ridden Lord Dolphinstone – chooses that very day to reappear in their lives, leaving Leah resolved to help him rebuild his relationship with his children before she leaves.  


And here is the back cover copy –

From impoverished governess…

…to wealthy heiress

Governess Leah Thame learns she’s inherited a fortune the day her employer, the enigmatic Earl of Dolphinstone, returns from abroad. They share an instant connection, but in order to claim her inheritance, Leah must resign and find a husband. The guarded widower offers a convenient marriage to stop her leaving, but Leah refuses. She won’t marry the man who’s captured her heart, unless there’s a chance of her love being returned…

Praise for The Rags-to-Riches Governess –

“Janice Preston has written her best work to date. Everything is perfect, even the way Ms. Preston describes the children and writes their dialogue. Five stars plus. Absolutely recommended.” – Jan, Amazon

The Rags-to-Riches Governess held me captive from beginning to end…a beautifully written and romantic read, full of heart and plenty of emotion.” – Roses Are Blue

“…intelligent and with a sense of fun, a heroine in the style of Lizzie Bennett.” – Hilary, Goodreads

“…a very artfully written and charming romance…this is a real winner for historical romance fans, The Rags-to-Riches Governess is an emotional, heart-warming, captivating and highly enjoyable read, which is not only cute and cosy but very steamy and seductive….” – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals