For Kate Porter in 1880s Canada, working as a governess is simply a means to an end, and she aspires to a high-society future that will lift her out of her middle-class existence. When she accepts a new position as tutor to Alonzo Colaco's children, she sees it as a step in the direction of her dreams. She eagerly envisions a grand house awaiting her...but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job will not be all she anticipated.
Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position comes along. Soon, however, she abandons her preconceptions along with her bustle in favor of the joys of a simple life---and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she has come to care about to pursue her high-society dreams?
This book is unique in its setting and unlike any other I have read in this genre! That being said, I adored it! I loved Kate and her struggle to figure out how to support herself and where she fit in in society. The predicament she finds herself in being employed by a tinker and living in a train car was so very unexpected! Yet Alonzo was a dream with his good looks and beautiful, well-behaved children. I appreciated how Alonzo was so straight forward and was unafraid to say how he felt and what he thought, regardless of society's opinions. Kate's journey to figure out what was most important to her was emotional and full of ups and downs. A surprise ending was just the key to wrap up this wonderfully different story that I cannot stop thinking about! I will definitely recommend this book to any of my regency loving friends!
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