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Seducing the Governess (Regency Flings #4)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  293 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
The supremely talented Margo Maguire brings us Seducing the Governess—the first in her lush historical series set in England’s colorful Regency Era, featuring the lost heiresses of a powerful duke and their surprising discoveries of fortune, passion, and romance. A thrilling, emotionally rich love story in the vein of Liz Carlyle and Julia London, Seducing the Governess br ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not your typical governess story. At all. And that is what makes it so refreshing. Mercy’s world has changed dramatically in the past year – her father, the vicar, passed away, and so did her mother. Only, the life she led until then wasn’t the life she should have had...Nash has inherited after his brothers both passed away, and this means both the manor and a young child. A war hero who has returned with his men, they live in a woman-less household, until Mercy arrives to take charge. ...more
This was a cute little regency romance. It had the potential to be much more than what it was however. The hero, Nash, was a third son who inherited an earldom after the suspicious deaths of his older brothers within a year of each other. Ashby, the estate that he inherits is incredibly run down. More so than I think would be realistic from one year of mismanagement by the second oldest brother and one additional year of being looked after by only a steward, a housekeeper and a child's nurse. Th ...more
Mercy Franklin was brought up believing that the vicar and his wife were her true parents but after the death of them, her mother reveals that she was adopted by them because her birth mother had unfortunate circumstances, leading Mercy to believe she was a wanton woman. Realizing she has no funds, she accepts the request to become governess to the niece of the Earl of Ashby, Nash. Upon arriving in a rainstorm and walking towards Ashby Hall, Mercy is run off the road twice, the second time throw ...more
Katie Michaels
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only parents she has ever known are dead and now Mercy must take a job as a governess to make her way in life. Her prospects are limited, so when she is offered a position teaching the niece of the Earl of Ashby, she takes the job. Things are nothing like she anticipated though. The manor is in poor condition, the child is terribly withdrawn and the staff of the home is filled with former soldiers who once served Nash, the earl. Nash, himself, is even a bigger issue. Mercy met him on the way ...more
Karyn Gerrard
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A proper governess should never take a position in a crumbling manor house, when the household is staffed with unruly former solders and their commander. A proper governess should never let her charge and uncle into her heart. Once that is done, it is impossible to maintain the proper distance. Which is what has happen to Mercy and Nash. Will the fates permit their love to grow?
Virginia Campbell
"Seducing the Governess" has all the right ingredients for a richly romantic layer cake, but it lacks the extra touch of frosting to hold it all together and make it a true lovers' treat. Margo Maguire offers intriguing characters, a mystery or two, and a definite segue into a sequel. There is a scarred hero, a spirited heroine, and a child in need of loving care. Mercy Franklin, a vicar's daughter, finds herself penniless and without a home after the death of her parents. She accepts a position ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in Margo Maguire's "Seducing the Governess." Mercy Franklin is new to her post as a gorverness. On the way to Ashby Hall, she meets a stranger on the road. Of course, there is no surprise when "the stranger" turns out to be her employer, Nash Farris.
I must confess that the story showed a lot of potential and promise. However, there was nothing fresh in the story. It was the same old story with rather flat characters. Having said all that, I still might be interested in he
Kerrelyn Sparks
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this so much!! There's a mystery/suspense element that has me intrigued!
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In all honesty, i DID like this book but a few elements really annoyed me sometimes during the book. And they, sadly, prevented me from giving it a solid 3 stars.

*Warning, mild spoilers ahead

First off, I didn't like that Mercy was so stuck on this "Vale" guy. I kept thinking: "Who the hell is this Vale guy? Why does she keep thinking about him? Who gives a shit?!??!" There's no scenes with them together, no reason other than he was a guy that proposed to her once, and no real attachment for her
Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: February 22, 2011
How I got this book: NetGalley

I’m a big fan of Regency era Historical Romances, so the premise of this one sounded great to me, a woman struggling to survive after the death of her parents takes on the role of serving as governess to the new Earl’s young niece. Having never served as a governess before, Mercy is unsure of proper protocol, but is fairly sure that the Earl and his merry men of former soldiers are not doing things correctly.

