Sarah writes in asking for help locating a novel inspired by another story:
I am always amused by romance novels that swipe their plots from really
famous classic movies. (“Fancy Free” by Catherine Anderson is a good
example, from the anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss…… who didn’t know
that was “inspired” by Seven Brides for Seven Brothers? Come on!)
But there’s one I’ve been searching for for a very long time. I read it
in middle school and, for the life of me, can’t remember the title. All I
know is that it is Green Dolphin Street neatly reformulated into a more
smutty version. Googling has been proven fruitless as any search simply
comes back about the Goudge or Faulks books, or the movie.
Plot as I remember it (different from the movie and original book, but same
Later 1800s, America? There are two sisters. One is a borderline skank,
represented by wearing charcoal on her eyelids to give them a smoky look.
The other is our heroine, a far more sweet natured girl with super long red
Skanky sister has a hot beau, our hero. Heroine, I believe, is in love with
him, and is mortified that Skanky sister is only toying with Hero.
Hero gets drunk one night, and writes a letter to finally ask Skanky Sister
to marry him. Only…. wait for it… he writes Heroine’s name instead!!
And she accepts, deliriously happy.
We are whisked away to New Zealand, and lumber, and sex, and
misunderstandings! Heroine finally finds out he never really wanted to marry
her in the first place, and leaves Hero! Hero realizes he does actually love
her and has to woo her proper, and so tracks her down. Perhaps there is a
pregnancy involved. I know not.
Skanky sister marries rich man like she always wanted. Happy Ending for
I have been wanting to read this book again for over 10 years! It would
make my month to even find a lead.