Lee, Georgie, The Cinderella Governess (The Governess Tales, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).
Title: The Cinderella Governess (The Governess Tales, Book 1)
Author: Georgie Lee
Issues: Class Differences; Gendered Expectations (Women)
Once upon a time…
Joanna Radcliff has always dreamed of the day when she’d become a governess and finally be part of a proper family. Except, instead of a warm welcome, she’s given a frosty reception by her employers—and her charges! The only person who pays her any attention is the dashing Major Preston…
Despite their stolen conversations and tantalizing glances in the ballroom, Luke and Joanna know that their stations in life are just too different. But when this Cinderella governess’s life is transformed and their roles are reversed, will they risk everything to be together?
The Cinderella Governess was a treat for me to write and a unique experience. It was the first time that I’d worked with son many talented people to craft a story and characters. It was a pleasure and an honor to collaborate with the other authors, to learn from them and to exchange ideas on character traits, locations and history. Together, we developed the physical world of Madame Dubois’s school, decided where it would be located and what it would look like. In the end, we based it on the Mompesson House in Salisbury. Coordinating other locations throughout England, and between the four stories, was also fun and a good reason to do some interesting research, especially on the little-known beach resort of Sandhills.
In regards to the characters, the creation of Madame Dubois’s backstory was the most surprising part of the process for me. Her story was inspired by a lie in the prologue that I’d added or a tough of humor. It caught people’s interest and was developed by the authors into a subplot that weaves its way throughout the four novels. This type of discovery that arises from working with such creative authors and editors is what made writing The Cnderella Governess an exciting process that I will never forget.