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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.ELIZABETH CAMERONThe Countess of Havenhurst possessed a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation is shattered when she isIn 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.ELIZABETH CAMERONThe 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.IAN THORNTONA 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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Number of Pages : 544 Pages
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Almost Heaven Reviews

  • Dina
    2018-11-29 19:03

    I absolutely LOVE this book! This is what I posted at the RF (Amazon) when I read it for the 1st time, and I'm simply copying my post here on GR because I'm lazy and don't feel like writing a full review...Well, I've just finished reading Almost Heaven and I'm glad to say that I'm in love with Ian, Elizabeth, and everyone and everything else in the book. :) I especially loved Ian for having no fear admitting to himself he was in love with Elizabeth without knowing if she felt the same, and I adored Elizabeth for standing her ground and not cowering when Ian tried to send her away.I though the Big Misunderstanding issue would turn me off because I'm not a fan of this kind of plot device - and there were not only one, but two in this book -, but JM made it believable to me. Ian and Elizabeth were so much in love with each other that it rendered them defenseless, insecure and wary. The more you love someone, the more you're open to being hurt by them.Quoting Elizabeth: "I've hurt you terribly, my love, and I'll hurt you again during the next fifty years. And you are going to hurt me, Ian - never, I hope, as much as you are hurting me now. But if that's the way it has to be, then I'll endure it, because the only alternative is to live without you, and that is no life at all." Oh my!And I can't resist adding my favorite passage:"If you would take one step forward, darling, you could cry in my arms. And while you do, I'll tell you how sorry I am for everything I've done -" Unable to wait, Ian caught her, pulling her tightly against him. "And when I'm finished," he whispered hoarsely as she wrapped her arms around him and wept brokenly, "you can help me find a way to forgive myself."Tortured by her tears, he clasped her tighter and rubbed his jaw against her temple, his voice a ravaged whisper: "I'm sorry," he told her. He cupped her face between his palms, tipping it up and gazing into her eyes, his thumbs moving over her wet cheeks. "I'm sorry." Slowly, he bent his head, covering her mouth with his. "I'm so damned sorry."OMG, I cried when I read that! And I'm not ashamed to say, my eyes are "suspiciously bright" right now, while I'm typing this...I'll stop now. Otherwise, I'll just end up posting every single line of dialogue exchanged between Ian and Elizabeth. :)

  • Karen
    2018-12-10 14:38

    5 SOLID STARS ★★★★★[image error]“Because,” he said quietly as she stood up, “until you walked into it, this was an ordinary garden.”Puzzled, Elizabeth tipped her head. “What is it now?” “Heaven.” And… once again, I am SPEECHLESS!!! Words just can not express the love I have for Judith McNaught and her incredible books. And with such appropriate titles. Every time I finish one, I want to flip back to the beginning and read it all over again. I am convinced that NO ONE can write a romantic character as well. …the arrogance, the depth of feeling …the intelligence, strength and wit are just astounding. Not to mention the battle of wills and the angst that always sets the characters against each other, bounding through fields of torment and longing, love and self-loathing …absolutely FUCKING BRILLIANT!!![image error]Lady Elizabeth Cameron, the Countess of Havenhurst, was a rare beauty. She had a face that could bring any man to his knees, but she also possessed immeasurable grace, wit and charm, innocence and pride. She was gentle, loyal, and incredibly courageous for someone so young. But surpassing all of these desirable qualities were the most captivating emerald eyes Ian Thornton had ever seen. Losing both her parents by the time she was seventeen, Elizabeth had been left, along with her half-brother Robert Cameron to manage their family’s estate. But large gambling debts incurred by both her late father and her brother, had left Havenhurst stripped of it’s former splendor. Trying desperately to save her family’s legacy, Elizabeth is left to manage the estate on her own, and suffer the pursuit by numerous debtors.[image error]Meanwhile, Robert Cameron, her half-brother, and her Uncle Julius, have decided that an advantageous marriage to a wealthy and titled suitor just might solve all of the families financial troubles. So she is to be presented in London's finest society functions, where the ton's most elibible bachelors will be gathering to select a wife.[image error]Elizabeth is a smashing success, and receives an unprecedented number of offers for her hand. But while Robert is busy squaring up the betrothal agreement for Viscount Mondevale’s offer, Elizabeth is off wandering through the gardens at a society party and unknowingly catching the eye of yet another gentleman.[image error]Ian Thornton is a notoriously wealthy, and dangerously handsome man. Rumored to be the bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, he has earned a reputation as a high-stakes gambler, and a ruthless businessman as well as an unspeakable rake. He is not well respected as a gentleman, and is frequently the subject of malicious gossip amongst the ton. But he is also quite charming and often irresistible to the ladies. And Elizabeth is no exception.Caught completely unaware of his questionable reputation, Elizabeth is pressured by her new found friends to coax him into dancing with her. Little did she know that her association with him was going to change her life forever.“And as to needing to know who I am, that’s very simple to answer.” His hand lifted, grazing her pale cheek, then smoothing backward, cupping her head. Gently he explained, “I am the man you’re going to marry.”[image error] “Your eyes are more lethal than dueling pistols, my sweet.” he said wryly. “They could make a saint forget his goal.”And as it goes, seizing on their opportunity, Elizabeth’s jealous friends, maliciously set her up for a scandal that will tear her down, ruin her reputation, and destroy any chances she might have had at landing a husband. [image error]When he finally dragged his mouth from hers Ian kept his arms around her,and Elizabeth laid her cheek against his crisp white shirt, feeling his lips brush the hair atop her head.“That was an even bigger mistake than I feared it would be,” he said, and then he added almost absently, “God help us both.”And the results are catastrophic! Not only are her offers withdrawn, but duels are waged, blood is spilled, and reputations are ruined. Elizabeth’s brother is so enraged by the turn of events and the advances of this notorious blackguard, that he goes on a murderous rampage to defend her honor, and then just disappears leaving Elizabeth alone to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. With mounting debts and little left of her reputation, Elizabeth must find a way to survive on her own, and find some way of keeping her family's estate from the auctioners block.“Dying over an argument isn’t honor, it’s a waste of a man’s life.”AND that is just the introduction… I loved every minute of this story! Good and bad. So much scandal and passion, so many regrets. And Ian… sweet baby Jesus, Ian Thornton …so in love with the girl he can barely control his wits, yet so incredibly prideful that he won’t EVER be made of fool of. He leaves her to her fate.Oh, there will be a HEA.. but it will tear your heart out first, chew it up and spit it out. And you will beg for more. His gaze held hers, and his voice was tender and rough. “Love me, Elizabeth.”What a story! I could go on and on, but I’ve already said too much. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Watching like a hungry voyeur. I can say no more. I am choked up with joyous exultation. Ok… maybe that was laying it on a bit thick. But you get my meaning.[image error] “If you would take one step forward, darling, you could cry in my arms. And while you do, I’ll tell you how sorry I am for everything I’ve done.”I highly recommend all of these incredible books to anyone who has a love of love, unforgettable dialogue and great writing. This is ROMANCE PORN in it’s most explicit 19th century form. [image error]

