It¹s always been your dream: You smile coyly at the ticket agent, and she gives you a little bump
But what if it did? That¹s the premise behind K.C. Bell¹s new novel, Changing Plains. Abigail Rogers gets a first-class upgrade on a flight to the UK and upon landing, discovers her whole life got upgraded. She somehow swapped places with super-wealthy Lady Candice Cantwell.
Welcome to a world of limousines, castles, and servants. But nothing in life is free. Abigail also takes on Lady Candice¹s looks (chub chub) and attitude (naas-ty), as well as the rest of her pill-popping, wig-wearing persona: a barrage of seedy lovers (ew), two estranged sons, and a cheating husband. Yeesh
Political satirist Bell spins an unorthodox tale that bubbles with cheeky intelligence, taking it well beyond the typical romance novel. Curl up with Changing Plains the next time you need an upgrade. -- The Daily Candy, November 16, 2007 - Class Act
Who doesn't want an airline upgrade? And is there anyone who would refuse one when offered? Wedged between two overweight passengers on a ten-hour flight to London not too long ago, prolific author and traveler K.C. Bell asked herself this very same question. "The prayer of an upgrade crossed my mind," she recalls, and her unrequited longing for that beckoning first-class seat resulted in a lively gem of a book called Changing Plains, in which the heroine, unhappily married and weighted down with considerable emotional baggage, returns from an in-flight trip to the restroom to discover that she is no longer Abigail Morgan of San Francisco but that she has somehow switched personas with a first-class passenger, Candice Cantwell, wife of the 11th Duke of Glen Harris.
Not one to let such an astonishing opportunity slip past, Abigail allows the flight attendant to lead her to Lady Cantwell's roomy first-class seat and, upon landing, makes off with her sable coat, Hermes Birkin handbag and the chauffeured limousine awaiting her at Heathrow Airport. Grandly and delightedly setting up residence at Glen Harris castle, Abigail quickly discovers that her transformation has its drawbacks; she now inhabits the body of an overweight, pill-popping, wig-wearing harridan who has long terrorized her staff, estranged her two sons, and driven the present duke, her husband of forty-odd years, into the arms of a young violinist in Paris. Furthermore, the unexpected return of the duke, outraged by reports that his wife has been driving his rare and frightfully expensive gull-wing Mercedes Benz through the village and riding his spirited thoroughbred against his strict orders, complicates matters, especially when Abigail finds herself falling in love with the man that his wife, whose body she inhabits, has always referred to as the "Loathsome Cesspool."
While at heart a beguiling romp, Changing Plains clearly reveals the cheeky intelligence and delicious sense of the absurd revealed by K.C. Bell's discerningly human eye, suffused with a surprising tempering of compassion. Spanning the bosky fields of rural England, the foggy hills of San Francisco and the wide plains of Masai-ruled Kenya, this intelligent and unusual love story goes far beyond the ordinary rudiments of romance. -- as reviewed by Ellen Tanner Marsh.
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