The Viscount Meets his Match is what I would cal a long short story or a short novella. It introduces the first of five orphans who are forced to become governesses. Rebecca Beaton’s mother came from a well off family but they disowned her when she married a poor clergyman. Upon their deaths she was packed off to a school for the orphans of the clergy. Upon graduating she found employment as a governess and then companion to a wealthy squire’s daughter. Then her charge fell in love with the local Viscount’s brother. Unfortunately, Sebastian, Viscount Benedict doesn’t approve and does all in his power to end the relationship. How will Rebecca change his mind? The Baron’s Governess Bride is a novella. This features the beauty of the five friends, Grace Ellerby. Unfortunately, Grace has experienced the unwanted attentions of too many men in the households in which she has been employed and has now gone to great lengths to make herself look plain. A plain governess is exactly what Rupert, Lord Steadwell, is looking for since the last governess eloped with a young man from the neighbourhood. He wants someone who will stay with his three girls until the last one’s come out. He has also decided that he will never love again and will, therefore, make a marriage of convenience. The children don’t want a ‘wicked’ stepmother and ask Grace to intervene. The Cinderella story is raised quite often before all comes right. Both of these romances are based on Christian values and do not contain any heated romance.
This book includes two sweet stories - one a short novella and the second a slightly longer story. Both see a governess fall in love and find their happily-ever-afters. Well written, engaging and clean, with heart-warming endings. There are Christian religious references throughout the book, so if this bothers you, skip this book. Otherwise, a highly recommended read. Perfect for YA and older audiences alike.