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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Noble’s Regency series opener woos readers as a bored aristocrat meets his match in a clever governess. When the Earl of Ashby, Ned Granville, and his secretary, John Turner, travel to the small town of Hollyhock to examine Ned’s deceased mother’s property, they wager that if Ned poses as John he’ll be unable to seduce a lady within two weeks. While staying at the home of Sir Nathan and Lady Widcoate, the deceivers meet a houseful of marriageable women, and Ned quickly learns how unimportant he appears as a mere secretary. He becomes intrigued by the governess, Phoebe Baker, initially seeing her as a means to win the bet but soon realizing that he is completely enamored of her. Readers will adore Phoebe, a once wealthy woman who has learned to put the past behind and find happiness in everyday life. The subtle development of romance between the devil-may-care earl and the proper governess is the impetus behind this winning novel, complete with rich characters and a multi-dimensional plotline. (July)
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The Earl of Ashby trades places with his friend and secretary in order to prove he can win a woman without the benefit of his title in The Game and the Governess, the first in a new series by Kate Noble. After the two depart London, the earl, nicknamed “Lucky Ned,” finds life without his noble name much different. The experience opens his eyes—and he suddenly sees the beauty and bravery of prim governess Phoebe Baker. Yet his conscience battles his desires. Should he seek her heart using a false identity? Soon his own heart is involved, and he worries the game he’s playing will jeopardize his future.
Even under the most difficult circumstances, Phoebe has managed to find one moment of happiness each day, but now the man she knows as “Mr. Turner” is offering up a lifetime of happiness . . . until she discovers it’s all based on a lie. Will Lucky Ned overcome the hurt he’s caused and win the most important prize of all? It’s a delicious treat to watch Ned grow from earl to man, and see the stalwart Phoebe get everything she deserves.