"Eliza Doolittle after the Higgins' transformation in the middle of the Sound of Music"
In 1837 Lady Adorna rescued Samantha Pendegrast from life
on the streets of London. For three years the grateful
Samantha tried to model her behavior after her mentor while
becoming a self-sufficient employee of the Distinguished
Academy of Governesses. However, within three years
Samantha concludes you could take the gal off the street,
but you can't take the street out of the gal.
In 1843 Adorna censures Samantha for her latest incident
though the latter championed the mistreated from their
odious patriarch. Coupled with other incidents and
Samantha's reputation as a pickpocket, Adorna exiles her
charge to the Lake District countryside to serve as
governess to Colonel William Gregory and his six young
While struggling to adapt to the country, Samantha enjoys
her wild bunch charges. However, she is attracted to
William though he treats her and his daughters like they
are in his regiment. The Colonel admires Samantha's
courage to challenge his behavior towards his family and
her fortitude to survive her rustic adventure. However,
besides country vs. urban, their histories pop up when
items are stolen leaving love doomed to fail.
Place Eliza Doolittle after the Higgins' transformation in
the middle of the Sound of Music and relocate to the
English countryside to understand MY FAVORITE BRIDE.
Readers will enjoy this Victorian romance due to the
characters as the audience will adore Samantha and the six
children and even feel for the soldierly William. Though a
subplot involving espionage adds intrigue that sidebar also
takes away from a strong tale in which the hills are alive
with the sound of Christina Dodd.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 27, 2002