I read this book a while ago and I think I've read it over a hundred times since. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is an author that writes good books even when she's writing bad books and this is the best.
My problem is that I love this book so much that I don't know where to start talking about it. It is a redemption story, both for Daisy, who is a rich girl who has to learn how to work hard when she marries Alex, the manager of a circus after her mother dies. It sounds like a strange set up as I write this but it makes sense in the book. Alex is a bastard but there's enough of a reason for him to be like that and Daisy is the exact opposite of me in that she is nice and doesn't really have a temper. It doesn't matter though because the chemistry between these two characters is electric and the love scenes... whew!
As always, I really enjoy a book with animals in it and this one didn't fail me. I wouldn't want a pet tiger like Sinjun but I loved reading about him.
I'm not a girly girl, in fact I'm not really a fashion fan at all. The closest I get to dressing up and putting on makeup is usually brushing my hair and cramming my jeans in the dryer to get the creases out before I go to town but I genuinely enjoyed this book.
Amy Blaine is a farm girl at heart, even though she has been living in Perth, Western Australia a long time by the time the reader meets her. She owns a beauty salon and barber shop that sounds like something from a 1950s movie and loves 50s fashion. She is unlucky in love as well but all that changes when a British journalist, Ben comes on the scene. He immediately finds Amy interesting and starts writing about her in his UK newspaper column without her knowing, mistakenly thinking she'll be fine with it. As you can expect, she's not and it leads to one of the most satisfying happy endings I've ever read.
I think the big reason I enjoyed this book so much was the humour and Gerald, the sleepy bulldog. He is such a character, he stole every scene he was in.
5 stars from me.