May 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Category: blog
Somewhere over the rainbow,
all hell is breaking loose.
Two former lovers are drawn together by a shared quest, faced with obstacles they never expected: flying monkeys, glittering tornadoes, hidden treasure and a skeleton buried under a trailer. Enter Fate – in the form of an interfering fairy godmother – and an impulsive wish for a romantic do-over becomes a horse of a totally different color.
Dorrie Caselotti has shaped her life around the beloved movie, The Wizard of Oz. Her grandfather founded the town of Emerald City, Kansas, a bastion of kitsch and commercialism. When a proposed mega-mall threatens the town’s existence, it’s up to Dorrie to preserve her family’s heritage. To do this, she’ll have to sell her copy of a rare L. Frank Baum manuscript to the highest bidder – but first, she’ll have to find it. Odds are, it was taken by the same man who deceived her aunt Mira and broke Dorrie’s heart: Grayson Parnell.
Dr. Gray Parnell built his academic career on L. Frank Baum and his classic children’s book. Years ago, he salvaged his doctoral dissertation when Mira Caselotti gave him an important Baum letter. Now he needs Dorrie’s help in locating her aunt’s copy of the legendary “Baum Grail,” an early draft of The Emerald City with a controversial ending. If he can persuade Dorrie to donate it to the university, he’s guaranteed a fast track to a full professorship and an endowed chair, unheard of for a man his age. Without it, he’ll lose his position altogether.
When their enemies join forces, driven by greed and a longing for revenge, Dorrie and Gray have to call on all their resources – their courage, their brains and, most of all, their hearts. All roads lead to the Emerald City on a fantastical journey that forces pragmatic Gray to accept the unbelievable and makes Dorrie, who longed for the fairy tale, wish for an ordinary life.