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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060092645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060092641
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sound of Music meets Jane Eyre in Dodd's refreshingly humorous addition to her post-Regency era Governess Brides series (In My Wildest Dreams, etc.). After being dismissed again! for her inability to stand by and watch injustice reign, Samantha Pendregast, a born and bred Londoner and ex-cutpurse, is exiled by the proprietress of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses to the wild Lake District and the home of widower Colonel William Gregory and his six daughters, who've already run through 11 governesses. Despite her preoccupation with the governess-eating bears, wolves and lake monsters that supposedly roam the area, Samantha captures the interest of the children and of the colonel, who finds himself distracted from his spy-catching duties by his mouthy and clever governess. Determined to fight temptation, William entertains a noblewoman who has all the wifely qualities he desires except, he realizes, desire itself. The comedy that highlights Samantha's and William's sparring magnifies the couple's compatibility, and Dodd serves her hero and heroine well by allowing them to mostly escape the grim, lust-led relationship that characters from her previous books have endured. But passion still thrums throughout, peaking in the sexy scenes Dodd's fans have come to expect. (Sept. 3) Forecast: The book's bland cover design isn't likely to impact sales Dodd's Governess Bride novels sell well no matter how they're packaged but print advertising in Redbook and the Romantic Times may attract new readers.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Customer Reviews

This book will make you laugh and cry and cheer the ending.
O. Blaylock
And as someone else said, his apology was too little too late, and Samantha forgave him WAY too easily.
Panda Girl
This book is not only one of my series favorites, but one of my favorite romances period.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Panda Girl on January 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I almost don't know where to begin. Many reviewers have complained about the formulaic love story, which I find hilarious, because as someone who has read MANY romance novels in my life, it must be said that they aren't known for their original plotlines. The reader knows exactly what she is getting when she picks one up, and therein lies their allure. That is not my complaint of the book.

I also recognized "The Sound of Music" from the moment of reading the book jacket, and even though the story was a blatant rip-off of that fine film, there were enough differences in the details that I could get past that. In fact, like many readers, I really enjoyed the character of Samantha Prendregast (note spelling other reveiwers!) and her relationship with her 6 charges. I felt it was unique to make all of the children girls, as well as so close in age. Many writers would find it a challenge to give each of the children a unique personality under those circumstances, but I thought Ms. Dodd did an admirable job.

The spy subplot was weak, although I suppose it was a necessary diversion for the Colonel. It (theoretically) explained why he was so distant and out of touch with the needs of his children. However, I would say that a wealthy, landowning military man living in 1840's Britain would not be expected to bother himself with the day-to-day necessities of 6 little girls. He did hire each one of them her own nursemaid besides a governess to see to their education. His disinterest would be fairly historically accurate, if not romantically desirable.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 15, 2002
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My Favorite Bride is Christina Dodd's latest book in her Governess Bride series. Like In My Wildest Dreams, My Favorite Bride has a theme that the reader has seen before. But, instead of Sabrina, we see the Sound of Music.
Samantha Prendregast was a pick pocket before she was rescued by Lady Adorna Bucknell, and recruited to be a governess. She is sent to the wilds of Cumbaria, in Northern England where she goes to work for Colonel William Gregory, a widower with six girls. The Colonel lost his wife when she was killed by thieves in Kashmir, and since that time, William has been trying to bring down Russian spies, whom he holds responsible for his wife's death.
Samantha comes in and interrupts his neat and orderly life. She brings happiness and laughter back to his house, and helps his children to be happy also. She really does wonders for the family, and she is really a great character. She has a lot of backbone for a female, especially an ex pick pocket. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right, which was why she got dismissed from so many other previous posts.
Of course William can't resist Samantha's feisty ways, but he tries very hard. He even brings in his wife's best friend Lady Teresa Marchant whom he hopes to make his new wife. Conflicts abound in this story, but nonetheless it is very engaging. Samantha is a wonderful character. I really enjoyed reading about her antics and the way her and the Colonel fell in love. There is even a charming side romance between Lady Marchant and William's best friend Duncan which adds to the story.
If anything, the Russian spy plot took away from the story. I looked on it as more of an annoyance.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Reader VINE VOICE on June 23, 2004
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I hadn't considered the similarities to The Sound of Music until I read them here, but they are there. Still, William is much more interesting, heroic, and sexy than that movie's leading male.
William does go overboard on the rules, integrity bit. He's rather dour at first and there are times that he's totally obnoxious. Samantha does forgive him too easily for his horrid treatment of her. Sh'es very energetic and fun-loving, which appeals to both him & his kids. Lady Marchant is interesting as is Duncan. In fact, they sometimes steal the scene. Nevertheless, Samantha is a feisty gal, and her sparring with William is often quite comical.
The spy subplot is very long & involved and detracts from the romance. The worst thing is why on earth did it take nearly 4 years since the last book for the spies to be routed!!!!! Ridiculous! Beyond that, the traitors became stupid (no hints of such different inner characters in previous books) and, once it's done, the reader is thrilled to be finished with it. "It's about time!"
Ms. Dodd makes many mistakes here as well, often forgetting her plotting or the details of her settings. For example, early in the book, there is an appearing/disappearing rug in the girls' room. This sort of thing occurs often enough to distract and annoy the reader.
3 stars for Samantha's excellent characteriation & her interactions with the children & William; and William's not all bad either.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2002
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Miss Samantha Prendregast is a former pickpocket, rehabilitated by Adorna (from previous Governess books), and currently a competent governess herself. Unfortunately, Samantha is blessed with a kind heart that can't bear injustice, and when she manages to get herself in trouble in London, Adorna sends Samantha to the wilds of the Lake District to be a governess to Colonel William Gregory's six daughters. Sure she's going to be eaten by bears and wolves, she quickly finds out the kids are a lot more trouble than any wildlife, and their father is a handsome despot. Soon she's got the kids eating out of her hand, but William isn't so easy to manage. He demands disciple and respect. Instead, he gets an intelligent young woman with a witty tongue who is far too attractive. With spies on the loose and a gorgeous woman in his house, William quickly finds catching the spies are the easy part -- more important, he must earn Samantha's love.
Dodd wraps up the connected spy stories from IN MY WILDEST DREAMS and LOST IN YOUR ARMS in this funny, satisfying addition to the Governess Brides series.
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