Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.
This book was hands down fantastic! I read quite a bit of regency novels and this one was so unique, different, and captivating from the very start. The story pulled me in and I refused to stop reading, I had to know what would become of Juliana and her dream of an all girls' school. Would her family love and accept her? Would she let her guard down and love and accept them? Then there was the matter of Mr. Rowley...she always seemed to show her worst side when she was around him! I felt so much honesty and a gamut of emotions from Juliana. I felt like I was living it all with her! Debut author Joanna Barker has hit this one out of the park, so hurry up and read it already!
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