All's Fair in Love and War

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Pub Date 28 May 2024 | Archive Date 11 Jun 2024
St. Martin's Press | St. Martin's Griffin


In the first installment of a Regency romp of a series, a governess who believes in cultivating joy in her charges clashes with the children’s uncle who hired her, only to find herself falling in love.

When Harry Kincaid’s flighty older sister decides to join her husband on an Egyptian expedition, Harry, a former naval captain, is left in the lurch, minding her three unruly children and giant, mad dog. But Harry has a busy career at the Admiralty that requires all his attention, and he has no clue how to manage the little rascals or when his sister is coming back. In desperation, he goes to Miss Prentice’s School for Young Ladies prepared to pay whatever it takes to hire an emergency governess quick sharp to ensure everything in his formerly ordered house is run shipshape again.

Thanks to her miserable, strict upbringing, fledgling governess Georgie Rowe does not subscribe to the ethos that children should be seen and not heard. She believes childhood should be everything hers wasn’t—filled with laughter, adventure, and discovery. Thankfully, the three Pendleton children she has been tasked with looking after are already delightfully bohemian and instantly embrace her unconventional educational approach. Their staid, stickler-for-the-rules uncle, however, is another matter entirely.

Georgie and Harry continue to butt heads over their differences, but with time it seems that in this case, their attraction is undeniable—and all is indeed fair in love and war.

In the first installment of a Regency romp of a series, a governess who believes in cultivating joy in her charges clashes with the children’s uncle who hired her, only to find herself falling in...

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I personally haven't read a lot of regency romances but I'm glad that this is the book that got me into it, All's Fair in Love and War is set in the early 19th-century England. Henry Kincaid is a naval captain who was left in charge of his sister's children and dog, he had no experience in managing them, so he hires Georgina Rowe who is a governess for a school for girls. When we're first introduced to Georgina, she immediately became one of my favorite characters, she brings laughter, adventure, and discovery to the children and this captures Henry's attention. It's a slow burn romance which is one of my favorite tropes, it's also a heartwarming read which delivers humor, romance, and well-written characters. I fully enjoyed reading this one!

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This book was adorable. I have a love for all things classic literature, so when I saw the title of this book, I had to get my hands on a copy. I especially couldn’t resist when I then saw it was a historical romance.

The story was the definition of slow burn, and it was absolute perfection. The pining between the main characters had me chomping at the bit, eagerly anticipating what they would do next. They had this chemistry that made me grin with giddiness, the subtle glances, and desperate energy was palpable. Even if they continued to deny their attraction, it was still so glee inducing.

Georgie’s boisterous and headstrong nature, was the exact opposite of Harry’s craving for organized perfection and obsessive need for control. The two of them could not be more different, yet so similar and they both craved a sense of belonging and assurance. They could not have been more perfect for each other. I’m
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This was such a cute read. I absolutely loved it! A fun and lively rom-com for fans of The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Nanny McPhee.
This book is such a breathe of fresh air!
I was constantly giggling and smiling.
The characters are so fun and I was instantly taken by the realism of the story. The tension and pining was silly and fun.
Georgie reminds me a lot of myself and I feel I relate to her in many ways. I always seem to enjoy a book more when I feel a personal connection to the characters!
I think this is a book that will become a favorite for many! I’m looking forward to picking up another Virginia Heath book:) I highly recommend!

Thank you to St. Martins Press and Net Galley for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review!

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Virginia Heath's latest is a gem, the first in her new series about governesses! 📚😍 It features an opposites attract romance, hilarious supporting characters, and a household that's more informal chaos than proper regency. The slow-blossoming romance had me hooked as the main characters navigated their prejudices; his against chaos and flexibility and hers against naval men. 🌹💑 Can't wait for the next one!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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I am a huge fan of Virginia Heath, and especially the ones with these fun bright covers and clever catchy book titles! I was really excited to read All's Fair in Love and War, the first in a new series!! All's Fair in Love and War is a great read-- I absolutely loved it. I love the snappy, sassy and clever dialogue. I love the story, the setting-- and I love, love, love the characters in the book!
Henry, our MMC, is a naval officer, who thrives with the rigidity and order of the Royal Navy. Early in life, his grandfather took care of raising him and gave him order in a family of flighty Georgian era bohemians. He has a sister, who is the exact opposite and just like Henry and her parents. Imagine his surprise when Henry's flighty, adventurous sister drops her kids off at Henry's, for an extended visit.
Georgina is a governess who can't quite find the right position, educated in the most sought-after, exclusive girls schools. She abhors too much order and rigid men, who remind her of her loveless stepfather, a navy man himself. She's had dozens of interviews, but even with a fabulous resume, her unwillingness to take a spare the rod, spoil the child attitude towards children makes it hard for her to find a job. Enter Henry, who is desperate for a governess for his sisters children!
A lot of chaos, humor and hijinks ensue! Like I said before, Virginia Heath's writing is fantastic and this is a funny, poignant, and fun book full of vivid descriptors, emotion and just everything that you want in a romantic comedy set in the Regency period. I just adored All's Fair in Love and War and can't recommend it enough to any HR, RomCom or romance fan!

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