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Almost Heaven: A Novel (The Sequels series) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1991
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Well-developed main characters with a compelling mutual attraction give strength and charm to this romance set in 19th-century Great Britain. (Publishers Weekly on ALMOST HEAVEN)
Judith McNaught once again works her unique magic in this charming, sparkling romance. (RT Book Reviews on REMEMBER WHEN)
People have been waiting for this book for years… Until You takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. (Kathe Robin in USA Today on UNTIL YOU)
By portraying her protagonists with verve and good humor, and adroitly mixing corporate maneuvers and passionate encounters, McNaught has produced a captivating tale. (Publishers Weekly on PARADISE)
Fans of Danielle Steel and Janet Daily who enjoy a stylish… fast-paced story will welcome McNaught. (Library Journal on PARADISE)
Judith McNaught comes close to an Edith Wharton edge. (The Chicago Tribune on PARADISE)
A mixture of virtue and passion that is almost—ahem—perfect. (Kirkus Reviews on PERFECT)
Judith McNaught is in a class by herself. (USA Today on WHITNEY, MY LOVE)
The ultimate love story, one you can dream about forever. (RT Book Reviews on WHITNEY, MY LOVE)
A wonderful love story…fast-paced and exciting…great dialogue! (New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux on WHITNEY, MY LOVE)
About the Author
Judith McNaught is the #1 New York Times bestselling author who first soared to stardom with her stunning bestseller Whitney, My Love and went on to win the hearts of millions of readers with Once and Always, Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect, Until You, Remember When, Someone to Watch Over Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller Night Whispers, and many other novels. There are more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
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Now, maybe that's a little presumptuous of me, but eh, how else could she know how to make me love every one of her books?
You have another idea? Didn't think so.
Just like Whitney, My Love or A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven is deeply developed, with dimensional characters full of sizzling chemistry - whose romance grows on you until it burns into your heart.
This hero. Lord have mercy.
I'm not one for sweet heroes, and I was unsure - even though he had an intoxicating presence about him - how much I was going to love a hero who immediately proposes to the heroine, while professing to her that's she "magnificent." Well, I should have known right away (this is Judith McNaught folks, Queen of Conflict) that their amicable relationship wouldn't last long, and that their short 'tryst' actually became a nightmare for the heroine.
I don't particularly like to read about couples who have already met before - at least in a romantic way - and neither do I like flashbacks to show the scene we weren't there to witness. But McNaught does it in a way that makes it feel like it's the present, and the first meeting between Ian and Elizabeth was electric - Ian, a more handsome than sin scoundrel without a title nor fortune to keep him in the ton's good graces.
If it wouldn't come off strange, I would write this entire review swooning over just how hot this hero actually is. But, alas, that might make me come off as a lonely creeper.
Confidence. Intelligence. An electric sex appeal. Ian had it all. He went from poor to riches. There is nothing more attractive than an ambitious man - and that is exactly what he was. At one point he was aspiring to marry a stunning, intelligent debutante who he met briefly during a weekend party, until he found out she was cuckolding her fiance by looking for a fling with him - or so he thought.
Two years later, Elizabeth's in dire straights, about to lose her home she has spent the past years stringing pennies along to keep. She's a social outcast from being caught up in the scandal with Ian, and she wants nothing more than to never see him again. But little does she know her uncle has written her past suitors to try to marry her off again. Ian being one of them, but only because his incompetent servant agreed to the wrong letter.
Elizabeth was a fierce, intelligent heroine. Her hatred of Ian is greatly returned, and when she shows up on his doorstep in rural Scotland, they both didn't think they'd be pulled together like they had that very first time two years past.
Almost Heaven was so much fun. I found myself trying to quell my laughter so my husband didn't wake up - and yes, I stayed up way too late to finish it. The chemistry between the couple was electric - hell, Ian was eletric himself, and there was an abundance of conflict to keep me stuck to the pages. A fantastic tale by JM going straight to my favorites' shelf.
P.S. This new kindle edition desperately needs proofread. Come on, Simon & Schuster - very disappointed in you. It's littered with awkward misspellings, punctuation errors, and random typos.
I went from liking Ian, to disliking Ian, to loving Ian, to hating Ian, then back to liking him again (he was very contrite, but man was he cold!). Elizabeth was likable from the start (if a bit naive), but she was supremely stupid where her brother was concerned.
Great supporting characters, especially Elizabeth's servants! They provided some good comic relief, which was needed in this emotional book.
Besides that, I caught myself wishing that I could meet a man like Ian in the real world. He heightened my standard for men because he was not only tall, handsome, dark and sexy as we see in a lot of romances and in real life. He was also very caring, loving and dedicated to the woman he loved, very intelligent, smart and fast thinking and I loved him for being so strong willed and honorable. I love a man with strong and good personality! The only thing I didn't like about him was his habit of spending and throwing away enormous amount of money just to show his love for her. That was stupid and unnecessary.
At last, I wished that the sex scenes were hotter. They were very romantic but I wished them be more steamy, eventhough I think it's not the author style.
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There are good summaries so I will skip that here.
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