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A Well Favored Gentleman
Ian Fairchild is a man with a spotted past: he is the self-declared bastard of Leslie Fairchild and, if rumor be true, of a selkie mother. He yearns for a place where he can call his own, and he has always desired Fionnaway manor, the home of his childhood, to be his. However, he can secure ownership only through marriage with the lady of the manor, Alanna McLeod. Alanna has warned him to leave the house at knifepoint during a dream magic that can onl...
A Well-Pleasured Lady
She, Lady Mary Fairchild, is a prim, plain, desperately viruous lady. And she wishes to remain that way forever. However, when she met Sebastian Durant, Viscount Whitfield, all her discipline are lost. She couldn't help but wonder about if he remembered the night when they first met. It's been ten years, she had changed. Maybe he won't remember after all. However, He, Sebastian Durant, Viscount Whitfield, did remember and recognize her as a Fairchild, ...
Almost Like Being in Love
Pocket, Jun 2004, 6.99 ISBN: 0743456181 When their parents died in a car accident the four siblings were sent to different foster homes. The oldest sixteen years old Hope always hoped she would one day bring them back together, but over a decade later has failed. Eight years old when her parents died, Pepper spent years rotating through the foster child system until elderly Idaho rancher Mrs. Dreiss took her in. Pepper has become Jackie Port...
Castle in the Air
Lady Juliana of Lofts has no need for men. She has survived marriage and is happy being a widow. She takes care of her own manor, her children, and her people without the interference of men most especially from her absentee betrothed. When Raymond of Avrache suddenly appears at her castle, she becomes suspicious, immediately thinking he is her fiancée laying claim on her and her land. Raymond of Avrache is tired of waiting for Lady Juliana to come to t...

Dodd booklist

In My Wildest Dreams
Avon, Oct 2001, 6.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0380819627 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 an...
Just the Way You Are
Pocket, Jun 2003, 6.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0743456173 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 he...
Lady In Black
Reid Donovan, a wealthy businessman, is worried about reports of threats to his grandfather's safety. Though guarded by the best security experts, his grandfather pulled a very surprising stunt—he hired a butler, a female butler, trained not only in protocol but also in security and surveillance. Reid did not think this was a good idea, doubting that a female with curves he's been itching to touch could effectively defend his grandfather. When initial...
Lost In Your Arms
Enid Maclean has been estranged from her husband, Stephen Maclean, for nine years. But when she is told he is dying, she agrees to go nurse him. She finds him under heavy guard at an English estate. He has been horribly wounded by an explosion in the Crimea which killed the man he was with. No one will tell her exactly what he was doing, but his companion was a spy and there is still a threat on his life. Despite her resentment and anger over her ...
Move Heaven and Earth
Sylvan Miles, an infamous woman who worked as a nurse during the Napoleonic Wars, travels to the estate of Lord Rand Malkin to help him recover from the loss of the use of his legs. Problems with ghosts and the beatings of some of the women on the estate provide a mystery subplot....
My Fair Temptress
Four years ago, Miss Caroline Ritter, a diamond of the first water, had her seasonal debut – a debut that ended in a terrible scandal. In disgrace she was turned out of her home by her father and after a series of positions found herself at the Distinguished Academy for Governesses looking for a position more suited to her talents …of flirting. Though not much call for that particular talent, the headmistress did have a position she thought would s...

Christina Dodd list of books

My Favorite Bride
The Sound of Music meets Jane Eyre. Samantha Pendregast, woman with a past, is governess for uptight widower Colonel William Gregory's six rebellious daughters. She handles them, then takes on their father, a curmudgeon who's too proper to court his own children's governess....
One Kiss From You
Eleanor de Lacy must have been mad to agree to exchange identities with her stronger-willed cousin. She would never convince Remington Knight of the folly of this union- especially since the man seemed so determined for it to take place. Worse still, she finds Remington dazzlingly attractive- and she's charmed by his attempts to seduce her, even though he believes she is already his. But if he ever learns of Eleanor's deception, this daring rogue will wr...
Rules of Attraction
Hannah accepts a position as companion to an elderly lady in the English countryside. They say the ladys nephew, and her employer, killed his wife. But when she meets him she knows he didn't...because SHE is his wife. Ten years before, she had run away from him & started her own business in London. And now he's finally found her....
Rules of Engagement
In conservative Victorian England, an unmarried man will have a hard time gaining and maintaining the favor of the young queen, even though she was your childhood friend. The very unmarried Devon, earl of Kerrich, whose family bank hold the royal accounts, is the latest man to earn the displeasure of the queen. Not only did she threaten to withdraw the royal family's money from the Earl's bank, but also threatened to squeal about a secret about D...
Rules of Surrender
Adorna, Vicountess Ruskin, has hired the services of one Miss Charlotte Dalrumple, of the newly opened Distinguished Academy of Governesses. However, Charlotte gets the surprise of her life when she discovers that she would have to tutor three pupils in the art of social skills. The first two are the countesses' young grandchildren, and the third is their father, Lord Wynter. As a young man, Wynter ran away from home and boarded a ship, was sold as a...
Scandalous Again
Avon, Mar 2003, 6.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0060092653 In 1806 Madeline de Lacey returns to England after four years overseas to escape what she perceived was the betrayal of the man she loved, Gabriel Ansell. When Madeline learned Gabriel gambled, something she abhors due to her chronically playing father, she felt her fiancé stabbed her in the back. Now she is back, but learns her dad did it again. He lost the estate and her playing piquet. She is ...

Christina Dodd novels

That Scandalous Evening
Jane Higgenbothem is a disgraced woman. During her first season, she used her artistic ability to create a nude sculpture of her crush, Lord Blackburn, and jealous debutante reveals the artwork to all the Ton. Desperate to explain, she goes to Lord Blackburn's alone, only they end up in a compromising situation which was viewed by a few members of society. Jane leaves London in shame, not to return until eleven years later to chaperone her niece ...
The Barefoot Princess
Amy Rosabel is an exiled princess of a small european country, she is secretly living in a small village on the coast of England with an old woman, Miss Victorine, who saved her life two years before. The villagers are all plagued by poverty due to a ruthless landlord, the Marquess of Northcliff, who collects their rents and otherwise ignores their existance. Desperate for a solution, Amy plots to kidnap the Marquess and collect a ransom for which...
The Prince Kidnaps a Bride
Princess Sorcha is a "lost" princess. She is the Crown Princess of her country of Beaumontagne who has been sent to live in a Scottish convent to hide her from assassins who wish to rule her country as well as that of her bethrothed Prince Rainger of Richarte, only Sorcha believes that Rainger has been killed by the assassins. As a threat encroaches on her the convent, she believes it is time to leave the convent and return home to take throne. ...
The Runaway Princess
Every girl has a dream of becoming a princess, right? However, when the chance of a becoming a princess presented itself to Miss Evangeline Scoffield, she ran toward the other direction. Evangeline was an English orphan. She had one summer to live her life in luxury, then it is back to work. She never had dreamed that this one summer would cost her more than she had bargained for. When a darkly handsome man appeared at her bedroom door, and claimed to be...


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