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The Governess Club: Bonnie

(The Governess Club #2)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Miss Bonnie Hodges, governess to the Darrow family, is desperately trying to hold it together. Tragedy has struck, and she is the sole person left to be strong for the two little boys in her care. When the new guardian arrives, she hopes that things will get better. She wasn't expecting her new employer to be the most frustrating, overbearing, and…handsome man she's ever s ...more
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Published September 17th 2013 by Avon Impulse
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Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it

In the second of the Governess Club, we meet up with Bonnie whose stuck in between a rock and a hard place. She's the only thing her students who are in her care Henry and Arthur have after the sudden death of their parents.
Something evil is looming over the estate and things seem to come to ahead when the boys guardian finally arrive - Sir Stephen Montgomery. Stephen and Boonie may butt heads but it's up to these two to keep the boys out of danger that seems to be drawing closer.

There was a
Lady Wesley
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-rev, arc, amz-rev
This novella was short and sweet but not terribly engaging. Bonnie's mother had been a governess who became a rich man's mistress; she raised her daughter to be a governess. Thus, I found it incredible that Bonnie would so easily fall into bed with Sir Stephen. There was a mystery, but it wasn't much of one. Sir Stephen is no Sherlock; he doesn't even ask who would inherit the title if the new young viscount dies. Ellie Macdonald is a competent writer, but the plot had inconsistencies. For examp ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why both the first and second story in this series were presented to us as short novellas. I think if they were combined, it would have been a better presentation.

In any case, the second story was good, but it lacked focus on the main characters, yet I still found it interesting and entertaining. I also thought the plot intriguing, and the fast pace contributed to my over all enjoyment.

Since this author is new to me and so far I've only experienced her voice in only short stories, I
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Disclosure: I received this book from the tour organizer (via Edelweiss) as part of the book tour. Thank you to Tasty Book Tours, to Ellie MacDonald and to Avon Impulse for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Bonnie Hodges serves as governess to Henry and Arthur, the young sons of Viscount Darrow. After she and the boys witness the horrifying accident that kills the Viscount and his wife, Bonnie has no choice but to delay her planned resignation from Darrowgate, waiting for the b
Feb 11, 2020 marked it as dnf-at-all
I didn't very far into this book. The hero and heroine just did not click for me. Book #3 Sara was my favorite of this series. ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second novella in MacDonald's "Governess Club" series features Bonnie, who as the beginning letters to Claire (the heroine of the first novella) explain, has remained with her charges after their parents' untimely deaths a couple months previously. She's worked with the two boys for almost three years and after witnessing their parents' deaths decides to stay on until their Guardian arrives and hopefully is able to help the boys in their grief.

Whereas Claire's novella set up an unlikely scen
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This title can be read as a stand alone. All the governess’ are introduced in book one and each subsequent story is about a different governess.

Bonnie was raised to be a governess by her mother. She enjoys her job but when the Governess Club comes up with the plan to get their independence by offering private lessons, she agrees. Being their own boss and taking only the charges they want make the governess’ lives similar. Bonnie’s one problem right now is the recent death of her employers in a c
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
The second book (novella?) from upcoming author Ellie Macdonald.

Bonnie Hodges is a governess to children of late Viscount Darrow. After the accident that killed both the Viscount and his Viscountess, Bonnie vow to not left the children, at least not until their guardian come. However, when the guardian finally come, it become apparent that caring of those two orphaned is not his number one priority. But why oh why, despite his arrogance, she find herself to be intrigued with him?
Sir Stephen Mont
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely continuation of The Governess Club series. Bonnie was a wonderful historical romance novella.

Bonnie was a lovely heroine. I really liked how dedicated she was to her charges (and those two little boys were adorable). Her loyalty to them and her determination to take care of and protect them made her a likable character. She was great. I really liked her.

Stephen was also wonderful. He was really sweet. Like Bonnie, he's very loyal. He was a great hero and I really liked him.

The plot was
Virginia Tican
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Still felt American and I detest the use of contemporary words like "process" referring to thinking and phrases like "in the same page" in present day context... these distort the Timeline for me, thus making this work inauthentic. Good storyline, though... not too common.

