[Download] ✤ The Governess and Mr. Granville ➺ Abby Gaines – Shiningweb.info

The Governess and Mr. Granville The Governess and Mr Granville was a fun, good, clean and inspirational regency romance that I enjoyed very much Serena was a spirited and instantly likable character The banter between Dominic and Serena was very entertaining There were many moments during this book where I found myself laughing out loud This was a book that made me feel good and left me with a smile on my face I highly recommend The Governess and Mr Granville to anyone looking for an enjoyable historical romance. Dominic Granville Needs A Wife Whether He Wants One Or Not And Governess Serena Somerton Intends To Find One For Him A Marriage Of Convenience Would Provide The Wealthy Widower S Five Children With A Mother S Tender Care And Yet None Of Dominic S Prospective Brides Can Meet Serena S Increasingly High StandardsUnconventional, Certainly Outspoken, To Be Sure Even So, Miss Somerton S Quirks Can T Curb Dominic S Growing Interest In The Spirited Young Woman After His Wife S Death, Dominic Was Sure He Couldn T Love Again But Faced With The Prospect Of Losing Serena To Another, One Fact Becomes Clear His Imperfect Governess Could Be His Ideal Wife 3.5 starsThe feeling of doubt as to who will end up with who well, we all would know which is which, but maybe a little suspense could flavour up the story but as the title has given us the answer even before we read the first sentence, there you have it Quite an entertaining story, but the feel of contemporary keep surfacing now and then, especially the using of first name basis between the governess and the employer. Dominic dan Serena ini awalnya kelihatannya ceritanya bakalan lebih seru drpd buku yg pertama Ternyata malah lebih mengecewakan, apalagi endingnya.Dengan tema persilangan antara Mary Poppins dan Emma by Jane Austen, kita dibawa ke suasana Regency dimana Serena bekerja sbg governess lima anak kecil dari seorang duda tampan dan kaya, Dominic Serena ini berkepribadian bak Julie Andrews di The Sound of Music, selalu ceria, sangat memahami anak anak, dan jatuh cinta pada majikannya yg kaku ini.Sere Dominic dan Serena ini awalnya kelihatannya ceritanya bakalan lebih seru drpd buku yg pertama Ternyata malah lebih mengecewakan, apalagi endingnya.Dengan tema persilangan antara Mary Poppins dan Emma by Jane Austen, kita dibawa ke suasana Regency dimana Serena bekerja sbg governess lima anak kecil dari seorang duda tampan dan kaya, Dominic Serena ini berkepribadian bak Julie Andrews di The Sound of Music, selalu ceria, sangat memahami anak anak, dan jatuh cinta pada majikannya yg kaku ini.Serena sempat nyaris diberhentikan sbg governess sblm naik pangkat menjadi pendamping bagi Marianne adik Dominic yg memiliki masalah rendah diri akut, spinster yg gampang merona, dan belakangan kepincut dgn tetangganya, si pewaris baru.Dominic menyadari dirinya tidak bisa mengandalkan adik perempuannya sbg pendamping anak anaknya pada saat debut Jadi dia mengalah utk mencari istri baru walaupun sangat enggan, mengingat dia hanya mencintai almarhumah istrinya.Jadilah cerita berputar putar disana, hingga kedatangan Alistair Givens, tunangan diam diam Serena yg dikira sudah mati dlm perang, ternyata masih segar bugar dan menyatakan masih mencintai Serena Dominic sendiri sudah melamar Hester, teman baik almarhumah istrinya.Serena dan Dominic ini menderita fall out of love syndrome Mereka membuat pihak lain menderita akibat keputusan gegabah mereka yg plin plan Dan saya GAK SUKA dengan mereka.Ditambah lagi krn novel ini clean romance yg christianity, makin membuat saya mual dgn kemunafikan yg ditampilkan novel ini, krn tabrakan antara karakter kristiani yg puritan itu gak sesuai dgn anakronistis Contohnya, Serena yg anak pendeta, digambarkan taat pada ayat ayat alkitab, tetapi kenapa dia mau saja bertunangan diam diam dgn Alastair di usia 16 thn Dan masih banyak contoh yg lain yg membuat saya malah jadi sebel, apalagi yg menjelang ending Yasudlah, ini terakhir kali baca clean romance yg malah bikin saya migren So sweet Suka dengan interaksi seluruh tokoh dalam cerita ini Dominick, Serena, adik beserta ke 5 anak Dominick, plus tokoh2 lainnya Plot sederhana tapi menyentuh Karakter setiap tokoh seolah nyata Penulisnya keren ni, pandai mengaduk2 perasaan pembaca Tanpa adegan roman berlebihan, kisah Dominick mencari istri atas usulan Serena, terasa pas di hati Ada momen absurd klo boleh dibilang seperti itu terjadi di antara mereka, yakni saat Dominick berniat pedekate dgn wanita2 pilihannya, Ser