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Too boring10 septembre 2008
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Hester is a modern day Mary Poppins. She is a professional nanny with a college degree and she is thrilled to be hired by Connah Jones to watch his ten year old daughter.
Connah loves his daughter and is immensely afraid that she will be targeted for a kidnapping as he is super rich. There are, therefore, rules about not being out of sight of the body guard and such which irritate Hester but she recognizes he is the boss and she is not. This was Hester's mantra throughout the novel, you're the boss and I am the hired help. It got old fast.
Connah decides to take his family to Tuscany to get away from a persistent stalker. Heather, of course, goes with them since she is the nanny. While there Connah wants to make Hester's position more permanent and asks to marry her for the sake of his daughter who has grown quite attached to Hester. She agrees to this only after they make love which just felt forced, almost like they had to be intimate to see if they were compatible, not very romantic.
Hester struggles with the fact the Connah only wants her as a mom and she really wants more than that in the relationship but she never tells him this. In fact, her earlier musings about a marriage were about respect and rapport.
Neither character was exciting in this novel. The story moved along very slowly with a day to day account of Hester taking her charge to the park, shopping, on a picnic etc. Definitely not an exciting romance.
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The pacing was a little slow but the ending was fantastic!24 février 2012
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The Millionaire's Convenient Bride by Catherine George Harlequin Presents #2713 ~ March 2008
Professional Nanny Hester Ward finds herself between positions so she accepts a temporary summer job looking after eight-year-old Lowri. Hester is quite surprised and pleased that Lowri's father is the man who mysteriously stopped with his wife at her mother's B & B when Hester had been a very impressionable teenager. Connah Carey Jones is a widower and very devoted to his daughter. He seems obsessed in protecting Lowri and security around his London home is very tight. In fact there seems to be a strange man watching her. So to avoid this man, Connah takes Lowri and Hester to Tuscany to a friend's villa. In close quarters, Lowri and Hester quickly form strong bonds and Hester finds her attraction to Connah becoming very difficult to hide. As the vacation in Tuscany is coming to an end, Connah proposes marriage, after all Lowri needs a mother and it's quite obvious that there is sexual chemistry between them.
I'm not sure how to rate this book. The first two thirds the story was just a sweet story gently developing the characters and keeping the tone very low key. Though we know from the beginning that Hester is attracted to Connah, we really don't begin to "feel" this attraction until the last third of the book. Actually that's when the story picks up it's pace and I no longer felt emotionally detached from the characters. This was a very nice story, and I liked Connah and Hester very much. I just wish there had been more umph to the beginning of the book as there was in the end. Great ending!
Modern Day Jane Eyre-ish14 avril 2008
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This book was pretty good despite the fact that I usually find Catherine George's writing well detailed but slow going. She gives you a well rounded full bodied description of her characters so that you're not in too much doubt of their motive, but I often find her writing slow to pick up speed and a little dry to the point where I find myself not so eager to continue the book to the end.
However, this book was an exception it reminded me of a modern day Jane Eyre which I think the author alludes to, but leave off the whack job wife stored away in the attic. Hester (a modern Jane) and Connah Carey Jones (modern Mr. Rochester) and a mouthful to say are a couple that I just kept imagining seeing on a PBS special on channel 13. Hester was sweet and kind and was hired by Connah because she was a "Norland Nanny" (haven't the foggiest idea what that is) to look after his 10 year daughter "Lowri" (welsh for the English pronunciation of Laura).
Unbeknownst to Connah he and Hester had met 10 yrs prior briefly at her mom's B&B where she falls head over heels in love with him after just one brief meeting and not much conversation spoke between the two, artistic license and all this is just hard to believe, but hey. Fast forward Hester is a 27 year old professional nanny and by chance applies for the position of Connah's daughter's nanny/housekeeper. And on her first sighting of him she still feels the same about him as she did when she was 17 years old. Through the course of the book some interesting things come to light about Mr. Connah Carey Jones and his dark brooding self and his family is not all it appears to be on the surface.
Although Hester is "madly in love" with Connah all he members about her from that long ago time 10 yrs ago is her long her, he makes more references to her mother kindness to him and his "travel companion" than he did about remembering Hester. I will give author 1 star for story development although this storyline dragged as well. The only saving grace was the character of Lowri she kept you laughing as smiling at the antics of a little girl. I give the development of the romance between Connah and Hester 1 star because he only seemed to be interested in her after he asked her to marry him for the sake of his motherless child could have a step-mother. The love scenes were luke-warm at best and well there was a few holes in this story that rival Swiss cheese, the ending was shaky and left me with a few questions, but over all it was well written.