Cover Rating: ★★★★½
Lessons in Loving is a romance novel by Peter Mcara. It is a fast paced story about an illiterate Australian who lives in the country trying to win his bride by hiring a teacher to help him learn read, write and have civilized conversation. I found it to be a lighthearted good read for those who enjoy romance.
Wanted: Governess. Properly qualified in English, to instruct male pupil in rural location.
Sydney, 1902. Desperate for a job, Kate Courtney travels to the faraway New England Ranges to interview for a governess position. She is greeted by wealthy landowner, ruggedly handsome Tom Fortescue, and is shocked to find that her new charge isn’t a small boy—but the grown man.
It was Tom’s mother’s dying wish that he find a refined, elegant, English bride to marry. But a country man with country manners can never win a lady fair. Tom needs Kate to smooth away his rough edges, make him desirable to the English rose he wants to marry.
But the more time Kate and Tom spend together, the closer they become, and Tom has to decide between the dreams of his childhood, and the reality that is right in front of him.
About the Author:
Over the years, his day jobs ranged from miner and truck-driver to academic positions in Australian and US universities. Along the way, he wrote several academic textbooks.
Why the switch to writing romance? The moment eight-year-old Peter read Anne of Green Gables, he was hooked. (He’s still in love with Anne, actually, but his understanding wife, a relationship psychologist, handles any conflicts professionally).
Now, after a tree-change to green acres in coastal NSW, he farms by day and writes by night — the best time for romance.