Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Christmas Angel for the Billionaire
Author: Liz Fielding
Publisher: Harlequin (Romance)
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Liz's Website: www.lizfielding.com
Lady Roseanne Napier is not what the public thinks she is. She is a woman who is living a life of quiet desperation and this year it is time for a break. Her parents were killed when she was very young so her grandfather raised her to be everyone’s sweetheart. She does all of the "correct" things like working for charities and living the perfect aristocratic life. Lady Napier doesn’t know what to do to change any of it but she feels like she is quietly fading away.
It is funny though how everything can change in a single moment. She happens to catch sight of a woman who looks exactly like her; in fact, this young woman has spent her lifetime being billed as Lady Napier’s celebrity look alike and being hired for events as her double. After a quiet conversation, Lady Roseanne Napier becomes Annie Rowland and wanders into everyday normal life while Lydia becomes the true celebrity.
Of course, Annie’s wandering takes a major detour when her car breaks down and she has to be towed in by a man and his daughter who obviously have some problems of their own. Xandra wants to be treated as an adult and George has been a pretty absent father. Therefore, he really doesn’t know how. To complicate matters, the garage her car was towed to belongs to George’s father who doesn’t want to treat George as the adult he is.
Liz Fielding has created a really clever "Trading Places" series which starts out with the celebrity. Roseanne/Annie has some very insightful beliefs after watching a bit of the family dynamics in the Saxon household. She feels for Xandra who is really wandering right now and trying to find where she belongs – mainly because Annie is still doing the same thing. She wants a life where she can just be herself and not the nation’s sweetheart (not to mention virgin). Annie wants to feel and be herself.
George in many ways is still trying to gain his father’s approval. His father wants a totally different life for his son but George has plans. His father wants him to work on cars so George spent his youth learning cars – in fact, he even got to the point that he was better with them than his dad. But George’s real gift was working with computers. He found a way to do both. Now if he can only find a way to be the father and son he wants to be.
You know it is funny, I went into this story thinking I knew what it was—that I knew who the angel was. Now that I have finished the story, I can honestly say the title fits both characters. They both needed an angel to bring them back to life. They were wandering through the months, needing more. Finding each other was the perfect Christmas gift.
I am going to have to go out and get the other half of the story now and find out how Lydia enjoys moving into the true celebrity role.
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