Lord Muck and Lady Alice by Isabella Hargreaves

Widower James Forrester is a self-made man and sheep station owner in rural Australia, who escaped from poverty in England. Sneered at and called ‘Lord Muck’ because of his lowly beginnings and lack of education, James wants to turn his daughter into a confident lady, but he doesn’t expect to fall in love with her governess, the sophisticated Alice Lethbridge.

Alice has escaped her demanding siblings to start a new life as a governess in Australia, but her employer is untrustworthy and she flees to the neighbouring homestead of James Forrester. He offers Alice sanctuary and the job of educating his daughter in every accomplishment needed to enter society. Alice takes up the challenge and decides to polish up her intriguing employer's etiquette too, with unforeseen consequences.

Just as the forces of colonial society unite to bankrupt James, he discovers Alice’s secret, which destroys everything he believed about her. Can Alice save James from financial ruin and win back his love?

“5 stars…. A wonderful story of class, character, and of course charm.” Debbiew,

“5 stars…. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of the books in the series. The setting of the story in…Australia was new to me but enlightening. Good story line and characters.” Dixielee in Review, Amazon.com