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Historical Romance, setting 1803.
Claudia Turner VanLydegraf
Temptation of a Proper Governess
By Cathy Maxwell
Cathy Maxwell paints a picture of
what it was like to live in a rather complex time in history. There
were many mores and guidelines to inhibit and condemn those that
wanted to just get slightly outside the norm, even a little bit.
If the person were to be taken from today’s world and whisked
back to 1803 and try to live there for a time, there would be many
changes that would have to be made. This book helps a person understand
what it was like to be of that frame. There were many things and
ways of being that a person who was respectable just would not abide.
of a Proper Governess brings in a young girl who had no other
way to live but to take care of someone else’s family, as
was proper during that period. She struggles with temptations of
handsome men, and men who would play their games with her mind and
body. She wants to be honorable and eventually marries, but it is
not really a marriage made in heaven—in the beginning and
much to her dismay. However, this man she married eventually discovers
that he really does want her, and he makes it his passion to eventually
prove it to her. He finds his true joy in and during his life. She
is only seeking to live, learn, and take care of the children; however,
she finds herself in the middle of many unpredictable situations
and duties. Soon, with the care and help of a few around her, she
sees what the man she married is and how he loves her. There are
twists, turns, and histories that have to be overcome for the two
of them to be happy and reach wedded bliss. Michael loves Isabel
with his heart, and makes her believe in him, although not many
good read that takes the hearts of a man and a woman and opens both
of them up.