Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Pink Heart Picks Book Club - Powerful Italian, Penniless Housekeeper
Plus there's the fact that I've read some of India's work before and loved it. I love her voice and the way she mixes down to earthness with a sense of glamour and elegance.
So...what did you think?
I'll tell you what stood out for me. The evil stepsister was great (who reminded me a little of the self-absorbed sister in The Wedding Date. I only wish Fenella could have been the raunchy cousin from that movie, she was priceless). The fact that Sarah faded into the woodwork and worked herself to the bone fit the Cinderella premise perfectly. She was so taken for granted by everyone because she simply handled things. Sarah is hugely capable - but her self-image took a real hit thanks to her ex, aided by her guilt about her father.
That guilt, by the way, was a stunning revelation that I thought was lovely.
Whisking her off to Venice for the movie premiere (the ball), having her choose a gown (hello Fairy Godmother) and take a water taxi (coach, anyone?) all falls into the Cinderella story brilliantly. And so does Sarah fleeing back to England when the fairy tale is supposedly over.
The ending though -oh, the ending. I had a little sniffle at the end.
So...now let's start the discussion. What did you think? Was this your first book of the Presents line, your hundredth, or somewhere in between? Was it what you expected? Were there any elements that really stood out for you? Don't be shy! We want to hear all about it....
One: This is Nikki Logan's debut...and I'm ALWAYS curious about new sales and what an unpublished author did to break into the biz - what set them apart and really made them stand out and get noticed.
Two: February is International Grooms month in the Romance line. All six titles feature international heroes which sounds pretty darn exciting to me. I love me the exotic heroes.
And three: Romantic Times rated this book a whopping 4 1/2!!!!!!!! For a debut! Clearly Nikki has done something really right. I've already heard some great buzz about the book and so I'm very excited to pick it up and lose myself in it for a few enjoyable hours.
We'll come back on February 23rd to chat! I hope you join us!