"charming, often humorous, romantic romp"
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE is a major surprise for this reviewer
as the queen of governess romances Christina Dodd easily
switches into a delightful contemporary tale that, as far
as I know, is her first modern day story.
When their parents were declared dead after vanishing, the
three Prescott sisters were separated by the Texas foster
care system as each went to a different home. Seven years
later, Hope lives up to her first name as she
optimistically searches for her two siblings and somewhat
pessimistically her parents.
Hope works for a telephone service in Boston, but knows she
needs a better paying job to finance the expensive search
that is her obsession. When CEO Zach Givens calls for his
messages, he acts so cold and aloof, Hope concludes he has
to be the business mogul's butler. He continues the
masquerade and when they finally meet, the attraction
lights up New England. However, neither trusts in love so
anything permanent seems out of the question.
Though a kidnapping sidebar slows down the tale, this is a
charming, often humorous, romantic romp with moral and
social questions to serve as a strong base. The lead
couple is a fine pair needing each other in every way one
can imagine yet unable to put faith in love or their
beloved. Fans of the contemporary sub-genre will welcome
Ms. Dodd's sequel(s) starring a lost sister or two.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 20, 2003