THE SECRET DESIRES OF A GOVERNESS
With its brooding hero and dark backdrop Clare brings an updated gothic twist to her latest novel. By incorporating the themes and red herrings of a classic Victoria Holt or Daphne du Maurier, she entices readers to keep turning the pages to uncover the mystery and savor the highly sensual romance.
Abby Hallaway has little choice but to take a position as governess for the Earl of Brendall’s child. She knows she must abide by the rules of her role, but the earl infuriates and fascinates her. From the moment she arrives on his doorstep looking more like a drowned cat than a governess Elliott is intrigued with his son’s governess. She does not appear to be intimidated by him and she is willing to work hard at teaching his child. But Elliott and Abby both have secrets and fantasies. As she begins wandering through the local village and the old castle Abby uncovers some disturbing rumors about Elliott’s mother and deceased wife, and she becomes determined to understand what is haunting him. The danger increases as she and Elliott become closer. Will Abby unearth the earl’s dark secrets and destroy their newfound love? (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 337 pp., $7.99)