ABOUT THE BOOK
Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she's always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the 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 as a children's tutor will not be all she dreamed.
Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching 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 presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions 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's come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?
I found The Governess to be both a refreshingly different sort of romance, but the setting was different as well. Most of the books that take place during this era focus on England, but this one takes place in Canada which is a nice change of pace. Katherine is a character with both strengths and weaknesses. It's not surprising that she's a bit obsessed with finding a comfortable living situation considering how dependent she's had to be on her rather obnoxious relatives. But comfort is not what she finds when she agrees to tutor Alonzo Colaco's children. Living in a train car in the woods does not meet any of her expectations. But she finds that as she gets to know her charges and her employer that somehow those things diminish a bit in importance. But she's not fully willing to give up her desire for a comfortable life and leaves seeking something more. It seems though that she may have left her true heart's desire behind. I enjoyed reading the conversations between Katherine and Alonzo as well as the children. Real feeling love and not just the rapturous falling in love kind satisfies my soul in ways that the more shallow romances don't.
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