The Governess's Convenient Marriage
I know this will shock you all, but this is a marriage of convenience story.
I know! Harlequin is usually so cryptic with their titles!
All kidding aside, this is one of those delightful books that does exactly what it says on the tin, but does it so very well.
Our story opens in the past somewhere in Scotland, where Lady Alexandra Mannerly is a young teenager cavorting around her parents’ estate. She has fallen for a crofter’s son, Malcom Gordston, but nothing will ever come of it because her father is an exacting tyrant with specific ideas of how the world should work. For example, his daughter should marry someone outrageously wealthy and powerful and crofter’s sons should remember their place.
Fast forward several years and time has not been kind to the Mannerlys. There was a scandal and the fall-out means that Alex can no longer live as a lady and makes her living as a governess in Paris. Time has been scrumptiously kind to Malcolm, however, who is now one of the most wealthy department store owners in England.
Good news for our heroine: Malcolm has never forgotten her, and when their paths cross again he is determined to make her his bride. What follows is an immersive read that does right by the marriage of convenience trope. Anyone who is a fan, or is looking for a standalone historical to get lost in for a few hours – I think this one will tick your boxes and be worth your time.