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Review : The Governess Was Wicked by Julia Kelly


I’ve not read anything by Julia Kelly before but as a fan of historical novels I was keen to read this book. ‘The Governess Was Wicked’ is the first book in a new series called ‘The Governess’. This quick read was a 3.5 star read for me.

Forced to take on employment after her father’s death Elizabeth Porter becomes a Governess. As the two girls in her charge are often making her call for the doctor because of their real but also fake illnesses Elizabeth gets to know the sexy eligible Doctor Edward Fellows quite well. The good doctor is also quite smitten by Elizabeth but is leaving for America in a few months.

There is a longing and need that Elizabeth feels towards the doctor but as they feel that things cant progress for her reputation and standing they try to remain proper. Unfortunate or not (depends on how you look on it) they are unable to control themselves and things escalate to a physical relationship and are caught up in each other when seen by another. However this action and passion is not something that is looked upon lightly in that day and there are consequences for her actions. Things do not run smoothly and some misunderstanding takes place which might just keep them apart.

Both Elizabeth and Edward are great characters and the story is well written but I just had some difficulty thinking of it being set in the era it was meant to be in because of the behaviour of the characters. Also the timing of when they initially come together is not something that sat well with me given how caring Elizabeth was for the girls and what they meant to her. This book is a short quick read with some heat and would be great for an afternoon of relaxing and reading. I will certainly read more from this author as I would be keen to see what else she comes up with in this series.

Reviewed by Louise G.