THE GOVERNESS GAME by Tessa Dare
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THE GOVERNESS GAME

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When an independent spinster loses her livelihood, she reluctantly takes a governess position in the home of an infamous rake and finds herself believing in dreams.

"Alexandra Mountbatten had common sense. That’s what her friends believed. The truth was, Alex had no sense at all—at least, not when it came to charming gentlemen with roguish green eyes.” Or one gentleman, anyway. She’d met the stranger at Hatchard's bookshop and made a complete fool of herself, but that didn’t keep her from dreaming about him for months. Then, on the fateful day when she met him again and learned his name—Chase Reynaud—and that he was the heir to a dukedom, she also lost her livelihood as a clock setter due to a panic attack that left her chronometer at the bottom of the Thames. Accepting Chase's offer of work as governess to his wards, two young sisters named Rosamund and Daisy, she's swept into the household. Daisy likes to start the day by announcing her doll's latest macabre death, and Rosamund is determined to challenge Alex. Relying on her own experience of being an orphan, Alex uses authenticity and ingenuity to engage with the girls, and before long the house becomes more of a home. Chase loves his wards and soon realizes he’s in love with Alexandra, but after a lifetime of self-loathing, he doesn’t trust himself to take care of them. Just when Chase moves forward, a misstep sends Alexandra away, forcing him to take a stand and fight for her. A sprawling cast of delightfully eccentric characters adds texture and depth to a captivating love story.

Dare continues her splendid, quirky Girl Meets Duke series with wit, heart, and humor.

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-267212-4
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2018




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