by Emily Carmichael

ISBN: 0-425-19101-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Becoming Georgia is a hilarious tale of a woman who becomes a “lady” in 1800 society. Ms.Michael has penned an absolutely unforgettable book with unforgettable characters.

Georgia Kennedy has grown up in different parts of the West, a rugged land that leaves no time for her to be the lady that society sees her as. Weeks after she has sold one of the claims her father left her upon his death, she is informed by messenger that her father never really owned them. In fact her grandfather a man she has never met owns the titles and she has to travel all the way to Chicago to settle matters with him.

Georgia accepts with the intention of giving her Grandpa a piece of her mind, get the claims back, and be on her way. Things do not go according to her plan, Georgia`s Grandpa has something else in mind, he wants her to take lessons and become a “lady”, Georgia would just as soon spit than put on a dress and prance around. The deal is: if she can become a lady after a year and marry the man he has chosen, then he will sign over the claims no questions asked. Georgia agrees and that is when the chaos starts, because low and be hold Cougar Barnes, the man that Georgia sold one of her claims to has come all the way to Chicago to talk some sense into Georgia, or so he says.

I have to admit that I have been sadly mistaken about historical romance, this is the second funniest historical I have read this summer and I have to say it was a treat and a delight. This novel reminds me of one of my favorite movies Calamity Jane starring Doris Day. Much like Calamity, Georgia has to become a lady to get what she wants and capture the certain attentions of a special someone. Her transformation from a rugged mountain woman to a society woman is some of the funniest material I have ever read. Cougar Barnes made the best hero ever, hunky as all get out and muscles that just won’t quit what more could a girl asks for? The supporting cast was wonderful and I loved the little secondary romance and the prospect of a new generation of a Kennedy woman. Run don’t walk to get this one.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Ronica.

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