By 1843 all seventeen years old Celeste wanted was the
love of Ellery Throckmorton, but the handsome noble never
noticed the gardener's daughter. However his older brother
Garrick sends Celeste to the highly respected Distinguished
Academy of Governesses and after that to Paris.
Four years later, Ellery is betrothed to marry Hyacinth
though he prefers to remain a bachelor, but sees Celeste
and wants her. Garrick intercedes to insure that Celeste
does not remain a distraction and thwart the wedding plans
he has for his younger brother. However, he soon finds
himself falling in love with the full of life Celeste, but
she apparently loves his sibling.
IN MY WILDEST DREAMS, this reviewer never expected
anyone to rewrite the classic Sabrina especially when the
movie remake so paled in comparison to Hepburn-Bogart.
However, the incomparable Christina Dodd provides her
audience with a pleasant Victorian era rendition of Sabrina
that sub-genre fans will enjoy. The story line is fun when
Garrick's plan backfires and he falls in love with his
target. Though a subplot involving espionage adds
suspense, some readers will find it unnecessarily takes the
reader away from a lovely historical romance that shows why
Ms. Dodd is so highly regarded by fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 21, 2001