Monday, January 5, 2004

Review: My Favorite Bride by Christina Dodd

Title: My Favorite Bride
Series: Governess Brides
Author: Christina Dodd
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: September 1, 2002
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0060092645
ISBN-13: 9780060092641

When Miss Samantha Prendregast arrives at Devil's Fell to take charge of six rebellious girls, the vibrant, outspoken governess is not quite prepared to deal with the tall, dark and dashing master of the grand estate. The children she can manage with intelligence, guile...and a little bribery. Their widowed father, Colonel William Gregory, is not so easily charmed—and far too easy to fall in love with, which she dares not do.

William always cherished the orderliness of his life, until this captivating troublemaker began flouting his authority and distracting him with her witty defiance and breathtaking beauty. Despite the fact that they clash at every meeting, William finds himself inexplicably drawn to Samantha's fire. And now he's even contemplating marriage, which would be sweet madness indeed.

But before he can successfully woo her, William must discover what it is that Samantha is hiding from him. But the secret the lady is preciously guarding is far too shocking and dangerous to ever reveal...

My rating:

Miss Samantha Prendergast is on a mission. She's to be the governess of six little girls. Though not an easy task at first, she quickly charms the little tykes, but their father is another story altogether.

Tall, dark, and handsome, Colonel William Gregory is all about order and discipline, until the new governess challenges everything he believe in. She's distracting, has absolutely no regard for authority, she's witty, and breathtakingly beautiful.

Despite their differences, the two are inexplicably drawn to each other, up to the point when the Colonel is contemplating marriage.

The only problem is the little secret Samantha's been keeping from everybody, a secret too dangerous to ever be revealed.

When her past emerges, will Samantha and William still have a chance for a happily ever after?

And the ending will bring a smile to the face of even the most disgruntled anti-romantic.

Though this book was a little too similar to The Sound of Music for comfort, it was still a refreshing little gem to be savored.

Ms. Dodd has an uncanny knack to bring her characters to life before the reader's eyes. So much in fact that, despite the predictability of the plot, one cannot help but avidly turn the pages to discover just what will happen next.


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