Olivia Keene walks into her dimly lit home to find her mother being choked. She quickly grabs a fire iron and strikes the man hard on the back of the head. Her mother gives Olivia a purse with only a few items in it and gives her instructions of where to go and tells her not to return home. When she finally looks inside the purse, there is a clipping that mentions Brightwell Court. As she is traveling to the place her mother instructed her to, she passes by Brightwell Court and decides to take a closer look. While she is secretively looking around she overhears a conversation she should not have heard. To ensure her silence and keep and eye on her Lord Bradley insists she stay on at Brightwell Court to help with his niece and nephew. The problem is he is beginning to have feelings for Olivia.
The back of the book described this story as moving, mysterious and romantic and I think that is an outstanding description. I was moved by the way this author took you though the emotions of Olivia being sent from her home into a new situation where she is not sure what will become of her life. Of the way one conversation can change a whole mans life and future. It was a mystery of whether or not it was her father she struck. And who was sending those blasted letters? How will all come out in the end? The author slowly leaks out little pieces of information as you continue through the story so at the end the puzzle all fits together very deliciously! I must say that this story was very romantic. I absolutely loved the scene where Olivia and Edward were dancing. The faith aspect of the story was done very well. I highly recommend the Silent Governess. You won't be disappointed. Thank you Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary review copy.