Review: The Governess Club: Claire (The Governess Club #1) by Ellie Macdonald

August 29, 2013 Review 1

Review: The Governess Club: Claire (The Governess Club #1) by Ellie Macdonald

For fans of Christina Dodd and Elizabeth Boyle.

Claire Bannister just wants to be a good teacher so that she and the other ladies of the Governess Club can make enough money to leave their jobs and start their own school in the country. But when the new sinfully handsome and utterly distracting tutor arrives, Claire finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance that could change the course of her future.

Jacob Knightly has a secret. He is actually the notorious Earl of Rimmel. He's just posing as a tutor to escape his reputation in the city. He never expected to fall in love with the kind and beautiful governess. She is the first person to love him for himself and not his title.

But when Jacob's true identity is revealed, Claire realizes she has risked her reputation and her heart on a man she doesn't truly know. Will Jacob be able to convince her that the Wild Earl has been tamed and that she is the true countess of his heart?

Title: The Governess Club: Claire
Author: Ellie MacDonald
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Governess Club Bonnie
Series: The Governess Club
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Governess Club Bonnie
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: September 3, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 100
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Stars: three-half-stars

Since the death of her father Claire Bannister has been forced to make her own way in the world.  As a governess she spends her days taking care of children that are not her own and occasionally evening out a dinner party of her employers.  When a new tutor arrives at the household she isn’t impressed.   Jacob Knightly doesn’t not behave the way a tutor should and after a few pointer, Claire helps him to become better at his job.  What she doesn’t know is that he is an earl, the second son of a Duke, and is just pretending to be a tutor to get away from town life for a little while.

I enjoyed reading a historical that wasn’t focused on the members of the aristocracy and the ton activities.  We see the day to day life of a governess and some of the servants.  While there are members of the ton in the story, the obvious one being Jacob, the life they lead isn’t put front and center.  We see how Claire deals with her new station in life her desire for more.

There is a nice build up in Claire and Jacob’s relationship.  They start as friends and progress slowly toward more.  She makes him work for her affections which I think is always fun to watch.  When they do officially get together it was nice to see that Jacob was as affected by their time together that Claire was.  We get declarations of affection and intentions all at the same time.  There is of course that inevitable moment when Claire finds out she had been lied to but I think it was handled well.  I liked how all the characters didn’t automatically forgive Jacob for his deception even though he is a peer.  It seemed more believable to me.

I would have liked to see what happened to Jacob when he went home to his father.  Was he forgiven? Cut off? Did he explain how he felt to his father? We know he told his mother about Claire and she wants to meet her but that is all we get. I didn’t like how there was such a large jump at the end of the book in time. I would have like to have had more of the time Claire and Jacob spend apart.  Whether it explained how the governess all got together again and how they managed to organize themselves or what Jacob did while he waited for her in London.

Overall I really enjoyed this story.  It was a strong start to the series and I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the governess’ tales turn out.

Ellie Macdonald


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