In My Wildest Dreams

In My Wildest Dreams

by Christina Dodd

Christina Dodds's popular Distinguished Academy of Governesses trilogy (Rules of Surrender, Rules of Engagement, and Rules of Attraction) may be completed, but the romantic adventures of one young woman trained there have just begun.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.

  • Series: Governess Brides
  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.85
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish Date: October 2nd 2001 by Avon
  • Isbn10: 0380819627
  • Isbn13: 9780380819621

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If I was not overly impressed with the re-make of the 1995 movie, how was I going to like this book? Lady Hyacinth, Celestes rival for the roguish Ellerys (the younger brother) attention, is part of the cast-of-characters; but, Dodd doesnt fall into the cliché of painting her as either a black or white option, making her role bigger and with more humor and depth. Yes, I found myself remembering scenes from the movie and comparing them to the book and still I was smiling.

Another round of snooty, deceitful and detestable heroes, strong heroines who are easily seduced, loads of drama and an almost non-con scene, I question myself why I keep reading this series when almost EVERY book has disappointed me, and the answer is to kill time at work.

She was the gardener's daughter, a commoner with no money, his daughter's and niece's governess, and madly in love with his rake of a brother. Both brothers set out to charm her and found themselves enchanted instead. Both Ellery's and Garrick's transformation is based on the fact that they aknowledge their feelings for the women they care for, and are willing to do anything for them, casting their own insecurities or prejudice away.

Isn't it JUST PEACHY that we're supposed to believe this experience could not only cause our heroine's first sexual awakening, but also lead her to realize she has fallen in love with him??

If you want a better constructed version of this story, watch Sabrina, either version. Daughter of well-respected servant in an upper class house is infatuated with the rich, handsome, flirty younger son. The older brother sets in motion a plot to keep them apart, mainly so they don't mess up the deal brokered to have younger son marry the daughter of a man who can forward the family's holdings.

I was a bit annoyed when I started reading In My Wildest Dreams because of the similarities it had to the classic film Sabrina.

I think that the main male character in this story is one of my favorite heroes. I enjoyed the way his mother has to step in to show Garrick that love isn't so bad and should be something that he wants and need. Celeste has come home so she can marry Garrick's brother Ellery. There is so much anxiety and hurt at the end of the book and it caused mostly by Celeste's lack of confidence in Garrick's love and the vile man that betrays his country for gold. She is an enjoyable character to read and I hope that we get to see more of her and Garrick.

The story begins with the gardener's daughter Celeste being sent to the Distinguished Academy of Governesses for training, as well as to keep her out of the roving eye of young Ellery Throckmorten whom she has a crush on.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Ms. Dodd's books.

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