The Perfect Prince Charming

Restoring old paintings for Hope Springs' Historical Society isn't exactly what frustrated artist Cynda Madison wants from her career, but she has no idea just how challenging her job will become when she works on the damaged portrait of devastatingly handsome Prince Dimitri Karakov found in the ruined Chesterfield Hotel. Moved by the tragic loss of a young, vital man, Cynda begins to investigate his death. When she finds the painting's tarnished nameplate in the ruined hotel's hope chest, she is instantly swept back in time to 1887 where she meets the prince himself--very much alive and disturbingly attractive. Cynda knows she must prevent Dimitri's death to get back to her own life--but can she prevent herself from falling in love?

Hope Chest Series

The historical Chesterfield Hotel once offered visitors the graceful charm of its sumptuous rooms and the healing waters of its nearby hot springs. In the present day, as five people unearth the hotel's century-old hope chest, each will be transported back to a bygone age--and transformed by the timeless power of true love.

ENCHANTMENT by Pam McCutcheon
FIRE WITH FIRE by Paula Gill
STOLEN HEARTS by Laura Hayden
AT MIDNIGHT by Maura McKenzie


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"A delightful and dramatic time travel"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 13, 2001

Cynda Madison hates restoration projects as she simply wanted to paint, but a struggling artist must eat. She currently works for the Hope Springs Historical Society, which plans the major July 4th festival to raise money for the restoration of the once glorious Chesterfield Hotel. Cynda cleans a portrait of Read more...

"Wyrd and Wonderful Time Travel"
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted July 19, 2001

GRAND DESIGN by Karen Fox is the third of five novels in the Hope Chest series written by members of the Wyrd Sisters critique group. The tales revolve around the fire-damaged Chesterfield Hotel, which little over a century ago had offered every luxury to it's well Read more...

"1887 Prince fiinds modern women is his destiny"
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted January 15, 2002

Artist Cynda Madison is supporting herself by restoring paintings. While working on the damaged portrait of Prince Dimitri Karakov for Hope Springs Historical Society, Cynda learns that he was shot and killed at the Chesterfield Hotel. Intrigued, she visits the Chesterfield and finds it abandoned except for a chest. Inside Read more...


Grand Design
(Hope Chest Series: Book 3)
by Karen Fox

Zebra Books (Ballad Romance)
August 1, 2001
Available: November 6, 2006
ISBN #0821769030
EAN #9780821769034
352 pages
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Other Books by
Karen Fox

Witch High
A Touch of Charm
Impractical Magic
Cupid's Melody
Buttercup Baby
Prince of Charming

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