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A Lady Becomes a Governess

(The Governess Swap #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A most unlikely governess…

…with a shocking secret

Part of The Governess Swap: Lady Rebecca Pierce escapes her forced betrothal when the ship she’s on wrecks. Assuming the identity of a governess she believes has drowned, she enters the employ of brooding Lord Brookmore, who’s selflessly caring for his orphaned nieces. Inconveniently, she’s extremely attracted to the viscoun
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Harlequin Historical
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May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: aar, arc
I've given this a C- at AAR so that's 2.5 stars.

In this latest offering from Diane Gaston, two women from very different stations in life swap roles and, as promised by the book’s title, The Lady Becomes a Governess . The premise intrigued me, but misgivings set in early on when the two ladies, Lady Rebecca Pierce and Miss Claire Tilson, who meet while on a voyage from Ireland to England, discover their uncanny (and hugely convenient) resemblance to one another. As I read on, I was confronted b
I immensely enjoyed this novel! It was too short in length & with that some of my earlier joy was diminished as it felt rushed towards the end! Which is quite the disservice to this beautiful storyline & the high marks it received for the proper British spelling utilised!
The author created these in depth main and secondary characters that to end the novel without knowing what has happened to the evil Fiancée of our leading male is still bugging me! Lol maybe that’s just my scorpion trait showin
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a clever concept to the Governess Swap series, where futures are forever changed. Diane Gaston has a tragic incident altering the lives of two women, where a spur-of-the-moment decision puts them a path neither could ever have imagined happening. A LADY BECOMES A GOVERNESS is filled with exciting adventures, engaging characters, and lots of emotional situations.

When the brother of Lady Rebecca Pierce informs her that an agreement had been reached for her to wed a practical stranger, she
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Lady Becomes a Governess is the first book in The Governess Swap series by Diane Gaston.

Lady Rebecca Pierce is on a ship bound for England where she is to wed a man she despises. Her parents are both dead, and her half-brother wants to be rid of her hence arranging her marriage. Whether she marries the man or not he is cutting all ties with her which leaves Rebecca no choice but to go ahead with the wedding.

On board the ship she meets Claire Tilson, a governess on her way to a job with Lord G
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lady Rebecca Pierce is about to embark on a ship that will take her to London to marry Baron Stonecraft of Gillford, whom she loathes. A maid named Nolan is hired by her half-brother, the Earl of Keneagle, to accompany her.

When Nolan is overcome with seasickness, Rebecca heads up to the deck. On the way, she meets a woman who looks remarkably like her. The young woman is Miss Claire Wilson, a governess, who is journeying to care for two little girls, Pamela, 9, and Ellen, 7, whose parents w
Joan Gray
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first in governess swap mini series, A Lady Becomes A Governess is written by Diane Gaston and published by Mills & Boon Historical. Set in 1816, Lady Rebecca Pierce travels across the Irish Sea to marry a man she loathes, Lord Stonecroft. Her half brother, Lord of Gleneagle has virtually blackmailed her into this marriage by making it clear he will cut off her allowance and disown her if she does not marry him. Rebecca meets her mirror image on the boat - Miss Claire Tilson who is to be emp ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of The Governess Swap: Lady Rebecca Pierce is travelling to London to an arranged marriage. Whilst on the boat she meets Claire Tilson a governess returning to England to take up a new position. The two women bond on the short journey not only do they like each other but they closely resemble each other, so much that they could be twins. When a storm wrecks the ship Rebecca sees Claire swept overboard so she assumes Claire's the identity & enters the employ of brooding Garret Lord Brookmore ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
lady Rebecca Pierce is onboard a ship taking her to her betrothed, her half brother has forced this betrothal on her to a man she despises. While at sea she befriends a young woman called Claire Tilson a governess who is travelling to take up a new position. Both women are amazed at how much they look alike, in fact they are so alike as to fool Rebecca’s personal maid. When the ship wrecks and Claire is swept out to sea, Rebecca decides to take her identity and her position as governess to Lord ...more
Gwessie Tee
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Naughtiness 3 *

Absolutely brilliant read, adore this book very much, the story woven, our leading lady and our hero, a true pleasure to read.

I will not give spoilers but will say this a fantastic story with a fairytale quality or two that is truly awesome. We have adventure, tragedy, Forbidden love and foes to contend with, all brilliantly crafted into this beautiful book.

Thank you for writing this awesome book x
Toth Jo-Ann
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It gives you a chance to look at role reversal. Were Lady Rebecca becomes a governess out of a need to avoid a marriage not of her choice. Garrett gives us a view of what it was like at that time period for second son to step in after the heir. It is well written and fun to read. I really liked how she draws you into the story so that you want to turn the page to see what happen next. Its a well written story.
I didn't like Lady Agnes who was to have been the origin
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Content: mild profanity, some innuendo/sensuality that stops before going far
Sophie Dash
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A shipwreck, a stolen identity and a forbidden attraction make A Lady Becomes A Governess by Diane Gaston a thrilling read. While journeying from Ireland to England to descend into a loveless marriage, a storm sweeps Lady Rebecca away from safety and dashes her onto the shore. Upon being rescued, she is mistaken for a governess, Miss Tilson, who is believed to have drowned. It is a horrible tragedy and yet offers hope for our heroine. Why shouldn’t Lady Rebecca change her name and disguise herse ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While romances are not my usual preferred genre, I read this as part of a research project, and the review below is meant to be taken in context. As an example of the genre, I thought this was well done.

