Terrified at losing her beloved sibling to her cruel guardian, Miranda flees with the boy to a remote island off the coast of Washington. There, she accepts a position as governess to a wheelchair-bound girl who is plagued by nightmares of her mother's mysterious disappearance, and whose father, the electrifying Luc Benedict, fills Miranda with emotions she has never feltTerrified at losing her beloved sibling to her cruel guardian, Miranda flees with the boy to a remote island off the coast of Washington. There, she accepts a position as governess to a wheelchair-bound girl who is plagued by nightmares of her mother's mysterious disappearance, and whose father, the electrifying Luc Benedict, fills Miranda with emotions she has never felt before....
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Emerald Embrace Reviews
Sacramento, 1880. The Girl: Miranda Phillips has a meanie guardian (her uncle) who'd like nothing better than to marry her off to one of his gambling cronies, arrange an accident for her younger brother and take over their inheritance. An elderly friend suggests they go to her grandson's home in Seattle, where he's in need of a governess to take care of his handicapped daughter. The Guy:Luc Benedict, owner of a "huge stone mansion" on a remote island off the shores of Seattle (well, the book jacket says "coast", but don't get me started on Seattle not being on the "coast"). Widower, whose wife died a mysterious death - or did she run away with a lover? His daughter Francie is bound to a wheelchair, and spoiled rotten by the housekeeper - she'll have nothing to do with any of those housekeepers her father keeps trying to hoist on her and drives them all away. Will she succeed in driving off Miranda, or is she made of firmer stuff?There's a bit of a mystery surrounding Luc's wife's ancestors and a lost emerald necklace, some ebil baddies looking for a treasure, plus the ebil ebil uncle still after her inheritance. Oh, and of course there's some insta-lust going on, and I'm talking insta-insta-lust at first glance :/"I guess we're in agreement then. As long as you can keep out of my bed, I'll stay out of yours." (the conclusion of their first meeting)Sorry, but this was a sorry mess of a plot, and it sure got convoluted at the end. Anachronisms ahoy, modern mindsets, heroine with potty mouth, all wrapped up in a genuine wall-paper setting. Miranda dreams of being a doctor (nothing wrong with that), but every last male in the story is wholly supportive of a female doctor (well, maybe not the uncle). And can I mention the typos? Maybies instead of maybes? Shakey instead of shaky. Capture instead of captured. Missing apostrophes. I'm putting this on the shoot-the-editor-now shelf, hopefully it won't be flagged under the new GR only nice shelves are allowed policy /sarcasm.The author lost me with the ancestor back-story, as well as how that huge stone mansion got to a remote island in the Puget Sound. There are just so many islands (it couldn't be Bainbridge or Vashon) in the Sound, you have to go far north to the San Juans to get those kind of remote islands. My best guess is Blake Island, and while that's do-able, how the hell did a "huge stone mansion" get built in that time frame, especially with ancestors who lives there? Go to Google, look up first white settlers to Seattle and then get back here. Even if they did start building a large home around 1851, where the hell would they be getting that much stone from, let alone the resources to build with stone? And why, when there's all that timber just standing there waiting for someone to cut it down? Oh well, at least one good thing did come out of this, I learned some new factoids about Blake Island I hadn't heard before. Now a state park and tourist destination, at one time there was a private home on the island, but much later than 1880, and quite a tragic history for the family. You can read more here and about the fate of the Trimble mansion here. No stone mansion on this remote island :)
Fairly solid story. Pleasant read. =)