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A Waltz with the Outspoken Governess by Catherine Tinley

A Waltz with the Outspoken Governess


A quiet governess…
An unruly heart

Sir Nicholas Denny is desperate to find a governess to care for his boisterous nieces and nephews. Demure vicar’s daughter Mary Smith seems ideal—at first. All too soon Nicholas discovers a different side to her… She’s a beautiful, vivacious woman, even if she infuriates him with her strong opinions! When he waltzes with Mary at a party he knows he’s in trouble—the spark between them is so tempting, but she challenges everything he thought he wanted in a wife!


I’ve been reading Regency romances for many years and have been a fan of Ms. Tinley since I read Rags-to-Riches Wife last year.

Miss Mary Smith is in a predicament that forces her to deceive a man who has become her friend and more. I felt for her when she is treated unkindly by an imperious mother and her jealous elderly governess. After all, Mary is an opinionated young woman who has to swallow her words in order to keep her job and carry out her plan to help her father.

Sir Nicholas Denny hired another governess to ensure the visit from his sister and her unruly children would be more tolerable. Instead, it caused more turmoil. Both with the women in his life and with his emotions. Miss Smith is the best of both worlds…beautiful and smart, but she is a servant and he cannot follow through with his attraction. But what is she hiding?

It is good to see a strong and determined heroine who is not afraid to express her opinion in a time where women were viewed as uneducated ninnies. Her faultless pursuit of proving her father’s innocence is admirable despite her dangerous dilemma of having nowhere to go if she lost her job. I also thought it very brave or foolish of her when she expresses her disappointment in Nicholas’ classicism and superiority to his servants and his disdain for his family. It’s this honesty from Mary that results in a change in Nicholas as he heeds Mary’s words and becomes a man worthy of her, 

I recommend this delightful historical romance with a mystery and a HEA. The characters are well-developed and interesting and the plot is compelling.

Thank you to Ms. Tinley for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no exception of a positive review.



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Catherine TinleyCatherine Tinley is an award winning author who writes witty, heartwarming, Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at her website, as well as FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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