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HaBO: New Governess Decorates for Christmas

This HaBO comes from Michigander, who hopes to find this historical romance:

Historical Romance set in England or Wales…believe the area has hills or cliffs.

Set at Christmas time.

Begins with a woman riding in a carriage…planning to apply/take a position as governess or housekeeper to a reclusive man with two children .I think both children are boys. (She had heard of the position just as she was getting ready to flee town…maybe London.)

Woman is running/hiding from something or someone.

I believe the woman’s mother ran off years ago, or was very promiscuous.

I believe the book was written sometime between 2015-2022.

The woman decorates the home for Christmas…hasn’t happened for years, I think.

The man’s first wife may have died under mysterious circumstances.

It might have been a short story in a Christmas Anthology.

Can we HaBO?


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  1. Lora says:

    I know I read this! So frustrating!!

  2. FashionablyEvil says:

    The cliffs part reminds me of Mimi Matthews’ Parish Orphans of Devon—pretty sure one of them has a Christmas angle, but I think the two boys are missing.

  3. George the Girl says:

    It makes me think of one of the stories from the Under the Mistletoe anthology by Mary Balogh.

  4. LJO says:

    It feels like Laura Lee Guhrke’s Governess Gone Rogue. Two ill-behaved twin boys who are too smart for their own good. She’s had issues with ill behaved grown men….

  5. Meredith says:

    This sounds like the first book in the “Gift-Wrapped Governess” anthology from Harlequin Historical. Sophia James et al as authors. The heroine is escaping a bad guy in London and takes a position as a governess to a widower with three boys. His first wife died tragically but it wasn’t a happy marriage (and one of the boys is maybe not his but he’s raising the boy as his own).

  6. Michigander says:

    Meredith SOLVED this! Yes! I was looking for Gift-Wrapped Governess” -specifically the novella by Sophia James “Christmas at Blackhaven Castle”.

    (However, I must have gotten details of two different books messed intertwined …this novella had three boys, not two, and no suspenseful cliff scene.)

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