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A Governess of Great Talents (The Governess Bureau #1) by Emily E.K. Murdoch. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Welcome to a brand new and exciting series titled "The Governess Bureau" from Best Selling Author Emily E.K. Murdoch!

When the nobility and gentility of England are at their wits end, they send a discrete note to Miss Vivienne Clarke’s Governess Bureau. Only accepting the very best clients, their governesses are coveted by minor royalty, with every governess following three rules:

1. You must have an impeccable record.
2. You must bring a special skill to the table.
3. You must never fall in love…

Book 1, A Governess of Great Talents

When a governess of great talents is required, there is only one place the nobility of England go: The Governess Bureau.

It was why Miss Meredith Hubert had worked so hard to gain her place there. Finishing with the Earl of Marnmouth's children, she is about to be given her next assignment—a Duke called Alfred Carmichael with a political campaign to win and a half-brother who needs controlling.

Archibald is but eight years old, but already threatens to ruin the family's reputation as Alfred, the Duke, tries to maintain it. They have to be spotless as the election looms.

But Meredith has a secret to hide, and she's not the only one. Maids sent away in secret, items missing from the house, there is more than one mystery at Rochdale Abbey. When a Duke falls in love with a governess, there's only one way this can end—in scandal.

As Alfred Carmichael tries desperately to regain his family's honor in Parliament and fight his desire of Meredith, how will Meredith's Great Talents ensure a happily ever after for them all?

This full length novel is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series that can be read in any order.


Miss Meredith Hubert has just ended a successful employment as a governess for an Earl's family and is back in The Governess Bureau to hopefully get her next.  The owner of the bureau is very strict and expects extremely high standards from the ladies she places in some of the highest households in the land. 
If the woman knew just who Meredith really is, she would never represent her. Our heroine's special talents make caring for difficult children easy for her. 
Alfred Carmichael the Duke of Rochdale needs someone to teach his half-brother while he concentrates on winning his seat in Parliament.  As his is only a small duchy he has no automatic seat in the House of Lords. 
Our hero is following a longstanding family tradition, even though the very idea of sitting in boring parliament instead of riding his grounds drives him to distraction. Keeping his mind on what he should be doing only gets harder in the coming weeks. 
This is an unlikely, but very amusing story with fabulous characters.  A governess is a very important part in the lives of many children and provides more than just education. If the rest of them from this new series do the same as this one, the owner of the bureau is not going to be happy.  
I thoroughly enjoyed this one,  and look forward to the next book.  
Good fun.


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My books range from England 1050 to Texas 1848, and I can't wait for you to fall in love with my heroes and heroines!

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