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Ravishing the Heiress (The Fitzhugh Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sherry Thomas
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.

It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more...Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife...

As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship--or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?

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  • Editorial Reviews

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    “Soul-searing, heartrending, and intensely romantic, this late Victorian historical takes the classic marriage-of-convenience theme to a refreshing new level, making effective use of alternating time periods, as the characters struggle to reconcile duty and loyalty with personal desire and to understand what love really is—and is not. Another exquisitely rendered, insightful romance from one of the genres stars.” –Library Journal


    "Millie’s intellect and selflessness make her a standout among a cast of memorable characters in this expertly plotted and emotionally wrenching love story." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)



    “Thomas’s lyrical writing is really the star of the show.
    There are writers who can tell a great story, and writers
    who can tell a great story with beauty and artistry. Thomas
    is in the latter category, and her writing is, quite simply, a
    cut above.” —All About Romance

    "Searing, tender, and filled with passion, her writing is nothing short of a revelation."—Lisa Kleypas

    About the Author

    The USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 627 KB
    • Print Length: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006CUA0C0
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Sherry Thomas is a really good author. She writes strangely enjoyable historical romances that are a little outlandish in their premise but they have a certain charm. This isn't really one of those books. It was just okay. It was very well-written and you really like the heroine though she could have used a little more gumption. On the down side, the hero was a whiny putz. He was a mostly nice guy who had an unfortunate tendency to frequently feel sorry for himself and ensure that just about everyone around him knew that the sky just fell in on him without regard for the feelings of everyone around him. On the neutral side, the narrative jumped back and forth between the Hero & Heroine's past and present as well as too many scenes involving secondary characters who get their own book, next.

    Millie, the heroine, was a very nice character just as the author wrote her. She was poised, wise beyond her years, humble, modest, smart, sensible, reasonable, and loving. Now, I realize that I should just read the book as it is written and not wish for things that weren't there. But, I can't help it. I wanted Millie to throw things. Preferably at the head of the hero. As far as I could tell, she had no point of no return. The hero could not push her past the point of endurance. She was always capable of putting up a front that was calm, stoic, and accepting. She was a paragon that was mistreated. I wanted a little karmic payback in the form of her kicking him to the curb, figuratively. Or just kicking him. So, in the end, she just ended up being kind of a sad girl. She won in the end but she had to put up with so much.

    The hero. Blech. Spoiler! The hero, due to deaths in the family, is forced to marry an heiress to repair the family fortunes and pay his inherited debts.
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    44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    By booker
    Format:Kindle Edition
    **MINOR SPOILERS**
    I've got a longer review elsewhere online with pictures and snark (**cough**Goodreads**cough**), but I thought I'd put the jist of my gripes here as well.

    This was the first time I'd read Sherry Thomas, and she came recommended as an author who wrote prettily and didn't adhere to standard formula. Both of those are true (though I found the writing more cliched than I'd expected), but I still didn't like it overall.

    The alternating timelines between chapters was highly annoying. I already know how Millie and Fitz are in the present, why do I want to see them just as miserable/masochistic/doormatty in the past? Plus, when I had to set the book down multiple times to do things, picking it back up was a pain because both past and present were limp and colorless with little to distinguish the eras (and spending time on relaying details of the hero's sisters' love lives in each time period was confusing and pointless). So reading it in one sitting is recommended (though I have NO experience with that and I envy folks who can).

    This book is short. Very short. As short as a Harlequin Historical. And too much -- WAY TOO MUCH -- time is spent on the unrelated and shoehorned set-up of the next book's romance. To charge $8 for a book that is short to begin with and THEN stuff with sequel bait filler is highway robbery. Oh, and dishonest and lazy. Strip this book of the adds-nothing-to-the-plot scenes between Helena and Hastings, and you have something that barely rates as a paperweight.

    Millie is a heroine who had me yearning for a feisty TSTL heroine of old. At least they try to DO SOMETHING, even if it's stupid and doomed to failure. Millie suffers, endures, waits, and....gets her man.
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    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars So good I was suffering along with the heroine. July 4, 2012
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Usually when I read a romance I'm observing the couple from afar, recognizing when it's a well- or badly-written HR and just enjoying it rather objectively. But with this one my stomach was often in knots in sympathy with the heroine, even though I knew the book would have the requisite HEA.

    As a teenager I read Georgette Heyer's A Civil Contract, which is pretty much the same theme as this one and remember I did not like it because of the poor heroine's agonies, but a re-read as a mature (Read "old" here, I guess) woman left me with a much more favorable impression of the book.

    In Heyer's book, Viscount Lynton, Adam Deveril, is madly in love with beautiful, vivacious Julia Oversley, but financial straits force him to marry Jenny Chawleigh, the quiet and plain daughter of a very wealthy "cit". Adam learns to appreciate Jenny's hidden depths and finally sees that his beautiful Julia is not as perfect as his younger self had remembered and learns to be content. (Jenny, of course, had fallen deeply in love with Adam, but she's "quiet", you know.)

    Well, Sherry Thomas has gone Heyer one better, IMO. Here hero Earl Fitzhugh is in the same financial straits and must marry wealth, which appears in the form of our heroine Millicent (Millie) Graves, daughter of a very wealthy middle-class businessman. You meet the already-married couple in Fitz's sister Venetia's story (Beguiling the Beauty (Berkley Sensation), but now we get the whole back story in flashbacks alternating with the present.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 2 months ago by Gerald Weiler
    4.0 out of 5 stars Millie & Fitz...hmmmmm.
    Does anyone else wonder if this novel started out as Scandal fan fiction? I didn't initially put their names together, but by their honeymoon, I started having flashes and finally... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by J Bianca Jackson
    5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely emotionally draining read
    I thought this story was well written, but 200 plus pages of unrequited love is supremely painful to read. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas is a master of the atypical romance
    Sherry Thomas backs into this love story, leaving a wide swath of lovely storytelling in her wake. I enjoyed this book even while experiencing that wonderful 'love story anxiety'... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Heather Bee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this sequel immensely
    Enjoyed this sequel immensely. I'm in awe of how the main female protagonist was hewn by the author. Highey recommended!
    Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Great quick read.
    Published 7 months ago by Taunya J Peters
    2.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story even if the heroine is a doormat ...
    First Sherry Thomas book.. I doubt I will read anything from her again ! I liked the story even if the heroine is a doormat and is okay with that .. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Love the story Line gave it to my daughter to read.
    Published 8 months ago by dabannee Cook Resca
    2.0 out of 5 stars Falls Flat.
    Historical, set in the at the end of the 1800's. There will be spoilers.

    Millicent (our 16 year old heroine, Millie) marries Fitz (an earl and 19, I think). Read more
    Published 8 months ago by darkice7_12
    5.0 out of 5 stars What made this book go great is the style of telling the story
    What made this book go great is the style of telling the story. Its was different and fresh ( not the same old love song).
    Published 9 months ago by aksamboy
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    More About the Author

    Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

    On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

    On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to report yet, her debut book, THE BURNING SKY, book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been named to the Autumn '13 Kids' Indie Next List.

    Sherry writes in her second language. She learned English by reading romance and science fiction--every word Isaac Asimov ever wrote, in fact. She is proud to say that her son is her biggest fanboy--for the YA fantasy, not the romances. At least, not yet...

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