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This novella was just short of perfect. Serena and Hugo were quickly established as being stubborn yet broken; two lonely people who were single-mindedly determined on a specific outcome which was what was keeping them going in difficult circumstances. Their interactions were by turns intransigent, flirtatious (the scene where they are exchanging notes is fabulous!) and tender; Hugo, while protesting his lack of fairness is nonetheless kind and caring; while feeling himself to be unworthy demonstrates time and again that he is a safe pair of hands. This is a couple I can really imagine living "happily ever after" - although I was surprised that they never properly discussed Serena's pregnancy and the fact that Hugo would be taking on another man's child. Still, The Governess Affair is superb; romantic, sexy, funny and emotionally satisfying. I've just finished listening to the audiobook of this, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's narrated by the wonderful Rosalyn Landor (Honestly - I have a serious girl-crush on those velvety tones!) who gives Hugo just the right gruffness and hint of Yorkshire accent. Her 'regular' story-telling voice is lovely, too - deep and well-modulated, so you're not suddenly jolted out of the story when the character voices switch to narration as I've found happens with some readers.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I'm a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor's narration, so I purchased this book with no real knowledge of the author Courtney Milan's work. This is a very short romantic tale about a governess seeking recompense from a rather seedy Duke, and the Duke's man of business. The ending was a very nice teaser for more in this series and I, for one, am eager to read more.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
What a pleasant surprise! For being a short book you get a complete and very we'll developed story full of feelings. It's a story about a woman looking for redemption and justice and the man confronting her who only cares about achieving power and riches. Once they meet each other they find out that what they wanted out of life isn't important after all and that love brings the ultimate happiness. A great story with flawless narration. What more can you ask for?
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