  • Mo
    2018-11-18 16:58

    Another re-read. Another hit. Seriously, Ms McNaught is the Queen of Historical fiction ... well in this series anyway. I do think she left the best 'til last, even though I did love the first two in the series also. Ian. Ian, Ian, Ian ... I think I loved Ian more than Jordon and Jason (although while I was reading about them, I was totally in love with them) - maybe it is because Ian is a Commoner ... and he is Scottish, well, half-Scottish. I do love Scotland. I have already reviewed the book on first reading it, so won't bore you anymore. It's such a pity that this author doesn't write Historicals anymore. And that Epilogue. I have said it before and I'll say it again, "every book should have an epilogue".ORIGINAL REVIEW IS BELOW ********************************************************Five Heavenly Stars. If I could give it more stars, I would.Elizabeth Cameron, with her angelic beauty, golden hair and shining green eyes, had taken London by storm. She was not a rage She was the rageI could not put this book down. I am not sure if any review can do it justice. I think it might have become one of my favourite books ever.”Look, Elizabeth, isn’t he divine in a sort of mysterious, wicked way?”Divine, divine you say. Ian, Ian, Ian, I loved you. Such a torturned hero. I felt for him. I really don’t want to say much about the storyline as it is a wonderfully woven tale that is best discovered by yourselves.”I think,” he said softly, “that you are magnificent.”Their love story is not a straightforward tale. There are trials and tribulations, misunderstandings, lies, mistrusts. It had it all. But it was worth it. I swear I could literally start the book from the beginning straight away. I loved it that much. “Elizabeth’s entire body started to tremble as his lips began descending to hers. and she sought to forestall what her heart knew was inevitable by reasoning with him. “A gently bred Englishwoman,” she shakily quoted Lucinda’s lecture. “feels nothing stronger than affection. We do not fall in love.” His warm lips covered hers. “I’m a Scot,” he murmured huskily. “We do.””Dance with me, Elizabeth.”And for this of you who think there are NO sex scenes in Historicals... there are. And very nice they are too.“Because,” he said quietly as she stood up, “until you walked into it, this was an ordinary garden.”Puzzled, Elizabeth tipped her head. “What is it now?” “Heaven.”I loved meeting with Jordan and Alex from the previous book… and the Dowager!I wish Ms McNaught would write more Historicals. I know she has written contemporaries also but I think she shines in the Historical genre.The sight that Ian beheld when he looked up make his grin fade as tenderness and awe shook through him. Spread out before him in colorful splendor were the most magnificent flower gardens I an had ever beheld. The other heirs of Havenhurst night have added stone and mortar to the house, but Elizaebeth had given it breathtaking beauty.”It was the longest three weeks of his life. It was the shortest of hersI feel I could wax lyrical about this book for ages and ages but I’d better not. As I have said before to those of you who do NOT read historicals, please give them a try. The three books in this series have been solid FIVE stars, if not more for me.And I got my Epilogue. And what a wonderful Epilogue it was. It was Heaven.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-22 17:42

    Almost Heaven? No this book...WAS Heaven!

  • Rane
    2018-12-10 19:47

    There’s been many books I can say I couldn’t put down, but I can truly say there’s also been just a handful of books where it was sometimes physical impossible to stop reading, and putting the book away. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught was one of those books. Through the hardships,tears and yes, misunderstandings I couldn’t put this book down, I wanted, no needed to keep reading to find out what happen next to these two amazing leads. Elizabeth Cameron was one of those heroine’s you love on the spot, she was smart, beautiful but she had most of all courage and bountiful amounts of love to give. After having her uncle force her hand in an unwanted marriages, Elizabeth is face once again with her past, one where in order to save her home and her brother from debts she was to get married to a rich, kind man and she felt foolish enough to fall in love whom she thought was the wrong man and only wanted her for a quick tumble in the sheets, and with a vengeful friend out to destroy her, Elizabeth’s reputation was in ruins. Elizabeth without her brother whom up and left and only her home to go back to, keeps moving on. Elizabeth may have been brought down to a low, but she was strong enough to face whatever came her way, and it’s her strength that shows many of times, as she has to fight many battles along the way, but she stays strong and keeps hope in her heart.Ian Thornton, Ian, how I adore thee. Ian was one of those men you wish you could meet in real life, he felt so real at times, I thought he just jump off the pages, where I could yell at him for being mule-headed but hold him when he was hurting. Ian was at times such a complex man and at times so simple. Ian’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses, the son of a disowned peer and a sister of a Scottish vicar, Ian’s life was quickly turn to the worse when his family suddenly die in a fire. Ian goes through life making gambles and money hand over fist, but never truly happy, until he finds love and heartbreak with Elizabeth. Ian like Elizabeth get caught in a tangle of misunderstandings, but these misunderstandings bring them back together. Ian is very open about his passion and later his love of Elizabeth and shy about himself. Ian was at times heartbreaking sweet and mule-headed pain in the butt, but I loved learning about him every second, and I loved him deeply.Ian and Elizabeth have a long road ahead of them, and it’s their love and their forgiveness that heal their hearts and the sadly the wounds they inflicted on one another through things beyond their control, but their love was stronger and able to overcome their hundles and find peace and love in one another. There was so many memorable characters plotted around the story, from Elizabeth’s childhood friend Alex to Ian old time friend Jack but my favorites were Lucy- Elizabeth’s companion, who may have been stern but had a quick witted mind and knew how to handle a mean horse. And Ian’s grandfather who knew his mistake and wanted to make it up not only to Ian’s father, but to Ian himself, and was willing to let go of his pride in the end to do that.Overall: This book was beautiful from start to finish and yes, I have I did cry buckets, but more often then not they were tears of joys as two great souls Ian and Elizabeth finding one another. This book wasn’t Almost Heaven to read but truly Heavenly!

