With the stunning prose and engaging characters of The Silent Governess, Christy Award finalist Julie Klassen whisks listeners away to Regency England for a compelling tale of romance and intrigue. Thinking she’s guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home and stumbles upon a grand estate—and a damaging secret. To ensure her silence, Lord Bradley insists she serve in his opulent manor.
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“Klassen expertly infuses her … inspirational tale with a gothic atmosphere, resulting in a sweetly intriguing romance worthy of Victoria Holt.” (Booklist)
I originally downloaded this because of the reference to Victoria Holt novels which I loved to read growing up. This was just like them. I loved every minute of it and then downloaded the other two books.
I really enjoyed this listen. I especially like the English accent for the books that are set in the days of the Old English gentry. This was a good story. Lots of plot, not just romance.
It started out negative and with some dire circumstances, but it ended well and I consider it another great listen from Julie Klassen with great narration by Elizabeth Jasicki.
Another "reader" had posted a negative review stating this book was not a Christian book and talked of rape and other horrendous things. I only found brief discussion of a scoundrel taking advantage of a woman, but not any gory details and it was handled very delicately and tactfully, just enough to explain the story. There are many Christian references and some characters do make commitments to God and have transformed lives.
I will listen to more books written by Julie Klassen and narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki.
Take a long-winded, BORING, and jumbled storyline; add poorly-written soap opera style seedy moments of rape, adultery, betrayal, greed, brutality, etc.; then throw in an occasional mention of Christ and prayers and you get the drift of this total time-wasting tale. On top of that, it was not even a romance as the "hero/heroine" didn't so much as hold hands until the last few pages.
I've listened to worse and overall I liked it ok... It didn't irritate me and the story was not the same old thing. But there was something rather disappointing about it.
There was plenty of intrigue, but in the end, the plot twist was (without giving it away) that the hinted at extraordinary and romantic was not reality, but the very ordinary was. The end was all so very anti-climatic, even though technically the heroes get the expected HEA.
The narrator had a lovely voice and the story was very gently, s-l-o-w-l-y and carefully read... which added to the lack of excitement. I found my attention frequently wandering.
Like I said, it was not bad. I liked it. I just didn't love it.
What a great story. It takes a while to figure out who everyone is and put it together but that is ok because it is so interesting with so many different people and just when you think the story is going one way it takes a sharp turn to somewhere else. The narrator did an excellent job with the right expression and voice change. Plan on listening to all Julie Klassen books.
The Silent Governess ranks right at the top of my listening experience pleasures.
My favorite character was the main character, of course. She was placed in several precarious positions and handled herself extremely well I thought!
I like her voice. That is the first thing I notice, of course. She handled the different characterizations very well also.
The Silent...Not so Silent...Governess
I like light stories but this one was a bit light on the believable side. It was just quite silly and unbelievable. Listened to the entire thing anyways, so if you like lite brainless entertainment, this is for you.
I quickly purchased this audiobook because I loved 'The Tutor's Daughter' and Jasicki's performance. I can't say the same about this book. The narrator got on my nerves a few times. She is very diverse with characters' voices, there were just a number of voices that grated on my nerves. The plot seemed to putter on more than necessary-it is just really, really meandering and I really get annoyed when characters do not stay consistent (a character is aloof, cruel and a drunkard in the beginning but toward the end was just misunderstood)) It just wasn't a very strong plot line. I haven't seen where anyone else felt this way, but I found the quotes and sayings at the beginning of every chapter to be annoying and intrusive-I felt they broke up the story. I finished it, not because I couldn't put it down but simply because I wanted to finish what I started and it became an exercise of self discipline.
Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors. I love how she tells a story. Historical fiction with a little romance is the perfect combination for a great story and nobody does it better than Klassen.
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