Take it away, Megan!
One of my favorite types of stories are governess heroine books, so it was easy for me to write a governess story. The governess held an odd position in a household; often she herself was a lady, and she always had more education than the other members of the household. She wasn’t expected to dine with the family, unless invited, but she also wasn’t necessarily welcome with the other servants.
The list of my favorite governess stories always has to begin with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Jane is a fierce, determined, smart woman who has nothing but herself to recommend her. She is plain, knows her position, but won’t knuckle under to the equally fierce Mr. Rochester, in whose employ she finds herself.
My book, The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, is far from Jane Eyre, but the genesis of the story began with Jane, and her conversations in the evening with Mr. Rochester, just the two of them talking as equals.
Other favorite governess stories include Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides series, Liz Carlyle’s Beauty Like the Night, Karen Ranney’s An Unlikely Governess, and Mary Balogh’s Longing.
I hope to write more governess stories in the future, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading them. Which governess stories are your favorite?
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior
Dukes Behaving Badly # 1
November 25th, 2014
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All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.