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Under The Wishing Star
     

Under The Wishing Star

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by Diane Farr
 

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Widower Malcolm Chase wants to dismiss his daughter's cruel governess and hire kind Natalie Whittaker instead. Natalie fears it would be unseemly for a woman of her station to move into a bachelor's household. The obvious solution? Marriage. But Natalie desires a union of love, not convenience - and Malcolm's dark past has taught him there is no such

Overview

Widower Malcolm Chase wants to dismiss his daughter's cruel governess and hire kind Natalie Whittaker instead. Natalie fears it would be unseemly for a woman of her station to move into a bachelor's household. The obvious solution? Marriage. But Natalie desires a union of love, not convenience - and Malcolm's dark past has taught him there is no such thing as love.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940032891826
Publisher:
Diane Farr
Publication date:
11/26/2011
Series:
"Star" Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
681,805
File size:
768 KB

Meet the Author

Diane Farr was first published at the age of eight when the local newspaper printed one of her poems. She has spent most of her life with her nose in a book -- sometimes reading, sometimes writing. Eventually she produced eight historical romances that were all published by Signet Books. Her latest adventure is a young adult paranormal series, THE SPELLSPINNERS.

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Under the Wishing Star 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The delightfully entertaining Diane Farr has created another winning romance with Under the Wishing Star. Farr is known for her lighthearted and exuberant style, which she deftly maintains here while simultaneously moving deeply and entertainingly into serious character issues. Natalie Whittaker¿s life is misery due to her spoiled younger half-brother Hector¿s inheriting of the beloved estate on which she was raised. Hector is a bully and his wife Mabel a peevish hypochondriac who have moved in and treat her like dirt. Natalie longs for independence and a worthwhile occupation, but no options are open to a young gently born spinster. (Natalie never married because she was holding out for genuine love.) Widower Malcolm Chase is relieved to finally be settling at his country estate with his 6-year-old daughter Sarah. But he is dissatisfied with the disciplinarian governess who¿s determined to foist rigid obedience onto his very imaginative and sensitive daughter. While he stays at a local inn as the estate is being prepared to receive him, he witnesses a tender encounter between Natalie and Sarah, who is playing outside for a moment unattended. The incredible rapport between Natalie and Sarah convinces him that he¿s found the uniquely perfect governess for his unusual child. Of course as a proper gentlewoman, Natalie cannot accept his proposal that she live and work with the Chase family, but her unbearable living situation, her instant affection for Sarah, her desire to save Sarah from the monster governess and the persuasive powers of this very intense man so devoted to his daughter make her say yes in a moment of weakness. However, this is when she thinks that Malcolm is on his way to an estate far away, where she will not be under the scrutiny of anyone she knows. Stunned to find out that Malcolm will instead be her family¿s closest neighbor, Natalie installs her own beloved childhood nurse in the Chase home, while she visits Sarah each day as a ¿friend.¿ Heat builds between Malcolm and Natalie, but who is he really and what is the source of the intense sadness he strives to keep so hidden? And what is she to do about his repeated proposals of marriage to her when he clearly wants only a marriage of convenience and she must have love? Is he capable of loving her? As Malcolm begins to reveal his past and her feelings for him intensify, Natalie¿s dilemma only grows. Under the Wishing Star is a beautiful, heartwarming story with several surprise twists that make it all the more delightful. Malcolm, Natalie and Sarah are very likeable and share lovely family interactions, as does Natalie with her nurse and older brother. The growing passion between Malcolm and Natalie is very affecting. The mysteries of Malcolm and even of Sarah and eventually of Natalie¿s own family are fun to unravel. All these things keep the reader pleasantly on the edge as her seat as the novel whisks her to a very moving and satisfying ending.
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Excellent!
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I have not read this book is it good