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The Baron's Governess Bride

(Glass Slipper Brides #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Lord Steadwell's three motherless daughters were heartbroken when their last governess ran off to elope. In her dowdy cap and spectacles, Grace Ellerby seems an ideal replacement—a nurturing, intelligent woman uninterested in marriage. No wonder Rupert doesn't recognize Grace as the golden-haired vision at a masked ball, who slips away before midnight….Frightened by the un ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Love Inspired
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B. D. Mann
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The series “The Glass Slipper Chronicles” is a four-book series that tells the story of five different governesses. One of those stories, “The Baron’s Governess Bride,” was originally published on 6/5/12 and includes the story of one of the five governesses mentioned above. Evidently, to include the stories of all five governesses within “The Glass Slipper Chronicles” series, this story was added as an addendum to the first book of the series thus allowing the stories of all five governesses wit ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a cute story, however I did get frustrated with the constant mention of the heroine's beauty and how she had to hide just got annoying at one point.

Still, I loved the daughters and the Cinderella feel to this story. So fun and I will hopefully read more of this series one day. :)

*I received a complimentary eBook copy via NetGalley for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
2.5 stars
Not exceptional, but okay.
Grace and Rupert were both a little strange. She too caught up in what had happened to her in her previous positions. And he too hasty and always jumping to conclusions.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You guys, I was expecting a steamy read filled with lots of heartbreaking romance, and while it wasn’t all that I expected, I did get the tear-inducing tension that I wanted, so I’m VERY happy!

I’m not gonna lie, I enjoy the romance along with the passion, but what makes one stand out from the other for me are the characters and their individual voices and the chemistry they have together. And while The Baron’s Governess Bride was completely void of any physical intimacies, it was SO good!

Jenna Scribbles
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Cinderella with a touch of Jane Eyre - Loved It!

First of all I need to admit that this was my first Harlequin Love Inspired Historical title. I was expecting something different, something heavier, preachier… What a pleasant surprise.

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin for the review copy of this title.

My spoiler free plot summery -

Grace Ellerby is a beautiful woman. What most plain girls would give anything for has been Grace’s curse. Older girls at school teased her, teachers distruste
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to J. by: inspirational, regency historical romance
Historical romance can connect to the universal problems of the modern world. Readers will relate to the latest heroine in Deborah Hale’s Glass Slipper Brides books. In her series, Hale has shown a gift for weaving a tale of great emotional depth and romance that takes the reader back in time and yet teaches a faith lesson applicable to the present. “The Baron’s Governess Bride” is no different.

A true beauty who is alone in the world, Grace Ellerby has had enough of her looks making her a targe
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review of this book*

This and other reviews can be found on my blog: (un)Conventional Bookviews.

This was a very sweet and innocent historical romance. A quick read, a little predictable, but still very enjoyable.
Connie Fischer
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Berkshire England - 1815

Grace Ellerby is off to meet with Lord Rupert Kendrick, Baron Steadwell, in response to an ad for a governess for his children, Charlotte, Phoebe, and Sophie. Their home is called Nethercross. Rupert is very discriminating in finding the right governess for his daughters. After losing his wife, and the girls their mother, he needs someone who will love and care for them.

While interviewing Grace for the position, he asks her why she left her previous positions but she is
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Baron's Governess Bride" by Deborah Hale 2012.
(This is a Love Inspired Historical) 2nd Book in the Glass slipper Bride's Series.
Grace Ellerby had been beautiful all her life. When her father died and her step-mother sent her to the terrible Pendergast School, she was tormented because of her looks. When she became a governess, she had more problems with single men in the houses where she stayed. Thus she felt her only recourse was to disguise herself. She went to her next interview with her
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Excellent, wonderful and fabulous. This novella had a different storyline than I was typically used to and I enjoyed the uniqueness. Change, especially with a well known plot, is always a good thing.
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Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Not as good as I hoped it would be...
The Baron's Governess Bride seems to try to show that beauty isn't all it's cracked up to be, but it ended up overestimating how important beauty is . It made the entire book seem shallow and superficial. I know what the author meant to do, but I don't think she achieved it.

First off, Grace seemed a little over paranoid. I know that her looks have gotten her unwanted attention and
Vanya D.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical romance
Oh my! This novel had all the romance, struggle and drama one could expect from a Jane Austen book! It was the story of Cinderella, yet quite different as well, and I could safely say that I loved every single bit of it.

I must be honest though and say that I approached "The Baron's Governess Bride" with caution. I wasn't sure whether I'd find in it what I'd expected, and indeed I didn't. I'd expected something average, but it turned out to be superior.

I'm a sucker for quality romance of the hist
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
For Grace Ellerby, beauty is a burden. Her father, a vicar, died when she was eight, and her stepmother, who had no fondness for the orphaned child, sent her to school. Only the presence of two close friends saved Grace from a loveless existence. Her beauty inspired jealousy and meanness in her fellow students and her teachers.

In the manner of many a vicar’s daughter before her, Grace became a governess, and again her beauty brought unhappiness. She was forced to change positions repeatedly to e
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I started this book and then put it down to read other books. I finished this book last night and while I've enjoyed Deborah Hale's fantasy books, this one left much to be desired. While I like books that are more chaste and focus on the romance, I still like to see at least some spark of attraction. In this book, I felt like there was no chemistry between the hero and the heroine at all.

The book's focus on beauty and appearance (it is an inspirational romance I found from other reviews) felt fo
Anna Marie
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
First, this is another 'Luvv Inspired', but rest assured there's nothing more to that than a verse about beauty at the beginning and a couple of vague 'God' references.

