"A delightful and dramatic time travel"
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 handsome Prince Dimitri Karakov,
artist unknown. When she learns that Dimitri was killed at
the Chesterfield in 1889, Cynda is unable to resist
learning more about the tragic figure whose picture
In a hope chest, Cynda finds the painting's nameplate.
However touching the nameplate transports Cynda back in
time to when the Chesterfield was in it glory. She tries
to warn the arrogant Dimitri who ignores her admonition,
but still hires her to paint his portrait. As they fall in
love, Cynda worries that her beloved will die even while
she is returned to her biological place in time.
The third of five Chesterfield Hope Chest time travel
romances, GRAND DESIGN, is a delightful tale. The story
line beguiles the audience as a modern independent woman
deals with a Victorian aristocrat and visa versa. The lead
couple is fun to observe together though Cynda too easily
adapts to her new environment. The return of some
characters from the first two tales (see Pam McCutcheon's
ENCHANTMENT and Paula Gill's FIRE WITH FIRE) augments the
story with a feel of a summer homecoming. Karen Fox shows
her diverse talent with this charming prince of a tale that
will send readers including this reviewer seeking her
previous novels and the series other two books.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 13, 2001