Given that Georgette Heyer is one of my favourite romantic authors, I was very pleasantly impressed by this book. The plot races along, with many twists and turns, some reminiscent of a Shakespearean play. We have disguises leading to swapped identities, a shipwreck which offers the heroine Lady
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although there were moments when the direction this story took was almost too obvious, I couldn't help but enjoy it. The interactions between Rebecca and Lord Brookmore's nieces were heart warming and exactly what those little girls needed. Even though it should have been obvious that she had no idea how a governess should act, I enjoyed how Brookmore continued to give her the benefit of the doubt after he saw the improvement in his nieces. I also enjoyed the way she was able to bring him out of ...more
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley.

The premise of this story was good, but unfortunately, the heroine had the tendency to appear a little spoiled, which made the reader's sympathy a little less for her situation and made the love story a little less plausible. Also, Claire's story was very obviously set up right at the beginning of this one. Perhaps a little too knowingly.

Lady Rebecca is just to take a voyage to England from Ireland to become a bride in L
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Rebecca Pierce’s brother has sent her from Ireland to marry an English lord. She is not at all happy about marrying this man. On the ship, she meets Claire Tilson, a governess on the way to a new job, who looks exactly like her. When a storm sinks the ship Rebecca survives, but she can’t find Claire. Deciding she’d rather be a governess, how hard could it be, she takes Claire’s name.

Garret was a soldier, but unexpectantly now Viscount Brookmore. He has 2 nieces, 7 and 9, to care for. He was
Debra Guyette
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Rebecca Pierce wants more out of life than a loveless marriage. She devises a way to do just that when the ship wrecks in a storm. She assumes the identity of the young woman with similar looks she thought drowned in the wreck. She takes the position of governess for Lord Brookmore, who is caring for his two nieces after the death of his brother and his wife. She is extremely attracted to the viscount but knows nothing can come of it without revealing the truth about her identity.

Lady Rebec
Jane Hunt
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca and Claire meet on a packet boat sailing to England from Ireland. Rebecca is a lady travelling to London for a forced marriage to a man she despises. Claire journeys to a new post as a governess in the Lake District. A devastating shipwreck leaves few survivors, Rebecca is one and as there is no sign of her new friend Claire she assumes her identity and becomes a governess.

Lord Brookmore is an unwilling Viscount, but his sense of duty makes him a selfless guardian for his two orphaned ni
Rachel (Rae)
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lady Rebecca is unfortunately involved in a shipwreck a solution to all her problems presents itself. Rebecca can reinvent herself as a governess but can it really be that easy? What follows is a story filled with love, family and a little bit of danger too!

I loved the special connection that Rebecca makes with the children in her care and how they slowly built up a friendship along with Rebecca earning their trust! Sometimes children in books don’t necessarily work but I think Diane Gasto
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good Read

It is my first Gaston book and I quite enjoyed it. Since I am used to the heavier more intricate and sometimes steamy novels, I must say this is more of a laid back read for me. I like how simple and straightforward the storyline is.

The heroine survives a shipwreck and assumes the identity of the governess she meets who looks exactly like her. She then meets the hero who happens to be her employer. The heroine is a likable character. She is mature and genuine (despite her false identit
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a captivating read. I did feel for Lady Rebecca, having to marry someone she loathed but admired her courage in taking on a role that was completely new to her. Garret, the new Viscount Brookmore, was an honourable man who took his responsibilities seriously. They would have made an ideal match as Rebecca encouraged Garret in the running of his estate and in his relationship with his nieces. However, as Rebecca had taken on the role of governess, she was beneath his station. Also, inspi ...more
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This is a nice twist on the classic Regency Romance. Usually the governess becomes a lady; here the reverse happens. Rebecca knows nothing about being a governess, but she is exactly what the two little girls and their uncle need. All goes well until the arrival of Brookmore’s fiancée and Claire’s former employer; the latter murderously unhinged and the former petty and spoiled, a very dangerous combination. After all was resolved to the reader’s satisfaction, the presumed dead Claire is found t ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allowing for the unlikely fact that two people look so exactly alike to the point that even those closest to them do not recognise the difference, this was a really good read. yes, some of the scenarios were unlikely but that just made it a lively read.
Not one, but two protagonists to add to the conflict.
I really liked this book.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A light summer read.

It was annoying that the well-educated heroine kept saying she didn't know how to be a governess and didn't know how to make a lesson plan or what to teach. I had to majorly suspend my disbelief at modern sensibilities turning up in that time.
Holly Smith
I thought that the premise outlined in the first few chapters would not be something that I enjoyed but actually this book grew on me quite a lot. It was pure escapism and Lady Rebecca was a really wonderful character to lead the way
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

An enjoyable historical romance although predictable ending.
A very easy quick read.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one describes gentlemen's thighs like Gaston...

.. as a specimen, yes, this is titillating!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junk-food
I must confess to low expectations of this book, based on the genre, but Gaston's plot had a particularly satisfying third act. A better-than-average escapist read. ...more
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Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.

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