Margo Maguire has stepped forward once again with her newest novel, Seducing the Governess, proving that she does not write they typical romance novel. Through her combination of saucy women, dashing men, and evolving plots her novels transport the reader to an age when life should have been simpler, but it was not.
Maguire’s newest novel begins with a twist – a man on his sickbed searching for his long lost granddaughters. The reader is immediately captivated by the story told by the Duke of Windermere. The love/hate relationship that Maguire creates between the reader and the Duke spurs the reader through the ever twisting plot (one which most romance novels lack) in search for the elusive answers to the whereabouts of his abandoned progeny.
Mercy Franklin is one of the Duke’s missing granddaughters. Unfortunately, her life has been one of censorship and oppression. Given by a solicitor into the hands of a clergyman, Mercy only finds out that the people she has viewed as her parents her entire life are truly not her parents. By reading the diary of the woman she believed to be her mother, Mercy soon believes that she is the child of a fallen woman. Due to her background and loss of family (the only parents she’s ever known having died), Mercy soon embarks on the only path left to gently bred women… that of the governess.
Mercy finds herself in a household full of ex-military freshly returned from the Napoleonic wars. Her charge is the niece of newly appointed Lord Ashby. She soon learns that her charge is much greater need than she could have possibly imagined. Drawn by the grief, stricken child and her irritating uncle, Mercy soon relinquishes her ideas of marrying the one suitor that had approached her before the death of her adoptive parents for a life that will be anything but predictable.
This is a novel not only about romance, but also about self-discovery. Margo Maguire takes her readers on a journey of discovery in which they get to experience first hand that the human spirit does rise from the ashes like a phoenix and is able to soar despite the negative shadows cast by the past
You can find Seducing the Governess at in the Biloxi are at Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million. You can also find many of Margo Maguire’s other works at the Harrison County Library.