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Thin story line, unnecessary sexual encounters. The two kids are more interesting than the hero & heroine. I loved the morbid types of funeral the little girl ( sorry forgot her name) kept thinking up for her doll, & the spunk of the elder one, who inspite of feeling scared & lonely puts up a brave adult facade. Otherwise a dissapointing book from my fav writer.Don't waste money to buy read it for free if available online.
After the tools of her trade slip through her fingers, Alexandra (Alex) Mountbatten finds herself in a bind and so agrees to become the governess for two young orphaned girls, who currently are far from behaving like well-behaved young ladies, to the dismay of their guardian Chase Reynaud.
Chase, a libertine has unhappily inherited a dukedom (he is next in line) and two wards – due to feeling responsible for the death of someone he cared for/was responsible for, he feels he is unable able to take care of anyone, and so refuses to marry and is planning on sending his two young wards to boarding school – but until he does he needs a governess who won’t be cowered or frightened away by the girls’ antics. Alex in an attempt to teach the girls but also bring them out of their isolation/shells decides to give them lessons in being pirates – and her lessons pay off.
Some of the best components of the book involved all the ways in which Millicent became sick, died and was eulogized (seriously entertaining). Daisy and Rosamund, Chase’s wards were a delight and enjoyable secondary characters. Part of me wishes we had seen some of their antics with the different governesses they had chased away rather than being told about them (that being said the telling was enjoyable).
I really loved the glimpses we got of Penny and Nicola in this book and am looking forward to reading their stories.
Overall, a nice read, although it’s not my favourite, I can see myself re-reading this, even if it’s not as prolifically as the book that came before this.
The hero of this novel has a couple of brattish wards who are understandably playing up to gain attention. They do this by playacting macabre deathbed and funeral scenes which involve the copious use of breakfast condiments, after this is repeated several times, it is not comic just tedious. The heroine is supposed to be a keen astronomer but the amount you find out about star-gazing could be gleaned in a morning. She has issues about being on boats: - everyone in this book has issues. It's what drives the plot. If one removed all the sex scenes the book would have been much shorter and possibly more interesting. I felt as if I was being manipulated, and it was slightly too twee for my taste
There were many aspects of this story that I liked; the heroine's keen sense of independence, the humour, the quirky children (I find children in stories can often be an annoying distraction , but these two really added a lot of humour to the story) Not sure why, but didn't feel quite as invested in this couple as I have with those in previous novels by Tessa Dare.
Fairly mediocre book. Chase and Alex; Characters are ok, both had interesting pasts. The bumping into each other at the book store scenario, was the focus more for Alex. Only mentioned as a couple in the latter part of the book, and even then it was brief.
Non regge il confronto con il primo romanzo della serie, The Duchess Deal, i protagonisti, presi singolarmente, non sono male, ma la storia d'amore non mi ha coinvolto molto, Non ho sentito la chimica tra i due. Le bimbe però sono un amore.