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From Governess to Countess

(Matches Made in Scandal #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  29 reviews
The scandalous truth about the count’s new mistress!

A Matches Made in Scandal story

Count Aleksei Derevenko has hired governess Allison Galbraith for her skills as a herbalist, not a mistress! But when rumors spread, Allison is more shocked by her wanton reaction to Aleksei—inscrutable and impossibly handsome, his icy blue eyes promise white-hot nights of sin. She knows too
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Historical (first published February 20th 2018)
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Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded ip.

I’ve been looking forward to Marguerite Kaye’s new, four-book Matches Made in Scandal series, as each story is set in a different European city. While I certainly don’t object to historical romances set in the UK, I am always keen to venture elsewhere, and was definitely enticed by the thought of reading romances set in some of the most fabulous cities in the world – St. Petersburg, Paris, Venice and, finally, London.

From Governess to
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is book one in this new series; Matches Made in Scandal and what a sterling start, to what is set to be a great series. Judging by this book we are in store to meet some wonderful character’s and become absorbed into some gripping and romantic stories. From Governess to Countess is a mixture of devoted and endearing love and a gripping ‘Wants going to happen next’ story,

From Governess to Countess is an engaging story, it dazzles you with the chemistry between Allison and Aleskei and teases
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Without doubt, this is Marguerite Kaye's best book so far. I could not fault it, or its entertainment value.

Now, this has a Scottish heroine that has a profession, and she's not afraid to go up against men in the early nineteenth century. Sadly, she's suffered for it. I love that Marguerite brings us these heroines.

Though in this new trilogy, The Procurer (a tantalising woman we do not yet know much about) sets Allison (what a great
Gwessie Tee
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naughtiness 3. 5*

Utterly beautiful, most definitely another series starting brilliantly as I'm sure they all will be. Definitely enchanting and I truly adored getting to know our characters, our Heroine and Hero most deservedly of each other as are the characters around them.

As always I will not give spoilers, those who love historical romance, scandals, feisty smart heroines, and mysterious goings on will adore this book as much as I have and definitely recommend it highly and cannot wait for
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Whether it was my mood, or a super-busy two weeks, I slogged through the first in Kaye’s new series, From Governess to Countess. If I had to give you a baseline of my narrative immersion, it’d be: perked up to the premise, dragged my way through two-thirds and zipped through the last. Kaye’s novel is well-researched, with a fascinating and nicely developped setting, a lovely heroine and engaging secondary characters. The hero, on the other hand, is concocted out of bleached-out niceness and a ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book one in the Matches Made in Scandal. The best way to describe this book is that its a romance with a hint of murder mystery, which for me was a brilliant and this book is a must read and comes highly recommended.

Alison has a kind heart and will help anyone, that is until she was ruined and she had to live in exile, but she also has a strong mind, and this shown throughout the book. And its while she is living in her cottage, that The Procurrer arrives with a offer to work as a
The introduction of The Procurer and series set-up were certainly more than enough to hook me (I love this concept!), but the romance and mystery fell flat. For a book set in St. Petersburg (anything involving the Czarist court has so much potential for shenanigans and intrigue!), the story itself was fairly insular and lacked urgency. This isn't a bad read, more like pleasant with a side of meh. Still, I love the series concept so will read the next book in the series and hope for better.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From Governess to Countess is the first book in the Matches Made in Scandal series by Marguerite Kaye.

Allison Galbraith is a herbalist, she's always known that she would never be able to compete with the male-dominated physicians. They have tried to bring her down at every opportunity. When one finally succeeds she withdraws from society until she is approached by a woman known as the Procurer. This woman offers her a job, no questions asked, somewhere away from London where nobody will know
Connie Fischer
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hampstead - 1815

Hampstead with its clean air is a popular spa retreat. A woman known as The Procurer arrives in town looking for a Miss Allison Galbraith. Allison had once been a talented herbalist, but she is now shunned by society. This happened through no fault of her own. It was a man named Anthony Marchmont who make her his scapegoat. After listening to the requirements of the position offered by The Procurer, Allison accepts.

Packing her herb chest, she sails to the lovely city of St.
Saarah Niña
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Looking for a romance read?

If you're a fan of a simple love story, without the arrogant male lead (a cliché that can become dull) and without a spineless female character.... You just might enjoy this read.

Allison is a selfless herbalist, but the physicians in England have stifled her efforts. Her false reputation precedes her. But when a Count in St Petersburg offers her a position as governess to his wards, she is hopeful of a second chance.

This is a love story combined with a simple murder
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New beginnings, romance, redemption and mystery in St Petersburg.

Herbalist Allison Galbraith is hiding away in London after a scandal tarnished her professional reputation. One day she is visited by a mysterious woman known only as ‘The Procurer’ and offered the opportunity to travel to St Petersburg and get her life back on track.
Enter the dashing Alexei, officer of the Russian army and ‘His Illustrious Highness’ Count Derevenko who has employed Allison, publicly to be governess to his late
Suze Lavender
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Procurer contacts Allison at the exact right time. Her good name has been ruined, just because the men of the ton don't accept that she's a woman working as a herbalist. She's more than happy to leave England and work for Aleksei, a Russian Count. He needs a governess with herbalist skills and can't trust anyone living nearby. He needs Allison's help with a matter of great importance. Will she be able to assist him and what will happen when sparks fly?

