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Something Wonderful (The Sequels series) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1991
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Judith McNaught not only spins dreams, but she makes them come true... She makes you laugh, cry and fall in love again. This book is a cherished treasure. (RT Book Reviews on SOMETHING WONDERFUL)
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)
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Bestselling author Judith McNaught masterfully portrays a remarkable heroine, and an unforgettable passion, in this powerfully moving love story -- one of her most beloved novels of all time!
The tempestuous marriage of Alexandra Lawrence, an innocent country girl, and Jordan Townsende, the rich and powerful Duke of Hawthorne, is about to face its ultimate test of tender loyalty. Swept into the endlessly fascinating world of London society, free-spirited Alexandra becomes ensnared in a tangled web of jealousy and revenge, stormy pride and overwhelming passion. But behind her husband's cold, arrogant mask, there lives a tender, vital, sensual man...the man Alexandra married. Now, she will fight for his very life...and the rapturous bond they alone can share.
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Alexandra shivered deliciously. “Something wonderful."
There is always something about historical romance that can get me out of a book slump. There’s just something about them that pulls on my heart strings with their one of a kind love stories. And Something Wonderful didn’t disappoint.
When seventeen-year-old Alex, daughter of a lord and a commoner, saves Jordan, the Duke of Hawthorne from some highwaymen, well that’s when something wonderful begins. It isn’t all flowers and rainbows—that’s what I love about Judith McNaught’s novels. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions.
Jordan is a rake, player—call him what you want. He does not deserve Alex. She has “life is wonderful” goggles over her eyes; is kind, selfless, so trusting, and so naïve. She thinks of Jordan as a god, when he’s nothing but a libertine.
I had a smile on my face the entire beginning of Something Wonderful. After certain circumstances arise, Jordan and Alex are forced into a marriage. Neither wants it. But Alex makes it known that she will accept it. And her young heart immediately falls for Jordan. God, I was cringing at her naivety and declarations of love, for only Jordan to say “Thank you.” But it was also so endearing to me. It showed my black heart how selfless and true young love can be. And hers was.
When Jordan disappears and is declared dead, Alex is broken. But it was her husband’s wish that she be accepted into society, and so she worked hard to become what he wanted. At first, she was so naïve, and so in love with Jordan that she made a fool of herself, because she didn’t know the kind of man he was. She was unknowingly complimenting his mistresses' looks, and becoming the laugh of the ton. Until she changes it all around and realizes how Jordan had played her, and who he really was.
When Jordan returns, it’s to find Alex about to marry his cousin. The only reason he got through the torture he’d been through, was thoughts of getting back to her. He realized she was it for him, and he wanted a life with her. A five star read for me if I didn’t find some parts a bit slow. But still a very enjoyable one, nonetheless.
Something Wonderful takes us on a journey of jealously, betrayal, lust and love. Another great one by Judith McNaught, and I’d absolutely recommend to lovers of historical romance.
"Something wonderful had happened."
Started ordering the kindle version of JM's books simply because I was hooked on her books many years ago. They are so riddled with angst and emotional roller coasters with beautiful endings that just makes you sigh.
Anyway Something Wonderful is typical of books from the 90s. Full of beautiful and flawed characters. It's unapologetic in its use of cliches and drama for the sake of drama. The only complications are the misunderstandings between h/h which is compounded by well-meaning friends. Who needs enemies?
There are several flaws in the story as well. Some things are not fleshed out enough to satisfy my curiosity. For example, Hawk goes through a horrendous YEAR of torture and pain in a foreign land, for which he was taken for dead, but he just bounces back into London once he gets free. Not too much was spent on recovery or any ill effects. It's like "oh I spent a year in chains and tortured and nearly died, but I'm fine really. I'm more interested in going back to being this rich supercool Duke with ice running through my veins."
They never even talk about it. I find that a major waste of plot line. And not even Alexandra (who at one time loved him unconditionally, before her blinders were removed that is) thought to ask or worry about it. Life, obviously goes on pretty quickly back then.
The back and forth love/mistrust/jealousy/love roller coaster is jarring too. Good thing I've read this book a long time ago to know what to expect.
One thing I learned is that reading JM's books at different stages in my life is quite enlightening lol.