Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday And A Giveaway!

I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for Kristen McKendry's new novel, The Governess. This is a book centered around fitting in and finding out what's really important.

Kate Porter doesn't want to live off the charity of her relatives, so she sets out to be a governess as a step toward her dreams of finally finding a place in society. She accepts a position to teach Mr. Colaco's children, but when she arrives, she finds that the arrangements aren't at all what she expected. Living in the woods with the Colaco family teaches her a lot about herself, especially about prejudice and the repercussions of that. Soon, she finds herself loving the simple life and the family she's a part of, but she has a chance to go back to society and is forced to make a choice. Will she stay with those she's come to love?

I thought this book was so unique in its setting and its message. It wasn't preachy or anything, it just resonated, especially with the issues in today's society about prejudice and what it means to truly look past society's judgment of a person. I thought Kate was three dimensional and easy to relate to, and really enjoyed how Alonzo interacted with her. The children in the story stole the scenes they were in and really completed the main characters in ways that were unexpected. There were several twists and turns and a cute ending that made me smile.

You can buy your copy here

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

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 anticipated, 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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