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Almost Heaven Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1991
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Elizabeth Cameron, Countess of Havenhurst, makes her debut when she's 17, and meets Ian Thornton, an older and enigmatic man, a man of mysterious lineage, who has a black reputation. Durind a time period, where marriage is according to family wishes, where the important things are title and wealth and bloodline, and where the 'Ton' prefers to feed on gossips and scandals over the most sumptuos meals, our remarkable hero and heroine here fall in love with each other during a weekend party. Ian, not knowing she's a countess, asks her to marry him. But, Robert, Elizabeth's brother, barges in on them, calling Ian with foul names, saying that he's not fit to touch her. When Robert also tells him that Elizabeth is already engaged, Ian feels betrayed and thinks that she's only playing games with him or only to find someone else more exciting than her fiancee to warm her bed. Elizabeth also feels betrayed, thinking him to be fortune-hunter. Her reputation is also ruined when she's seen alone with him by the 'ton'.
They meet again 2 years later, and the attraction is still there between these two proud people. Then Ian finally knows the truth about Elizabeth, and he concocts a plan to force the society to accept her again. BUT, after all this, the two of them don't just just live happily ever after. There is more.Read more ›
The ending of a novel is the most vital part of a book and "Almost Heaven" doesn't leave any questions unanswered. The ending is so strong and leaves you with a sweet closure that makes the characters stay with you and makes you want to revisit them often.
If the author ever reads this review I would like to say thank you for an amazing story and breathtaking characters that came to life and seemed so very real. You have a wonderful talent and I look forward to reading more of your work.
I thought that the hero and heroine in this novel were somewhat unique compared to other JM couples. I instantly fell in love with Ian, because unlike JM's other male protagonists, he didn't have a mistress! I really enjoyed the first encounter between Ian and Elizabeth. It was a great change of pace for the hero to be beguiled by the heroine's mind rather than her looks. There were so many great scenes in this story. One of my favorite scenes included the rendezvous at the woodcutter's cottage. *Sigh* Yes...that special interlude had me sighing in pleasure. I couldn't get enough of Ian and Elizabeth. Their story is a truly profound, emotional ride. I highly recommend it!!
Elizabeth Cameron, an English beauty and a countess, is definitely the perfect heroine for this book. She's intelligent, witty, spirited, passionate, humorous, courageous and honorable. She never let the scandal (caused by her attraction to the hero, whom society deemed unsuitable) or her frugal uncle to dampen her spirits or prevent her from keeping Havenhurst (her ancestral home - which is on the verge of being put on the auctioneer's block). She's also very real and NOT entirely flawless.
Ian Thornton is not a hero. He is "THE" hero. To me, he defines heroism. He's just magnificent that I always wish I was Elizabeth. He has no equal.
There are so many wonderful scenes in this book, and also many wonderful secondary characters such as Lucinda (Elizabeth's duenna), John Marchman (a shy, wonderful man, who is one of Elizabeth's suitors), Bentner (Elizabeth's butler, who is addicted to mysteries) and more.
_ALMOST HEAVEN_ is the ultimate reading experience, and another book I would recommend is _A KINGDOM OF DREAMS_, which is a medieval.
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One of my favorite books written by this author. Funny and detailed; love the characters!Published 13 days ago by Sue
(First printing in 1990) One of the most charming, humorous, heartbreaking love stories you will ever read. A young woman falls in love, but is setup for disgrace. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ****
Ian Thornton and Elizabeth Cameron are possibly the most romantic lovers I've ever come across in a book. I have read and reread this book at least a dozen times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Burke
Again, an other book that absolutely loved and then lost. Thank God for Amazon!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This author is a gem to read. She's developed characters that are not only believable, but that the reader can relate to. I buy ALL of her books and fall in love all the time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Masters
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught was released in 1990. A great Regency romance novel. Elizabeth and Ian make a great couple,take their time getting together, and keep your interest... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it! It was a great historical romance with fabulous, fun characters. There was also a lot of humor in their situations which I liked.Published 8 months ago by A Customer