All’s Fair in Love and War by Virginia Heath Book Review

All's Fair in Love and War by Virginia Heath

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All’s Fair in Love and War by Virginia Heath was funny, witty, romantic, and had such lovable characters in it. It’s a sweet story with a bit of spice in it.


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All’s Fair in Love and War

Author: Virginia Heath

Pub. Date: May 28, 2024

Series: Miss Prentice’s Protégées book 1

Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5 stars

Spice: 3 hearts

Content Warnings: mentions child abuse, mentions death of a parent, animal cruelty, & explicit sexual content


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.


Book Review

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press Romance for the ARC of All’s Fair in Love and War by Virginia Heath. All opinions are my own.

This is the second book that I’ve read by this author. Previously, I read Never Fall for Your Fiancée. While I enjoyed that book, I loved this book!



Harry and Georgie had amazing chemistry from the very beginning. I loved how clueless Georgie was to Harry’s attraction to her. He was pining after her so bad, and she thought that he found her ugly.

As someone in the education field, I really enjoyed reading about Georgie as a teacher and governess to the Pendleton children. She was a great teacher, and I loved how she used hands-on experiences to encourage the kids’ interests and talents.

Norbert the dog was a lot of fun. It was so sweet how he stuck to Felix’s side and was very protective of him.

Harry’s feelings towards his job felt very realistic to me, and I enjoyed learning about his work with the royal navy. It was also nice to see his character growth personally and professionally.

Georgie was such a fun protagonist. I loved her sass and that she didn’t let Harry push her around. She was also such a good role model to the Pendleton children. I loved that she grew as a character but didn’t change the best parts about herself but instead learned to love them.

The story had lots of memorable moments and scenes that made me laugh out loud. This book was very entertaining but also heartfelt.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book! It does have some open-door romance scenes, but they can be skipped if necessary.


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Have you read All’s Fair in Love and War or any other books by Virginia Heath?

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