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All’s Fair in Love and War by Virginia Heath

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All’s Fair in Love and War

When the flighty older sister of former naval captain, Henry Kincaid, decides on a whim to accompany her explorer husband on an expedition to Egypt, he finds himself unwittingly left in the lurch with her three unruly children and her giant, mad dog.

With no clue how to manage the little rascals, Harry has to hire an emergency governess to ensure that everything in his ordered house continues to run shipshape. In desperation, he goes to Miss Prentice’s School for Girls prepared to pay whatever it takes to get a governess.

Thanks to her miserable, strict upbringing, fledgling governess Georgina Rowe does not subscribe to the ethos that children should be seen and not heard. She believes childhood should be everything that hers wasn’t. Filled with laughter, adventure, and discovery.

Thankfully, the three Pendleton children are already delightfully bohemian and instantly embrace her unconventional educational ethos.

Their staid, stickler-for-the-rules uncle, however, is another matter entirely…

The Review

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing All’s Fair in Love and War by Virginia Heath. In this Regency romance we follow governess Georgina Rowe blue-stocking, unconventional educator, sunshine darling, and naval captain, Henry Kincaid, a stickler for rules, punctuality, but has a soft spot for his nieces and nephew. 💘

In a nutshell, this one book friends is one you won’t want to miss.

Now, let’s chat about the book itself.

Have you ever seen the movie Sound of Music? If you haven’t the synopsis can be found here. It’s a classic movie from 1965 following a nun turned governess, played by Julie Andrews, where she brings music, nurturing order, and love to a gaggle of children in need of something more than a tight run ship.

Although All’s Fair in Love and War is not based on the movie, the premise of the book reminded me of it. Where two people are in desperate need of something, the captain a governess, and the governess a job. It’s the perfect setup to a swoon-worthy story about the journey of seeing people for who they truly are, and the willingness to take risks outside of your comfort zone in order to find happiness.

A delight of a book, romance readers who love the tropes opposite attract, sunshine + grump, and found family, this is a regency novel that checks all the right boxes for those who love a good historical romance.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl, it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Now her Regency rom-coms (including the Wild Warriners and Merriwell Sisters series) are published in many languages across the globe. Thirty books and three Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
28-May-24978-1250896070384St. Martin’s GriffinAdultNetGalley, Digital ARC
January 4, 2023

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