Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Wedding at Leopard Tree Lodge - Escape Around the World
Author: Liz Fielding
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Botswana
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Liz's Website: www.lizfielding.com
Josie Fowler is an events planner who just landed the biggest celebrity wedding of the year. Going for a location safe from paparazzi, it’s being held at Leopard Tree Lodge, a luxury resort in Botswana. Josie is taking over this wedding at the last minute so she has no real idea what she’s in for.
Arriving in Botswana, she discovers Leopard Tree Lodge has no cell phone access, no internet and no electricity. With hoards of stylists and celebrities on the way, she’s got to work fast and keep the whole wedding going. Then she discovers the biggest surprise of all, the owner of the Lodge, Gideon McGrath, is unable to move and is taking the bridal suite.
Josie’s troubles are just beginning. She thought the crocodiles and leopards would be dangerous, but Gideon is the most dangerous animal of all. She has a shady past and she’s managed to build a wall around her emotions and her heart. She’s the go-to girl and used to calling the shots. But Gideon is used to being in charge, too; and his orders seem to undermine her position of authority. Will she be able to pull off the wedding of the year and still leave with her self-esteem and her heart in tact?
What a wonderful escape of a story! The setting totally draws you in and with the wedding being a celebrity wedding, it is very plausible. I loved getting to know Josie. She thinks she’s so tough and grown up, but we start to see the cracks in her armor and the little girl hiding inside. She’s such an intelligent woman who is a real go-getter. I loved her more and more as she let us see her vulnerabilities.
Gideon is equally as vulnerable—and twice as fierce about protecting his own heart. He’s planning to sell Leopard Tree Lodge, but has developed severe psychosomatic back pain. As he tries to figure out why he can’t move or walk, he enjoys spending his time trying to torment Josie. Eventually, we learn the reason for his pain and in revealing his true inner self; I fell in love with him, too. I really enjoyed the banter between Josie and Gideon. They are both used to calling all the shots and watching them countermand each other became quite humorous.
If you’re looking for a book that helps you escape to a luxury resort in a foreign land with characters that are full of life (and are entertaining as well), then you’ve found the right book.
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