Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
"Elizabeth Cameron.....The Countess of Havenhurst possessed a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation is shattered when she is discovered in the arms of Ian Thorton, a notorious gambler and social outcast.
Ian Thorton.....A dangerously handsome man of secret wealth and mysterious lineage, his voyage to Elizabeth's heart is fraught with intrigue, scandal, and a venomous revenge.
Destined for each other, yet wary of each other's motives, Elizabeth and Ian engage in a dance of suspicion and passion that tests the very soul of their star-crossed love. As a twisting path of secrets takes them from London's drawing rooms to the mysterious Scottish Highlands, Elizabeth must learn the truth: is Ian merely a ruthless fortune hunter at heart?" (from the publisher)
Looking for the perfect summertime read? Grab a glass of iced tea and relax with a Judith McNaught novel, and I promise you won't be disappointed.
Her books hook me right from the first page, and the plot is always tightly woven threads that all fall neatly into place for a satisfying ending. Her characters always seem to be three-dimensional and, of course, beautiful. Lavish settings with dukes and duchesses, exquisite ballgowns glowing in candlelight, and ladies and gentlemen waltzing the evening away....until a shocking scandal and the mother of all misunderstandings disrupts what would have been a delightful evening and a promising future. Their road to recovering from the scandal and finding their way back to each other makes Almost Heaven an entertaining and poignant read.
My only minor complaint with the storyline was the silly turn of events near the very end -- without giving away a major spoiler, the heroine, Elizabeth, must take the witness stand and decides to play the part of a witless chit (translation: too stupid to live) and I think it came across as very silly and unnecessary in an otherwise really delightful tale of star-crossed lovers.
Title: Almost Heaven
Author: Judith McNaught
genre: historical romance