  • Danielle
    2018-12-01 22:08

    I'm pretty sure - but not positive - that Judith McNaught is actually a god-like being who writes romance from the sky, just for me. Now, maybe that's a little presumptuous of me, but eh, how else could she know how to make me love every one of her books? You have another idea? Didn't think so. Just like Whitney, My Love or A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven is deeply developed, with dimensional characters full of sizzling chemistry - whose romance grows on you until it burns into your heart. This hero. Lord have mercy.I'm not one for sweet heroes, and I was unsure - even though he had an intoxicating presence about him - how much I was going to love a hero who immediately proposes to the heroine, while professing to her that's she "magnificent." Well, I should have known right away (this is Judith McNaught folks, Queen of Conflict) that their amicable relationship wouldn't last long, and that their short 'tryst' actually became a nightmare for the heroine. I don't particularly like to read about couples who have already met before - at least in a romantic way - and neither do I like flashbacks to show the scene we weren't there to witness. But McNaught does it in a way that makes it feel like it's the present, and the first meeting between Ian and Elizabeth was electric - Ian, a more handsome than sin scoundrel without a title nor fortune to keep him in the ton's good graces. If it wouldn't come off strange, I would write this entire review swooning over just how hot this hero actually is. But, alas, that might make me come off as a lonely creeper. Confidence. Intelligence. An electric sex appeal. Ian had it all. He went from poor to riches. There is nothing more attractive than an ambitious man - and that is exactly what he was. At one point he was aspiring to marry a stunning, intelligent debutante who he met briefly during a weekend party, until he found out she was cuckolding her fiance by looking for a fling with him - or so he thought. Two years later, Elizabeth's in dire straights, about to lose her home she has spent the past years stringing pennies along to keep. She's a social outcast from being caught up in the scandal with Ian, and she wants nothing more than to never see him again. But little does she know her uncle has written her past suitors to try to marry her off again. Ian being one of them, but only because his incompetent servant agreed to the wrong letter. Elizabeth was a fierce, intelligent heroine. Her hatred of Ian is greatly returned, and when she shows up on his doorstep in rural Scotland, they both didn't think they'd be pulled together like they had that very first time two years past. Almost Heaven was so much fun. I found myself trying to quell my laughter so my husband didn't wake up - and yes, I stayed up way too late to finish it. The chemistry between the couple was electric - hell, Ian was eletric himself, and there was an abundance of conflict to keep me stuck to the pages. A fantastic tale by JM going straight to my favorites' shelf.

  • Victoria
    2018-11-15 16:57

    Going back to other books I've read from this author I feel like I'm still holding grudges against Clayton, Jason, and Jordan. Their actions against their partners were horrible. I found them way too ruthless but their stories were compelling enough to enthrall me to the very end. Almost Heaven is a long book, 475 pages long, and I stopped reading it at page 370. The writing, as always with McNaught, was brilliant, and even though I found Elizabeth's character (unlike other McNaught's more interesting heroines) shallow and predictable, the story was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Sadly, the main character's immensely stupid action made me dislike her so terribly, and my annoyance with her idiocy was such, that I lost interest in a book in which I'd had invested so much of my time. Bah!!!!

  • Jana
    2018-11-29 19:01

    It's very typical Judith McNaught, still very different from the rest of her books. Ian for instance isn't English, but 'brutal Scot' and just because he's Scot seemed like McNaught saved all of her best words and emotions for this man. But like in most of her books, her dialogues are so beautifully written that are you pulled into her world, with this book even more because English ton doesn't approve showing public emotions, Ian approves them very much. Dialogues between him and Elisabeth who is a true gem as well left me in awe, because there is this special connection that I feel most of the time when I read McNaught's books and I don't know how she does it. She is so mature and effortless writer. Ian is definitely the proudest man I have encountered in this genre, but he as well had something that I hadn't seen before: a happy and normal upbringing. Writing it like this black on white, it doesn't sound like something special, but in this genre where all men are dangerous alphas, he is alpha with irresistible signature. It's his awareness, bluntness, softness, emotional intelligence and how properly smart this man really is. His perceptions are flawless, he gets under your skin after a few pages because you don't expect some of the things that he does, but again that's why he's so different: his roots alienate him from the previous McNaught stories. I mean most of rouges in this genre are brain gifted, but I guess I liked him more than the rest was because he was so believable. His maturity was touching and this guy was normal, considering the setting. And his pace with Elisabeth was incredible. I love the floatness of this story and how simple and understandable everything was. And it's actually the only book that I read so far that wrote against the British ton: that it's not as perfect as this genre wants us to see it, it gave me blacker vision of that society. It seemed very accurate, with its unbelievably cruel rules if you are not playing for the same team. Yeah, definitely almost heaven experience.

