|Christina Dodd: In My Wildest Dreams|
Books (Paperback), ISBN 0-380-81962-7
Celeste left Blythe Hall to train at the Distinguished Academy of Governesses. From there, she journeyed to Paris where she polished her skills. Her education and years in Paris transformed her into a refined beauty, tempting to any warm-blooded man. Now Ellery rises (so to speak) to the occasion.
Garrick Throckmorton, Ellery's older brother, negotiated a solid business deal to marry Ellery to one of England's wealthiest families. Now this interfering beauty threatens to ruin his carefully laid plans. Full of ardor and plenty of bad intentions, Ellery ditches his intended and pursues Celeste.
Garrick steps in before his wedding deal goes sour. At every turn he thwarts Celeste. He'll keep her occupied and out of harm's way until Ellery's wedding day. As one of England's shrewdest and wealthiest businessmen, he knows how to handle a delicate situation. Unlike his impetuous brother, he won't fall under Celeste's spell. Everyone knows Garrick never lets sentiments get in his way. But with Celeste around, he struggles against smoldering emotions that weaken his control. For underneath Garrick's pragmatic demeanor lurks a sexy romantic hero.
A woman on a mission, Celeste refuses to let Garrick obstruct her plans. So why does every encounter with Garrick explode into unwanted passion? This unwelcome attraction to Garrick poses as big a threat to her goal as she presents to Ellery's wedding plans.
When Celeste storms into his life, Garrick discovers one deal he finds hard to control. He won't allow an infatuation to block a business deal that will increase the Throckmorton millions. Celeste never in her wildest dreams believed she'd want the older brother now that she holds Ellery within her grasp.
Christina Dodd blends humor, a dark, brooding hero, and a lively heroine who can mix successfully with the ton upstairs and still sit comfortably at the servant's table below stairs. This gardener's daughter never hides her social status. She uses wit and charm to overcome any objection to her lowly position and to turn the Throckmorton brothers topsy-turvy.
In My Wildest Dreams was a wonderfully funny and heartwarming book. Ms. Valiant wrote the review I would've, if I were any good at writing. Celeste and Garrick really made the pages smolder! Bravo, Christina, and I'm eagerly awaiting your next book.
I have to say however that the other two Crescent Blues reviewers need to either restrict themselves to movie reviews or read more and stop trying to attach movie plotlines to excellent books less. Get a life, ladies. How many plots do you think there are? And do you suppose Hollywood has exclusivity on all of them? Not bloody likely.
I admit it. I'm only one-third of the way through the book, and already I am fuming. Call me a fuddy-duddy, but this plot is markedly familiar to anyone who likes a good romantic comedy. Sabrina is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I am a fan of the play from which it was adapted (Sabrina Fair). So when I see the same characters and the same stories thinly veiled in a different time period, I wonder....is this an homage to a terrific movie? Will the author let the audience in on this highly private sneak-peek into her personal favorites? Nope. Not a word. Nada. But make no mistake here, gang. Celeste is Sabrina, Garrick is Linus, Ellery is David, and poor Hyacinth is destined to be Elizabeth. Even the side story about the love match between Sabrina's poor widowed father and the cook is mirrored here.
I am usually a fan of Christina Dodd, but this book frustrates me terribly. I think I'll go watch Harrison Ford woo Julia Ormond in the 1995 remake of the Hepburn-Bogart original Sabrina. At least it gives credit where credit is due.
Christina Dodd's In My Wildest Dreams takes its entire plot from the 1950sí movie Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphry Bogart. (A best-forgotten remake starring Harrison Ford appeared in the 1990s.) In Sabrina, the chauffeur's daughter (Hepburn) returns to New York from an education in France, a beautiful, witty, exquisitely dressed woman. Sabrina grew up on the estate of her father's wealthy employer. She plans to seduce and marry the younger of two brothers she had a crush on since childhood. Younger brother is engaged to the daughter of a wealthy family. The marriage will join two major American corporations.
The older brother (Bogart), business-minded and unromantic (as is the elder brother in In My Wildest Dreams), sets out to thwart Sabrina, but falls in love with her and she with him. The movie ends with Sabrina and older brother sailing to France.
Given the similarities, Iím curious, did Ms. Dodd describe the novel as a homage to Sabrina?
Lynn I. Miller
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