- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 3 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425250873
- ISBN-13: 978-0425250877
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.2 x 17.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 118 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #641,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ravishing the Heiress Mass Market Paperback – Jul 3 2012
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“Soul-searing, heartrending, and intensely romantic, this late Victorian historical takes the classic marriage-of-convenience theme to a refreshing new level, making effective use of alternating time periods, as the characters struggle to reconcile duty and loyalty with personal desire and to understand what love really is—and is not. Another exquisitely rendered, insightful romance from one of the genres stars.” –Library Journal
"Millie’s intellect and selflessness make her a standout among a cast of memorable characters in this expertly plotted and emotionally wrenching love story." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Thomas’s lyrical writing is really the star of the show.
There are writers who can tell a great story, and writers
who can tell a great story with beauty and artistry. Thomas
is in the latter category, and her writing is, quite simply, a
cut above.” —All About Romance
"Searing, tender, and filled with passion, her writing is nothing short of a revelation."—Lisa Kleypas
About the Author
The USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.
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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.
I will not go over details of the story; there are many on this page who have already done so and I don't want to be repetitive. I will say that Ms. Thomas' writing is intelligent, poignant, evocative. Although I usually hate plot lines where the "hero" is unfaithful, it works in this book because of the way their marriage came about and the bargain they struck. My heart bled for Millie, hopelessly in love with the man who was forced to marry her, and Fitzhugh, so slow to come to the realization that his feelings for his wife had evolved from friendship to love.
My only complaint about Ms. Thomas' writing is that she doesn't write fast enough! I'm a fan for life.