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In My Wildest Dreams: Governess Brides #5 (The Governess Brides Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Christina Dodd
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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"Reminiscent of the classic movie Sabrina, this heartwarming Victorian-era treatment will please Christina Dodd's many fans." -- Publisher's Weekly

Since she was a little girl, Celeste has had one burning desire: to marry rich, handsome Ellery Throckmorton. The education she receives at the Distinguished Academy of Governesses gives Celeste a refinement that complements her ravishing beauty, and makes her bold romantic dream more attainable. But, alas, temptation gets in the way...

For wherever Celeste turns, it is not Ellery she encounters, but his intriguing older brother Garrick. She cannot disregard the fluttering of her heart whenever Garrick deigns to smile at her. And the passion she senses smoldering beneath his formidable control tempts her in a manner a lady must never allow...

Book #5 of Christina Dodd's most popular historical series, The Governess Brides, in eBook and paperback!

Editorial Reviews Review

Beautiful 17-year-old Celeste Milford is only the gardener's daughter, but she falls madly in love with the younger brother of the very rich and powerful Garrick Throckmorton the Third. Lady Bucknell, proprietress of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses and a family friend, assesses the hopeless situation and graciously offers to enroll and train Celeste as a governess at her academy. So Celeste leaves for London and Paris, protesting loudly.

Four years later, Celeste returns to Blythe Hall a poised, well-traveled, independent woman experienced with the intrigues of politics after a stint as governess to the children of the Russian ambassador. Hired by Garrick to be governess to his motherless daughter and niece, Celeste has a not-so-hidden agenda, for she plans to charm Ellery Throckmorton away from his fiancé. Garrick has no intention of letting Celeste's plans come to fruition and sets out to monopolize her time and seduce her away from thoughts of Ellery. Much to his surprise, Celeste enchants him, fills him with lust, and destroys his famous self-control. Celeste is equally stunned to find herself drawn to Garrick--and she begins to see Ellery in a less flattering light. But Garrick doesn't believe in love, and when Celeste's appeal threatens to overwhelm him, he's determined to send her back to Paris. Before he can do so, however, he'll have to resolve the question of who's leaking information about his spy activities. Could it be Celeste? And just how does she know so much about spying, anyway?

In My Wildest Dreams is author Christina Dodd's historical homage to the classic film Sabrina. Dodd gives the story a unique twist with a heroine more sophisticated and wise than Sabrina and a hero more forceful than scheming. Readers also get witty dialogue, a colorful English setting, and very sexy love scenes in this well-written and thoroughly delightful romance. --Lois Faye Dyer

From Publishers Weekly

With this delicious, witty confection, Dodd adds another early Victorian episode to her Governess Brides series and forsakes the angst that gave her earlier Governess titles (Rules of Attraction, etc.) a bitter flavor. Widower Garrick Throckmorton is a careful man with a clear plan for the upcoming week: get his handsome, irresponsible brother, Ellery, engaged to a wealthy heiress; establish the highly accomplished new governess, Celeste, in his nursery; and uncover the mole in his spy network who is leaking English secrets to the Russians. Celeste, the most benign-seeming item on Garrick's agenda, proves to be the sharpest thorn in his side when Ellery falls for the laughing beauty. To safeguard Ellery's impending nuptials, Garrick selflessly decides to seduce Celeste, but he ends up spinning a sensuous web in which he snares himself. Spunky and self-assured, Celeste fleshes out to be a genuine romantic heroine, and Garrick's self-discovery nicely parallels her own realization that she's falling for the supposedly less handsome and more stodgy brother. Supporting characters such as Garrick's mother, an ex-spymaster herself, Celeste's dour father and Ellery's determined fianc‚e add spicy humor to this delectable mix. (Oct.)Forecast: Reminiscent of the classic movie Sabrina, this heartwarming Victorian-era treatment will please Dodd's many fans. A three-city author tour and positive word-of-mouth will help this satisfying story sell its 550,000 first printing.

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  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380819627
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad read at all October 13, 2001
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Weighing in on the whole issue of whether or not it is worth reading Christina Dodd's latest romance novel in the Governess series, "In My Wildest Dreams," and without sounding incredibly wishy-washy about it, I'd have to say that everything is going to boil down to whether or not you are a fan of Ms Dodd's. Because, barring the few glaring instances where she suddenly reverts to modern day colloquialisms, this novel is rather well written, and is a quite interesting take on the original "Sabrina" movie. Here again, whether or not you enjoy this book, is going to depend on how sacrosanct the Audrey Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart movie is to you. However, there are enough differences between the two, to make reading this book rather enjoyable.
To begin with the Sabrina-like character in "In My Wildest Dreams" (Celeste) is not the sweetly single-minded and rather naive and romantic waif that we remember from the movie, but rather, is a very single-minded and feisty young woman, who butts heads with Linus-like character, Garrick Throckmorton (who turned out to be the FIRST hero in the entire Governess series that I actually liked), from the very beginning of the novel. Another difference, and one that I liked, was that the role of the 'other woman,' Celeste's rival for Ellery Throckmorton's affections, Lady Hyacinth, was greatly enlarged. And Lady Hyacinth wasn't portrayed as colourless wet blanket!! I liked that Christina Dodd allowed for a friendship to develop between Celeste and Lady Hyacinth. It made the novel a lot more interesting.
Only a few things detracted a little from my overall enjoyment of the novel: 1) here and there, Ms Dodd reverted to modern day language. Why, oh why aren't these mistakes caught before the novel gets published?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is Rape Romantic?? September 17, 2007
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I have never written a review before but absolutely had to for this book. I'd read all the "Sabrina" comments and didn't think that would bother me. It did! It was WAY to close to the movie in the beginning of the story. THAT I could get over - after she stopped following the movie scene for scene. What I couldn't get over was the SICK sex scene in the conservatory. It read like a sexual assault to me, and clearly out of character for Garrick and the storyline. What got him so enraged he would attack her sexually and continue to do so even after her repeated "NO's"?!! That her "body betrayed her" was supposed to excuse all that and make this scene romantic???
I'd hoped this would be an enjoyable read but instead had me lose much respect for this author and taint the regency genre.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Romance Turned into Historical! May 26, 2005
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Sabrina is one of my all-time favorite contemporary love stories. Seeing it turned into a historical novel was wonderful. All the great plotting by business-like Garrick Throckmorten was there. And Celeste Milford - what a heroine - our little gardener's daughter all grown up. Determined to get her man (youngest brother Ellery Throckmorten), she has returned from being educated and polished after serving in the household of the Russian ambassador. She has been hired to serve as governess to Garrick's daughter Penelope and Ellery's illegitimate daughter Kiki.

