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The Governess Club: Claire

(The Governess Club #1)

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Claire Bannister just wants to be a good teacher so that she and the other ladies of the Governess Club can make enough money to leave their jobs and start their own school in the country. But when the new sinfully handsome and utterly distracting tutor arrives, Claire finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance that could change the course of her future.

Jacob Knightly
ebook, 192 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Avon Impulse
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Embarrassing life moment #72 : The daughter of the people you work for informs a room full of guests that she saw a man touching your "bubbies."

3.5 stars. I get it, Claire. I've lived through that exact same moment, except without the use of the word bubbies. Darn kids.
"It's gross, pressing your lips against a girl. Papa and Mama even used their tongues. It makes me sick."

The kids are part of what made The Governess Club : Claire such a fun read. One minute they were fighting, the next they
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Posted on my blog:

Ellie Macdonald’s debut hits a high note with introducing a group of friends who created a club to better their lives as governesses; this book focuses on Claire, a governess whose life is disrupted by the arrival of a new tutor for her charges, and makes her yearn for something more than just a dream to return to her childhood home.

The chief focus of this novella is characterization, especially of Jacob Knightley, the newly engaged tut
Rashika (is tired)
This book, or more appropriately, this novella, didn’t have much going for it. It seemed very generic in terms of a historical romance but it wasn't enjoyable. I spent more time cringing than smiling at the silly antics of our characters.

Claire seems to have the basis for a strong female lead. She rarely wallows in self-pity, is confident and she doesn't let her circumstances bring her down too much. Yet at the same time she lets her employers walk over her and she doesn’t really ever stand for
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

The first in the The Goveress Club series, Clarie kicks it off with a sweet romance with a governess Claire Bannister trying to hold on to parts of her past while a romance starts to bloom between her and the mysterious new tutor Jacob Knightly whose a lord in hiding. Between romance,crazy kids, secrets and some nice toast this had a little bit of everything to make it such an enjoyable read.

Being a novella Macdonald did an excellent job building the relationship between Claire and Jacob quick
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This had such a fun premise and I was excited to give it a try. Four friends who are tired of being governesses decide to pull their resources and gain their independence. The first story focuses on Claire. Once a gently bred lady she has had to seek out employment as a governess. One day Jacob shows up as a Tudor. Only Clair doesn't know that Jacob is really an Earl in hiding. Sparks fly and attraction grows.

Unfortunately, I had to stop reading because of bad content. I guess I'm partially to
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very refreshing debut from Ellie Macdonald. Our couple, Claire Bannister, a governess who is trying to make ends meet following the death of her father so she can get her childhood back and Jacob Knightly, an Earl posing as a tutor to show his family he can be respectable and not just wild, find a deep attraction to each other for who they truly are. When they are caught out by her charges (the children were so well done in this story!) her life alters drastically and the truth about ...more
3.5 to 4 Stars

Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lady Wesley
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, amz-rev, arc-rev
Sweet novella, with a clever plot. It's short, so love and forgiveness come pretty quickly.
Stevie Carroll
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good the Bad and the Unread:

What is it with North American authors and the conferring of fictional Earldoms (courtesy or inherited from a distant relative) on second sons? That’s not how things work, and Debrett has lots of useful guides and FAQs online to explain the situation. Before I hit that sticking point, this story was jogging along rather cutely, if implausibly, with its tale of Claire, a governess trying to carve out a better situation in life for herself and
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Disclosure: I received the ARC through Edelweiss. (Thank you to Ellie MacDonald and to Avon Impulse for accepting my request.) Yes, this is an honest review.

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Claire, Sara, Bonnie, and Louisa have two things in common: their jobs as governesses and their dream of living independently. They formulated a plan: first, to regain Claire's childhood home, then save their wages for three years, and finally quit their jobs. They formed The Governess Club, meeting once a month during their afternoon o
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since the death of her father Claire Bannister has been forced to make her own way in the world. As a governess she spends her days taking care of children that are not her own and occasionally evening out a dinner party of her employers. When a new tutor arrives at the household she isn’t impressed. Jacob Knightly doesn’t not behave the way a tutor should and after a few pointer, Claire helps him to become better at his job. What she doesn’t know is that he is an earl, the second son of a Duke, ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
This novella by Ms. MacDonald begins The Governess Club series, which focuses on four friends who happen to be governesses. All the ladies are tired of pushing back against stereotypes of their station in life and have decided to save their money for three years in the hopes of purchasing a house where they can live and work. The first novella focuses on Claire, who proposes her childhood home, Ridgestone -- despite it having been repossessed -- as the place the ladies should purchase.

Claire wo
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
I really, really enjoyed this novella. It's so refreshing to read a historical romance that revolves around the working class and the children.

I was intrigued at the prologue and was in love and enchanted from chapter 1 onwards.

Although short, I find the characters well fleshed out with a solid plot. My only complaint is the issue between Jacob and his father as he only mentioned his mother looking forward to meeting Claire.