The Earl, N
This book is more like 3 3/4 stars for me. Not quite a four star, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I'll break it down. Let me preface, though, by saying that although these aren't revealed on the back blurb they are by no means spoilers. Within the first two chapters you know exactly how the storyline will go. BUT, if you are worried you won't see the path then please don't read on. Just in case.

Likes: I liked the characters and the plot. Nothing new or unpredictable. As I said above, you kn
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy Franklin is a young woman who has to find employment. She advertised and has been hired to be a governess for the niece of the Earl of Ashby.

Nash, is a third son who has inherited the title of the Earl of Ashby, a little girl who seldom speaks, and an estate that is falling down around him. Both of his two older brothers died in unusual circumstances. Nash was severely injured in the Battle of Waterloo and he has come home to a life he never expected to live.

This is an entertaining plot. N
Oct 10, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This book started out with so much promise. The different plot lines were all ones I really enjoy. The book opens with a dying duke, who's hired an investigator to find the two granddaughters the duke literally gave away 20 years earlier. The duke's heir, a total blackguard, may not want the investigator to find the two girls.

Then we switch to Nash, the hero. Nash, a former army officer, was wounded and badly scarred at Waterloo. While he was in the army both his older brothers died under suspic
SEDUCING THE GOVERNESS by Margo Maguire is an exciting historical romantic suspense set in 1816 England.The plot is written with depth and details,The characters are interesting,engaging,and will capture your heart. While this story is ultimately about love,tenderness,romance it is also about betrayal,deceit,murder,sweet sensuality and finding someone who sees beyond the scars to the beauty beneath. The hero,Nash,the new Earl of Ashby by default of his two eldest brothers within a year of each o ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mercy hasn't had the most amazing homelife and after both her adoptive parents have passed away, she is left with not other option than to find a way to make a living for herself. She accepts a post as a governess and on the way to her new job is nearly run down by several men on horses. After the group has passed, a lone rider follows, who falls from his horse. Mercy escorts the man to the manor, he turns out to be her new employer.
Her charge is an emotionally traumatized little girl and Mercy
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars. Mercy Franklin is the new governess at Ashby Hall. After her mother's recent death and the death of her father (a Vicar) years earlier she is now an orphan with no money. She is forced to find employment where she can. Unbeknownst to her, she is actually the granddaughter of the Duke of Windermere. He is on his deathbed and is seeking to make amends for disowning Mercy's mother and not taking care of her two daughters after she died with her husband in an accident. When the girls were ...more
At First Sight: After the death of her parents, Mercy Franklin has no other option but employing herself as a governess to the nice of the Earl of Ashby. On her way to Ashby Hall, she's nearly run over 2, the second time by a young man who starts to tease her even as she tries to assist him back to his horse.

Upon arriving to Ashby Hall, she quickly realizes that the man was her new employer, Nash, and that Ashby Hall is a decaying great house, staffed with various of men who served under Nash i
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first in a two book series finds Mercy Franklin on a lone road walking to her next employment when she has no choice but to dash to the side of the road when ex army officers careen around a bend in the road at breakneck speed on their horses. When she thinks the road is clear, Mercy steps out to continue on her way when a straggling horseman brings up the rear. When Mercy frightens the horse, the rider is unseated and sprains his ankle, thus the meeting of the heroine and hero.
Nash Farris,
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Raised by austere parents and shocked by the revelation of family secrets after their deaths, Mercy Franklin leaves home to take a position as a governess to a young girl at a remote estate. Nash Farris, Earl of Ashby, was never supposed to be the earl – he’s the third son, after all. Scarred both by battle and the premature deaths of his two brothers, he’s returned to Ashby Hall to try to restore the physically and emotionally devastated family ho
Jaime West
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Lover of Romance
Mercy, after her mother dies she knows that she needs to find some work, so she finds a position as a governess with the only staff as retired soldiers....oh boy...Mercy has no idea what she has gotten herself into. Mercy however is charmed by her young charge, a shy and reserved girl who has recently lost both her parents and now lives with a uncle who has barely spoken a word to her. In the beginning when Mercy arrives, there is a spark between herself and Nash her employer, and after they sh ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was very excited to read this book. I had heard a lot of great things about it and I just love the premise of the Lord of the Manor falling for the governess. Boy was I disappointed. This book started off so good and then kind of just fizzled out. I loved the beginning of the book and seeing the banter between Nash and Mercy, but once I got towards the middle of the book everything seemed to slow down immensely. It actually was a bit boring. I just kept reading waiting for something to happen. ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seducing the Governess by Margo Maguire held much akin to Bronte's Jane Eyre, only this is a much steamier retelling of the story. I found myself relating to key plot points from Jane Eyre in the story. I was a fun read that I overall enjoyed very much.

