Wednesday, January 20, 2010
When I read the blurb for this book I thought it would be a fun, light read. I was right - it was pretty cute!
Ally Giordano is a teacher who's parents left her in the care of her wealthy grandmother when she was 15. It's 10 years later and she's done waiting for them to come back. She's moving from her apartment in New York City and relocating to San Francisco.
Sam Carson is a sexy, wealthy businessman with a 1-month limit on relationships. Apparently he's quite the playboy. As he's arriving to his apartment, he sees an angry girlfriend out front and is considering leaving when an elderly lady in a carriage pulls up in front of him. When she addresses him as a Marquis, he informs her he's a Duke - Duke Whatthehell. He accepts her offer of a ride, thinking it should be an interesting trip,until she mentions to him that he'll be marrying her granddaughter.
The night before she's supposed to move to San Francisco, Ally's grandmother shows up at her door, dressed in Victorian garb, in a horse and carriage, with a man. After a few minutes, Ally realizes her grandmother is having some sort of mental episode and needs some help. She delays her trip to figure out what's going on, and realizes her grandmother is living out her favorite historical romance novel!
Knowing her grandmother may be declining into her last days, or could stay delusional forever, Ally decides to give her a farewell trip to say goodbye. They are going to go on a trip by carriage. Ally asks Sam for help, as her grandmother is obsessed with him, and he agrees. Ally has been on his mind and he doesn't know why.
The trip was entertaining and it was fun to watch Ally loosen up and Sam learn that love can come more than once in a lifetime. There is an interesting side story with the carriage driver that was kind of a mystery.
I liked this book, it was a fun read with a satisfying ending. There were a few spots where things moved quickly and I suspended disbelief; I'm giving it 3 1/2 stars.
Disclaimer: I won this book from Author Kelly Moran's blog.