Barbara Cartland

The Poor Governess

Lara, the beautiful red-headed daughter of Lord Hurlington, a country Parson, is horrified to hear that her friend, Jane, is on the verge of a breakdown after being horribly pursued by the lecherous Lord Magor, a regular guest at The Priory, the fabulous stately home of the Marquis of Keyston, to whose niece Jane is Governess.
Determined to teach Lord Magor a lesson and to seek out ideas for the novel she is writing about contemporary Society, Lara takes Jane's place as Governess to ten year old Georgina.
But, although Lord Magor is every bit as predatory as Jane had described, the Marquis is awe-inspiring, handsome and, as she soon discovers, much kinder and considerate than she or Jane had ever imagined.
Just as Lara realises that she has fallen in deeply love with the Marquis, the wicked Lord Magor traps her in a locked room.
Only her great-grandfather's duelling pistol can save her.
And on the spur of the moment, it seems that Lara has killed her cruel pursuer and will be taken away by the Police to prison for murder as well as dashing all hope of a second kiss from the magnificent Marquis who has stolen her heart.
178 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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Impressions

b9256803162shared an impressionlast year
👍Worth reading

Remarkably cute, especially the relationship between the heroine and the hero’s niece!

fatimahj07shared an impression4 years ago

The hunting and killing of poor animals is appalling and revolting 💔

Atina Matthewsshared an impression4 years ago
💞Loved Up

Another amazing story from the Dame!

Quotes

kokilakanchanahas quoted5 years ago
CHAPTER ONE
1887

The door opened and a voice said sharply,
“Come along, Miss Lara, it’s a nice day and you should be out getting’ the air instead of bein’ cooped up here scribblin’ your head off!”
The Honourable Lara Hurley raised her face to say laughingly,
“1 am scribbling my head off to some purpose, Nanny, and when I am famous you will be proud of me.”
Nanny, who had been with the family for over twenty years, merely snorted disparagingly and, coming into the room, picked up a scarf that was on one chair, a sun-bonnet on another and several books that had been thrown onto the floor.
Lara sat back in her chair and exclaimed,
stephensonanniehas quoted5 years ago
The Governess’s lot in the Victorian and Edwardian era was often miserable and frightening as I have described in this novel. My mother always said she was so sorry for them as if they talked they were considered ‘forward’ and if they were silent ‘dull’.
A pretty Governess was also too often considered fair game and I remember hearing a well-known ‘dasher’ of my mother’s generation saying,
“There was a jolly pretty Governess in one house I visited. I was considering seducing her, but thought it unfair. Then, damn me, I learnt that my best friend had got there first!”
Between upstairs and downstairs and often ignored by both, a Governess was lonely and isolated.
But there was no other career open to respectable young women at that time except to be a companion to an old and usually disagreeable Dowager.

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