Friday, October 14, 2016

Review & Giveaway: The Governess by Kristen McKendry

Heidi Reads... The Governess by Kristen McKendry

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


For Kate Porter in 1880s Canada, working as a governess is simply a means to an end, and she aspires to a high-society future that will lift her out of her middle-class existence. When she accepts a new position as tutor to Alonzo Colaco's children, she sees it as a step in the direction of her dreams. She eagerly envisions a grand house awaiting her...but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job will not be all she anticipated.

Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position comes along. Soon, however, she abandons her preconceptions along with her bustle in favor of the joys of a simple life---and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she has come to care about to pursue her high-society dreams?

My Review

What a marvelous book! There was something different about The Governess that made it stand out from other historical novels I've read- the most noticeable being that I was so easily submerged into the setting that I felt transported. I could vividly see everything, but the descriptions were so subtle that I didn't feel like it was being told to me, rather, I just experienced it. Kate's experience of living in a train car in the woods was completely unique, and her isolation from society gave her a new perspective on her values and priorities. I loved seeing her strength and determination, as well as enjoyment in her circumstances. Her personality didn't change so much as to feel unrealistic however, as she still had fears, doubts, and prejudices to struggle with. Alonzo was just so endearing, in his devotion to his children, his unconditional compassion for others, and the friendship he offers Kate. Their growing feelings progress naturally which provides a stable foundation for their relationship and makes their sweet romantic moments some of my favorites scenes. I knew that this book had rave reviews, but I was unprepared for just how much it would touch me. It's definitely one of my top favorites this year! Highly recommend!!!

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