Olivia Keene is fleeing her own secret. She never intended to overhear his.
But now that she has,what is Lord Bradley to do with her? He cannot let her go, for were the truth to get out, he would lose everything-his reputation, his inheritance, his very home.
He gives Miss Keene little choice but to accept a post at Brightwell Court, where he can make certain she does not spread what she heard. Keeping an eye on the young woman as she cares for the children, he finds himself drawn to her, even as he struggles against the growing attraction. The clever Miss Keene is definitely hiding something.
Moving, mysterious, and romantic, The Silent Governess takes readers inside the intriguing life of a nineteenth-century governess in and English manor where all is not as it appears.
Julie Klassen has become my go-to author for romantic Regency era inspirational fiction. Dare I say that she could potentially be the modern day Jane Austen of inspirational fiction? She is certainly well versed in the decadence and intrigue of Regency era that lay beneath the facade of propriety, and her characters are so developed they feel like living and breathing beings to readers.
Julie Klassen is a self-proclaimed love of Jane Eyre which serves as the initial inspiration for the romantic aspect of this storyline, as Miss Keene is forced into employment as a governess. Klassen goes behind the romantic veneer that we have placed on a governess position and reveals just how lonely and isolated a position it was for women. These women were caught in a stage of in-between: neither servants nor family and, thus, occupied their own long social strata.
This book holds a surprise at the turn of each page beginning with Miss Keene’s mysterious flight from her home, a tragic attack that leaves her temporarily mute (a fact that Lord Bradley manipulates to his advantage and security), to mysterious letters from a blackmailer that threatens to shatter Lord Bradley’s house of glass. This is a multi-layered plot that holds enough mystery, intrigue, family drama, and romance to tempt even the biggest skeptics of Regency era novels.