Sunday, August 10, 2003

Review: Just the Way You Are by Christina Dodd

Title: Just the Way You Are
Series: Lost Texas Hearts
Author: Christina Dodd
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: June 3, 2003
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 0743456173
ISBN-13: 9780743456173

When Hope Prescott’s parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope’s service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler. Tired of being coddled and flattered because of his money, Zack is charmed by Hope’s candor, not to mention her sexy voice, and keeps up the charade. As their friendship turns into passion, Zack is determined to have her, even if that means the unthinkable – marriage. But when Hope discovers his deception, Zack knows he must solve the mystery that haunts Hope’s past in order to convince her that their futures lie together….

My rating:

Seven years ago the Prescott siblings were separated after their parent's tragic death.

Hope, the oldest, is still searching for the others, while earning a living working for an answering service.

Zachariah Givens, a wealthy businessman, hires her service, but Hope foolishly mistakes him for the butler. Charmed and tired of being treated like royalty because of his wealth, Zack doesn't correct her.

Their quick friendship blossoms into love and Zack is willing to do anything to keep Hope at his side. But that is the least of his problems when Hope discovers the truth.

Zack knows that the only way for her to even think of forgiving him is to try to solve the mystery of her past.


Reading this book made me smile, though Zack's predicament of trying to find someone who loves him for himself and not his money is as old as time.

There is enough mystery involving Hope's past and the strange separation from her siblings, to pull the sometimes slowing plot forward.

Since this is a series which I haven't yet been able to finish, I'm looking forward to a final resolution in the last book.