So sweet Suka dengan interaksi seluruh tokoh dalam cerita ini Dominick, Serena, adik beserta ke 5 anak Dominick, plus tokoh2 lainnya Plot sederhana tapi menyentuh Karakter setiap tokoh seolah nyata Penulisnya keren ni, pandai mengaduk2 perasaan pembaca Tanpa adegan roman berlebihan, kisah Dominick mencari istri atas usulan Serena, terasa pas di hati Ada momen absurd klo boleh dibilang seperti itu terjadi di antara mereka, yakni saat Dominick berniat pedekate dgn wanita2 pilihannya, Serena malah berusaha menggagalkan usaha tersebut sekuat tenaga Padahal Serena yg mengusulkan Dominick utk menikah lagi demi keseimbangan keluarga dan kondisi psikis ke 5 anaknya Perbedaan prinsip antara Dominick dan Serena juga turut menambah gregetan cerita ini Jika Dominick ingin menikah lagi dengan alasan menikah demi kemudahan , itu berbanding terbalik dengan Serena yg lebih mengutamakan cinta Nah, dari prinsip aja udh beda, bisa ketebak dong gimana gregetannya cerita ini Momen mengharu biru tentunya saat melibatkan Thomas Hetty Charlotte William Louisa Mereka anak2 Dominick yg terlupakan oleh Dominick sendiri Ketiadaan figur ibu membuat mereka sedikit susah diatur Untung ada Serena, governes yg luar biasa dan tak lazim meski begitu die ternyata alim juga Setiap perbuatan selalu diiringi firman Tuhan Adegan paling berkesan itu saat anak2 menyatakan pendapatnya tentang siapa sosok yg pantas menjadi ibu baru mereka plus saat mereka mengungkapkan alasan kenapa Serena harus tinggal Manis bangeet Serena gadis yang menyenangkan, sekaligus blak blakan Setelah mengetahui bahwa adiknya menikah dengan seorang Earl, dia tidak bisa lagi menjadi governess di rumah keluarga Granville Oleh karena itu, Dominic memintanya menjadi pendamping adiknya, khususnya karena dia akan mengadakan pesta jamuan untuk mencari seorang istri.Ide pencarian istri ini awalnya datang dar Serena, yang menginginkan hal terbaik bagi kelima anak Dominic yang masih kecil Karenanya Serena merasa perlu ikut campur dalam me Serena gadis yang menyenangkan, sekaligus blak blakan Setelah mengetahui bahwa adiknya menikah dengan seorang Earl, dia tidak bisa lagi menjadi governess di rumah keluarga Granville Oleh karena itu, Dominic memintanya menjadi pendamping adiknya, khususnya karena dia akan mengadakan pesta jamuan untuk mencari seorang istri.Ide pencarian istri ini awalnya datang dar Serena, yang menginginkan hal terbaik bagi kelima anak Dominic yang masih kecil Karenanya Serena merasa perlu ikut campur dalam menentukan kriteria istri untuk Dominic Ada beberapa kejadian lucu, termasuk ketika anak anak Dominic menyanyi untuk menghibur tamu Bukannya terhibur, para tamu malah menunjukkan tampang horor karena nyanyian anak anak Dominic jauh dari merdu.Selain Dominic Serena, kisah Marianne Bemmerton juga layak untuk diikuti Marianne memiliki kekurangan wajah yang selalu merona membuatnya menutup diri karena tidak ingin lebih dipermalukan oleh orang lain Tapi kehadiran Bemmerton membuatnya bisa mengatasi ketakutannya Masih bertemakan kristiani, novel ini lebih mengutamakan bagaimana seorang Serena menghadapi konfliknya tanpa mengabaikan kisah romantisnya Cocok untuk kemu penyuka hisrom tapi nggak pengen baca yang vulgar I was completely ready to not give this one a triumphant read, but wow for a Love Inspired Christian faith based Historical Romance this was surprisingly right up Abby Gaines s contemporary alley, and right up my own want in an HR I recall I have liked plenty of her HQ novels before, but for some reason, the last two have left me feeling lackluster But this one, again wow I am pleasantly gobsmacked to say that I wish I could break this book in two and give BOTH romances that this encapsulate I was completely ready to not give this one a triumphant read, but wow for a Love Inspired Christian faith based Historical Romance this was surprisingly right up Abby Gaines s contemporary alley, and right up my own want in an HR I recall I have liked plenty of her HQ novels before, but for some reason, the last two have left me feeling lackluster But this one, again wow I am pleasantly gobsmacked to say that I wish I could break this book in two and give BOTH romances that this encapsulated 5 stars because it seems unfair to have enjoyed the main and sub minor romance without being able to say they both had superb stories unfolding to an eventual wonderful, highly deserving and fantastic HEA I want to commend Gaines for being able to counterbalance so much detail and intricacies to keep each romance from faltering or failing in some manner Gaines did it and I