Sunday, August 9, 2009

Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

This novel by Judith McNaught is classic romance. It has strong characters and lots of plot twists. Elizabeth Cameron is a strong, smart young woman trying to avoid being "matched" by her uncle who is also her guardian. She runs her home, Havenhurst, efficiently and is known for her bargaining with merchants. Unfortunately, she has had to pay off debts incurred by her deceased father and her missing brother. To do this, she has sold off valuable artifacts and furnishings from her home. She meets Ian Thornton, a wealthy but untitled man, at a friend's country weekend party. They have a romantic episode, but misunderstandings ensue, rumors are spread, and they are separated. Ian leaves to attend to his many business ventures, but Elizabeth is treated badly. Of course, she deals with it, but all her offers for marriage are withdrawn. After a year, her uncle wants to get her married for financial reasons and sends letters to all the men who were interested in her previously. Only 3 return invitations for Elizabeth to come visit to see if they will suit. Ian is one of those men; however his invitation was sent by mistake. Elizabeth convinces the first two men they won't suit, but then she gets "stuck" at Ian's cottage in Scotland. One thing leads to another, but I don't want to ruin the reading for you. Suffice it to say that there is a lot of emotion and romance. The supporting characters are great, too. I really liked this book and didn't want to put it down. It was very entertaining.

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