The book is a re-telling of the Cinderella story: girl's father doted on her, died, stepmother sent her to a foundling home, she's mistreated until she lands as a governess at Baron's country home, where she sneaks away one night to a masquerade ball where she whisks away at midnight from the Baron, leaving him to wonder who the b
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Review:The Barons Governess Bride by Deborah Hale
5 STARS I listened to this book on my kindle and it was really enjoyable. I hate to admit this today I realize right away it was a new twist on cinderella but it was along ways into the book before I realized the Name. Sometimes I need a wack on the head. I had to put the book down a few times when unexpected company came to visit. Then my daughter wrote her first email to me from the MTC where she is training for her missi
I recently read "The Baron's Governess Bride" written by Deborah Hale. This book is a Love Inspired Historical Romance.

This book is a mix of several books/movies that I have read/heard in my past. My first thoughts~~boy this book is a little bit of Nanny McPhee, Mary Poppins and Jane Austin novels. Cinderella did not immediately come to mind, but after I finished reading this book I could see the connections also between Cinderella and The Governess Bride.

The main character Grace Ellerby is ind
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Baron’s Governess Bride by Deborah Hale
Glass Slipper Brides Book 3
Grace Ellerby's life has not been easy. After her father's death her "evil stepmother" sent her to a school for Vicar's orphans. Grace had to suffer from something unusual...her beauty. Fellow students were jealous of her and teachers demeaned her. Her saving grace had been her close friends. They still wrote regularly and two of them even found true love and happiness. Grace just wanted to keep a governess job where male atte
Part of her wished Lord Steadwell could see her like that, making the most of her God-given appearance rather than hiding her light under pinched spectacles and drab clothes.


She's a gorgeous governess who dons a mobcap and spectacles to find a new job because she's tired of being accosted by slimy men. He's an aristocratic widower with two young daughters.


An attempt at a Cinderella story, but the "in disguise at the ball" scene is an uncomfortable plot contriva
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
“The Baron’s Governess Bride” by Deborah Hale was a delightful tale of a beautiful young woman and a dashing Baron. Miss Grace Ellery was the daughter of a minister who had died when she was very young. She was sent to a school for children of the clergy for most of her childhood. She was so beautiful that when she was hired as a governess for various families, invariably a man in the family, or a family friend, or son of the family would attempt to make her their mistress. She responded by cove ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Thank to Haliquin and Netgalley for my review copy.

This is a good story. We see Grace wanting a job but at the same time hiding her beauty under clothes, glasses and a cap. She has had issues in previous jobs with unwanted advances. She has an interview for a new job as governess with Lord Steadwell. Rupert is looking for a plain governess for his girls as he wants her to stay till the girls grow up. This is a different take on Cinderella here we have a beautiful lady inside and out who is hidin
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
~Review is of the ARC provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Love Inspired~

The Baron's Governess Bride is, despite its smarmy title, quite a fine story. In it, Grace is a beautiful governess in search of work after all her previous positions have ended with her being chased around the bedstead. She blames her appearance for this sorry fate, so she disguises herself as a dowd before interviewing for a place in Lord Steadwell's household.

Lord Steadwell is a widowed father of three little girls. When
Gets on my romance theme "heroines-looks-weight" shelf because the heroine is obsessed with being too pretty. A reasonable worry, since a governess who attracts men does not last long in a household. Still, her discussions of how difficult it is to be pretty wore on me after a while, even if they were legit. She was also a bit of a sop, winning over the oldest child with her sob story, rather than by being awesome, and then teaming up with the kids to sabotage their father wanting to propose to ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and was sad to see it end. The author does an excellent job of making the characters believable. The ending fits the story and will leave you satisfied.

This book takes place in England in the early 1800’s. The main characters are Grace and Lord Steadwell. How they meet is believable. I enjoyed their conversations and liked their interactions. I thought the story itself made for a great read. One of the best parts was the masquerade ball. I also enjoyed the children tha
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
What a surprising read of an intentional Ugly Ducking / Cinderella story. Frightened by the unwanted attentions of previous employers, Grace Ellerby resolved to hide her beauty. Lord Rupert Steadwell still hurting over the long ago passing of his beloved wife is afraid his three daughters will be hurt by the departure of another governess as the last one left his employ to elope, he believes hiring unattractive Miss Ellerby will prevent the girls from any future emotional hurt.

This is the first
Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance
Grace Ellerby has been forced from her previous employers since her beauty has drawn her unwanted attention. So for her next interview Grace decides to hide her beauty.

Lord Steadwell is looking for a new governess for his three daughters after the last one ran off to get married. When he meets Grace in her dowdy cap and spectacles she seems to be perfect. A smart, caring women uninterested in marriage.

After a chance meeting at a masked ball will the two discover their own happily ever after??

Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
3 1/2 stars. This was a sweet Cinderella story with a touch of The Sound of Music (minus the singing)--I read it in a single sitting. Though the baron is at times a little too good to be true, and Grace might take the whole "I have to be ugly" bit a tad too far, overall it was a satisfying read and offered a nice break from reality. I really liked the way faith was neatly woven into the story--not at all preachy and in your face as it is in some Christian books. Grace's friends' stories are allu ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage-romance
I think people often see what they want to see and only after time and getting to know them does real beauty show. In this case, he takes a while to really look because of his own preoccupation with duty. As she gets to know the children and win their hearts, she begins to “see” their father and determines to fight falling in love. He is just as determined to do his duty and marry the widowed neighbor despite his growing admiration for his governess. This is a sweet Cinderella story with a lesso ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I might even give this 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed these characters and the story moved along at a good pace. The Baron was maybe a little too perfect for his station (excellent, caring father & grieving widower)since it's hard to believe a Baron is anything but arrogant. The premise was interesting too - beautiful governess has to disguise herself as ugly to avoid unwanted attention. the 3 daughters were great too - each with different personalities. A recommended romantic read. (Very clean ...more
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