think maybe it s her signature ideal because for the last two books by her I have encountered, the 2nd romance pair either took away much needed time for the main couple Whose Lie is it Anyway and then just recently The Earl s Mistaken Bride the 2nd romance was the one I wanted to bring front and center For this one it becomes a smooth change of pace and storytelling because Gaines got that formula right and perfect, which is almost impossible Not enough of THIS ONE or TOO MUCH of the other and it never seems to fall on that you getof the one you like most Nah, the one you hate becomes the focused couple and the one you like and wantof just withers away into paltry seconds.And frankly, I hate Harlequin titles because this is such a weak explanation for a genuinely spectacular book I wish they d return to those days where they weren t quite so LITERAL in their descriptions And I now believe I know the mystery behind why so many readers have cropped up out of nowhere to recommend this book when it s BOOK 2 That seems odd, ya know, especially for a stickler like me who likes to read book series in order even when it s not pertinent.We only knew about Serena The Governess, in the periphery in the first book Constance really didn t seem to harp so much on losing contact with her sisters once she married, but I think she could ve done well with corresponding with someone of Serena s caliber and forethought A sister can be a best friend in a truly lonely world, and Constance had that in spades since she basically walked into a hostile marriage and then an evenhostile household But of the five sisters, I also think Serena and Constance were the most mature and stable minded when their younger siblings are pretty much like Mary, Lydia Kitty of the Bennet sisters clan Serena would be Lizzie, thoughand Constance would be Jane And we only saw Serena in the first book when Marcus wanted to surprise his wife by inviting her long lost sister home.I cannot recall how or why Serena has been given this job as Governess to Mr Granville s children five in total twin boy girl, another boy girl not twins but maybe apart in 1 2yrs of age and then a toddler girl We open the book where Serena has been working for Mr Granville for quite some time, hired by his sister, Marianne, who lives in his household and has become somewhat a hostess and also a social recluse since Mrs Granville passed away It almost doesn t matter much how Serena came about knowing this position existed but from what we learn of her past life at home, she may have been attempting to escape a form of gossip and quite possibly running from a heartache of her own Anyway, Serena is in trouble with Mr Granville, because she is quite the hands on Governess and she adores and loves all the children, but Mr Granville is prepared to fire her on the spot, no discussion.When you look back on it, it is rather masterminded of Serena but at the time it feels put upon and overly exaggerated for a Governess or a member of the household staff to talk to Mr Granville the way Serena begins to open dialogue with him In fact, HE becomes outraged as well At first Serena seems quite outspoken and stubborn or bull headed, also she is quite the dog with a bone sort of person who won t let go of an issue especially when it s on someone she cares deeply for She fakes an interest in the fact Mr Granville needs a wife, which is kind of where her second phase of employment comes thruonce she is certainly FIRED from her original Serena has befriend Marianne, Mr Granville s dearest sister And Marianne is a participant in our sub minor romance with a Mr Beaumont There is a moment where Marianne practically saves Serena s employment and she is re hired as a Lady s Companion to Marianne, but really they are so close in age and rank and disposition that they could be sisters Marianne has a skin condition, one that is never called out or given a name tobut I want to say it s like what today we would term Rosaceawhere heat, stress and certain heat triggers like spicey foods can cause the immediate red flush to overtake the skin like a constant BLUSH In Marianne s case it is her entire face, especially around the cheekbones and down her neck She has tried so many medical cures that now she is seeking herbal to froo frooey holistic cures In fact, when we first meet Marianne she is taking off an Aloe Vera leaf to see if this might give her some comfort or she is doing something with an Aloe vera plant for future purpose.This is where the story gets pretty good as we split apart folks and yet