  • Zeek
    2018-11-17 21:05

    I needed an escape read/ go-to the other week, so I went straight to Dame McNaught. I’m sad that she doesn’t write any more, but her oldies still do it for me. (although rumor has it… 2017?) It’s been awhile since I read Ian and Elizabeth’s story, but the first sentence reeled me back in. There is something to be said about that. Elizabeth, The Countess of Havenhurst, is practically destitute, despite her title. But she’s okay with that. She loves managing the estate, which she’s had to do since her half brother disappeared several years ago, even with a diminished staff and no money. She bargains like the shrewdest market trader, keeps the books and a budget, and loves her flower garden. She has no family left-just the staff who stayed behind. No family, but one- her uncle. And he wants her married and out of his hair.So he does the unthinkable- he sends letters to any gentleman that previously offered their hand in marriage to Lady Cameron...even though they were summarily rejected. Because Elizabeth is quite the beauty, that number is pretty significant. One problem? The scandal that ruined all her prospects. Now she must endure the shame of having her uncle practically selling her off to the lowest bidder. But this is why I love Elizabeth- she doesn’t let such things settle on her. Nope, she figures out a way to outsmart him- well him and the three gentleman who actually agreed to the ludicrous request.Now she must spend time with each and make her choice. And she's determined to be her very worst with each except one. Mr. Ian Thornton. The source of the scandal. Why this man agreed to the arrangement she’ll never know, but she’s about to find out.Ian has no idea what prankster got it in their head to play such a cruel joke on him in the guise of a marriage offer to the empty headed beautiful young woman who nearly derailed him 3 years ago. But he wants none of it. Thinking he dismissed the offer with a resounding no, imagine his surprise at having her show up at his family homestead in Scotland. Due to a miscommunication on his part however, he’s unable to get rid of her and they settle in for the pre-requisite time. But it’s just enough time to fall in love once again.Despite the fact they seemed to be destined for each other, lies and secrets lie between them and with two equally willful people, it’s bound to tear them apart.I love these two. Ian because he’s uber intelligent and broody and very like the Mr. Thornton of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. ::dreamy sigh:: Elizabeth because she’s clever and so well read and mostly because she can hold her own with Ian while still remaining sweet and likeable. I want to be her friend. There is more than one misunderstanding in this book. I know, I know- everyone hates the big misunderstanding plot twist, including me right about now, but McNaught is the reason everyone uses it- because when it’s done right, like she always manages... it just works. There’s many painful and beautiful moments in the this story, but for some reason, the one that remained with me through all these years since I first read Almost Heaven, was the epilogue. Ian Thorntan with his son. That little interaction never left me and I’m not sure why. So 5 stars because… Judith McNaught.

  • Esther
    2018-11-10 16:48

    Absolutely one of the most emotionally satisfying endings and epilogue in a historical romance (for me anyway).I wish there where more books/authors that gave as much detail, closure, emotion to the ending of a love story's like JM. Loved Ian and Elizabeth and their love story, so touching, moving, sad, affecting and poignant!!!!

