Book Review: The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo
The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper
by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Synopsis: Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper, a wealthy New York socialite has a secret. She loves to read dime novels! Before settling down to a sedate life in the city, she longs for an adventure out in the Wild West like the characters in the books she reads. Eugenia jumps at the chance to visit Denver, Colorado, where she plans to be a governess to Charlotte Beck. Little does she know how one month in the "Wild West" could turn into a lifetime!
My review: Many of the reviews that I have read about The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper readers have either loved it or didn't like this book at all. I'm one who actually loved it! Eugenia Cooper was a bookworm with an adventurous spirit...who reminded me a little bit of myself, I think! I always thought that I would like to have an adventure before I "grew up!" Maybe we all wish it were as easy to escape everyday duties and responsibilities as Gennie made it seem.
The first half of the book was mostly about Gennie settling in as a governess for a very precocious Charlotte. We don't meet the hero, Daniel Beck until almost halfway through but the wait was worth it. The chemistry between Gennie and Daniel was terrific. The situation that Daniel and Gennie get themselves into might have been a little unbelievable but over all it made for a really nice romance. The only thing that I didn't like about this were the excerpts at the beginning of every chapter from the dime novel that Eugenia read. It was a bit distracting from the main story.
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