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The Governess Club: Sara &The Governess Club: Louisa
The Governess Club book 3 and 4
By: Ellie MacDonald
Releasing September 2nd, 2014 and October 7th, 2014
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Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the governess club. But she has a secret… She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.
Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.
Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance of passion?
Louisa Brockhurst is on the run - from her friends, from her family, even from her dream of independence through The Governess Club. But sometimes it’s easier for her to hide from those she loves in order to escape the secrets of her past.
Handsome but menacing John Taylor is a former prize-fighter turned inn-keeper who is trying to make his way in society. When Louisa shows up at his doorstep he’s quick to accept her offer to help - at a price. He knows that she’s hiding something and he can’t help his protective instincts around the beautiful woman.
Their attraction grows, but will headstrong, fiery Louisa ever trust the surprisingly kind John enough to tell him the dangerous secrets from her past that keep her running? Or will the power of her feelings scare her into running yet again?
Louisa. Sometimes you just want to shake your head at her. She shoots herself in the foot so many times because she is just so damned stubborn! It blinds her to who her friends truly are and causes her to not see genuine help when it is offered.
I don’t really blame her. She had a rough go of it, had to make her way in the world as a matter of survival, leaving behind a body and a murder scene. It makes sense that she wouldn’t trust anyone.
This is something that made her story unique – instead of an actual physical opponent, it was her stubbornness, distrust and independence that was the villain of the story. Her strength was her downfall; she was her own worst enemy.
Right from the start of the series, I knew that Louisa’s story had to be unique, had to be different from the other books in the series. Did I accomplish that? Well, let’s look at it.
First off, in a series that gets its name from governesses, she doesn’t teach in her story.
Second, as I already mentioned, she is both the heroine and the villain in her story. Not really the anti-hero, that’s more a villain with enough redeemable qualities that you understand why they are doing what they are doing. Think of the recent Maleficent movie with Angelina Jolie. That character was an anti-hero. Louisa just gets in her own way of happiness.
Third, she is the fiercest of her friends. She stands up for herself and isn’t afraid to let people know it, isn’t afraid to tear a strip off a person, isn’t afraid to demand her due. In doing all these, she often sacrifices tact, which her co-heroines have in spades.
Fourth, her hero, John, has no connection to the nobility or a profession of authority. He was a boxer turned innkeeper. At one point, he actually had to be subservient to a lord in front of her. I knew that Louisa needed someone vastly different than what she was raised to expect because she had become so unique a woman in Regency England herself.
Fifth, she is a bit of a Sexual Mistress. Now, any failing of her part in that area is my fault; I have no experience in writing such a character and haven’t read too many stories that feature this sort of relationship. What I wanted to convey in this, however, was her need for control. She had complete control over the affairs she had before meeting John. She tried to control him as well, but it didn’t quite work out the way she planned. To her benefit, I might add, and she agrees with me.
Louisa is definitely unique. She definitely comes across as harsh. Does she change? Yes. She doesn’t necessarily soften, but she learns to listen, she learns to negotiate, she learns to compromise. The point being: she was willing to learn.
And that, I think, is her greatest strength.
Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.