The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen is admittedly another re-read for me. I own a copy, and it’s been sitting collecting dust on my shelf for a while. I decided I felt like another go, so here we are!
Olivia Keene, forced to flee her home unexpectedly, ends up in a predicament she could never have imagined. Having inadvertently overheard a very important secret, Lord Bradley is determined to keep an eye on her. Since the revelation of his secret would cause him to lose everything, Lord Bradley bullies Olivia into taking a post at his home.
With little choice, Miss Keene takes on her role in the Nursery at Brightwell Court, and she soon discovers that her young charges are delightful and that life there is not so bad after all – even if she is temporarily mute.
This is an agreeable historical fiction. It is by no means dramatic and the plot is not overly complicated and mostly relies on revealing everyone’s secrets oh so slowly. Of course things are more and less simple than they seem.
Olivia is playing the price for her over-active curiosity. She is stubborn, a bit independent, and has a temper – but none of these measures in the extreme. She is also kind and not immune to the charms of the children in the nursery.
Lord Bradley is conflicted, broody and suspicious, but not without moments of happiness (mostly when interacting with his young cousins).
The story is sprinkled liberally with religion, and as much as I’m not normally one to enjoy Christian fiction, it does fit with the era I suppose.
Overall, this is an enjoyable, not overly complicated book that fits my desire for a relatively light historical fiction (19th-century) with a bit of romance. (There is only a BIT of romance – I wouldn’t say it is the main focus, even though it’s sort of trying to be).