P.S. ~ I would apologize in advance if the above mentioned examples of word and phrase do not refer to this particular book but I am pretty sure they appeared in one of those I read regarding The
Governess Club.
Chris, the Dalek King
These MCs are TSTL. What kind of idiot takes food from a known poisoner? One that deserves exactly what they got.

This story felt incredibly rushed. And the fact that the bad guy was so bloody obvious from the get-go means you spend most of the story convinced of the MCs idiocy.

1.5 stars
Ana Ionite
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very touching love story & salt&pepper: an atrocious murder case to solve. Bonnie and her aristocratic ”Clyde” became detectives. A lot of emotions to feel and action to chill ...My only minus to this book: not as sexy as Maiden Lane or Pennyroyal Green. I look forward to read the next 2 stories.
Helen  Heavey
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Read

Good read for a rainy afternoon at the beach. A bit of a mystery to this Bonnie Governess Club book. But the romance between Bonnie the governess and Sir Stephen the employer is fun to read as they grow to love one another.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far because of the murder mystery. Why is Louisa so awful. I already read her (final) installment of this series but she's absolutely grotesque. Bonnie is so far the most lively and likable.

I like these are novellas.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a romance but there was suspense and intrigue and murder involved. The new guardian and Bonnie had to get to know each other and watch there backs.
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Originally Posted on: Buried Under Romance

The second novella in Ellie Macdonald’s The Governess Club series features Bonnie, a beautiful and kind-hearted heroine who is in ways like the Beauty to Sir Stephen Montgomery’s Beast.

In the wake of Claire (The Governess Club: Claire)’s betrothal to Mr. Knightly, Bonnie writes of her plight: her employers, Viscount and Viscountess Darrow, have died in a carriage accident, leaving their two young sons orphaned and the elder in possession of the title. S
Mrs Giggles
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Bonnie is a part of Ellie Macdonald's series The Governess Club, but it can stand alone very well. That's the good news. The bad news is that, while the author still shows that she can deliver some very competent writing, the story is not very interesting to read.

Bonnie Hodges is a governess. Her mother was a governess who became her employer's mistress, and that didn't turn out so hot. Bonnie, therefore, has some issues about fraternizing with the boss, so this means she takes... oh, 10 pages l
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, reviewed, edelweiss
We first heard of Bonnie and the difficulties with her position from a letter shared in Claire’s story. This second installment of the Governess Club series by Ellie Macdonald is now focusing on her and the mystery surrounding her young charge’s parents.

When the Viscount Darrow and his wife are mysteriously and suddenly killed in an accident, Bonnie is left with their two young sons in her charge. She is tasked with waiting for their guardian to arrive, and arrive with a vengeance he does: Sir
Stevie Carroll
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread:

I was a little unsure what I was going to get with this book. The first book in the series had a cute premise, but far too many anachronisms and errors (especially with regard to titles and their inheritance) for me to be entirely happy with it. This book, I’m pleased to report, does far better on the latter score other than one brief dip into 20th/21st Century pop-psychology and a few situations where I couldn’t quite believe the hero and h
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Bonnie is a member of the governess club and while she is ready to join the girls she has a responsibility first. The two little boys she cars for have had a horrible tragedy happen and now are orphans. Until their new guardian arrives she will not leave these boys. When Sir Stephen appears he is surprised to learn that not only is his two best friends are dead he is now the guardian of these two boys. While he tries to solve the mystery of his friends murder he also gets to know the two boys an ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Warning: When trying to view the excerpts on my Kindle for Mac, the Kindle program crashes.

"She was, after all, just a governess." p.20, loc.287

Author: Ellie Macdonald
First published: 2013
Length: 143 pages, 2236 locations
Setting: England, 1822
Sex: reasonably specific but only the once and there's more story than sex.
Series: Book 2 of 4(?)
Includes: excerpts from Skies of Gold by Zoe Archer, Crave by Monica Murphy, Can't Help Falling in Love by Cheryl Harper, Things Good Girls Don't Do by Codi Gar
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second in this fun novella series with engaging women who want more out of life than working as governesses. This second book about Bonnie is a wonderful addition.

