by Anthology

May 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7511-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

This anthology, “Then He Kissed Her”, has three stories in it, which feature three governesses who find romance when they least expect it.

It begins with “Love Passages” by Kate Donovan. Ryan Collier is most displeased when a young girl is sent to act as governess to his three unruly charges. But Miranda Kent badly wants this job – not just because she has a debt to pay off, but also because she’s long admired this famous essayist. Little does she know that what lies in store for her – boisterous children, men traipsing about the secret passages which abound the house, clandestine romantic assignments, missing necklaces and what not - are the order of the day! And what will this governess do when the master of the house falls for her?

Lori Handeland’s “When Morning Comes” has a Union soldier, Seth Torrance, overnight becoming the guardian of his deceased Rebel friend’s big family. Hostility is rampant when this Yankee comes to take up his duties, particularly from the proud and feisty southerner, Ella Fontaine, who’s like the children’s second mother. But Seth is a determined man. Will his kisses melt away her prejudices or will he be scared away by their combined antics?

In “Her Kilt-Clad Rogue”, Julie Moffett spins the tale of a young English lady in desperate circumstances, becoming governess to the son of the Scot who’d long ago broken her heart. Determined not to show her true feelings, Genevieve enters the household of her new employer, Connor Douglas. She finds a badly behaved boy, his teasing father who stands accused of having murdered his first wife and who insists that he never forgot Genevieve, a hidden treasure and a vicious adversary. Can Love win the day?

All three stories are charmingly told. They all have mischievous children in them, who provide a lot of fun. Romance is the order of the day, as these governesses find that Love cannot be ruled…..instead it rules them, heart and soul. This anthology is simply heartwarming.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Rashmi.

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