It would have been perfect if the author had resolved this father and
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
New author. Canlit. Library borrowed. It could have been more developed but overall, quite enjoyable. Also some unanswered questions, eg I dont think it was explained how Jacob who was at the brink of bankruptcy before he disappeared, had the money to buy the estate for Claire. It's plausible but never elaborated on? Also the idea of private tutoring in those days, was it possible?
What I liked best was the overall idea of 4 friends pooling their resources to start a new better life together, it
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The first governess we meet from the Governess Club is Claire who falls for a newly hired tutor in her employer's household. The tutor, Jacob, is more than he seems as Claire soon discovers. This was a sweet story and I also liked the characters of Claire's charges, the five children who provided much comic relief.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It had a great concept with four friends who are governesses determined to be independent. From the very first page, the author did a great job with each one's personality. I loved the concept of an Earl hiding as a tutor. Great concept!

The book is a fast fun read. I'm looking forward to the others.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
I didn’t enjoy this much at all, which is unfortunate, because I love governess books. However, I hate “wastrel son of the aristocracy poses as a humble [whatever] and seduces a governess” books: it’s just kind of gross, given the kind of advances that were often historically pressed on governesses. This book fully acknowledges that, but basically only so that the hero can rescue the heroine from attempted rape. The hero is a complete wastrel whose father tells him to get lost because of his mas ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Books seem to be getting shorter these days-- not just seeming, but they are. This book clocks in at 192 pages. The first book I sold was a "short" series contemporary at 200 pages. 50,000 words. This isn't necessarily bad, but it does mean that there isn't room for much plot or characterization. And the plot to this story is fairly simple and straightforward. It's not even clear exactly when in history it's set. The cover would lead you to believe it's in the mid-Victorian era, but the text-- r ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire lost her family and her family's home and became a governess. A 5-year plan formed with her fellow governesses was for them to earn enough money, purchase back Claire's family home, and to live together without worry. A new tutor in Claire's home is starting to make her rethink that plan. Jacob is living in hiding, a younger son running away from his titled family to prove that he can make it on his own. Remembering he is now a servant is a little harder then he thought. He's intrigued by ...more
Ana Ionite
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emotion, faith, love story-all the ingredients of a good book. I am so proud of Bonnie! She is such a strong woman, also kind and a real fighter, like any man. He is good looking, but very immature. They fell in love, and here is my dissapointment: their night is quite a cliche, nothing out of the ordinary. But I will keep reading, I enjoyed it.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Good, though the romance was a little too fast for my taste. I felt that they could have gotten to know each other better and didn't really understand how they fell in love.

This book is really short; it probably only took me an hour, at the most an hour and a half to read.
Egle Vair
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Light but entertaining with a slightly different twist to the plot which induced me to search the other titles of the series - something I rarely do!
Mrs Giggles
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Claire is the first story in Ellie Macdonald's series The Governess Club. The club thing is just a gimmick, a "Collect them all!" sticker of sorts to tell everyone that there are more to come in the series, as it's not like these ladies are secret agents bent on killing French spies with a teacup down the throat or something like that.

This story, by the way, requires considerable suspension of disbelief to get into, and even then, one has to be very patient and not want to cringe at the impendin
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, reviewed, edelweiss
4.5 stars
The first of a new series by Ellie Macdonald, The Governess Club: Claire is a well-devised historical romance novella with many moments of laughter and smiles.

Claire is the first in the series, a group of young ladies who wish to become self-directed and start their own school. But, in the meantime they must earn the funds to start their dream venture, and this is Claire’s story.

One of the highlights for me in this story was the characterizations: each person we meet is developed wit
Secretly Reading
Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Enjoyable historical with a very likable heroine and a hero who redeems himself.

Why I Read this Book: Avon Addict!

What I Liked: Claire is a delightful historical heroine. She has a self-assuredness and sexual agency that is rare in romance. I loved how honest she was in her interactions with Jacob, both falling in love and her anger at his deception. Usually in historical romance we’re given rather two-dimensional heroines but Claire is a fles
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The beginning a series of novella's about women who want to control their own lives without having others dictating what they can and can't do. Claire's story is enjoyable and I look forward to getting to know each of these women in their upcoming books.

Louisa, Bonnie, Claire and Sara are all governesses who want more in life. They meet each month, coming from different backgrounds but wanting basically the same things, they talk of pooling their money over several years to buy their own place,
Claire and the other ladies of the Governess Club are working to save money to open a school they can call their own. She does like her job but doesn't like that she is treated like she is beneath others. She is working hard to take of the children she does care about to save money. She isn't interested in finding a husband as she doesn't want to belong to anyone. Jacob comes to the house as the kids new tutor. What the family doesn't know is he is really the Earl of Rimmel. He wanted to get awa ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was very nearly a DNF when Jacob calls himself the spare heir but we've been told he's an Earl. I was confused because, surely, he is an Earl and he can't be a SPARE heir if he's an earl? I assumed this had been a glaring editing error to go along with all the minor editing errors scattered throughout - double punctuation, missing words etc.

But no. He is a younger son of a Duke with a still living brother and he "may" lose his title of Earl when his brother's child is born if it's a boy. Um
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
I liked the 3rd and 4th books of this series (and I read them first, in that order) much better. This book seemed short on characterization for both Claire and Jacob. He's kind of an assmunch for most of the book, so I had a hard time understanding what Claire saw in him and why she felt (wayyyy too soon, btw) that she loved him. Likewise, I didn't really get what Jacob saw in Claire. She's not an asshole, sure, but there's not much to her either. It doesn't make sense that he meets her, finds h ...more
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