Author: Sarah Williams
Title: The Outback Governess
Genre(s): Contemporary romance
Sweet family-focused romance with a rustic vibe
This is the second novel I have read by Sarah Williams. She also wrote The Brothers of Brigadier Station, which is a steamy and sensual romance that takes place in the outback of Australia. After reading that book I was super excited to read The Outback Governess, which follows a young woman as she begins her new post teaching two little girls and a little boy with autism after their mother passed away. I found the overall feel of the novel to be sweet, caring, and sensual. Paige comes across as a lovely young woman who truly has a passion for teaching children. It was amazing to watch her affection for Logan's children grow at such a quick rate and I also enjoyed reading how the children took to her so well after losing their mother so young. This part of the book was so incredibly touching, especially learning how compassionate and competent Paige was with Scotty, despite his difficulties with having autism. Sarah's descriptions of Scotty's autism were so on point for a high functioning individual. She created a character with all the hallmark symptoms, so it made that aspect of the plot feel genuine and authentic.
Logan suffered a tragic loss when his wife passed away at an early age from cancer. He buried himself in his work and it became clear that it was difficult for him to engage with his children after her passing. Initially, Logan comes across as cold and aloof when it comes to his family. I found this somewhat irritating because I have a huge soft spot for kiddos. However, this start gave his character a lot of room to develop over the storyline and he definitely fulfilled all the expectations I had! His relationship with Paige also started out rocky, but his children and the love they both shared for them ultimately healed a lot of their difficulties. Overall, I found The Outback Governess to be the perfect summer romance if you are looking for something lighter in density. What I mean by this is the story was told in a quick way, therefore making it a fast-paced read.
That being said, this is what I did not like about the book...Compared to Sarah's other work, I found it hard to be fully committed to these characters. I am not sure if it was because there was not enough pages (under 180) to get all the necessary details down, but I felt like I was lacking a connection despite how much I enjoyed their story. As I mentioned earlier, it came across as sweet. There were so many moments where I wanted to have a greater reaction, but the characters briefly had a description of their own emotional reaction. This made it hard for me to connect and feel what the characters felt.
When special-needs teacher Paige, takes up the position of Governess for three young children in the Queensland outback, she has no idea just how much and how quickly she would come to love the dusty, dry country, and the family who desperately need her.
Logan was heartbroken when his wife died, leaving him to raise their three children with the help of his aging parents on their remote cattle station. To avoid the constant reminder of the love he lost, he works on a mine in Mt Isa, meaning he only sees his family week on, week off.
But then tragedy strikes and Paige and Logan are forced to work together to look after the children, alone on the station. As well as being their teacher, Paige also becomes a substitute mother and teaches Logan how to be a parent again. A role he has avoided since losing his wife.
Can Paige bring the family back together or have the wounds of the past cut too deep?
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