So many thanks to the lovely Tracy Grant, who has been kind enough to offer a copy of her latest, The Mayfair Affair, for give away here on the website.

Here’s the official blurb:

Mayfair AffairIn the elegant environs of Mayfair, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch live a seemingly charmed life. Malcolm, a former diplomatic attaché and intelligence agent, is a rising Member of Parliament. Suzanne is fast becoming one of London’s most sought hostesses. But even their closest friends don’t know that the Rannoch’s marriage is still reeling from the revelation that Suzanne was a French spy when she met British agent Malcolm and that she married him to gather information on British plans. Malcolm and Suzanne are hoping for private time to repair their marriage. But their peace is shattered by a late night visit from a Bow Street runner. The powerful Duke of Trenchard has been found murdered in the study of his St. James’s Square house. And Laura Dudley, governess to the Rannoch children, was standing over the dying duke. Malcolm and Suzanne are convinced the woman they trusted with their children is not a killer. To prove Laura’s innocence, they are drawn into an investigation that will test their wits and the fragile truce between them. But whether or not she murdered the Duke of Trenchard, Laura Dudley is certainly not what she seemed. Revelations about her identity cut dangerously close to Suzanne’s own past. Malcolm and Suzanne realize more is at stake than Laura’s life and liberty. The investigation into the Duke of Trenchard’s murder will either prove the resilience of their bond–or snap it in two.

It’s not hard picking up the series with any book (I started in the middle, back when, and was immediately hooked), but if you haven’t read Tracy’s books before, I recommend going back and starting with Vienna Waltz, the first of the Malcolm and Suzanne books.

So, for a copy of Tracy’s latest, The Mayfair Affair, here’s your question:

What’s your favorite governess book?

You can see Tracy’s list of favorite governess books here.

The winner will be announced on Monday!


  1. Liz D. on May 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I of course loved your book The Orchid Affair, but my favorite is what seems to be the original governess book, Jane Eyre. Such an amazing story and memorable characters!

  2. Lauren H. on May 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I have to agree with Liz. Jane Eyre is a classic for a reason.

  3. Algae on May 28, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I have a soft spot for Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride. She’s a “finishing governess” and not a governess to any of the hero’s children, but it’s always a favorite when I’m in the mood for a more Old Skool style romance.

  4. Nancy on May 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Oh there are so many governess book I read. I love the Orchard Affair, but my favorite is hard to pin point. Right now I am reading the Lost highlander series and she is not a governess per say but a matchmaker and she is fun to read.

  5. Christine on May 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    The only one coming to mind is The Orchid Affair, which I loved but I don’t want to be redundant! So I’m going to The Sound of Music, which was based on a book.

  6. bn100 on May 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    don’t have a fav

  7. Pat Walker Pinkston on May 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Jane Eyre is the classic governess story.

  8. Céline on May 28, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Gosh, it seems I barely have time to comment here anymore, and please please please forgive me!!! Life (and work) is totally getting in the way!!!

    So, my favorite governess book is and always will be Jane Eyre… But I do so love The Orchid Affair…. Like, really!!
    And now, I am very curious to know about my fellow Willig-Maniacs’ favourite governess books, I could make a few discoveries here! 🙂

  9. Shannon on May 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Though she is not perhaps the main focus of the novel, Mary Morstan’s debut in ‘The Sign of the Four’ and ensuing romance with Watson is timeless.

  10. Aleen Davis on May 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I like Jane Eyre, but I gotta say that I love Sound of Music, it was a memoir first after all, so that counts as a book right? 😉 Oh and I love the blurb.

  11. Miss Eliza on May 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Too many good governess books out there, so let’s go classic, but a different Bronte, Agnes Grey!

  12. Clara on May 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    The Orchid Affair is my favorite governess book right now and yes, Jane Eyre overall.

  13. AngelB on May 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Jane Eyre is the original and will always be THE book that turned me permanently into the genre. Agnes Grey was a beautiful subtle love affair.

    As for recent books, besides the obvious Orchid Affair, I really like The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan. A different take on the story of a governess raped/impregnanted by a duke and the man who is supposed to “take care of it”.

  14. Catie on May 28, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Does “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde count? Great stuff!

  15. Tracy Grant on May 28, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Loving all these suggestions of governess books!

  16. Angie Baugh on May 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    My favorites are Jane Eyre, The Orchid Affair, and The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E Ladd.

  17. Jessye on May 28, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan. Technically a murder mystery but the main character is a governess!

  18. Marianne on May 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    DEVIL’S BRIDE is one of my favorite books.

  19. Ellen on May 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    The Orchid Affair, I loved Still Life with Murder! I liked Jenna Starborn although it wasn’t one of her best.

  20. kristy on May 28, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Not a traditional governess, but Vanessa March in Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart is charged with watching over teenager Tim Lacy and gets involved in a fabulous and scary Austrian adventure. Or how about Nicola Ferris watching out for Colin Langeley in Stewart’s The Moonspinners? Two of my go-to favorites.

  21. Shelly Yekutiel on May 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Jane Eyre – the first and best governess book. Her speech to Rochester about being poor and plain brings me to tears every time.

    • Shelly Yekutiel on May 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      And, based on the recommendations above, I am going to get Orchid Affair.

  22. Sarah Hall on May 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    My current favorites are “The Orchid Affair”, “Devil’s Bride”, and “By Winter’s Light” (also by Stephanie Laurens). And there is always a spot in my heart for “Jane Eyre”.

  23. Emily on May 28, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Jane Eyre is a good one. And the Mary Stewart one.

  24. Daniele K on May 29, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Still Life with Murder us a favorite. Otherwise, I guess Jane Eyre.

  25. Susan I on May 29, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Jane Eyre. I’d pick The Sound of Music, too, but maybe it was never a book?

  26. Suzanne on May 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Jane Eyre, which also happens to be my favorite book of all time!

  27. Sue Gorman on May 29, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Devils Bride–by Stephanie Laurens
    It’s well- written and sets the tone for the first six books in the series. Devil’s Bride is on my keeper shelf.

  28. Beth F on May 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I know it’s already been said, but Jane Eyre. It’s by far my favorite novel of all time! Although I did really love The Orchid Affair.

  29. Stephanie on May 29, 2015 at 9:14 am

    “Married by Morning’ by Lisa Kleypas–because the Hathaways are second only to the Bridgertons in fictional-families-who-should-adopt-me. The heroine’s charge also has pet hedgehog named Medusa and a ferret named Dodger who likes to steal her garters; obviously, a winner.

  30. Bess on May 29, 2015 at 11:34 am

    My first thought was ‘Jane Eyre’. It is evidently a very popular choice. I read several Christina Dodd Governess books a number of years ago, and enjoyed them immensely. Unfortunately they were library books, and I can’t remember the titles.

  31. Amy on May 29, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

    (Sorry if that’s a repeat, but I can’t see my comment.)

  32. Susan Rosene on May 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Let’s hear it for Mary Poppins!

  33. Sharlene Martin Moore on May 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    The Orchid Affair. I love the cover of this book.

  34. Paige B. on May 31, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    A Night Like This by Julia Quinn.

    • jackie comstock on June 1, 2015 at 2:09 am

      jane eyre and the silent governess

  35. Diane on June 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Jane Eyre! Although like everyone else, I loved the Orchid Affair. But Jane sets the bar pretty high!

  36. Laura on June 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Jane Eyre! Oh, Mr. Rochester! *swoon*

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