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?
About the author:
Kristen Garner McKendry began writing in her teens, and her work has been published in Canada and the U.S. She received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader. Kristen has a strong interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental issues. A native of Utah and mother of three, she now resides with her family in Canada.
In Tiffany’s opinion:
I reviewed “The Governess” by Kristen McKendry. This was an enjoyable book that I read quickly because I couldn’t put it down. It had a profound theme throughout: “Sometimes what you find is better than what you seek.” The setting was unique from other books I’ve read before. There were many prejudices evidenced at the time period in which the book takes place, such as for being Chinese or for being a gypsy. It’s sad to think what used to occur, and sometimesstill happens to this day. The predicament Kate finds herself in being employed by a tinker and living in a train car was unexpected, yet added to Kate’s story of finding herself and figuring out where she fit in society. The characters were quitelikable, particularly Alonzo who had a good kind heart. I was also intrigued by Kate’s character and liked that she was just trying her best to make the right choices despite the time period and family influence she grew up with. This story was a good reminder to look for the good in people because we don’t always know their full story. I’m excited to read more of the author’s books, since I enjoyed this one so much!