still manage to bring them back into one another s lives When one moment you think insufferable Mr Granville so exhausted by his battle of wills with Serenais finally free of hershe reels herself back into almost become HIS matchmaker for a wife And she has some particular stunning realities for every young female Marianne seems to want to bring into her brother s vicinity We know absolutely, Serena is truly looking out for the best interests of the dear children, but oftentimes, it is clear to readers she is secretly harboring emotions for her employer And certainly thetime they allow themselves to peel back each of their individual onion layers, thedown deep their feelings for one another grow.What I loved, eventually, about Serena and Mr Granville, who we will now call, Dominic, is that when they both have bonded, growing closer, especially in dealing with his childrenonce layers are peeled back BOTH are attempting to overcome deep heartache One we know on the surface with Dominic losing his childhood sweetheart wife, but the one with Serena is deeply embedded in her and it s not until Dominic further explores his want of a wife that we learn of Serena past with love And it is an interesting dichotomy to explore because Dominic s precious love for his soulmate prevents him from wanting to love a 2nd time around And Serena pesters and pesters and she will never take anything less than LOVElove from her and love from the man who proposes It is much, much later when we find out that Serena lost her first, deep love at the mere age of 15 16 to an 18yr old town boy who defied her parents wishes well, her father s wishes, really, and asked for her hand in marriage They kept it secret and this 18yr old boy went off to fight in the wars Napoleonic and proved MIA and then eventually they simply believed he had perished since he never returned home But I enjoyed how the story shows how diverse Dominic and Serena were in what they both deeply believed was great love and what is possible when you move on from that great loss, letting go of the past I do not know if Gaines meant for this to be seen or shown so subtly but I liked that we can see two people who have loved and lostone willing to stop gate emotions and simply marry to gain a wife and another who is hopeful for another great ardent love of her life Eh, some might argue Serena never got to experience an honest and genuine love, since she had to hide hers, but it is nofalse than Dominic s.This will come back to pass for Serena which I did and didn t expect and I am so glad it did come back to haunt Serena and Dominic s growing feelings for one another, because it put them both in the position of being taken or spoken for by another thinking Serena is lost to him, Dominic proposes to an old friend of his wife sand then Serena s MIA lost love returns and her father logically gives them 3 months to rekindle their love But what stunned me to utter quiet and admiration was how awesomely ADULT and MATURE Serena was in explaining how grief worked for her in letting go of her MIA lost love, even though he had not moved on For a young woman surely looked at for being a dunderhead and too set in her ways for her ageSerena might be abrasive and exhausting but she is clear minded and smart, but also witty and child likeand she has a penchant for knowing what others need, certainly with the children She feels like their mother or what a mother should be to Granville s children.In Marianne s case, she has spent countless of times finding men in want of a wife with beauty and perfection, which she knows she doesn t have Half the time Dominic has had to chase off these greedy buggers because all they have wanted is Marianne s dowry, never her Until they get a new neighbor in Mr Geoffrey Beaumont who is the nephew of the man who owns the house beside Granville s Beaumont has a shady past that still continues to haunt him, prone to drink and lose women, plus possibly a gambler, of sorts Geoffrey and Marianne have a wonderfully, charming interaction when she always stumbles upon with Serena chaperoning, and they have a verbal, then a written Chess Match they keep playing until the very end On their walks, Marianne is always in search of herbs or reallyweeds growing in the foliage that she will simply grab, never knowing if it s on her property or Geoffrey s Their interactions are sweet and heartbreaking because you can detect Marianne s growing feelings and see that Geoffrey can SEE the skin condition for himself, but he often is helpful in his advice, giving Marianne