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Book Title: The Defiant Governess|
The author of the book: Andrea Pickens
ISBN 13: 9780451194794
Date of issue: November 1st 1997
Format files: PDF
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This was a relatively robust novella about a Duke's daughter who flees an unwanted marriage by disguising herself as a governess. So the defiant governess isn't really a governess, which is a twist on the Regency cross-class, employer-employee romance that makes it so that there's really no cross-class romance. I found the bits with the child a bit saccharine for my tastes, and the chances that a pampered aristocrat could just magically become a competent governess to a shy, neglected child was a wee bit far-fetched. But it was entertaining enough. The heroine is written to be sassy and more progressive than her era, which I don't mind but will probably annoy people who prefer heroines who are well-behaved and don't manufacture their own adventures by purposefully flouting the rules of society. The novel was reluctant to go dark with any of the characters, and I think her behavior would probably have made more sense if her father had truly been a tyrant rather than an indulgent patriarch who was dabbling in authoritarianism briefly. The reason it's not clear she needs to run away is that it's not clear her father would actually force her to marry someone she hated. Still, the heroine Jane was well-matched with the hero, a marquis, and it was one of the better novellas I've gotten from free from Amazon.
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Read information about the authorAndrea Pickens is a pseudonym for an author who has also written as Cara Elliott for Grand Central and Andrea Penrose for Kensington and NAL. Her historical mysteries and romantic novels are set in Regency England, an era that has fascinated her ever since she picked up a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
A graduate of Yale, she has won numerous writing awards, including two Daphne Du Maurier Awards for historical mystery, the Golden Leaf, and she’s been a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award. Her books have been translated into nine different languages.
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