- Series: The Fitzhugh Trilogy (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425250873
- ISBN-13: 978-0425250877
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ravishing the Heiress (The Fitzhugh Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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A lovely tribute to the great book A Civil Contract. The hero is kind but mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart. The heroine, who views herself as the usurper, loves him.
It is heart wrenching for everyone involved. This version has a satisfying happily ever after, more fictional than the bittersweet A Civil Contract.
I highly recommend it but be warned. You will need a tissue.
Lord Fitzhugh, at nineteen, inherited his title and debts from his cousin who recently died. Fitz is under-aged. He has a guardian, Colonel Clements. The Colonel made a business arrangement with Mr. Graves for his sixteen- year-old daughter Millie, an Heiress, to married Fitz. Mr. Graves will have a son-in-law with a title and Lord Fitzhugh's debts are all paid up plus money for him to do as he pleases.
Being forced to married, Millie and Fitz made a pack and agreed that in eight-years, they will consummate their marriage. In the meantime, Fitz can have all the mistresses he can handle. Fitz wasn't ready to settle down and have children at nineteen. Millie was too young to bear children. After eight-years and Fitz has an heir, Millie and Fitz will go their separate ways. Divorce is out of the question. Then Fitz can pursue his childhood love.
After Millie and Fitz had been married eight-years, they developed a unique kind of platonic friendship. Over the years, Fitz has come to trust Millie with her opinion on business or someone to vent to. Millie is the only one he trusts for advice. They are best friends. Millie is an intelligent, soft spoken, classy lady and she was secretly in love with Fitz the moment they were introduced eight-years ago.
I am amazed that I was able to finished Ravishing the Heiress. There were many time when I wanted to stop. The first several chapters were rather confusing. I wasn't sure where the author was going. Then, I realized she was going from present to past the entire novel. The author would have done a lot better if she had stay on track inside of bouncing around.
The problem was that I felt like I didn't get enough of the hero and heroine's story in the present time. I would have like to have seen more of that. Even though we were given the flashbacks it felt like you didn't really know them as a couple. I also didn't see the need to have so much time taken away from them and allot to Helena and Hasting when it's a sure thing that they are going to have their own book. The ending wasn't satisfying, and I think it suffered because of all the disruptions. I did enjoy the story apart from all the interruptions though and like always, I will look forward to ST's next installment.
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