Allison didn't come to Russia to have an
Dot Salvagin
It is refreshing to read a Regency era historical romance set in the opulence of Russia. Ms. Kaye gives us a true introduction to the architecture and vast wealth that was controlled by the aristocracy in that country. There is a mystery to solve, was the death of the Duke murder or natural causes? Can Allison help with the determination since she is an herbalist?
There is an attraction immediately between Allison and Aleksei but will their differing social stations prevent their romance.
I found
Rosie Amber
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Governess To Countess is a regency style romance set in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is book #1 of the Matches Made In Scandal series.

The book opens in London 1815; a woman known as The Procurer has been asked to find a herbalist. Allison Galbraith is currently hiding after being made a scapegoat by those who call themselves doctors, and who disapprove of her herbal remedies. With her confidence and her reputation in pieces, she accepts the Procurer’s job offer.

Count Aleksei Derevenko has
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
In the movie 'Nanny McPhee', there were two memorable characters that I am quit found of. One is staunch Lady Adelaide Stitch, who considered duty above anything else. And another is Mrs Selma Quickly, a vile woman who was the initial fiancee of Cedric, the father of seven unruly children in the story. One of her most famous quote was '.....I have my reputation to uphold!' Both are great characters, and I can vividly recall their expression and the tone of their voice inside my head even now.

Clare O'Beara
This is a sumptuous account of the Romanov court just after the defeat of Napoleon. We see through the eyes of an English herbalist and apothecary, who arrives in St Petersburg to become a governess after clashing with the male-dominated medical establishment at home.

A Count has adopted his brother's orphaned children and attends court balls although he feels more at home on campaign. Everyone assumes the new Englishwoman is his mistress, and after a while the lady thinks that she might as well
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this the first of the ‘Matches made in Scandal’ series, Marguerite whisks us away to St Petersburg in the Regency period.
In an intriguing and definitely out of the norm for a romance novel, we have a female herbalist heroine. She is approached by a woman known as the ‘Procurer’ (I need to read her story) and offered a position as governess to a Russian Count’s wards. Her skills as a herbalist will come into play during the course of the book.
The romance (after all this is a Mills and Boon)
Harlequin Books
"The first in the sexy new Matches Made in Scandal series will keep readers up past their bedtime! A publically disgraced London herbalist takes a new post as governess to the nobility of Russia. Unabashed passion takes hold of Count Aleksei Derevenko and governess Allison Galbraith instantly, and the couple indulges in forbidden ecstasy while trying to solve a deadly mystery. Their quick manner with one another adds to a quick-moving plot, since they are already so in tune with one another" (4 ...more

Marguerite Kaye's series Made in Scandal takes us on a journey to St. Petersburg, Russia in From Governess to Countess. And, that's all right by me. A change of scenery is sometimes beneficial, especially if you are given the words that take you there. While I applaud Ms. Kaye's attempt to entice by moving the scenery to a different climate, I didn't think it necessarily worked. For me, it might as well have been located in a cold England. While all the historical "stuff" which I identify
Mary Hart
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I'm now on my second reading. This is due to my propensity to rush through Marguerite's books and then have to take it more leisurely on the next read!

I liked the fact that it's a regency novel set elsewhere to London. Its set in Russia and our heroine has gone to help a Count solve a mystery. Marguerite's descriptions are excellent and its easy to picture the landscape, houses and overall ambience. The Heroine is a herbalist but had a bad experience in London so is
Trudy Miner
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the first of the Matches Made in Scandal series, a mysterious woman called The Procurer goes to the English countryside to find Allison Gailbraith who's hidden out following her ostracization from society following the death of one of her clients. The Procurer wants her to go to Russia as a governess/herbalist to a Russian duke and his charges. The chance to put her past behind her was more than she could pass up. Once in St. Petersburg, Count Aleksei Derevenko was much more than she ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Allison Galbraith is hiding in the country when The Procurer visits her with a proposition, to become the governess to three children. So Allison travels to St Petersburg where she meets Count Aleksei Derevenko who has hired her for her skills as a herbalist as well as a governess.
An enjoyable read with strong characters. The pace of the story is very good, there is mystery & romance which kept me turning the pages. Aleksei & Allison were immediately attracted to each other
I was drawn to this book mainly because it takes place in Russia (and because that cover is gorgeous!) Sadly, this one was just OK for me. Too much of the plot development happens with a "3 weeks later" and we have to catch up on any developments after that. I also had trouble feeling the connection between our MCs. They left it until too late to discover their true feelings and it lost some of the romance because of it. And the mystery about the death of the former Duke had a lackluster ...more
Nancy Reynolds
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great start to a new series from author Marguerite Kaye. I always love books by Ms. Kaye, and this one did not disappoint. Both the hero and heroine are intelligent and honest - and mutually admiring of the other. I always love the fact that Ms. Kaye has so much smart and sassy dialogue between her hero/heroine. And we also get a huge mystery to solve in this story. I am definitely looking forward to the other books promised in this series. Bring them on!!!!
Anna Swedenmom
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a good read. I would consider it not one of her best but still a nice read. It flows well. I enjoyed the first part of the book the most as it seemed to have a faster pace and lots of intrigue. I was not so happy with the last part it seemed to slow down and be just okay. As a romance, it has passion as well as characters you will like. Perhaps the best I can say about the book it is a nice relaxing read. I was given this book in return for an honest review. Regards, Anna Swedenmom
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marguerite Kaye fans
This is the first book in a series by Marguerite Kaye called in Matches made in scandal and this book starts with our heroine Allison Galbraithe who is hiding away from a mystery in London until a The Procurer turns up out of the blue with a job offer from Alexsei Derevenko, this is the first time I have read Marguerite Kaye via a friend so it was very interesting for me to read and I loved the story line. I also admit I had to google a few words as didn't know what they meant but that my fault ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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