"A whimsical escape. With her characteristic ingenuity, Fox
paints a blend of the fantastic and the mundane, bringing enormous passion to
her canvas in this portrait of love. Favorite secondary characters of this
miniseries seamlessly connect the novel to the other parts of the miniseries, in
addition to introducing two willful, strong-minded main characters. A playful,
lighthearted read, Grand Design is perfect reading for an afternoon.
An antique hope chest containing five unique objects . . . five people inexorably drawn to the items inside . . . each sent to the past with the help of a magical matchmaker who assigns them a task to find their true love . . . even across time.
Unable to sell her work, frustrated artist Cynda Madison restores old paintings instead. When she works to bring back the damaged portrait of the very handsome, very sexy Prince Dimitri Karakov found in the ruined Chesterfield Hotel, she finds herself overwhelmingly drawn to the prince who died at a young age. When she finds an old hope chest, she ends up back in time in 1889 when The Chesterfield is very much a bustling resort and Prince Dimitri is a resident. Alive and devastatingly handsome, Dimitri is even more irresistible. But can she prevent his death before she can return to her own time? Even more difficult, can she prevent herself from falling in love with him?
Originally published as Grand Design.
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Review Quotes for The Prince
"Grand Design is a wonderful addition to the Hope Chest
series because it presents more conflict than usual in a romance. Dimitri is
caught in the predestined royal obligations mode being an heir. He feels his
life must totally be centered on his inherited duties and love is not something
he expects to experience. But things have a way of working out. Four roses out
"The third book in the Hope Chest series is just as good as the
others I have read. There is something for everyone. Historical fans will enjoy
the details of the time period, paranormal fans will find it an exceedingly well
done time travel. There is even a touch of humor, as characters from a prior
novel appear...You will surely enjoy this novel and want to read the rest of the
"Just had to write and tell you. I just finished Grand
Design, I loved it. You write stories that draw you into them. Now if I
can just get my hands on the rest of your books. money is tight so I'm
saving so I can get the rest of them all at once. I look forward to
your next book. P.S. Grand Design will be placed along with Prince of
Charming and the Buttercup Baby on my shelf with all my other favorite
"I just completed your novel...and I felt compelled to write to
you. What a great read! I've always been enthralled by time travel. I
thoroughly appreciate the transformation you put Dimitri through! I read it in
one day; I just couldn't bring myself to put it down (a true sign of excellent
authorship). I'll be purchasing more of your work."
"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book,
Grand Design. I have been a long time Nora Roberts fan because she has a
wonderful way of drawing the reader into the story, of making us feel as the
characters might. You, too, have that wonderful gift. I look forward to
finding the other books in this series as well as reading more of your work."
"I just finished reading Grand Design and couldn't put
it down until I finished it. I can't wait to read more of your books. Keep up
the good work."
"Grand Design is absolutely wonderful."
Why Did I Write This Book?
Upon hearing about Zebra's new series line, my critique group The Wyrd Sisters met and threw around ideas for a series of books (written on the paper tablecloth at Macaroni Grill), which eventually mutated into the Hope Chest Series. Originally set with the Harvey Girls in Las Vegas, NM, we ended up moving it first to the Colorado mountains where we based our hotel on The Broadmoor, then eventually to the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. We designed our hotel after the magnificent Homestead Hotel located in Warm Springs, Virginia, and set our characters there. The mysterious Miss Sparrow, who befriends and guides our time travelers, finally explains why she's pulling our characters through time in the last book. Though we weren't sure how we'd like writing a series together, it turned out to be a wonderful experience and we had a blast using each other's characters in our books. In fact, we're already talking about another series.
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