  • Andrea Hussey
    2018-11-29 21:51

    The story immediately sucked me in. It was intriguing and interesting and it got me curious about her and about him, and why her uncle was sending out letters to all 15 men who had offered for her. That part was well told and hooked me, and 1st pages rarely interest me as much. Then we get to the men themselves, and 1 is aging and has nvr ben married but is with his whore, and details like that just go hand in hand with Judith McNaught. This is why I didn’t want to read her novels, bcuz of the slutty, classless details. Wen he 1st read the letter and immediately turned it away, I was very curious to learn about their history.The scene in the past just kept going on and on, and I wondered when we’d be back at the present time. It seemed like it was going to go on and on. I didn’t like how she blamed the entire thing on him, saying he was the monster that had ruined her life, and thrust all of the blame on him, when she was certainly not blameless. I didn’t like her so much.Because Thornton thinks she’s conceited and spoiled, she’s actually nice to her servants, pinches pennies, rides her horse in plain, outdated clothes, and buys food at the market. Of course. Of course she would be the exact opposite. It just makes me roll my eyes because it’s so contrived. I want to naturally like a character, not feel like the author is forcing me to. And this whole theme of being penniless, in debt, and having to do away with servants is getting really old. You can’t do the same theme in every book. The charming, quirky characters that serve her and choose to stay on and they’re loyal to her when they’re not to her parents or uncle or something is getting old. You can only do that so much without people getting tired of it. The comment about if Elizabeth hadn’t been so alarmed by his proposal to meet her she would have stopped to wonder how and when Ian had become so familiar with Charise’s property and all its secluded haunts really rubbed me the wrong way. I really love how Judith McNaught always has the past mistresses meet up with the woman he gets with. It’s so romantic. This is why I don’t read McNaught’s books. She always hammers in that the man has slept with plenty of women and just thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t stand it. I don’t know why you would want to just fawn over his sex life like it’s something to be happy about. It’s really twisted. Like who wants to know your husband had sex with countless women before you, and talk about it. I don’t wanna read about that crap. Just like Brenda Joyce, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and countless others, she’s just fascinated with his sex life, like it’s a hobby of his she can admire. It’s absolutely disgusting.I don’t know what is up with McNaught and the italicization but I couldn’t go a page without something being italicized, and usually inappropriately so. That is way too much emphasis.“She did not know this man at all.”“I wish society felt that way.”“You cannot imagine awful it is to mouth platitudes to people when you’re longing to ask them about things they’ve seen and things they know.”Why are those italicized? Not 1 of those needed to be. It’s annoying and I’m getting exhausted from it all.When they go to the cabin, which is the 2nd day they’ve seen each other, he’s saying they’re half in love with each other and says she’s going to marry him. What is the rush? It just ruined everything that she rushed the love in that soon.As always, Judith McNaught knows just how to add humor to historical novels, which is what you rarely find. She comes up with historically accurate and hilarious, charming scenarios that you would never think to have happen. It was so funny when she’s deliberately turning the guys away by being the exact opposite of them.She always has a significant age difference, and I really don’t like that. She’s 17 when she meets him, and he’s 27. That is way too old. Also, in here I feel like Lord Marchman was better suited for her. They both liked fishing, hunting and country life, and he was so sweet and endearing. It was cute how he stuttered and blushed when he talked to her, and said he wasn’t comfortable around women in courtship situations. That type of character is never created, and it would be nice to see them as a main character, but McNaught can only add them in as side characters, because her men always have to be man whores. I’ve also encountered this in another 1 of her books, where I thought another man was better suited for her, and I liked the side character more than the guy she actually gets with. That should not happen.“Can’t say as I ever noticed you took the petticoat set in aversion,” he remarked, thinking of the women who’d warmed Ian’s bed in the last two years—some with titles of their own.”WTF? This is why I don’t read her shit. She’s always gotta throw out comments like this and it raises my blood pressure to a dangerous level. I get so pissed off when women throw out comments about his past like this. And McNaught has no reservations whatsoever with the man sleeping with multiple women after he’s met her, and claimed he’s “half in love with her,” and she has no reservations with the man, who is married to her, going out and meeting his mistress for a little liaison. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen in here. Thanks for small favors. But WTF must you be thinking to have him sleep with God only knows how many women after he’s met her. That makes everything he said, did, or thought about her when they were together mean NOTHING. Way to freakin go. Now I hate him, I don’t like her, and I don’t even want them together. This is prime writing here, really romantic, sweet stuff. What a bunch of freakin shit.Then Lucinda Throckmorton-Jones listens to the conversation between Jake and Ian, obviously hearing the part about Ian’s bed being warmed by women, which is plural, but not even commenting on it, choosing instead to focus on the part that Ian was tempted by Elizabeth. Also, she’s lured in by the knowledge that Ian is rightfully a marquees, so she wants Elizabeth to be with him because of that title. And the strict, prim and proper duenna endeavors to get them alone together for a few hours so Elizabeth will tempt him. Wow. Just wow. What kind of person overlooks the fact that the man has been with many women outside of marriage, is a rake and obviously has indulged in many liaisons with women after he claims to have wanted to marry someone. That’s really shitty. What kind of guardian wants their charge with a titled man so badly that she overlooks the fact that he’s slutting it up with women? God, what kind of crap is this? And another thing that gets on my nerves is the illegitimacy questions surrounding his birth. That has happened in every single one of her books that I’ve read. Would it kill u to come up with some different material? In here he’s not illegitimate, but he is a rightful heir to a dukedom. How nice. I guess that shows that the only good men are dukes, and anyone below that status is just scum. Their moods ran hot and cold the entire time she was at his home in Scotland, and it was really setting me on edge. My nerves couldn’t take it the way they went from passionate and happy to mad and sarcastic. One second they would be laughing and getting on, the next he would get mad and walk off. She would either go after him or talk to him later as if nothing had happened, being nice to him after he’d treated her like crap.“He was about to wed a beautiful, sensual woman who wanted him and who suited him perfectly.”“He was technically betrothed, and to a beautiful woman who deserved better from him than this stupid preoccupation with Elizabeth Cameron.”Wtf. WtF. WTF?! This is just rich. Not only did he sleep with women after her, he went and asked 1 to marry him, and he probably slept with her, hence the term sensual. God, I want to string together every cuss word I’ve ever heard of and yell it out.I also hated the comment from Ian’s uncle about consoling “weeping young ladies who’d cast out lures in hopes Ian would come up to scratch.” Because I can just imagine what he did with all of them. And Elizabeth, like the idiot that she is, just laughs about it, like the idea of him with other women isn’t painful in the slightest. She just accepts the dalliances and flirtations he’s so skilled at and chalks it up to his age. She even tries to emulate his casual attitude about it all.“Women found Ian almost irresistibly attractive, and as the vicar well knew, Ian had never felt morally compelled to decline what was freely and fragrantly offered to him. In the past, however, Ian had always treated the women who fell into his arms with a combination of amused tolerance and relaxed indulgence. To his credit, even after he lost interest in the female, he continued to treat her with unfailing charm and courtesy, regardless of whether she was a village maid or an earl’s daughter.”Aw, well isn’t that just sweet. The poor guy gets hounded by women throwing themselves at him for his irresistible good looks but takes it all in stride. He uses them and he’s not discriminate; he sleeps with everyone and anyone and never says no, and once he’s done he’s still nice to them. Gosh, that is just so sweet! You’re right; that is to his credit. Wtf.I hate how all the men in her books have these sad-sack pasts that are designed to make us pity him. His parents die and he bottles up his emotions and sends his dog cruelly away, which is another black mark against him for how he treated that poor thing. Like aw, he had a sad past but found solace and companionship with hoards of women who liked his handsome looks. I’m sure it was supposed to be sweet when he said the weekend in England had never been forgotten, and that he remembered her all this time, but it wasn’t, not in any stretch of the imagination. You don’t have someone meet someone “special and rare,” someone they claim they’re half in love with, someone they propose marriage to, then have them sleep with God only knows how many women, then have him propose to someone else, and then have him say a dumb line like that, because it means absolutely nothing. Sorry, but you ruined your own story. It’s not sweet; it’s a freakin tragedy.Another overused theme of hers is that the woman is forgiving to a fault, accepting and pretty much a mercenary. I’m so sick of that. She forgives him everything he does, chalks it up to being his fault, and overlooks his barbs and insults and just takes it. Her women are like doormats, letting the man step on her and walk all over her and just say down for more. Another thing that is a common theme of hers is to have the man be verbally abusive. She puts her down purposely, insults her, mocks her, and shoots her down, and the woman just puts up with it, not even standing up for herself, or barely at all, instead acting like forgiving angels whose solemn duty is to forgive people of all sins. Also, the women are always disagreeable to the marriage. There’s always a problem that happens to make the woman not want to marry him, yet she does anyway, like she has no backbone whatsoever. McNaught just loves the naïve, stupid virgin, and I can’t stand it. In here Elizabeth thinks she knows how to make children, that the husband kisses the wife in bed and it hurts the first time. So she’s saying Ian kisses were bruising at times. And when he suggests they retire to their rooms for the wedding night she thinks he’s sleepy and suggests he go up without her. Funny? No. Not even close. Naiveté is never a good quality. It’s just stupid, and I can’t take a stupid character. It’s not funny; it’s not cute; it’s annoying. I don’t know if McNaught was off her game or what, but the romance was completely lacking. Their wedding night was over in a few seconds, and there were barely any details at all. It was a rushed job in my opinion. Then every time after that it was brushed over, like “he made love to her all throughout the night,” or “over the next week he showed her how much he loved her” or something like that. In a romance book I do not want the actual romance to be bypassed. McNaught seems to have to prove something in every one of her characters. She has her women be forgiving, “witty,” intelligent, rare, whatever that means, and her men are smart, rich, and good at reading and calculating, like they have to be this way in order to be acceptable. And how cool. They have this totally inane scene where Elizabeth learns that Ian can read really fast and he can add long figures in his head. How, what was the word Ian used about Elizabeth? Thrifty. Why is that even in here? Just because he can add large sums in his head and read quickly doesn’t make me like him. In the end there’s always something to break the characters apart, some fight, some deception and lie and betrayal, and the man turns cold and angry and turns to drinking, thing she left him. And in here, just like the other books, McNaught switches things around to where instead of her being hurt and betrayed, he is. Even though he shipped her brother off to another country and didn’t tell her, it’s him that feels betrayed. So then she’s the one that has to apologize and beg for forgiveness. Okayy. So everything he did is suddenly forgiven and forgotten just because she ran away from a liar? That’s messed up. And Elizabeth is just distraught thinking he believes she cheated on him. HELLO, he’s in the wrong here!Ian seems to have forgotten all about him fearing she would learn the truth about what he’d done to her brother. He’s acting the angry husband, thinking his wife cheated on him. And I got really annoyed with the cold, angry looks he kept giving her. Did he forget that there was a possibility she learned the truth? God, that was so irritating. Her men always turn cold and angry and turn to drinking. Come up with something new.At the council to determine Ian’s fate for the “murder” of her and her brother, Elizabeth pretends to be the vain, materialistic wife, and while funny, it was just ridiculous. She tried this stupid act to help Ian once before when he was accused of cheating. It was ridiculous then and it’s even more ridiculous now. Do you expect me to believe that an entire roomful of educated men are falling for her insipid act? That’s unrealistic and stupid. You can’t fall back on the “witty and amusing” act every time. Elizabeth is a freaking idiot. She’s stammering and pleading, saying she’ll do anything to atone for it and he tells her to shut up. There goes that verbal abuse I was talking about. He threatens her by saying he’ll claim adultery, and she says she hasn’t done that, and he says “maybe not, but you’ll have a hell of a time proving you haven’t done something. I’ve had some experience in that area.” Yeah, remind me of his past sex lie, cuz that’s just making me hate him more. Idk what she’s trying to do with injecting those sordid comments; it’s like she wants her audience to dislike him.The book was so long and dragged out I just wanted to be rid of it by the last hundred pages or so. The epilogue was fast-forwarded about 6 years, and I hate when authors have too much time pass. This book just sucked, and that’s all I can really say about it. It would have been a good, sweet story had all the bullcrap been left out, but sadly Judith McNaught has to slam his sexual past in there to where I just hate the guy and don’t think he’s good for her. And I don’t know why she would choose to have Ian engaged to someone else, and have Elizabeth not find out about it. She never learned that he had asked sum1 else to marry him, and she never knew she had kissed him and everything when he was engaged to that person. That’s so wrong it isn’t even funny. I will never read another one of her novels.There were quite a few phrases that were historically inaccurate, such as warning bells were going off in her head. “Oh my god.”“ax-murderer.” Really? You think the reference to an ax murderer was out in the 1800s?Cold-blooded murderer.Namby-pambyHoity-toityheaping more fuel on the situation—rewording “adding more fuel to the fire” doesn’t make it suitable for the timecalling the horse a piece of living gluegaze boring holes in her backwater under the bridgemade a mental notefalling head over heelsslip of a girlreading between the linesfreakloose screw (as in crazy person)the grapevine (being a method of talking among the servants)

