New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd, one of the most acclaimed authors of historical romance, makes a dazzling foray into contemporary fiction in this intriguing and sensuous novel about a hard-working young woman who mistakenly falls in love with Boston's wealthiest bachelor. ... read more
Hope Preston is an operator for an answering service in Boston who befriends many clients, treating them with the same kindness she would a family member. The lady she works for is always trying to match up Hope with some male, wanting her to "get a life". However, Hope is trying to eke out... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Hope Preston is an operator for an answering service in Boston who befriends many clients, treating them with the same kindness she would a family member. The lady she works for is always trying to match up Hope with some male, wanting her to "get a life". However, Hope is trying to eke out a living from her meager salary, taking college courses with the intent of someday getting a well-paying job so she can finally search for the two sisters and foster brother who were separated from her eight years before. At that time, there was also a terrible family mystery surrounding the death of her parents.
When one of her clients, a rich businessman named Zachariah (Zack) Givens, calls the service, Hope mistakenly assumes it's his butler, Griswald. Zack lets her continue to think that but doesn't realize that it won't be long before her sexy voice has him wanting to talk to her more and more. He waits too long to tell her of the game he's been playing.
When Hope finally finds out, it's in the middle of an awful event, but no matter how much she cares for him, no matter how much he can help her (and wants to), her independence won't allow it. She feels she can go it alone.
“"Remember what I always say --" She waggled her wide-knuckled finger. "First the ring. Then the thing. You're a moral girl. You know that."”Madam Nainci to Hope, talking about sec before marriage.
“"My mother always said you can't tell a fever unless you use your lips."”Hope to Zack (Griswald), when he had a cold.
“"Money's the most important thing in the world. You have some, so you don't realize that without money, you're dirt on the streets. Without money, you depend on compassion, and there's not much in this world."”Hope to Zack (Griswald), explaining her reasons to get a good-paying job after college.
“"Not having freedom is the worst thing in the world".”Mrs. Monahan to Hope, discussing the virtues of having/not having money.
“"Most of us don't get enough beauty in our lives. ---"”Meredith to Zack,speaking of flowers as part of his set-up.
“"An affair involves body parts. A romance is of the mind and heart."”Hope to Zack (Griswald) when discussing the difference, for his Aunt Cecily.
“"I thought society would do the right thing. Now I look around and I thing 00 society never does the right thing. ----"”Hope to Zack (Griswald) about her family.
“"Crawl, boy." "Women like to see a man crawl."”Edward Givens to his son, Zack
“There is a reason why men like pretty girls better than smart girls. Men see better than they think.”Madam Nainci to Hope
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