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JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
When Hope Prescott's parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope's service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler. Tired of being coddled and flattered because of his money, Zack
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Just the Way You Are by Christina Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This a feel good story about an orphaned girl who lost her parents tragically, and was separated from her siblings.
She eventually settles in Boston and starts college, determined to get the best job, that pays the most money, so she will be able to find her family.
While taking classes, Hope works for an answering service. She gets to know all her "clients" and they are all fond of her.
Then she starts taking messages for Zach Givens- a driven, arrogant, spoiled, very rich man. Hope believes the butler, Griswold, is the person retrieving the messages because he is so nice. But, Zach is the one she is really talking to. The two of them start having little chats over the phone. Then when "Griswold" comes down with a cold, Hope stops by the mansion to deliver some homemade soup.
The two of them start to fall in love with each other. But, Zach still holds off telling Hope who he really is, believing that once she falls in love with him, she will forgive him. ?????
I originally thought this book was a romantic suspense novel, since it wasn't one Christina Dodd's historical or paranormal romances. However, this is pretty much a straight up contemporary romance or romantic comedy.
Although Hope barely gets enough to eat, her clothes are worn thin and she lives in a bad neighborhood, she has grit and determination and values.
Zach, having power and privilege is used to getting anything and everything he wants. But, he never bargained for Hope.
This is pure entertainment. A sweet, funny, feel good romance with an uplifting Happy Ever After!
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