Ellery in all his roguish glory is ready to abandon his fiancé for Celeste. But Garrick wants to preserve his careful plans for a marriage between Ellery and powerful Lord Longshaw's daughter Hyacinth. So Garrick sets out to seduce Celeste himself or at least keep her occupied and away from Ellery. Throw in a subplot of spying and a couple of mischievous and charming children to round out the storyline. This also made it different than the original contemporary Sabrina.

There is lots of fun, mayhem and laughter within these pages. Also the physical attraction between Garrick and Celeste is acted on. I found those scenes tender and tasteful. Secondary characters such as Celeste's gardener father, the cook, all the other servants and the children are well fleshed out with stories of their own to tell. The villain is nasty and gets his due. It touches your heart in the end.

I believe Garrick's and Celeste's personalities were kept too hidden which made it a little unbelievable they would have fallen in love so deeply. That is why I did not give it a 5. In all, this is a wonderful feel-good book. Not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina 1843 w/ more romance & a stronger heroine June 23, 2004
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I honestly don't understand the ruckus over the Sabrina theme. There are no new stories; the differences come in the details & the telling. And Christina Dodd has done a fabulous job of rewriting the "Sabrina" storyline, which is itself a variation of the Cinderella story. Personally, I enjoyed the correlation.
Garrick is my favorite of the Governess heroes; he's strong, intelligent, and interesting, but not overly macho. Responsible almost to a fault, but not at all "high in the instep," Garrick starts out seducing Celeste to keep her away from younger brother Ellery, but winds up falling for her. Celeste, meanwhile, comes to admire & then love the inigmatic older brother, although she'd had her heart set on Ellery, who is newly betrothed in an important family alliance. Ellery is a self-centered adult boy, much like the younger brother in "Sabrina." Garrick is a widower who desperately needs a governness for his daughter and...another girl. Celeste, the head gardener's daughter, is the perfect fit; the girls love her instantly.
The chemistry & sensuality are there; Celeste & Garrick are a thoroughly believeable couple. The spy storyline worked for me; it was just enough for the tone of the book. I considered giving it 5 stars, but 4 & 1/2 is more accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In My Wildest Dreams
My absolute favorite Christina Dodd. I have several copies of the paperback, and I just had to get the e-book for my kindle. Yes, it's that good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Katie Zimmie Willison
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love this author already but I couldn't put this book down! I recommend this book to anyone! Please read this amazing book.
Published 19 months ago by Romance lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina but better!!
I love this book. Yes it is like Sabrina, but the author is clever enough to make it into a rich and interesting story. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of In My Wildest Dreams
I didn't expect to like it. I nearly finished in a day. Life interrupted before I could. I was a bit annoyed when I started reading In My Wildest Dreams because of the similarities... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lethe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This book was not bad, but it also was not Miss Dodd's best either. If you have seen Sabrina, you've already visualized most of this book. Read more
Published 24 months ago by SRobinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Regency Love!!
What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!! Read more
Published on February 24, 2013 by K. April Holgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this author
Published on February 22, 2013 by allyb
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Great book! Well written and a good story line. This is a great author and I've enjoyed everything I've read by her.
Published on November 26, 2012 by Kimberly R
5.0 out of 5 stars a memorable read :-)
I bought this book several years back and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it 2 times before sharing it with anyone. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by mzzlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, But Flawed
I'm going to give a caveat to this review: This is the only Christina Dodd book that I'd never read in its entirety before recently. Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by J. Manifold
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Christina's 2015 List of Stories:
-- Out now! A PIRATE'S WIFE FOR ME: A new, full-length, Governess Brides historical
-- THE RELATIVES: A new Virtue Falls Short Story (April 7)
-- The paperback of VIRTUE FALLS (June 30)
-- OBSESSION FALLS: A new, full-length Virtue Falls novel (Sept 8)

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In 2014, Christina introduced Virtue Falls suspense series with:
-- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls Short Story
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-- GABRIEL'S GIFT: A Lost Hearts Christmas Story (All-new 2014)

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"

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