The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen.
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Summery:Running away from her home on a terrible night Olivia Keene not only witnesses someone, perhaps her father, strangling her mother, but also has a scare while fleeing at night in the woods. Then a day later she is accused of stealing, but what really happened is much worse, she has overheard Lord Bradley's secret...and he knows she did.
She is thrown into jail and through an accident she cannot talk, although she can communicate by writing. Lord Bradley will keep her as a servant for know...hoping to keep his secret just that, a secret. In the meantime Olivia has a place to stay that is safe, for as long as she can keep silent.
Romance: A couple kisses, touching, hugging, flirting, admiration. She walks in with lord Bradley in the bath, bare chested.
Inappropriate Romance:Premarital s-x (several mentions), illegitimate children.
Violence:Strangling, hitting(poker, maybe a slap), a fire, injuries, yelling/arguments, threats.
Other: Smoking, black mail, false accusations, drinking.
Time Period: 1815.
What I Thought: I loved it! It was a lot more exciting that The Apothecary's Daughter, the first book of Julie Klassen's that I read. There was a mystery and suspense and some very strong characters. Also a lot of historical facts about governesses. Very well written too.
Rating & Age:4 stars. 14+