by Christina Dodd
My Favorite Bride
Avon, September, 2002.
Paperback, 384 pages.
Samantha Pendregast was rescued from the streets of London and a life as an infamous pickpocket by Lady Adorna Bucknell, the owner of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses. Fired from her last post because she dared to cross her despicable employer, Samantha accepts a post in far northern England as governess to six children. The children's father is the handsome, but rather forbidding Colonel William Gregory. A widower, Colonel Gregory hasn't a clue how to raise children, being more used to barking orders on the parade ground than teaching little girls how to behave around company. Samantha has a real knack with children, and she has a growing fondness for her employer. But he is quite the martinet, and doesn't think that Samantha is wife material. Then again, he does find her amazingly competent and very attractive. As sparks fly between Samantha and William, intrigue also lurks around the corner: can these two hard-headed individuals finally find true love?
In this latest charming entry into the governess brides series, Christina Dodd takes the basic plot from The Sound of Music and gives it a wonderful, unique spin. Samantha and William have so much chemistry between them that their scenes are an absolute joy to read. The dialogue is witty, the children are funny and the espionage subplot only adds to the excitement in this delightful and passionate romance.
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This review was published in the October - November, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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