Bonnie Hodges is unable to join Claire, Sara and Louisa at Ridgestone, her two young charges need her after the death of their parents. They were recently traumatized as they witnessed the deaths when the carriage carrying their parents crashed. Bonnie wants to wait for the guardian to come to Darrowgate before she can make any d
Secretly Reading
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Nice historical with a straightforward romance and cute child plot-moppets.

The Set Up: Bonnie is the governess for two young boys whose parents just died. The children’s new guardian is Sir Stephen Montgomery who believes the deaths weren’t accidental. Bonnie knows better than to get involved with Stephen but when an attempt is made on her life, she can’t resist taking comfort from Stephen.

Why I Read this Book: Avon Addict here and I enjoyed n
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
“Bonnie” is book number two in The Governess Club series by Ellie Macdonald, her first published work. I liked this novel because it kept my interest until the very end. Bonnie Hodges is the governess for two little boys whose parents have just died in a tragic accident. The whole house is waiting for the arrival of the guardian of the children, Steven Montgomery, a good friend of the deceased Viscount and father of the boys.

When Baron Montgomery arrives, he is suspicious of most everyone in the
Lover of Romance
This is the second book of the series, and I have enjoyed this series...its has been jolly good fun. I adore governess romances, and this one was quite entertaining and had a aspect of mystery mixed in with the story that added a sense of intrigue and suspense. The story is about a governess, who is over two little boys, whose parents have died in a horrible accident, and their guardian is Sir Stephen Montgomery. Stephen was the father's best friend, and is now guardian over two boys and learnin ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE GOVERNESS CLUB: BONNIE by Ellie MacDonald is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #2 in "The Governess Club" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Governess Club: Claire". Another hit for this talented author whose writing is only improving with each title. This is the story of: Miss Bonnie Hodges, governess to the Darrow family and Sir Stephen Montgomery, the new ward of her charges. Tragedy has struck the Darrow family, both parents where killed leaving the two young boys ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-again
From Goodreads: Miss Bonnie Hodges, governess to the Darrow family, is desperately trying to hold it together. Tragedy has struck, and she is the sole person left to be strong for the two little boys in her care. When the new guardian arrives, she hopes that things will get better. She wasn't expecting her new employer to be the most frustrating, overbearing, and…handsome man she's ever seen.

Sir Stephen Montgomery is utterly distracted. He should be trying to figure out how his two best friends
WTF Are You Reading?
The road to romance seems paved with mystery for young governess, Bonnie Hodges.
After the suspicious deaths of Viscount and Viscountess Darrow, Bonnie stands as their only safe haven amid the chaos of deserting servants and uncertain futures.

Enter Stephen Montgomery, as friend to the Darrow's and and guardian to their sons. Stephen feels that it is his duty to unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths, while insuring the safety of the household...
But is his heart safe with Bonnie?

This romantic
Jo (My House of Books)
The Governess Club: Bonnie is the second novella in The Governess Club series by Ms. MacDonald. Though Claire and Jacob from The Governess Club: Claire do make a short appearance, it's not necessary to have read any other novellas in the series.

Bonnie has delayed her arrival to join her friends, fellow governesses, when tragedy strikes the family who employs her. She feels guilt about leaving her young charges, so she decides to stay and see what will happen with their guardian arrives. Bonnie
Codi Gary
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second installment of The Governesses Club was just as entertaining as the first, with a bit of a mystery to it. I adored Sir Stephen, especially when he would get upset or emotional and his accent would thicken and I could just imagine the Scottish Brogue....sigh...I loved Arthur and Henry, and the close relationship they shared with Bonnie after their trauma,and that last intense scene had me chewing my nails. The story was well written, the language was beautiful, and the romance was sigh ...more
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Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter T: taxi driver, telemarketer, and, most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having traveled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived through coral mazes, visited a leper colony, and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favo ...more

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