There is another storyline in London that is interspersed among Mercy's storyline which got a bit confusing at times. I realize that that storyline is part of what leads to the sequel, but it became a bit confusing to me. I did not really understa
Heroes & Heartbreakers
1. Beauty and the beast? Check.
2. Impossible love between a governess and a lord of the manor? Check.
3. A hero who must marry money to save his estate from ruin? Check.
4. A beautiful governess unaware she’s actually an heiress? Check.

As you can see, Margo Maguire’s Seducing the Governess features many well-worn themes. But I like governess romances and beauty and the beast stories, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Reading a romance with familiar themes comforts me, but only if the author m
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. Its a 3 1/2 star book. I wanted to give it 4 stars but its few flaws just held it back.

I wont bother with the good bits which are the characters and the story line. I will explain however what held it back from being a 4 starrer.

This book was just a little too repetitive for me. The author would repeat characters thoughts or feelings all throughout the book, it was almost like she wanted readers to be able to pick up the book and open it
Laura de Leon
I did enjoy reading this book. But not as much as I'd hoped. This is skirting fairly close to the 2.5 star line.

I liked the setup-- The governess (actually an heiress disowned by her grandfather when her parents died when she was three) starts work for an earl that newly inherited the title, estate & young niece (who is trying to figure out what went wrong to put him in this position). There's mystery on both sides of the couple-to-be.

Unfortunately, neither party ever quite worked for me as
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 10th March 2011

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I was still in the mood for some sizzling romance that will either burn you with pleasure or send you to seventh heaven, and therefore, I picked up another good read from Harper Collins. This time, it’s ‘Seducing The Governess’ by Margo Maguire.

Margo Maguire did a fine job in giving the readers a sense of escapism and the fantasy of having a scandalous affair with one’s employer in ‘Seducing The
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved SEDUCING THE GOVERNESS by Margo Maguire! Mercy Franklin and Nash Farris are now one of my favorite couples! I felt so strongly for them both with a past and history that had so much healing needed, that they needed each other to heal. Even though Nash dealt with physical pain still from the burns from the war, the joy and comfort that Mercy brought from being into his life even healed that physical pain mentally.
Mercy who slowly is learning her past and more will be told in t
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 20, 2015 09:29AM  
  • Secrets of a Proper Countess
  • Tainted By Temptation
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Marriage (Impossible Bachelors, #3)
  • The Taming of the Rake (Blackthorn Brothers, #1)
  • One Touch of Scandal (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #1)
  • An Unlikely Governess
  • His Scandal (His Trilogy, #2)
  • Pleasure Me
  • Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters, #1)
  • The Devil of Jedburgh
  • The Sins of Viscount Sutherland (Lords of Sheffield Square, #1)
  • When A Lady Misbehaves (Pleasure Emporium, #1)
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1)
  • The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons, #1)
  • Seduce Me (The Legend Hunters, #1)
  • Beauty Tempts the Beast
  • The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, #1)
  • Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1)
As a nice, sane break from the drama and fast pace of working as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit, Margo Maguire returned to college to study history, and fell in love. Writing about the historical characters she encountered in her classes was a good way to unwind from a crazy day in the unit. She soon started creating her own fictional characters and putting them into historical setti ...more
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