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The Governess and Mr. Granville (The Parson's Daughters #2)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  184 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Dominic Granville needs a wife—whether he wants one or not! And governess Serena Somerton intends to find one for him. A marriage of convenience would provide the wealthy widower's five children with a mother's tender care. And yet none of Dominic's prospective brides can meet Serena's increasingly high standards.Unconventional, certainly. Outspoken, to be sure. Even so, M ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2012)
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The Governess and Mr. Granville was a fun, good, clean and inspirational regency romance that I enjoyed very much. Serena was a spirited and instantly likable character. The banter between Dominic and Serena was very entertaining. There were many moments during this book where I found myself laughing out loud. This was a book that made me feel good and left me with a smile on my face. I highly recommend The Governess and Mr. Granville to anyone looking for an enjoyable historical romance.
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
At first, I didn’t think I would like this one. The heroine, Serena, just rubbed me the wrong way. I thought she was a bit self-righteous and definitely a busybody. However, somewhere along the way her personality calmed down and I ended up really liking the story. There was a bit of preaching in the beginning as well, but that also became a lot more subtle as the story progressed, so the second half was definitely better for me. I liked our hero, Dominic the entire time. He probably is the reas ...more
Karen Kirst
Dec 23, 2012 Karen Kirst rated it it was amazing
Lovely story! At first I was hesitant to read it when I saw that the hero had 5 kids. I personally prefer it when a romance is focused on the hero/heroine. However, my mom recommended it and I enjoyed the first one in the series, so I took a chance. Gaines did a fabulous job keeping the focus on the couple. Stern and stuffy Dominic's reaction to free-spirited, big-hearted Serena kept me entertained throughout. And I came to care about the secondary characters, as well. Stayed up late to finish t ...more
Feb 25, 2015 BlueJeansAndTeacups rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Christian Historical Fiction, Regency Romance
The Governess and Mr. Granville – The Parson’s Daughters Book#2 of 2
Abby Gaines
•o•:*:•.Romantic and Fun in a historical setting.•:*:• o•

I don’t normally purchase Harlequin novels, but this one was available from my favorite Christian retailer, and the story-line sounded interesting, plus the price was good. Turns out, this is a really fun book, filled with faith, tension, misunderstandings, social class structure, romance, judgment, forgiveness, 5 wonderful children, and Regency era settings. D
Jul 23, 2016 Ririn rated it liked it
3.5 stars
May 19, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This author now goes on my to buy automatically list.
Mar 18, 2015 Janine rated it really liked it
“The Governess and Mr. Granville” by Abby Gaines is the second book in her The Parson’s Daughters that is set in 1816 in England at around the same time as the first book in the series, “The Earl’s Mistaken Bride”. Though set at the same time, this book is a completely stand alone book too that does cross a little without any problems if one hasn’t read the first book.

