Sunday, January 11, 2004

Review: Lost in Your Arms by Christina Dodd

Title: Lost in Your Arms
Series: Governess Brides
Author: Christina Dodd
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: March 1, 2002
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0380819635
ISBN-13: 9780380819638

Enid's marriage was a brief and disastrous episode she'd rather forget. But when the disreputable husband who abandoned her nine years ago returns, injured in an explosion that has cost him his memory, Enid is persuaded to nurse him back to health. As her patient slowly regains his strength, Enid realizes that, except for his remarkable green eyes, her husband is a changed man—he seems to have come to value honor, loyalty, and compassion. And, while this appealing stranger has clearly forgotten her completely, he is also apparently enchanted with the woman who calls herself his wife. Indeed, despite the dangers that surround them, he is eager to sweep her away on an irresistible tide of passion. But, even as Enid finds herself losing her heart to a man she'd once thought herself relieved to have out of her life, she wonders what could have changed her husband so in the years they were apart—and what terrible secrets might be locked away along with his missing memories

My rating:

Enid MacLean is finally at peace with herself and her life when her husband, the man she hoped never to lay eyes on again, is wounded in an explosion and she has to nurse him back to health.

Unfortunately, he's forgotten everything. Grateful for his wife's presence, he reaches out to her, seducing her anew, rekindling her love... and his.

Despite her reservations, Enid gives in to the temptation, but things are seldom what they seem.

Another wonderful historical romance by Christina Dodd. At first the story might appear predictable and been-there-done-that, but the extraordinary plot twist in the middle completely shifts the plot, the characters, and their perception of what is real and what not.

An entertaining beach read.

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.

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.