sunnuntai 13. toukokuuta 2018

Karen Hawkins: An affair to remember

Luulin lukeneeni Karen Hawkinsin historiallisen rakkausromaanin jo aiemmin, mutta ehkä sitten erehdyin: An affair to remember (HarperCollins, 2009; ISBN 978-0-06-189595-1).

Syynä siihen että kirja tuntui kovin tutulta saattoi olla se, että tarina on kovin moneen kertaan kerrottu: aatelismies, kotiopettajatar ja liuta pahatapaisia lapsia, sotkuahan siitä on syntyäkseen.

An arrogant earl looking for the perfect wife; a strong-minded governess determined to transform him into the perfect man--who will win?

Saddled with five unruly orphans, the Earl of Greyley, Anthony Elliot, is at his wits' end. Unfortunately, the only person willing to deal with the adorable little terrors is Anna Thraxton, governess "extraordinaire" --- and the one woman Anthony can't abide. She's too outspoken, too opinionated, and far too beautiful for his peace of mind. A woman should be meek and mild --- words that perfectly describe his prospective bride, not the flame-haired temptress who haunts his dreams.

Anna knew this job would be trouble the moment she set foot in the door --- but it's Anthony who's the problem, not the children! He's too arrogant, too sure of himself, and far, far too wonderfully big and masculine. The young girl he's courting will never be able to handle him, so someone clearly needs to teach Anthony a few things about women. But when lectures turn to kisses, igniting a passion they can't ignore, how will they resolve the battle between honour and their hearts.

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