The Governess

by Kristen McKendry

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Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she's always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the 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 as a children's tutor will not be all she dreamed.

Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching 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 presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions 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's come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?

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Pages224
Size6 x 9
ISBN9781524400385
PublishedCovenant Communications 2016

About the Author

Kristen McKendry

Kristen Garner McKendry began writing in her teens, and her work has been published in Canada and the U.S. She received a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader. Kristen has a strong interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental issues. A native of Utah and mother of three, she now resides with her family in Canada.

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Reviews

Average rating:

(based upon 7 reviews)

The Governess
By , Submitted on 2017-01-11

The Governess is an awesome historical fiction tale which will keep the reader guessing, through most of the book, how it will end... However, if you pay close attention, there is a hint midway through the book.
This is story of a wealthy, independent woman  who lost her parents when she was a young girl and was taken in by relatives to raise in society. Although they were good to her, their words were degrading and they never let her forget their charity she was undebated to them for. She was now pass the proper marriageable age and had no dowry so would likely not be asked. She defied her cousins one day by leaving a note and venturing off on her own to seek employment as a lady's maid or governess. She had answered an advertisement and was hired but for various reasons, she ended up going from one job to another in a short period of time. Hungry and discouraged, she was almost going to have to swallow her pride and return to her cousins "charity". Deciding to splurge with her last coins, she went into an upscale Tea House for one good meal. Sitting alone in a crowded room, she was joined by a strangely, yet, nicely dressed man. She was desperate or she would not have allowed him into talking her into being a Governess for his two children. Although he played the part of a gentleman, devoted to his children, it was evident he was not of the social standing she entertained. But little di she know until too late what she got herself into!
This novel has a lot of humorous adventure in it, plus, a lot of key topics. In this day of unrest and judgement, it would be beneficial to many to read it. Katherine (the Governess) was raised in a time of strict social rules. To not obey them would bring rejection and becoming repudiated by even loved ones. Katherine had a "level head" so tried to use the values she had been taught in making her choices...Choices which could destroy her if anyone found out.
Along with occasional humor, there is a lot of strong sentiment and you may need a tissue box close by in parts of this story.
The characters are very human and "alive". The scenes are portrayed well and easily envisioned.
*I was gifted a free book by the publisher but this is my honest review without any reason to feel obligated otherwise.
This novel definitely earns Four and a Half Stars.

Can't recommend highly enough!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-14

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!!!

(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)

So Sweet!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-13

This is such a sweet book!

I fell in love with Alonzo and his little family. Alonzo is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum. He challenges Kate's views on society and the class structure. Through him, Kate learns more about kindness, friendship and what is most important. Kate catches on to some things faster than others, but Alonzo is a patient teacher and a good man. He stole the show for me.

This book has a gentle feel to it. It is more sedate in nature, but it never lost my interest. I was wholly invested from beginning to end. I did wish Kate's "opportunity" was less lengthy- it sure seemed to take a long time for her to figure out the obvious but all's well that ends well, I guess. :)

Content: Clean

--I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

The Governess
By , Submitted on 2016-10-11

The Governess is an awesome historical fiction tale which will keep the reader guessing, through most of the book, how it will end... However, if you pay close attention, there is a hint midway through the book.
This is story of a wealthy, independent woman  who lost her parents when she was a young girl and was taken in by relatives to raise in society. Although they were good to her, their words were degrading and they never let her forget their charity she was undebated to them for. She was now pass the proper marriageable age and had no dowry so would likely not be asked. She defied her cousins one day by leaving a note and venturing off on her own to seek employment as a lady's maid or governess. She had answered an advertisement and was hired but for various reasons, she ended up going from one job to another in a short period of time. Hungry and discouraged, she was almost going to have to swallow her pride and return to her cousins "charity". Deciding to splurge with her last coins, she went into an upscale Tea House for one good meal. Sitting alone in a crowded room, she was joined by a strangely, yet, nicely dressed man. She was desperate or she would not have allowed him into talking her into being a Governess for his two children. Although he played the part of a gentleman, devoted to his children, it was evident he was not of the social standing she entertained. But little di she know until too late what she got herself into!
This novel has a lot of humorous adventure in it, plus, a lot of key topics. In this day of unrest and judgement, it would be beneficial to many to read it. Katherine (the Governess) was raised in a time of strict social rules. To not obey them would bring rejection and becoming repudiated by even loved ones. Katherine had a "level head" so tried to use the values she had been taught in making her choices...Choices which could destroy her if anyone found out.
Along with occasional humor, there is a lot of strong sentiment and you may need a tissue box close by in parts of this story.
The characters are very human and "alive". The scenes are portrayed well and easily envisioned.
*I was gifted a free book by the publisher but this is my honest review without any reason to feel obligated otherwise.

LOVED IT!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-11

You are so going to love this one! You will adore Kate and you will definitely be entranced by Alonzo! A delightful tale from the very first page--with a unique life-style twist that is fantastic! This is one you are going to want to have in your personal library.
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!

Cute, clean book you'll enjoy reading!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-10

I really enjoyed reading this book! I liked Kate, I liked that she was strong, and independent. I loved the fact that she would rather work and be seen as middle class than live off of her relatives and be the poor relation that was always around. I also loved the way she was so naive when Mr Colaco, Alonzo, offered her a job. She never asked any questions about where he lived or his situation really and ended up living in the woods in an old train car. I loved how she was able to adapt to her situation so quickly and end up loving the family and situation more than she ever would have imagined.

I was kind of surprised by the number of prejudices that were evidenced at the time period in which the book takes place. It seems as though someone is always looking down on someone else, whether for working, for being Chinese, or for being Gypsies. It's crazy just how many prejudices there have been and I'm sure there are still out there in the world.

Mr. Colaco and his children Lilia and Tony are adorable. I loved the way they were brought to life in the story, I would have loved to have known just what Alonzo was thinking, especially during some of the later parts of the book. Speaking of which, I loved the ending, so cute and so satisfying!

This is a cute, clean book that you'll enjoy reading! I know I did!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Enjoyable
By , Submitted on 2016-10-09

The Governess is an enjoyable story. I was pulled in from the first sentence. How could you not be interested in what was happening with this sentence?

"It is obvious to me that you cannot be trusted. "

Kate wasn't very endearing when she was focused on status and wealth, and that can ruin a story for me; however there were glimpses of a better person inside that kept me going.

Alonzo was quite likable. He was a bit mysterious but had a good, kind heart. He was an excellent father.

I really liked the lessons Alonzo and his children taught by their example. They helped each other and those around them, even though they didn't have much themselves.

I couldn't help but think about how if this were a modern day story it would be the beginning of a murder mystery. No way would a single young woman in her right mind accompany a virtual stranger to his home off the beaten path. Kate did have some misgivings, but mostly it was for propriety-not safety. How the times have changed. :)

I saw the end coming, but it was still a good, fast read.

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