Who doesn't love a Cinderella story in which the orphaned girl is made over, goes to the ball, finds Prince Charming, and lives happily ever after? Morgan Mandel's Girl of My Dreams takes the Cinderella archetype, and brings it up-to-date, as a reality show.
Jillian Baker was quite happy with her temp job as assistant to Blake Caldwell, producer of the reality show, Girl of My Dreams. When trouble hit the show, in the form of food poisoning, she only wanted to help him out. Knowing she couldn't find a substitute contestant at the last minute, she signed the contract under her full name, Veronica Jillian Baker, and agreed to participate in the show. Twenty-five women would have the chance to meet a millionaire, who would narrow down the selections to his dream girl. Jillian just wanted to make it through the first show, get eliminated, and move on with her life, knowing she'd never get to work with Blake again. It wasn't her fault that millionaire Troy Langley seemed to like her spunk.
And Blake? He was betrayed by Jillian, his competent assistant, just as his actress mother always betrayed his father. Why didn't he notice how attractive she was until Troy Langley, and the television audience, found Jillian fascinating?
Think Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality. Jillian is all good intentions, with lots of heart, and too many mishaps. Exotic settings, interesting characters, and a reality show. Morgan Mandel's Girl of My Dreams is a search for happily-ever-after.
Morgan Mandel's website is www.morganmandel.com
Girl of My Dreams by Morgan Mandel. Hard Shell Word Factory, ©2008. ISBN 9780759947016 (paperback), 156p.
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