The Governess by Kristie Self ~ Book Review

September 24, 2022


About the Book

Book: The Governess
Author: Kristie Self
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Series: Ladies of Roderick Glen
Release Date: September 20, 2022

She’s spent years running from the pain of her past. Is facing it the only way to save her future?

Fiona Campbell has done everything possible to mold herself into the perfect English governess. Determined to forget the tragedy she endured as a young girl in Ireland, she devoted all her energy into building a new life for herself. And she succeeded brilliantly--until the day she fell in love with Lord George Roderick, Baron of Cheswick, thereby risking not only her heart and reputation, but her livelihood, as well.

Fiona’s world is shattered when she learns that George has abandoned her to enter an engagement with the Honorable Sienna Clarke, a woman that receives his family’s full seal of approval. Despite George’s insistence that his love for her has not wavered and he will eventually make a way for them to be together, Fiona harbors doubts that his words will ever come to pass. Desperate to escape the situation, she applies for a new position elsewhere, only to be ignored at every turn.

George has always been the son his father could count on. He’s done everything his family has expected of him, but the idea of marrying anyone other than Fiona is unthinkable. Determined to set things right, he takes matters into his own hands, little dreaming that his actions will have the opposite effect of what he intended.

When a chance encounter with a childhood acquaintance provides Fiona with an opportunity to return to Ireland, she struggles with the decision. Should she remain in Roderick Glen and hope for love to prevail, or return to her native country and face the painful memories that have haunted her for years?

This third book in The Ladies of Roderick Glen series gives us another glimpse into the lives of the villagers as they reconcile faith with love, heartache, and the wistful longing for home.


My Thoughts 

Oh, it was lovely to return back to Roderick Glen and visit with these characters once more but especially to finally know Fiona's story. Fiona has been such a staple in Roderick Glen as Victoria's governess. We actually meet her in Book one and get to know her a lot more in Book 2 but now is her time and our time to finally get to know what happens to her and what her background is. I can't tell you too much about it because it will truly ruin the story for you. 

This book is not only about Fiona and George although their storyline is the main one we also get to be submersed in Roderick Glen and discover more about its characters. We get to know more about past characters and the younger generation of this series and it even left us open to continue in the next book.  There is a lot going on in this story but the author does an amazing job at their storylines that you are truly placed in the middle of this setting and its like you are part of the cast looking in. I absolutely love her style of writing. She truly makes you feel all the feelings these characters are going through. It's such an easy read you just need more of it!

There is a strong faith thread throughout the story. You definitely can see the characters grow stronger in their faith and rely fully on God in the midst of hardships and heartaches. 

I can't say enough good about this book because I absolutely loved it but I also don't want to give anything away.  I can tell you that this is a book series that you MUST read from the very beginning. It is the only way to truly understand the characters and know what is happening in the different storylines. I promise you will not regret it. I now must patiently wait for the next addition to the series.

My Rating: 5 Stars/Loved it!

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Kristie Self has always had a love for books and has been writing since she was a child. She combines her love of history and romance to write faith-filled love stories with memorable characters and intriguing plots. A banker by day, she spends most of her nights and weekends focused on writing. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, and curling up with a good book. An avid lover of music, she plays several instruments and also teaches piano. She is a graduate of Howard Payne University and lives in Lott, Texas, with her cat, Arlo.

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