Recently, I revived my Goodreads account and started a new 2019 Reading Challenge. I feel like I should read more and with the challenge to keep me accountable, I just might succeed. I’d always set myself ridiculous goals, but this time, the goal is set to 20 books. I’m not sure whether the number is modest or way over what I can keep up with, but 20 it is.
Along with my The Awakening of Miss Prim novel, I ordered The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen, as well. I must say, it’s yet another book I’ve read in the span of 24 hours. I think laying out the premise of the book is quite challenging because, unlike the story of Miss Prim, this read has so much going on so I’m just gonna copy paste it from its Amazon page:
Believing herself guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home, eventually stumbling upon a grand estate where an elaborate celebration is in progress. But all is not as joyous as it seems. Lord Bradley has just learned a terrible secret, which, if exposed, will change his life forever. When he glimpses a figure on the grounds, he fears a spy or thief has overheard his devastating news. He is stunned to discover the intruder is a scrap of a woman with her throat badly injured. Fearing she will spread his secret, he gives the girl a post and confines her to his estate. As Olivia and Lord Bradley’s secrets catch up with them, will their hidden pasts ruin their hope of finding love?
So, what do I think of the book? I must say, I really liked it and I feel like I want to re-read it as soon as I finish writing my amateur review. It’s a Regency Era inspired novel set in the year of 1815., but you can tell it’s written by a modern author and I kinda like it because of it. Sure, no one can write about the era better than Jane Austen did because she lived during, but I can’t say I mind the current authors who dive into writing historic novels. Also, the story is supposed to be set in English countryside with Tudor style, E-shaped manors, but I don’t really get to feel the rigid British element as much as you do in Austen novels. I feel like Julie Klassen created a warmer version of the Regency Era, sort of allowing me to picture the characters, nature and towns in my own way. For that reason, I felt closer to the characters and warmed my heart because I recognized the emotions, there were no restrictions. Like, the characters were proper, but I could tell they had layers with real emotions underneath, not conceited like in real Regency era novels.
The main two characters have lovely chemistry between them and it didn’t take long for them to realize it, despite all the differences and misjudgments. They both had emotional and family history baggage that wasn’t their fault. Olivia thought she killed a person (what she thought was her dad) assaulting her mother and sort of self-exiled herself from her home and ran away. While on the run, she meets Edward Bradley, a 24 year old lord who found out he wasn’t nobility, at all. His whole world crumbles down because he build his whole life around the fact he was full bread nobility. Turns out he was a son of a maid and his adoptive father’s scoundrel brother. I love the fact he still managed to find a purpose for his life — love and simply life. As if his life truly began after he found out he’s not really the son of a lord which was, in a way, liberating for him. Also, the entire story has a Christian element to it, suggesting that trusting God will eventually bring you to what’s best for you even though it’s different from what you planned.
Their story as interconnected, especially because of the fact Olivia’s mother was Edward’s lord father true love. The author provided us with a roller coaster of twists and turns in the story. I must admit, I had my own assumptions on how it would end, but it was nothing like I imagined so I’d say the story keeps you on your toes. I loved seeing the love grow between them, building up to the very end and they didn’t hold back.
I love how it’s written, light and easy to read. The dialogues flow nicely, as well as descriptions of surrounding areas and other characters. I loved it all. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes lovely, christian romance themes without the rigidness of Regency era. The book, although with hints of it, isn’t completely Austen like. I think I might just like it better and that speaks a lot because I love Jane Austen. I know, I just committed a cardinal sin of literature, but that’s how I feel. The only thing I didn’t like is the front cover suggesting what Olivia looks like, but I decide to disregard it and create my own version of Olivia. God bless.