Book: Mr. Gardiner and the Governess
Author: Sally Britton
My Rating: 4 Adorable Stars
Hello bookworms! Y’all know I’m a sucker for the regency romance genre at this point, right? I have found a new author to gush over. Mr. Gardiner and the Governess was a delightful read, and I’ve put Sally Britton on my auto-but list of authors.
Alice is the orphaned child of a gentleman left to the mercy of her family who pawn her off as a governess to the Duke and Duchess of Montfort. Shortly after her arrival to their estate she has the nerdiest/most adorable meet cute with Mr. Gardiner, and entomologist who finds bugs more interesting than people. That is…until he meets Alice.
Y’all. Y’ALL! This book is was perfect amounts of quirk, romance, angst, and charm. Mr. Gardiner’s total confusion at realizing that he has feelings for a woman is the most adorable thing I’ve read in a while. The man can’t stop comparing Alice to insects and it’s so precious is the dorkiest way. And Alice doesn’t cut the man any slack, I loved that about her.
Perhaps because Alice was reluctant to trust this new family, I found it hard too. I expected there to be some really awful character that I could label as a “villain” like the Duke, or one of his children. But really, with the exception of a couple of characters, everyone was lovable. I felt that Britton did a good job of making me wary of everyone just like Alice was. But by the end, both Alice and I realized there was nothing to fear.
Is it a groundbreaking work of literature? No. But it was pure enjoyment, and I read it in a day! Not to mention, she has a sequel coming out in April that I will certainly be reading. If you like Nichole Van, or anything that is remotely adjacent to Jane Austen, you’ll enjoy this one!
Krystle Goodman is a crazy cat lady, who loves to drink exorbitant amounts of coffee, and read a shocking amount of books. She lives in Benton with her husband Josh, her son Roman, and their two cats Roxanne and Abby. When she isn’t reading, you’ll find her cooking, painting, or watching true crime shows. Watch for Krystle’s book reviews every other Friday. Send fanmail to: [email protected]
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