  • Sarita
    2018-12-07 17:49

    GREAT BOOK!I got so caught up in this book! I couldn't put it down! My husband even made the comment, "You're gonna be reading that one all day, I can tell." lolIt was a wonderful story. My heart was hurting, beating, crying, and shouting for joy! hahahaThanks Judith McNaught for creating another 5 star story.

  • Tash
    2018-12-10 23:03

    Judith McNaught is an excellent writer and one of my favourites. No one writes romance like she does but. I decided to stop being biased and vent a little. After reading four Judith McNaught books I'm quite tired of the similar plots and characters she has in every book. It's the same characters with the same misunderstandings and same stupidity and the same sex scenes. The simiar sex scenes are a little creepy sometimes. For example, everytime the hero's fingers go near the 'triangle' every heroine has, they always try to clamp their legs shut and all the heroes say say the same two magic words - 'Don't, darling'. And it worked everytime for Royce Westmoreland, Clayton Westmoreland, Ian Thornton and I'm sure all the other McNaught heroes too that I have yet to read. Maybe I just need to take a break from my McNaught reading marathon lol.'Almost heaven' is not a bad book by any means, and I would have enjoyed it too like the other reviewers if I it was my first McNaught romance. The best part of this book was probably the little mention of His grace and my darling - The Duke of Claymore, Clayton Westmoreland, who was still an eligible bachelor then.

