The Governess of Banbury Park Blog Tour, Author Interview, Review and Giveaway

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Governess of Banbury Park Blog Tour

About the Book

The Governess of Banbury Park
Genre: Regency, Romance
Cedar Fort
Publication date: April 14, 2020

At the reading of her father's will, Sophia Cavanaugh learns that she is suddenly destitute. Impoverished, grief-stricken and alone, she sees only one course open to her - becoming a governess. With little experience and no references, securing a position proves more difficult than expected until she finds a champion in the dashing and well-connected Charles Mortimer. he quickly captures her heart but are the feelings mutual? Sophia is provided a position by his meddling mother and the two are parted, but fate thrusts them back together. Will Sophia risk her heart and confess her love?

About the Author

This is the second regency romance by Julie and the third is well underway. Julie was born and raised in London, England and still visits often to see family, wander around her old haunts and order cream teas with scones full of clotted cream and jam and a big cup of hot chocolate. She loves all things Jane Austen as well as mysteries, photography, chocolate, shoes, pickle ball and ...chocolate.

Author Interview

Life Is What It's Called - What inspired you to write this story? 

Julie - When I wrote The Secret of Haversham House there were several couples who had arranged marriages in it. I find the whole idea intriguing. I set out to write a story that examined several models of arranged marriage, but due to editor cuts and suggestions, it became a book about one family’s situation and the threat of arranged marriage on other characters. 
Unless the main character was, herself, part of an arranged marriage (which is the case in my next book) I had to create a character who had the ability to be in the household as a witness - hence Sophia becomes a governess. 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you hope readers gain from this story? 
Julie - First and foremost, I hope that readers can escape from life for a while when they read my books, and get swallowed up in the romance and the story. I want them to root for Sophia and Charles - to like them enough that they care about what happens to them. 

There are some characters in this book that were so fun to write and I hope they are as fun to read about, such as adult twins who finish each other’s sentences and a gangly vicar on the hunt for a wife.

Life Is What It's Called - How has this experience different from your first novel?
Julie - As a writer I feel like I learned so much about the writing process during the first book that I was able to put into practice this time around. I feel as though I am constantly perfecting my craft as I learn from editors, other writers and readers.

As for the story, the main characters are so different from those in Haversham House. Francesca was a sheltered and beloved child whose parents were there to help her every step of the way as her life turned upside down. Sophia is the opposite. She finds herself an orphan who needs to move away from all she has known and go to a place where she knows no one.


The Governess of Banbury Park was a fun read. The author, Julie Matern, shows her expertise in writing by developing well-defined characters with interesting attributes and personalities. She builds drama and interest from the very beginning of the story and continues to draw the reader in with twists and turns. The story also has similar elements to historical Gothic and romance novels. It's a well-developed romance and I look forward to reading more books by Matern.  I would highly recommend reading this book as well as Matern's first book, The Secret of Haversham House.


TGOBP Tour Giveaway
-(2) winner's will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (open Int.) -(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of The Secret of Haversham House (open Int.) -(1) winner will receive their choice of a print copy of one of Julie's books (US only)
Enter the giveaway HERE.

Tour Schedule

Follow along with the tour over on SLB Tours.

Please note that I received a copy of this book to review, however, my review is my honest opinion. 

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