In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven--and into Derek Craven's dangerous world. A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London's most exclusive gambling house--a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world--with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress--and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion...and the promise of love.
Title: Dreaming of You
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Year published: 1994
Why did you get this book? I have been hearing such good things...oh, okay, I have been being nagged by someone, that I ended up requesting it specifically so I could see what the fuss was about.
Do you like the cover? Nothing special, but it was okay
Did you enjoy the book?Yes, I believe I did.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?The only thing of Lisa Kleypas' that I have previously read was in the Where's My Hero anthology and that was the story of the daughter of this couple, so it was really nice to go back and see how this couple came to be together. This was my first full length novel though. I will definitely be looking for more of her books!
Are you keeping it or passing it on?It's a library book so I better take it back. If it was mine though it would definitely be a keeper.
Anything else?I am really glad that I read this. I liked both Sara and Derek as the H&H, and it was definitely a refreshing change that neither of them were aristocratic. Derek had pulled himself out the situation he was born in, and Sara was intelligent and complex. The storyline with Joyce Ashby was a little far fetched but other than that minor blip this was a really great book.