11 Reasons to Love this Book... The Governess by Kristen Mckendry (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

This was such a fabulous read! Definitely check it out, including the publisher's giveaway...

The Governess
The Governess
by Kristen Mckendry
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 214 Pages
October 10th 2016 by Covenant Communications


For Kate Porter in 1880s Canada, working as a governess is simply a means to an end, and she aspires to a high-society future that will lift her out of her middle-class existence. When she accepts a new position as tutor to Alonzo Colaco's children, she sees it as a step in the direction of her dreams. She eagerly envisions a grand house awaiting her...but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job will not be all she anticipated.

Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position comes along. Soon, however, she abandons her preconceptions along with her bustle in favor of the joys of a simple life---and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she has come to care about to pursue her high-society dreams?

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My Review

11 Reasons to Love THE GOVERNESS:

  1. It's set uniquely in historical Canada, which very few romances are.
  2. The heroine is strong, complex, and somewhat unconventional.
  3. There are over-pretentious, arrogant relatives who make the heroine's life difficult.
  4. There isn't a true love triangle.
  5. There is a spunky old lady who brings life to the story.
  6. There are two very adorable children who readers won't be able to resist.
  7. As a governess the heroine, her charges, and their father live under a very interesting situation.
  8. Issues of the time period and the heroine's struggle with wanting to be set up properly versus choosing love are masterfully woven through the story.
  9. There is plenty of humor as well as sweet and memorable moments.
  10. The romance is swoon-worthy, mostly due to the very swoon-worthy leading man, and there is a happily-ever-after.
  11. It's engaging, emotional, and beautiful from beginning to end.

In case you aren't already sold on THE GOVERNESS, it's one of the best historical romances I've ever read. I loved it! All of it! I loved, loved these characters. I also found the the unique setting and situation rather interesting. I loved how the heroine evolves during the story. I loved the emotions the story pulled from me. I even loved that it was short enough that I could finish it in one sitting, even though I was then rather sad that it was over. I loved that the author didn't just wrap up the ending all nice and sweet after what happened. She let the characters struggle a little, show their disappointment, and talk it through. She allowed things to feel authentic, such as the children's issues with the separation. The ending was perfect and it still makes me want to contentedly sigh just thinking about it. My only complaint is that I would have loved a epilogue to show a visit with Millie and to show where Kate's life was a little ways down the road.

In the end, was it what I wished for? An ecstatic yes! I loved this book and will be planning on many re-reads to come.

Content: Some innuendo, but decidedly clean.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Kristen Garner McKendry began writing in her teens, and her work has been published in both Canada and the US. She received a Mississauga Arts Council MARTY Award in Established Literary Arts in 2012, and her book Garden Plot was nominated in 2011 for a Whitney Award of excellence in LDS literature.

Kristen received a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader. She has a strong interest in urban agriculture and environmental issues. She enjoys playing the bagpipes, learning obscure languages, growing wheat in the backyard, and making cheese. A native of Utah and a mother of three, she now resides with her family in Canada.

Tour Schedule

*Oct. 10th: http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/

*Oct. 11th: http://www.wishfulendings.com/, https://atransparentmom.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/, http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/

*Oct. 12th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://justcommonly.blogspot.com/, http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/, http://thethingsilovemost.com/

Oct. 13th: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://sweetlymadejustforyou.com/blog/

*Oct. 14th: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/, http://www.kindleandme.com/

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