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review 2016-10-24 03:07
Review: The Governess Was Wanton by Julia Kelly
The Governess Was Wanton (The Governess Series Book 2) - Julia Kelly

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-governess-was-wanton-by-julia.html

 

Mary Woodward is a highly sought-after governess with a talent for guiding her charges through the season and promoting good matches. Eric Bromford, the fourth Earl of Asten, is a father at his wit’s end and desperate for Mary’s services. Eric isn’t your typical lord. He’s widower and a doting father who cares very much for his daughter’s happiness, education, and general well-being. He simply cannot understand why Eleanora is suddenly unhappy and picking fights with him, which is when Mary enters the picture. Mary is quick to spot the problem – or rather the people causing the problem – in the earl’s life, but that isn’t what makes things complicated. Rather, it’s the attraction she and Eric feel toward one another that threatens to turn both their worlds upside down. A romance between an earl and his daughter’s governess is a dangerous proposition, but some passions burn too hot to be ignored…

The Governess Was Wanton is a delightful historical romance with a Cinderellatwist. This second book in Julia Kelly’s Governess series is fast-paced, sweet, and engaging, thanks mostly to the endearing lead characters.

It’s clear from the start that Mary and Eric make a great match. They’re both intelligent, hardworking, caring people and if it weren’t for the difference in their stations, no one would bat an eyelash at the two of them falling in love. But since this is 1850s London, the two of them are rocked by their initial physical attraction to one another. Eric is honorable to a fault and would never abuse his position of power by seducing Mary. For her part, Mary knows that to give into her desires would lead to her ruin. The sexual tension is electric, but it’s their growing emotional attachment and the way they come fully into their own in each other’s company that really sold me on their love story. Add in some fairytale villains and a lovely teenage fairy godmother and you have a solidly entertaining story. There may not be much that’s fresh or new about The Governess Was Wanton, but it is unquestionably entertaining. Ms. Kelly has a smooth writing style, the dialogue was excellent, and the characters made me smile more than once. I adored Mary and Eric’s romance from beginning to end and I’m looking forward to re-reading it in the near future.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-governess-was-wanton-by-julia.html
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review 2016-09-12 01:19
Review: The Governess Was Wicked by Julia Kelly
The Governess Was Wicked (The Governess Series Book 1) - Julia Kelly

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-governess-was-wicked-by-julia.html

 

Elizabeth Porter is a governess to two young girls with indifferent parents. She adores her charges, even though they’ve been acting out and feigning illness ever since their brother, the heir, was born. Of course, their theatrics do bring the handsome Dr. Edward Fellows to their door, and Elizabeth cannot deny the pleasure his company brings. She knows the doctor can never marry someone like her, but that knowledge does nothing to halt her attraction to him. The longer they are around one another, the more Elizabeth wonders what harm there could be in a stolen moment or two…

The Governess Was Wicked is a bit of a difficult book to review. I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did. Julia Kelly has a breezy writing style that made the story easy to enjoy, but unfortunately this is one of those tales that the longer I thought about it the less satisfying I found it. Elizabeth and Edward are perfectly likeable characters who have a lot of potential but are never truly fleshed out. They have an easy compatibility and it’s clear to see that they would suit each other well. So why doesn’t he ask her to marry him on page one? It’s honestly not too clear (aside from the fact that there would be no story). The difference in Elizabeth and Edward’s stations isn’t a big leap, and the other obstacles in their path are thrown up and knocked down with little rhyme or reason. They don’t always behave with logic or sense, and though that can work in a story, it has to feel organic and it never did. At the end of the day, The Governess Was Wicked wasn’t my cup of tea, but I did like Ms. Kelly’s writing enough that I’m looking forward to reading about Elizabeth’s friends in the next two Governess books.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-governess-was-wicked-by-julia.html
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review 2016-08-23 00:00
The Governess Was Wicked (The Governess Series Book 1)
The Governess Was Wicked (The Governess Series Book 1) - Julia Kelly To love or not to love. The Governess was Wicked, does not lack much. Two adorable matchmakers, a dedicated doctor and a hypnotic attraction. He's a respected physician who is devoted to helping others. She's a woman with little to offer but her heart and soul to her charges. A potent connection quickly develops between the doctor and the Governess but vindictive people and ticking time are on the verge of ending themail affair before, it's even begun. Despite a few minor hiccups along the way, Ms. Kelly delivered a sweet story.
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review 2015-12-01 00:00
One Week in December (One Week in Love Book 3)
One Week in December (One Week in Love B... One Week in December (One Week in Love Book 3) - Alexis Anne,Audra North,Julia Kelly,Alexandra Haughton Short And Sweet. As always too short, but well written, developed stories for the most part. They run the gambit from breathless anticipation to graphic sensuality, each of these stories hits the spot and leaves just enough room for dessert. Moments of imperfect romance with flashes of humor, wrapped up in a heart-warming holiday theme.
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review 2014-09-25 11:49
The Playground by Julia Kelly - Review
The Playground - Julia Kelly

Publication Date: Available Now from Quercus.

 

Source: Publisher Review Copy

 

Eve is putting her life together again.
Her partner has walked out on her. She’s moved into a tiny flat on the outskirts of Dublin. She has no job. But she does have her beloved baby daughter – and there’s a little playground across the street. It’s a tired spot for teenagers and tramps, but Eve is determined to make this new life work. Alongside her interfering lodger and a group of local mums she swings into action to make the playground the heart of the community.  But not all games are innocent – and not all friends are true. When a terrible accident is blamed on her, Eve must forge her own independence – and realise that the playground is not a place to hide from adulthood.

 

There is some great Irish fiction around right at the minute and this is an excellent example of that – my first read of Julia Kelly but certainly not the last.

 

Eve is not having a good time – thrust into having to find independance and having made a move in order to try and kickstart her life, she doesnt have a lot, but she DOES have her daughter and is determined to make a better life for her. Across the street from her is a small playground – something for Eve to focus on to make it part of the community. But is she trusting too much?

 

I loved Eve – her character had emotional resonance for me as, like her, I am in the midst of a new start – she is vulnerable yet determined and Julia Kelly has managed to give a beautiful poignancy to the range and depth of her feelings about what is going on around her. I followed avidly along with her, over the bumps in the road, through the turmoil and onwards towards a hopefully brighter future. In a way it is a coming of age tale for a woman already of age and as such it was absolutely compelling.

 

The sense of place is very evocative, wonderfully described and puts you right in the picture – there is a lovely flow and lilt to the prose that allows you to live in Eve’s world and see how she develops – it was one of those books that you are intrigued and touched by, especially when it comes to the hidden motivations of the characters within. Not everyone and everything is as it appears and you will find yourself avidly turning the pages to find out what will happen.

 

Overall then a lovely story, heart warming and heart wrenching, with some sublimely drawn characters and a very fascinating storyline.

 

Highly Recommended.

 

Find out more here: http://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/author/Julia_Kelly

 

Purchase Information: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/julia+kelly/the+playground/10708009/

 

Happy Reading Folks!

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