some remedies that his Unclea once wishful Apothecary who has lists and notebooks of some things he had attempted with ailments.Of course, Dominic does his sneakiness of inspecting Geoffrey s past and finds some mysterious problems that could still be there, or not He tells Serena first, so she is made aware to ease Marianne into being informed And it happens at the moment when Serena is brought back home to surprise Constance, and everyone is invited To show Geoffrey that she CAN handle being seen in public, in society Marianne uses Serena s surprise party to her sister as a means to unveil herself, despite her skin condition In a very gutwrenching yet fascinating moment, BOTH Serena and Marianne overhear a private conversation Geoffrey has with an old male friend and he shows his somewhat true colors And both women are heartbroken for allowing Geoffrey to charm them, but all is not what it seems, exceptMarianne doesn t let Geoffrey so easily off the hook when he excuses and apologizes which was wonderful to see She made him work hard for that HEA with her, no doubt.These women were awesome as individuals and together as sisters soon to be sisters in law Both do get their well deserved HEAsand man, Dominic, and Serena both kind of start off on the low rung of awkward personalities that will grate or annoy a reader, but along the way, thru the eventual story and bond they have, they become quite the comical pair and often enjoy getting the other s comeuppance, which eventually gives us a pretty great ending At first, I didn t think I would like this one The heroine, Serena, just rubbed me the wrong way I thought she was a bit self righteous and definitely a busybody However, somewhere along the way her personality calmed down and I ended up really liking the story There was a bit of preaching in the beginning as well, but that also became a lotsubtle as the story progressed, so the second half was definitely better for me I liked our hero, Dominic the entire time He probably is the reas At first, I didn t think I would like this one The heroine, Serena, just rubbed me the wrong way I thought she was a bit self righteous and definitely a busybody However, somewhere along the way her personality calmed down and I ended up really liking the story There was a bit of preaching in the beginning as well, but that also became a lotsubtle as the story progressed, so the second half was definitely better for me I liked our hero, Dominic the entire time He probably is the reason I kept reading I actually liked the two together quite a bit they have some nice moments together and had good chemistry I am really enjoying this series and am looking forward to readingfrom Ms Gaines If you like regency stories then I recommend this one Lovely story At first I was hesitant to read it when I saw that the hero had 5 kids I personally prefer it when a romance is focused on the hero heroine However, my mom recommended it and I enjoyed the first one in the series, so I took a chance Gaines did a fabulous job keeping the focus on the couple Stern and stuffy Dominic s reaction to free spirited, big hearted Serena kept me entertained throughout And I came to care about the secondary characters, as well Stayed up late to finish t Lovely story At first I was hesitant to read it when I saw that the hero had 5 kids I personally prefer it when a romance is focused on the hero heroine However, my mom recommended it and I enjoyed the first one in the series, so I took a chance Gaines did a fabulous job keeping the focus on the couple Stern and stuffy Dominic s reaction to free spirited, big hearted Serena kept me entertained throughout And I came to care about the secondary characters, as well Stayed up late to finish this one Looking forward to the next installment 3 stars I just didn t find the book gripping and there was too much scripture quoting I like inspirational books and Christian books, but this was too much preaching and quoting for me to stomach


About the Author: Abby Gaines

I write funny, tender romance novels for Harlequin Superromance and Love Inspired Historical My next book to be released is That New York Minute, out in April 2012.I like to set aside some of my writing time for experimental projects I m currently trying my hand at a humorous women s fiction novel, and I also finished a Young Adult manuscript To find read excerpts of my books or to find outabout me and my journey to publication hint 5 6 years and lots of rejections , visit my website


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *