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The Governess Club: Sara

(The Governess Club #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  31 reviews
For fans of Christina Dodd and Elizabeth Boyle.

Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the Governess Club. But she has a secret: She doesn't love teaching. She'd much prefer to be a vicar's wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn't want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Avon Impulse
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Definitivamente este libro fue mucho mejor que el anterior y me gustó mucho al igual que sus protagonistas aunque en esos capítulos finales y con los malentendidos o lo orgulloso que fue Nathan quise golpearlo bastante.
Pero fue una lectura que disfrute bastante.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sara is an extremely shy individual working as a governess with three of her friends at a school they run. Her father was the local pastor in their small town and her mother constantly berated her about her actions and appearance. As a consequence of all this mental and at times physical abuse, Sara frequently and easily has panic attacks. Whenever she
Stevie Carroll
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and the Unread:

I've been enamoured of the premise for this series from the very start, although the first two books didn't quite live up to my expectations for a number of (mostly different) reasons. The idea of a group of governesses banding together in order to support each other and eventually save up the money to open their own school is certainly appealing, but I felt that the romance plots in the first two books, and the actions of the heroes in pa
I liked the story; however I think I’m getting a bit tired of the plot device of a virginal heroine seeking out the rake to learn all about pleasure before she’s too old. No matter how good the writer is that whole scenario just seems ridiculous to me. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite out of the series! For some reason, Sara and Nathan clicked with me way better than the other couples, and I will not even try Louisa's book #4 as she was a sour malcontent. Back to Sara though.... Sara was a sweet, super shy heroine that avoided conflict as much as she could to prevent her panic attacks. It was really interesting to read about her and how she slowly regained her confidence back and seemed to lessen her struggles with panic as she fell in love with Nathan. It ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Did not finish. Needed a Governess Fight Club at this point so they could punch Louisa in the face but I guess that is not happening.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Another lovely book in The Governess Club series, The Governess Club: Sara was an enjoyable romance. I didn't like it as much as the others, but I still thought it was a good read.

Sara was a great character. She was cripplingly shy, her upbringing making her intensely anxious in any kind of conflict. Because of this, she was often overlooked and overrun by stronger personalities. But, over the course of the book, she slowly faced her fears and was eventually able to make her own way. I thought s
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Dear Ms. Macdonald,

To be honest, I found your story by happenstance on Amazon and investigated further because I really like yellow dresses. Great cover you have there. Still, many gorgeous covers have masked terrible insides, so I never buy a book on Amazon without reading an excerpt. I clicked the ‘Look inside!’ option to perform my due diligence. Just like that, you stole my free time.

Within paragraphs, I was voicing the words out loud, as I often do when no one else is home, unless I’m posse
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third story in this series and finally first full-sized tale. I was pleasantly surprised in all aspects of it.

The characters were fully realized and complex; the plot intriguing and complex as well; the romance was very realistic and to my liking because it took its time in developing; the pace was just perfect, not too rushed.

Sara was truly one of the most complex characters I've read in a while. I liked that she had many flaws, yet you just couldn't help but like her sweet nature.

Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

de los tres protagonistas hasta el momento que he conocido en esta saga, el que mas me gusto fue este, aunque en algunas partes tuve ganas de golpearlo por ser un idiota pero me gusto... :P
Y no puedo creer la autora como termino ese libro, me dejo con ganas de saber como terminara todo en el libro de Louise.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sara was and remains my favorite Governess Club member. I am acutely aware of what it is like to become so overwhelmed by anxious thoughts that the mere act of breathing is impossible.

Her revelatory moment reminded me of Penelope's in the movie PENELOPE (and in fact much like that character Sara took her love life in her own hands uncertainty be damned).
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Out of all the 3 in the series, Sara's story is the best so far. This is because the relationship development between Nathan and Sara was pretty solid and strong, and them falling in love was believable compared to Claire and Bonnie's. ...more
Virginia Tican
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sara is the worst of the lot so far, since I am not going to read Louisa. From being an emotional cripple and thus a victim, then when rejected by Grant she intended to use the Vicar and marry him on the rebound ergo abusing the other's trust and genuine affection... what a hypocrite! The fact that she did not marry the Vicar but left him mortified at the altar leaving him to reap the public humiliation and perhaps even ridicule from his congregation no less, still does in no way absolve her of ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this review copy via Edelweiss as part of the blog tour. Thank you to Ellie MacDonald and Avon Impulse for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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One thing I took away from reading through the entire The Governess Club series by Ellie MacDonald is that there is value and story to the governess-as-heroine. Ellie MacDonald has succeeded in crafting four very interesting women with very interesting stories. Claire was a genteel woman fallen on hard times. Bonnie
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: avon, edelweiss, reviewed
The series continues with Sara’s story, one of the founding members of the Governess Club. Earlier installments from Ellie Macdonald have shown us two of the young women finding their loves and happily ever after. Sara is a bit different from Claire and Bonnie in that she is almost selfless in her willingness to go along to get along, unlike her friends who are more of the ‘stir things up’ sort of women.

