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My favorite Bride (Governess Brides #7)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,643 ratings  ·  82 reviews
When Miss Samantha Prendregast arrives at Devil's Fell to take charge of six rebellious girls, the vibrant, outspoken governess is not quite prepared to deal with the tall, dark and dashing master of the grand estate. The children she can manage with intelligence, guile . . . and a little bribery. Their widowed father, Colonel William Gregory, is not so easily charmed -- a ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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My computer seems to hate this book, because it crashed three times when I was reviewing it and then ate the review on Amazon so it's not shown up. Alas, I did not hate the book...for the most part. I actually enjoyed about 95% of it. Unfortunately, that last 5% has made it fairly unlikely that I will re-read this book in future.

Yes, this is "inspired" by The Sound of Music, but that's not necessarily a deal-breaker for me. I like re-tellings of well-known stories. Some really good authors have
Can you tell I'm on a regency romance kick? I love happy endings. and I like books how I like movies: pure escapism.
It's my first christina Dodd's book I read, I have to say it had a charming wit, nice descriptions and my-type of writing.

- Liked the Heroine, how bold and straight forward she was, and her background was more of a bonus and a twist to me. Especially when she wanted to kiss the Hero, she didn't hesitate, just grabbed him and pulled him in to a kiss.

- The Hero was entertaining, how he was infatuated with the heroine, and kept flirting with her, he kinda ruined the whole image at the end when he t
Miss Samantha Prendergast is on a mission. She's to be the governess of six little girls. Though not an easy task at first, she quickly charms the little tykes, but their father is another story altogether.

Tall, dark, and handsome, Colonel William Gregory is all about order and discipline, until the new governess challenges everything he believe in. She's distracting, has absolutely no regard for authority, she's witty, and breathtakingly beautiful.

Despite their differences, the two are inexplic
Again I had no idea that this was part of a series, and thinking about the beginning of this book and the governess agency that places Samantha with the Colonel William Gregory and his girls I can see where they were linked together. I never knew before, so this stands alone just fine. I love that this is so similar to The Sound of Music. I really enjoyed the wonderful relationship between Samantha and William. They have a great rapport and I totally bought them together. The kids were great and ...more
I'm not in the mood for one of my snarky reviews. I'll say this: it's not a bad book, as long as you don't care an inch about such a pesky thing called real life.

(I keep wondering why authors want to write historical novel this badly. Call it fairy tale and be done with it. It's easier and everyone is happy.)

If you do like fairy tale romances and are a fan of the movie The Sound of Music feel free to read and enjoy My Favorite Bride (which by the way would be favourite in British
allie lopez
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Edwina Hall Callan
This is a once-you-start-you-can't-stop kind of book.
I absolutely loved it!
Christina Pikas
Starts out just like the sound of music - complete with someone saying "sometime in my youth or childhood I must have done something good". Continues like standard historical romance with spies. Heroine is never really in danger.
Could have done without: 1) forcing attentions because she really does want it - good thing guys don't read these 2) bad lady going crazy , seeing things, giving away the game. I would have been happier if she stayed evil- not pathetic - but was just beat by superior wo
2.99 on kindle right now.
Oleta Blaylock
So we are still dealing with spies and the damage they can do when they tell the opposite side what they know. This story deals with the capture of Lord and Lady Featherstonebaugh. I was kind of sad that this couple was part of the ring in England causing all the harm. I mean they had been friends with the Throckmorton's for a long time and were the godparents of Ellery. I am sure that finding out that they have been harboring spies was quite a blow to the family. The story shows Lady Feathersto ...more
Tonya Warner
A very enjoyable story.

Samantha Prendregast is sent out in to the country mountains to be a governess for a Colonel's six children. Knowing she must keep a low profile, her patron who saved her from jail six years before, send Samantha away before her flamboyent cutpurse reputation finds her again and leaves her with a job.

Colonel William Gregory is a military man, but he has six daughters to see to after the death of their mother. Having Samantha around, sets his libido on fire, but the intera
Susan (the other Susan)
Love! My favorite book by my very favorite author of historical romance. How I wish Christina Dodd would return to what she did so perfectly: steamy, witty costume dramas with that rarest kind of alpha male, the one who infuriates but never rapes, who bullies only to the extent that his self-awareness will allow, and whose essential lovability is only a little bit hidden beneath all that determined control... For some reason, Dodd's forays into contemporary romance just haven't measured up; my t ...more
Amarilli Settantatre
Con questa serie sembra davvero di essere sulle montagne russe, tra salite e improvvisi scivoloni.
Il sesto volume non mi è piaciuto per niente. Anche qui, come già aveva fatto nel quarto capitolo, la Dodd si mette in testa di scrivere la versione in salsa vittoriana di un celebre film (nel nostro caso, come appare ovvio dalle prime tre pagine, è “Tutti insieme appassionatamente”). Quindi, l’istitutrice simil-Julie Andrews, il colonnello-vedovo con scarrozzata di figli, le montagne, gente che ca
I am a fan of Christina Dodd. I liked this story. I loved Samantha and her courage in the face of adversity. William was a stick and so set in his ways, I was surprised concrete did not run through his veins.

Samantha is a governess who needs to leave London in order to get out from under a scandal. She is sent to the Lake District, her first time outside London - Ever.

