In My Wildest Dreams Author:Christina Dodd From Publishers Weekly: With this delicious, witty confection, Dodd adds another early Victorian episode to her Governess Brides series and forsakes the angst that gave her earlier Governess titles (Rules of Attraction, etc.) a bitter flavor. Widower Garrick Throckmorton is a careful man with a clear plan for the upcoming week: get his handsome,... more » irresponsible brother, Ellery, engaged to a wealthy heiress; establish the highly accomplished new governess, Celeste, in his nursery; and uncover the mole in his spy network who is leaking English secrets to the Russians. Celeste, the most benign-seeming item on Garrick's agenda, proves to be the sharpest thorn in his side when Ellery falls for the laughing beauty. To safeguard Ellery's impending nuptials, Garrick selflessly decides to seduce Celeste, but he ends up spinning a sensuous web in which he snares himself. Spunky and self-assured, Celeste fleshes out to be a genuine romantic heroine, and Garrick's self-discovery nicely parallels her own realization that she's falling for the supposedly less handsome and more stodgy brother. Supporting characters such as Garrick's mother, an ex-spymaster herself, Celeste's dour father and Ellery's determined fiance add spicy humor to this delectable mix. (Oct.)Forecast: Reminiscent of the classic movie Sabrina, this heartwarming Victorian-era treatment will please Dodd's many fans. A three-city author tour and positive word-of-mouth will help this satisfying story sell its 550,000 first printing.
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ISBN-13: 9780739420270 ISBN-10: 0739420275 Publication Date: 2001 Edition:Book Club Rating:
I really like Christina Dodd...but I could predict at least the first 80 pages...it was almost detail for detail on Sabrina. Still, Sabrina (the latter version) is one of my fave movies, so I did enjoy the book.
This was a good book and fun to read. I enjoyed the Celeste Garrick interaction, the children, actually I enjoyed all the characters. I've enjoyed several of Christina Dodd's books and this was another good one with a surprisingly strong female character.