Ellie Macdonald continues with her wonderful character development, and gives us a slow-sta
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, series
Sara lives a life consumed with anxiety and obedience. Her mother's screeching voice echoes in her mind each time she does or thinks something "wrong". The penance she seeks after such errors made my heart weep, and I kept wishing for someone to see what she did, for someone to tell her she did nothing wrong. She had her friends, but they knew nothing of the workings of her mind. They only knew she suffered panic attacks and did what they could--in two three four, out two three four--to help her ...more
Lover of Romance
I Received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.

Sara Collins, is one of the founding members of the Governess Club. Sara is shy and reserved. She hates teaching but will do whatever she can to help her friends. Sara grew up with a mother that practically forced her into being the shy woman she is now. Recently she has started to have interest in the new pastor, but while out on visits she meets Nathan Grant. Nathan is a politician and has come from London to find solitude and quiet, until
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
So I jumped right in with the third book in the series because it was very cheap, I didn't really feel I needed to have read the other books although I wasn't really sure why they called it the Governess Club - not exactly a big issue.

So, Sara is severely repressed. The daughter of a vicar, her mother had instilled some very odd ideas of sacrifice and punishment in her which meant she felt unable to speak her mind, contradict, eat when she was hungry etc.she fancies herself in love with the new
Jude Knight
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was not my favourite of the series so far. Ellie Macdonald makes me believe her characters, and she keeps me reading page after page. But I just didn't particularly like Sara and Nathan. Yes, she describes them beautifully, and explained how they came to be the way they are, but I still found them irritating. This is more about my character than Ms Macdonald's writing, though.

Sara has been a bullied child, and is a repressed adult, still controlled by the internalised voices from her past.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
The Deal: Sara Collins is shy and yearns for a quiet life as a vicar's wife, only she can't tell anyone that as she is one of the founding members of the Governess Club. She doesn't love teaching as her friends do, but is willing to do anything she can to help them fulfill their dreams.

Nathan Grant is an ambitious young politician, who decided to spend some time in the countryside after his political career was derailed a bit, and it's then where the two met.

Nathan is adventurous and a bit wil
WTF Are You Reading?
The story of repressed Sara Collins and haunted Nathan Grant, is one that does not seek to grab the reader with flash bang tactics from the first page. Readers are allowed to see both characters at the height of their respective frailties so that the transformative effect of their passion is most thoroughly understood.

Before finding each other, both Sara and Nathan lived lives of self-imposed deprivation. Sara never giving in to even the simplest of desires, and suffering debilitating panic atta
Jennifer Schultheis
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, I have to say how much I love the cover of this book, it's absolutely lovely! Ellie Macdonald always has the prettiest covers to go with her engaging stories. Sara's story is book 3 in the governess club series and just like the previous 2, this story is completely captivating.

This story revolves around Sara and Nathan. Both characters are nowhere near perfect, and both have their own issues. Sara comes off shy and confrontation makes her throat tighten. Every time Sara thinks about sayi
That was lovely, though the end is incredibly abrupt. If you're looking for an interesting historical romance novel with a timid-to-self-assured heroine paired with a fuzzball-posing-as-an-antihero and you're OK with some editing errors and the repeated use of "misanthrope" (I'm not sure why it bugged me that the hero repeatedly reflects on his misanthropic self as though there's no other word for it or that we need to be told multiple times... we get it. He's cynical. Moving on.), this one's fo ...more
Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Thank you first of all to Avon and Tasty Book Tours for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you these reviews.

I really enjoyed this series. Ellie did a great job at keeping the reactions and culture of the time period correctly.

Though Sara is a quiet character it is nice to see how Nathan brings her "voice" out of her. She had in my opinion been brain washed by her mother in the past and it was nice to see her break out of it.

Though Nathan is a big of a ro
Cara Ross
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is sweet and beautiful and in parts heartbreaking.
Let’s start with the basics shall we. The book was well written and at times made my knees ache in sympathy (you will understand when you read the book.
I find Sara’s character a little annoying at first with her meekness, but I soon begin to understand her after her background was explained. Nathans character on the other hand I loved from the first moment he was rude to the Vicar! And his character just gets better the more we get to k
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Sara had that one voice in her head for most of her life and the voice was telling her all the things she should not do. Then she meets Nathan Grant. Nathan has done some things in his past that make him think he is a very bad man. It takes both of them to change and finally realize they belong together. Sara quits listening to that voice and Nathan realized he is a better person than he thinks. I loved both Sara and Nathan. It was fun to watch them change, grow and come to their HEA.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I have been waiting for Sara's book. I really enjoyed the beginning, it started off really strong and I was loving the read. Then something shifted towards the end and I felt it just ended abruptly. When I turned the page I was shocked to see it had ended. I was hoping for a little more closure.
I will read the next book, Louisa because I have loved Louisa since the beginning but I hope to see a little more of Sara in the book too.
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Charming and fun to read!
I love historical romance novels and this one was fun to read and didn't disappoint me.
I really loved her charming and lovable characters. Liked the intrigue! Another good story to enjoy!
Monique Kelly
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
it needed the length to explain and explore Sara's inner conflicts , but it did drag just a bit. ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book
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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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