She is to take care of and teach 6 little girls who are said to be incorrigible.

William is their father, a retired military offic
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I picked this book up because it was inspired by The Sound of Music and I found it a really fun read. This is part of a series of romance novels with Governesses, and having not read the others, I was charmed by the romance which, if I had read the previous books, I might have found this formulaic, but I would think Samantha's sassiness and sharp tongue is an unique aspect to this book. Samantha's verbal sparring with Colonel Gregory is very entertaining as is Samantha's methods to tame the Greg ...more
Serban Georgiana
Cartile scrise de Christina Dodd sunt foarte pe gustul meu,dar aceasta nu este cea mai reusita carte a seriei.Dar nici nu pot spune ca este o dezamagire.
Asa cum ne-a obijnuit autoarea acestei serii, povestea in cauza este intre o guvernanta si un domn din inalta societate.
William , tata a sase fetite incantatoare apeleaza la serviciile Samanthei,care se dovedeste ca in tinerete a fost o mare hoata.
Chiar daca poveste de dragoste dintre cei doi este una cu final fericit ,undeva pe la jumatatea
My Favorite Bride
3 Stars

Another installment in the Governess Brides that is based on a movie. This time it’s The Sound of Music, but instead of the mild mannered Maria, we have outspoken pick-pocket Samantha Prendergast alongside the stern and strict Captain Von Trapp or rather Colonel William Gregory.

Like Dodd’s previous attempt at re-telling an old favorite, My Favorite Bride fails to impress. Although the kids are cute, they lack the charm and sweetness of their cinematic counterparts not to
I've liked Christina Dodd in the past, and I really did still like the style of writing and dialogue between the characters...

But the book was too... Von Trapp. And it had spies. And though I liked the men in the story (Colonel Gregory and Duncan) and the kids were sweet, I couldn't really empathize with the heroine and began to hope for a slashy ending. When that happens, I'm fairly sure that a straight romance has failed miserably in its attempt to reach me. So, again, I gave up about 1/3 of
This is perhaps really 2.5 stars, for the book leading up to the end. But there is a scene at the end that is too close to rape for comfort. Pretty sure this doesn't happen in Sound of Music:

"She watched, eyes wide, as he freed himself.

As slowly as a man dancing a minuet, he slid his knee between her legs.

She struggled to keep her thighs together.

He separated them. Bending close to her ear, he murmured, 'Do you understand ruthlessness?'

He wouldn't...would he? She knew that he wouldn't...but she
Awesome rags to riches story. As always, I love Christina Dodd's books and this was no exception. A reformed thief gets married to a military officer. The cool thing is that he has six daughters who try their best to run out our street smart governess. Kinds reminds me of the sound of music and the Von Trap Family..... Very good quick read.
Es una pérdida de tiempo leer el libro en mi opinión, todo son estereotipos y me aburrí bastante, tanto que incluso me planteé no terminarlo, aunque muy a mi pesar, ya que el final no es muy sorprendente.
Uma divertida história entre um viúvo com 6 filhos e um governanta sem papas na língua, que era uma garota do submundo de Londres e uma ladra de carteira. Risos e paixões tornam esta leitura bem estimulante.
I liked this, and I really liked the ending even though William started off annoying and never really got any better. I think this was the first Christina Dodd I've read and while she's not an auto-buy for me, there was nothing that annoyed so much that I wouldn't read her again.
This one is inspired by The Sound of Music. Now that I know how Ms. Dodd operates, I can enjoy not only the books but her technique in finding plots for her books and how she differs from the original. Unlike some of her previous books, there is only one short period in this book when the governess is not with the children. Since the children add so much to the story, I was very pleased. I am less pleased with the spy theme. It seems unnecessary, especially in this book. Bandits would have been ...more
Stephanie Bolen
Re-read. It hooked me right from the start. I really liked Sam. I'm pretty sure I read it before cause at the climax it was vaguely familiar.
3.5 stars. Love the resemblance to my favourite movie of all time; the sound of music. I enjoyed Samanthas witty dialogue (especially when she shares her fears of the dangers lurking in the woods, mainly because that would be me entirely)

I did not enjoy, and never do enjoy for a fact, multiple perspectives. I can tolerate the switch between the two main characters but anyone else (in this case FOUR annoying people I could not care for) is unnecessary. I like a surprise, I like being left in the
Connie Fischer
Admittedly, I was in the mood for a "governess book" and "My Favorite Bride" certainly did not disappoint. Samantha, a former and reformed pickpocket, is sent from the Academy of Governesses to care for six little girls. As there had been many predecessors before her, she found she would have a big job in handling these mischievous children. Their father, a widowed Colonel wanted his life and his children to be well-ordered. The antics of the children; attraction between Samantha and the Colonel ...more
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“Miss Prendregast!” He rapped on his desk with his knuckles. “You were never in any danger!”

“Except from the wild animals.”

His lids swept down as if he needed a reprieve from looking at her. “Alert me if you’re attacked by a rabbit.”
“I could write an epic poem about your thighs.”

“That would amuse polite society rather too much, and I wouldn’t like that.”

“I wouldn’t either.” She pressed her cheek to his belly. “I can’t think of a word to rhyme with marble column.”
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