Secrets and flat out determination is some of the focuses of this story. Again there are two romances in this story and they wer
Mandi Morgan
Apr 11, 2015 Mandi Morgan rated it really liked it
Sigh. A very romantic story. I loved the strength of the heroine, the lessons learned by them all, and the development of the characters. This story had a different feel then the first of the series, which I loved. Often times series tend to tel the same story just with different characters. Not the case here. I really enjoyed this book. And if I was force to say something negative it would be that the ending is rushed. I will be recommendin this to my friends.
Jan 29, 2014 Fayley rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2-5-stars
A rather cold hearted Mills&Boon type regency romance. Two innocent people left heart-broken at the end because of the thoughtlessness of the two main characters, but we are meant to think that's ok because anything is allowed for love? In fairness it was a fairly standard but nice romance until the end. Also, in spite if my deep personal faith, I found the frequent religious references uncomfortable, but that is perhaps due to growing up in extremely secular Australia where religion is priv ...more
Nov 19, 2012 June rated it really liked it
Serena enjoys her job as governess to Mr. Granville's five children. They enjoy adventures of chasing butterflies and lizards. But when Mr. Granville learns that her station in life is higher than he'd first though, he tries to send her away. Then he decides to let her stay as a companion to his sister, which fits her status. Although they have both loved and lost and have no desire to do so again, life throws a few curves at them and they finally get everything straightened out and figure life ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
Serena is another interesting daughter with a strong personality which I enjoyed. I admit to the rosy cheek Marianne and the bumbling Mr. Beaumont being my favorites to read about. There might have been a little too much indecisiveness going back and forth between Dominic and Serena but I still enjoyed this installment of the Parson's daughters. If Abby Gaines chooses to take on the next daughter's story I will be sure to pick up a copy.
A delightful read right from the lively opening scene. Gaines is a skilled writer, and admirably blends humor with emotional tension. The latter half had a musical chairs feel that wasn't to my taste - I wish there were some other way to bring the story to its proper conclusion than what was chosen - (view spoiler) - and I think that structural flaw brings the book down a bit. I did like the secondary romance, which upturned my expectations at ...more
Jun 29, 2013 MariaFernanda rated it it was amazing
Incredible novel!! It was so inspirational and heartfelt while being realistic and brilliant- often hard to achieve! I've been so excited to read this other novel to Gaines's miniseries and was not disappointed. I started and finished reading it in one day and not a single page was tedious. The characters were very well developed and even the children each had their own personality and were not annoyingly cheesy (as most books often portray them). Really a lovely and romantic novel complete with ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Nonice rated it it was ok
Too much religious stuff...
Apr 04, 2016 Strawberry rated it it was ok
The Earl's Mistaken Bride is better.
Oct 04, 2012 Rebekah rated it liked it
I don't care for the 'love inspired' series from Harlequin, and this book was preachy and moralistic at times. I got this book by mistake, However, it was still a decent story and I liked it more than I thought I would. I don't think Marianne deserved the "Gentleman "she ends up with, however. I did feel that character got the proverbial short end of the stick.
Jan 14, 2014 Brooke rated it liked it
A bit predictable, but well written.
Dec 05, 2013 Beata rated it really liked it
The Governess and Mr. Granville is a good, clean, romantic, humorous and enjoyable inspirational historical romance. It made me laugh out loud sometimes. I wish there would be more books in The Parson's Daughters series.
Dec 16, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute story! I really loved the "Sound of Music" feel of the governess falling for the widower with the kids story-line. I look forward to the other books in this series!
Judy Bullard
Jan 23, 2013 Judy Bullard rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to "The Earl's Mistaken Bride" - also very good. This is about Constance's sister Serena, who is a governess at the Granville's estate.
Mimi Herbert
Jan 04, 2013 Mimi Herbert rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful, even humorous romance. Something light-hearted that I needed today.
Harlequin Historical
Miniseries: The Parson's Daughters
Category: Inspirational Romance
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Miniseries: The Parson's Daughters
Category: Inspirational Romance
Jan 26, 2013 Lynette rated it liked it
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I wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars. It was entertaining.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 27, 2014 01:42PM  
  • The Baron's Governess Bride (Glass Slipper Brides, #2)
  • Captain of Her Heart (Brides of Waterloo, #1)
  • Groom Wanted (Bowen, #3)
  • The Wedding Journey (Irish Brides, # 1)
  • The Marshal's Promise
  • A Proper Companion (Ladies in Waiting, #1)
  • The Aristocrat's Lady
  • An Honorable Gentleman
  • Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, #1)
  • The Rancher's Courtship (Brides of Simpson Creek, #4)
  • Wooing the Schoolmarm (Pinewood Weddings, #1)
  • Handpicked Husband (Texas Grooms, #1)
  • Second Chance Cinderella
  • Winning the Widow's Heart (Prairie Courtships, #1)
  • Calico Bride (Buttons and Bobbins, #3)
  • The Bridal Swap (Smoky Mountain Matches, #2)
  • Seaside Cinderella (Nantucket Island, #1)
I write funny, tender romance novels for Harlequin Superromance and Love Inspired Historical.

My next book to be released is That New York Minute, out in April 2012.

I like to set aside some of my writing time for experimental projects - I'm currently trying my hand at a humorous women's fiction novel, and I also finished a Young Adult manuscript.

To find read excerpts of my books or to find out mo
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The Parson's Daughters (2 books)
  • The Earl's Mistaken Bride (The Parson's Daughters, #1)

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