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My favorite Bride (Governess Brides #7)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,020 Ratings  ·  107 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 September 3rd 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
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you tell I'm on a regency romance kick? I love happy endings. and I like books how I like movies: pure escapism.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The von Trapp family without the music plus rape. Hate, hate, hate the hero. Unfortunately, the author must have hated the hero as well. Right up until the last chapter the hero is a complete and utter asshole who in no way deserves the heroine. Suddenly, we're up against a word quota or something because the hero does a complete 180, the heroine behaves totally out of character, and we have a HEA. Oh, wait, I'm thinking the author maybe threw us a bone by leaving out an Epilogue. Without an Epi ...more
Edwina Callan
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2007
This is a once-you-start-you-can't-stop kind of book.
I absolutely loved it!
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
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
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
2.99 on kindle right now.
"Utilizaba sus enormes ojos marrones para coquetear y halagar a la gente, pero nunca se permitía que estos dejaran traslucir su inteligencia" "Una dama siempre controla el tono de su voz." "Era el tipo de hombre que llamaba la atención de las mujeres. Y realmente había llamado la atención de Samantha, y la manera como él la miraba le producía una extraña sensación de incomodidad.Deseando fundirse  con la pared de  color  crema para quedarse  mirándolo  hasta  comprender  la  extraña  sensación  ...more
2,5/5 en realidad.
La verdad es que me han parecido muy incoherentes tantos las situaciones como el comportamiento de los personajes, pasaban de un humor a otro rápidamente sin que ninguna situación lo provocara, o tomaban decisiones sin fundamento ninguno... no sé, todo el tiempo tenia la sensación de que había cosas que pasaban "detrás de escena" y que lo que leía era el resultado de eso que yo no había podido ver. Era bastante desconcertante porque no lo entendía.
La trama de espionaje que hay
Theresa Hurley
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this story with Samantha and William! Loved the girls!
Ceritanya gak ngebosenin, heroinenya lucu.
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really felt like a 3.5 star book but was worth jumping up to a four-star rating. I really liked Samantha a lot and appreciated the glimpses into her past. I haven't read all of the Governess Bride books yet but I have read some. I really enjoy the book very much and find them entertaining as I do all of Christina Dad's novels. It honestly reminded me a lot of the bad trap family from the sound of music. They did everything but Dan's down the stairs and sing so long farewell! Not that I'm co ...more
Kelly Dreams
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una nueva versión de Sonrisas y Lágrimas.
Ha sido una lectura divertida y amena.
KC 2.0
My Favorite Bride is reminiscent of the musical "The Sound of Music" but possesses a charm all its own. It's definitely a sexier, more adult version. There's a lot to like: a passionate romance, likable leads, witty humor, charming secondary characters (including children who add to the story), and a vibrant writing style.

Samantha and William had nice chemistry. It was amusing to see how infatuated William was with Samantha, especially since he acted quite stern and proper otherwise. Underneath
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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
Zel Polev
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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allie lopez
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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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
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I should say something along the lines of 'Send my complements to the chief'
Cause this story was the perfect combination of 'The Sound Of Music' in an alternate universe where Maria is not a nun but a pickpocket and the plot is not so kid friendly directed more for the adults of the audience who like to a good dose of smut in their story.


The beginning was hilarious I kept giggling so much I was annoyed from my self (I have a weird sounding giggle)

Samantha - Damn it I love he
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
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
Jun 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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