  • Dinjolina
    2018-12-05 22:07

    I loved the heroine so much I actually cried when Ian told her why he wanted a solicitor.I got sniffy about a book.I really did.Weird!I can not write a rew without it having spoils because i just want to rant on and on about all the things that happened.I...I'm so in love with this book it hurts me that i finished it.God...Just...read it,ok?One word about the plot and it would be one word too many.So...read it.:snif:

  • Sabrina Jeffries
    2018-11-12 22:55

    The scene in the courtroom is a classic. McNaught is one of my favorite historical authors because she combines heart-wrenching emotion and subtle humor in all her books. This also contains one of my long-time favorite themes: the misunderstood heroine before whom the hero has to grovel when he realizes how badly he misjudged her.

  • jade
    2018-11-24 22:49

    I'm not keen on romance novels. They are more of a filler to me when I'm too preoccupied to commit to reading. Maybe it's the repetitive plots or the all too familiar faces and personalities, they all seem to blend together and numb me. Well, not this book. It's not the first Judith McNaught book I read, but it's the first that had me glued to the pages. After reading it all night and finishing it, I started to re-read it the next day, and that had not been my expectation at all.What really hooked me were not the romantic scenes (those are okay), but the twists and turns of the story and the frequent humor in the dialogue and description of characters. The opening chapters read more like a standard romance book, where we get to know the history between the two main characters. After that, the story takes a very hilarious turn when Elizabeth tries - in her own intelligent and entertaining way - to "dissuade" Sir Francis and Lord Marchman from marrying her. Those scenes had me laugh uncontrollably. The characters in the book are very distinct, most of them with strong and believable personalities. Ian and Elizabeth are both proud, but in a different way. Lucinda, the ever proper chaperon, is a real treasure. Every scene with her in it is hilarious. Although I had known the book would end like every other romance novel, a HEA, the "how" still managed to intrigue and delight me. 4.5 stars

  • Leona
    2018-12-06 16:47

    This is my all time favorite Judith McNaught novel! It is about two characters that are initially very attracted to one another, but make some serious mistakes. Elizabeth is set up by her friends and ends up being outcast from society. Ian believes she purposely tries to trap him into marriage so he leaves her in ruin. Years later, Elizabeth is forced to pick a suitor by her uncle. She believes that Ian has offered for her, so she ends up at his residence in Scotland. It is during that trip that Elizabeth and Ian fall in love, and Ian realizes that her friends were the ones that set her up. Elizabeth leaves quickly to return to London. Up to that point, Ian did not realize that the events in the past had caused Elizabeth to be outcast and thus destitute, so he sets out to repair the events, even forcing him to reconcile with his grandfather. I think that was when I was won over. The rest of the story is a delicious ride. Yes, there is another "big" misunderstanding down the road, but the poignant reconciliation makes it worth it. That is probably the one criticism that I have of McNaught is she tends to overuse and overplay the "misunderstanding". The chemistry between Elizabeth and Ian is magical...and the novel is "Almost Heaven"

  • Gamze
    2018-11-20 15:05

    http://gamzeninkitapdunyasi.blogspot....Yazarın öyle harika bir kalemi var ki.. Yarattığı karakterlere hayat dokunuşu yaparken öyle etkileyici şeyler ortaya çıkarıyor ki..Kitabı okuyalı uzun zaman oldu. Maalesef eskisi gibi okuduğum andan sonra yorum giremiyorum. Ancak kitabı sanki daha dün okumuşum gibi hatırlıyorum. Beni çok etkilemişti.Zaten dönem kitaplarını acayip seviyorum. Özellikle de beni zamanda yolculuğa çıkarabilecek, o dönemde yaşıyormuşum hissini yansıtan kalemleri daha da bir seviyorum. Yazara diyebilecek lafım yok o yüzden. Okuduğum sanırım 4. kitabı oldu bu. Ne zaman sahafta ya da yeni kitabı çıkacak olsa tereddütsüz alıyorum. Gerçi sanırım şuan kitaplığımda hepsi mevcut :)Kitap için ise Elizabeth'in üvey abisine ne kadar kızdığımı söylemekle başlayacağım sanırım :) Gerçi kitap boyunca ana karakterlere de sinir olup, üzülebiliyorsunuz. Ama her ne durum olursa olsun yine de uzun süre onlara kızgın kalamıyorsunuz :) Resmen kalbimi fethettiler yinee :)Zaten adam İskoç, yani sevmeme gibi bir lüksüm olamaz :D Evet, klasik bir tarihi aşk romanı. Ama işte yazarın farkı yaptığı ufak dokunuşlarla bile kendini belli ediyor, diğer kitaplardan ayırıyor. Tek kelimeyle mükemmeldi. Her bir sayfasını okurken acayip keyif aldım. Haa belki bu kadar uzun olmasa da olurdu ama yine de sonuna kadar merak içinde okuyup, keşke ah nerede Ian gibiler diyebiliyorsunuz.. :))Ben yine seriyi bir başından bir sonunda okuyorum yemin ederim :Dİlk kitabı daha okumamışım mesela. Ama karakterler arası öyle pek bağda olmayınca sıkıntı duymuyorum :)Tarihi aşk romanı seven arkadaşlarıma kesinlikle tavsiye ederim. Eminim sizler de okurken büyük keyif alacaksınız :)

