The Hollywood Governess

The BRAND NEW gorgeous, romantic story of forbidden love in Golden Age Hollywood from Alexandra Weston for 2024

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Pub Date Jun 26 2024 | Archive Date Jun 26 2024

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A sweeping NEW historical romance set in the golden age of Hollywood from Alexandra Weston.

A governess bound by her own strict rules, a movie-star tormented by grief, a forbidden love story you won’t forget.

Hollywood, 1937

Hester Carlyle has no wish to look after the pampered offspring of the rich anymore, in spite of being a highly sought-after governess. But with her elderly father frail, and the roof of their rundown cottage in dreary Yorkshire falling in, she has no choice but to accept a dazzling new placement.

Movie star Aidan Neil is box office gold, but after the tragic death of his wife Dinah Doyle, he needs Hester’s help to raise their young daughter Erin. Aidan and Dinah were once the perfect Hollywood couple, but stars don’t shine forever…

At Aidan’s glittering Hollywood mansion, Hester finds a family struggling with their grief. Hester knows she can help little Erin, but Aidan’s torment is palpable. Brooding and reclusive, he is far from the picture-perfect hero Hester's seen in films. There’s an edge to him that makes Hester wonder if he’s hiding a dark secret of his own....

Was the marriage between Aidan and Dinah as perfect as it appeared to be? Was Dinah’s death really a tragic accident?

When it finally comes, the truth is more shocking than Hester could ever have imagined. And she knows that if revealed, it will destroy the family she has grown to love and ruin Aidan's Hollywood dream forever...

A sweeping new story from a talented new voice. Perfect for Fans of Taylor Jenkins Read, Wendy Holden and Natasha Lester.

Readers LOVE The Hollywood Governess!

"Set in the glamorous world of 1930s Hollywood, Weston has written a stunning book that I devoured in two days, with a heroine I was rooting for all the way. Full of surprises, this book gets five shiny Oscar-winning stars from me." Bestselling author Jenni Keer

" I adored this beautiful story. A glorious, unforgettable read." Bestselling author Renita D'Silva

"A page-turning, emotional story about forbidden love, heartbreaking loss and devastating secrets. I absolutely loved it." Bestselling author Siobhan Daiko

"Jane Eyre meets Rebecca meets Swing Time! I absolutely loved this beautifully written tale of old Hollywood - and Yorkshire! Mysterious, evocative and so compelling, I read it in 24 hours.” Bestselling author Jenni Fletcher.

"I couldn't put it down - a must read for romance readers and lovers of historical fiction." Bestselling author Sandy Barker.

"An exquisite, compelling read. I read it twice." Bestselling author Sylvia Broady

"I loved this book such a sweet and beautiful story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Definitely 5 stars!" Reader Review

"One of the most charming books I've read in a long time" Reader Review

"Fabulous book!! It had some serious Evelyn Hugo vibes." Reader Review

"I can’t wait to read more from Alexandra Weston as this was fantastic." Reader Review

A sweeping NEW historical romance set in the golden age of Hollywood from Alexandra Weston.

A governess bound by her own strict rules, a movie-star tormented by grief, a forbidden love story you...


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I loved this book such a sweet and beautiful story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Definitely 5 stars!

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Fabulous book!! It had some serious Evelyn Hugo vibes. The setting is sublime and I'm a sucker for a "widower/governess" trope. (I blame The Sound of Music.) Hester is an utterly charming and empathetic character. I loved her relationship with Erin. The house sounds just perfect and I want to live there. Aiden is just the right amount of attractive and brooding/grumpy and the slow-burn was delicious. I especially liked the storyline with Marie, but won't elaborate. (No spoilers!) I will be recommending this book to everyone.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

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Loved this historical romance. A British woman in need of fast funds to help her family goes to work as a Governess for a 1930s Hollywood movie star who recently lost his wife in a tragic accident. She is there to teach his daughter, but along the way finds out the accident may not have been an accident after all. So we're following that mystery/unknown aspect of the plot, but also watch as Hester falls in love with California, and the family she works for. The old Hollywood vibes are immaculate and the characters are sweet and have growth and work through some hard emotions. The romance is a slow burn, passionate. The "twist" felt believable and the ending was good. Overall a great, immersive book. I read it in about 24 hours. It got me out a long reading slump, so thanks haha.! Can't wait to read more from this author.

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Alexandra Weston uses the Golden Age Hollywood elements perfectly to tell the story and have that characters development that I was hooked on from the beginning until the end. It had that romance element that I was looking for and enjoyed getting to read this. It was written well and was glad it was enjoyable. I can’t wait to read more from Alexandra Weston as this was fantastic.

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