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

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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) Searing, tender, and filled with passion, [Sherry Thomas's] writing is nothing short of a revelation Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA(R) Award. English is Sherry's second language - she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's SWEET SAVAGE LOVE with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

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  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CUA0C0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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70 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Lola Jane on August 28, 2012
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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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By booker on July 10, 2012
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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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