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Almost Heaven [Mass Market Paperback]

Judith McNaught
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June 1 1991
In this classic novel of two willful lovers caught in a breathless adventure of deception and betrayal, #1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught has created a powerful and unforgettable masterpiece.
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 Thornton, a notorious gambler and social outcast.
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?

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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. When orphaned Lady Elizabeth Cameron is discovered in the arms of Ian Thornton, said to be a gambler and blackguard, her reputation is destroyed. Elizabeth's half-brother shoots Ian in a duel and disappears, while she becomes an outcast. Finally her uncle decides to marry her off, dangling a generous dowry to entice former suitors to reinstate their offers. A bungling secretary erroneously accepts on behalf of scornful Ian, so, baggage and duenna in tow, Elizabeth lands at the door of Ian's hunting lodge. They eye each other warily, irritation and sheer bafflement vying with passion. McNaught is at her best with these two willful lovers; and fans should welcome the reappearance of Jordan and Alexandra Townsende (from bestseller Something Wonderful ) . Fastidious readers may be irked when McNaught's prose plummets into "the stormy splendor of the pagan kiss" or by an occasional anachronism.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Judith McNaught is the 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 bestseller Night Whispers, and other novels. There are more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She lives in Houston.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I WAS SMITTEN July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was my introduction to Judith McNaught. After reading it, I had my little sister (who works for a major bookstore) track down all the books Judith had written before it. I started reading Almost Heaven late one evening and finished it the following afternoon. I pretty much read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I was even reading while stopped at traffic lights! I had rarely bothered with romance novels before this book because the ones I had read seemed too unbelievable to me.
I loved all the characters (not just the hero and heroine), and the attention to detail - it felt as if I was really there. Parts of the book were hilarious and others were unbelievably sad. This book broke my heart and then healed it again. The only down side was that it wasn't long enough. I could have read about Ian and Elizabeth forever. Judith McNaught just can't write her books fast enough for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it's ALMOST heaven Feb. 17 2004
By Jem S.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hope nobody will condemn me for what I have to say. I already gave it a four-star-review for I know giving it less than that will gain me dozens of "unhelpful-votes". Maybe, I'll start with the good stuff. This novel have excellent humorous dialogues. McNaught has delivered every witty remarks with style. I CONGRATULATE her on that part! I thought I had read all the books that can make me laugh out loud. I was wrong! Here is another book that can make a person laugh without him/her doubting the author's abilities. I also like how she created Elizabeth's and Ian's characters. There are no denials of their love for each other. I applaud Ian's honest confession of his feelings for Elizabeth. It always pleases me to witness a man admits his feelings FIRST before the woman does. In romance novels, that's surely a rare possibility, and that's one of the parts I like about this novel. The bad parts are not really that bad. You see, the humor and anticipation filled the beginning. The emotions and the excitement were at the end. I enjoyed both segments extremely well. BUT...uh-oh...I hate to do this to a 5-star-book especially to a McNaught one, but I have to be honest...The middle is a little bit dry and slow. I had multiple urges to put down the book and do something else. Still, I was touched by the sweetness and sincerity of the affection blossoming between Ian and Elizabeth. I was also impressed that McNaught had succeeded to blend the title, Almost Heaven, at the remaining lines of the novel quite properly(unlike "Until You" which ALMOST turned the whole thing sour for me) which gave the novel a whole new definition. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story April 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this story immensely. The strong passion between the characters and the words of love spoken between them is enough to make the heart flutter.
This book would have received 5 stars from me, however there are a few things I had a beef about...
The first one being it was too wordy. I felt the same story could have been told without having to go into description over every little thing. I actually skipped some of the descriptions because they weren't needed in my opinion.
Second, the main characters didn't make love until very late in the book. There were *many* passionate scenes (stress the many), but it felt unfulfilling in a way that they never made it to the bed in all those times of passion.
Third, the heroine is just dense to believe her brother that he was tortured under Ian's care. She'd been around Ian long enough and made love to him many many times to know that he wasn't the kind of man to do such a thing. Sure, her brother convinced her of this, but she should have been suspicious of his story, since she knew he cheated at the duel with Ian and even had proof of his many attempts at Ian's life. I felt that the brother plot was contrived and the book could have ended before the whole courtroom drama unfolded.
I believe that the brother/courtroom plot might have played out better *before* she married Ian, before she came to know the man that he truly was. I wanted to slap her silly when she ran away and broke his heart.
However, (and that's a BIG however), the author makes up for the heroine's lack of wisdom at the end of the book with a splendid homecoming and epilogue.
Even with it's faults, this book is worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming Nov. 16 2003
By S. Lin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Almost Heaven is my first Judith McNaught book. Having been a Julie Garwood fan, I had run out of her books, so decided to try Ms. McNaught instead and I can't say I was disappointed. Now I have to get Whitney, My Love and already have Something Wonderful and A Kingdom Of Dreams, which I can't wait to read.
Elizabeth Cameron had once been the most sought-after debutante in London history, blessed with indescribable beauty. Needing to make a successful union in order to save her beloved country home from creditors, she has agreed to marry whoever her brother chooses. One night, however, she meets the intriguing and handsome Ian Thorton at a party of more "experienced" ladies and gentlemen. The innocent deb comes to Ian's defense time and again when other gentlemen called him a cheat and challenged him to duels just because he wasn't a noble like them. This causes Ian and Elizabeth to become closer as he opens his heart to this brave young woman...and they fall in love, with Ian offering marriage. Except everyone finds out due to a trick and now Elizabeth's reputation has been torn to shreds by gossip and Ian has disappeared after finding out that she was already betrothed. There is no longer any chance of marrying well in order to save her beloved Havenhurst. On top of that, her brother has also disappeared after having tried to Ian twice.
Two years later, with Elizabeth's uncle as her guardian, she is shamelessly offered to all suitors who had once sought her. Ian Thorton was one of them! Elizabeth hurt and betrayed, no longer wants to marry and tries to dissuade each and every suitor. Ian, finding her in his Scotland cottage, begins to soften toward her once again. He remains remote until Elizabeth is summoned home to marry a disgustingly perverted old man...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story
This book will appeal to all ladies who love a wonderful exciting love story. The details and action and humor only add to the greatstory. Read more
Published 16 months ago by norma a feeley
4.0 out of 5 stars Really well done
I really enjoyed this book. So many romance novels are badly written, badly researched and badly plotted. Read more
Published on March 21 2008 by Lucy Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING...
i've got dozens of romance novels at home and nothing has ever come close to ALMOST HEAVEN. i've read it twice already and im planning to read it again soon for the 3rd time. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by rochelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
This is such a great novel. Kind of hard to put down and the Thornton character was a really nice change from the polite socialite in Englist society. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
I delayed reading the epilogue for a full day because I just didn't want this story to end. It took me as long to read 2 chapters as it did 30. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars McNaught does it again!
While I really do think that most of McNaught's books disserve 5 stars, this one is amongst her best. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by Alena
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic characters
Ian Thornton was simply one of the best romance heroes. It was so refreshing to see that he accepted his love for Elizabeth right from the start. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
I cannot add much to what has already been said by more than 100 other readers, but I wanted to register my vote that this is one of the best romance novels I have ever read. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars *Sigh*
There are so many reasons why this book touched me. I loved seeing Jordon and Alex from Something Wonderful... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by allie-kat
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