We all have our own bizarre trope preferences. One of mine (result of a childhood reading Victorian-set gothics) is books with governesses in them.
If you like books featuring governesses, you’ll probably like….
— Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting. Possibly my personal favorite governess novel of all time.
— Victoria Holt, Mistress of Mellyn. No one writes Victorian governesses like Victoria Holt. And where better to start than at the very beginning, with her first book? (Because, as another governess has advised us, “Let’s start at the very beginning… A very good place to start….”).
— Barbara Michaels, The Master of Blacktower. Not my favorite Victorian-set Barbara Michaels (cough, Sons of the Wolf, cough), but Barbara Michaels plus governess still equals an excellent read. (For another Barbara Michaels variant on the governess theme, see also Black Rainbow).
— Jill Tattersall, The Wild Hunt. I adore Jill Tattersall’s books. They’re a rare and wonderful hybrid: Regency gothic.
— For something somewhat less gothic, Christina Dodd has not one governess, but an entire governess series, starting with Rules of Surrender. My favorite is #6, My Favorite Bride, her Sound of Music tribute book. Don’t get me started on my Christopher Plummer obsession.
— The 90’s remake of Dark Shadows. Okay, okay, this isn’t a book, but it does most certainly have a governess. I still get chills down my spine when I hear “My name is Victoria Winters….”
Do you have any other governesses for me?