Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Review: In My Wildest Dreams by Christina Dodd

Title: In My Wildest Dreams
Series: Governess Brides
Author: Christina Dodd
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: October 1, 2001
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0380819627
ISBN-13: 9780380819621

Having received glowing references upon leaving her post in Paris in a diplomatic household, Celeste Milford is delighted to accept a position at Blythe Hall, where her mother was the cook, her father the gardener, and Ellery Throckmorton, the younger son of the family, her idol. She's been hired to teach Penelope (the daughter of Garrick, Ellery's widowed older brother), and Kiki, a mysterious wild child under the family's protection. Before long, Celeste has her two young charges well in hand. But she's also encountered several impediments to pursuing her long-unrequited love for Ellery—and discovered a most unexpectedly passionate attraction to Garrick that her new employer returns with interest. If all goes well, Celeste's next post may be a lifelong position, with extraordinary benefits for all concerned.

My rating:

Since she was a girl Celeste Milford was in love with Ellery Throckmonton. But a gardener's daughter has no chances of winning the heart of one of the England's most desired men.

After receiving her polish at the Distinguished Academy of Governesses, Celeste returns to her childhood home, a refined, beautiful lady about to get her dream man, Ellery, but his brother gets in the way.

Garrick Throckmonton had no intention of letting anyone interfere with his brother's wedding, least of all the gardener's daughter, ravishing as she might be, and though Celeste finds his meddling and constant presence infuriating, she cannot help but wander just how scorching the passion she sees in his eyes might be.

The resemblance to Sabrina cannot go unnoticed, but there is so much more going for this story, you'll soon forget the minute similarities.

There is even a spy thrown into the mix to keep you at the edge of the seat, though there is no need to worry that this book will keep you awake at night. It's a prefect epitome of a light beach read.


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