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Funny, Romantic, Heart Quenching & Enchanting...,
This review is from: Something Wonderful (Mass Market Paperback)
Once again, this is one of my favorite Judith McNaught book!
Jordan, the rich & powerful Duke of Hawthorne, known also as a handsome rake was travelling to the countryside where his mother is staying when he met trouble in the highway. A knight in a rusty armour came to his rescue. When the person in the armour suit, who he assumed was a young boy, was knocked unconscious in the process of saving his life, he had to make sure he would be ok, returned to his family & be well compensated. Therefore, in good intention, he carried the boy to the nearest motel. When Jordan took off the armour suit & clothes to check for any open wound, he realized that the boy he thought was actually a young girl. Alexandra was already half naked & half conscious when the hotel hostess came inside the bedroom. That good intentions turned into a black cloud which created a scandal in Alexandra's small town, ruining her reputation & her chance of finding a decent husband, which infuriated her mother. Since Alexandra's family were impoverished when her father died, her mother took this opportunity to better their situation. Forced to marry each other, their life changed forever....
Even if she wasn't ready to marry, Alexandra found herself already half in love with Jordan. On the other hand, Jordan who have no intentions of marrying, let alone falling in love, decided to wed Alexandra. Afterall, he owed her for saving his life. However, What Alexandra's unaware of is he plans to leave her in one of his estates, fully financially compensated, including her mother and only to be visited once or twice a year for show. He intended to live his life just the way he was before he got himself in this mess.
Alexandra Lawrence was a tomboyish, innocent, naive young country girl when Jordan first met her. She was so naive that she was so unpretentious with her emotions. She speaks her mind and shows her emotions freely. She was romantic & full of imaginations. She's overwhelming & she amazes him as well. She was totally different compared to the Ladies Jordan is use to being with. But before Jordan can see Alexandra flourished into a beautiful Swan, he got himself into another trouble. This time, Alexandra wasn't there to rescue him...
When Alexandra was initially introduce to the Ton, She acknowledge her love for Jordan which made her the laughing stock of the Ton. She didn't know the true character of Jordan. She always believed him to be good hearted, a gentlemen & a sensitive person. However, as she matures, what she eventually heard and found out was an exact opposite. She is no longer the naive country girl who Jordan played like a fool. That's when she decided to be the Belle of every Ball. She stopped sulking, came out, enjoyed herself immensely & became every man's desire.
This book have so many twists & turns that just makes you want to read it until it ends. Aside from the suspense of finding who wants to kill Jordan, Alexandra's growing relationship with Jordan makes this book very romantic and heart quenching. There is so many scenes I love in this book but the ending was the powerful and the best one of all. Jordan's confessions, his touching words of noticing colors & the jewel gifts that Jordan gave her made me cry. I was overjoyed! Once you read the book, you will know that the jewel he gave her had other significance. A deeper, thoughtful meaning! Jordan mother's hatred to Alexandra & her acceptance in the end was also heart warming. The "situation" that J.M. wrote in order for the two to be close was really sad. That "situation" gave Alexandra & the dowager duchess a special bond. One of my favorite scene was also Alexandra's second wedding to Tony, Jordan's cousin. Oh, you must read it to find out. Don't want to give it away for you... But it's so excitingly funny! There is so many wonderfully described secondary characters in this book, all of them contributed to the success of this story. I liked every one of them! Though, I specially loved Alexandra's two loyal servant & friends. The blind Filbert & the deaf Penrose. Alexandra childhood and her relationship with her father was really sad. The confession of Filbert to Jordan about Alex's past made me cry. After reading this part, you simply want the best for Alexandra and what she finally gained in the end was truely what she deserve. Loved this book. Glad I have it in my collection! Pick it up, read it... you won't be sorry!
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011 10:21:31 PM PDT
E. Holmes says:
What a great review!
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