  • Tinsoni
    2018-11-29 18:04

    I have too many feelings after reading this book which is a wonderful thing but my review will be all over the place as a result. I pulled an all nighter and almost missed my flight because I didn't want to put this down to pack my bag. I really loved Elizabeth's character... innocent and strong, forgiving but not a push over.....her character showed true growth...and although there were a few moments when I wanted to shake her for her gullibility....I realized I can't dislike her for the very traits that make her human and relatable...Ian was again a relatable character...and loved him at times but couldn't deal with him at others....I think beyond all things this book was about love and the promise to be with each other for better or for worse.....I laughed out loud throughout the book at Elizabeth's antics and her creativity in dealing with her problems with so much dignity. This is in need of a good editor....there was a few chapters of unnecessary information and side plots which would've flowed better if it was intertwined with the story. The book was a bit too long and some side characters completely superfluous but still pages were dedicated explaining their habits and personalities.This book is still a 5 star because of the moments between Ian and Elizabeth....it was beautiful love story and for that I forgive all the other flaws. A must read.P.S. I also really enjoyed return of Jordan and Alex in this book. This is probably one of the most satisfying ending from McNaught ever.

  • Roksana
    2018-12-02 21:51

    Hmmmm....It was very well written book, but even this could not stop me from feeling displeasure....I had so much dislike for the "Hero"...he was cold, cruel and dispassionate for the majority of the book and his own hypocrisy got on my nerves!!!He was accusing her for being a woman of ill repute and a whore, but himself was indulging in debouchery sexual escapades with questionable women..even his friend pointed that out...“Can’t say as I ever noticed you took the petticoat set in aversion,” he remarked, thinking of the women who’d warmed Ian’s bed in the last two years—some with titles of their own.”He throw heroine on the ground from his house like a piece of garbage...IS THAT A MAN THAT LOVES HEROINE???I doubted...he slept with plenty of women for two years after dumping her and he claims to always loved her? NO THANK YOU, I have enough of this crap!

  • ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
    2018-11-29 22:07

    I am hopelessly in love with Ian! Elizabeth was amazing too, although what she did was horrible. To put my poor Ian through all that! Anyway you could feel their love, and they did make a great couple. I liked seeing Alexandra, Jordan and the Dowager again too. It was nice knowing how they were fairing. Seriously these HR's are so good! I want to read all of them now lol. Any suggestions which one I should read next?

  • MBR
    2018-11-30 17:05

    The heady story of Elizabeth Cameron and Ian Thornton which captivates you from the very beginning.An absolute favorite of my sister's this is a historical that is very much worth your time - if you haven't already read it.

  • Yolanda
    2018-11-27 21:58

    Maravillosamente ideal. Precioso

  • Naksed
    2018-12-01 19:03

    My pet peeve with Judith McNaught has been the overuse of The Great Big Misunderstandings that drive her lovers apart for no apparent reason other than a sudden complete breakdown of communication and actions completely contradictory to their characterizations up to that point in the story. Yet I have gritted my teeth and read through it to the inevitable HEA ending because she always put those obstacles towards the end, after I had already fallen in love with het characters, laughed and cried with them and I had to continue the journey til the end. When I read the first few pages of Almost Heaven, I almost flung it aside to be never picked up again, because this time, she chose to begin the story with a Great Big Misunderstanding. I did not think I could go on. However, because I loved her books, I made myself pick it up at again after a few days and give it a chance.I am so glad I did because Almost Heaven ended up my favorite of the 6 Judith McNaught books I have read so far. It would have been 5 stars if not for my pet peeve, The Great Big Misunderstanding, one of which as I mentioned occurs at the beginning and the other one, absurd and frustrating as always, at the end of the book. However, it was all well worth it. One thing I have always loved about Judith McNaught is her sense of humor. While all her novels have been amusing and enchanting, this one had me laughing out loud several times, which hasn't happened to me in over a decade. I loved, loved, loved this book.I will not go into details of the plot. Fans of the author know her winning formula by now. For others, if you enjoy historical romances that are both lighthearted and can have very poignant moment, absolutely unforgettable characters, and top notch writing that can bring a tear or two to your eyes, whether it is from laughing or from dismay, you will eat up this delicacy and be left wanting more from the author, I guarantee it.Happy reading!

  • Beanbag Love
    2018-12-08 19:41

    Judith McNaught's books were finally made available in digital format so I snapped up a few of my favorites. I have frequently reread her stories, but they're now packed away in a box in the garage, so it's been a while. I was thrilled to get them on my Kindle. I started my McNaught-a-thon with Something Wonderful. I noticed some weird conversion typos. Then I moved on to this one. Goodness! The conversion typos were all over the place! Very sloppy of the publisher. Shoddy work.Some of them included: "darling" was "darting"; "morn" was "mom"; "barn" was "bam"; "head" was "bead"; and my favorite, "carriage" was "carnage". At one point the heroine, Elizabeth, yells "wait!", but it's written as "wail!" I was constantly translating.And still I enjoyed the experience. Judith McNaught's historical romances are beloved by so many and with good reason. She creates beautiful chemistry and sweeping romantic moments. While she indulges in the trope of romantic leads jumping to the absolute worst conclusions about each other, she still almost always makes it work.Lady Elizabeth Cameron is a beautiful, young debutante who meets Ian Thornton -- a man the ton has labeled a scoundrel -- at a house party. Soon she's stumbling into all kinds of inappropriate situations and the consequences are pretty awful.Both Elizabeth and Ian are intelligent and likable characters. Their chemistry works and they have some lovely, romantic moments throughout. There is also some humor which Judith McNaught does very well. It is slightly dated as anything written so long ago would be, but it holds up very well nonetheless. If only the publisher hadn't blown it with the conversion to digital, it would have been a perfect rainy day reading experience.

  • Mei
    2018-12-09 16:53

    I'm not very fond of big misunderstandings, or of keeping information to him/herself, but here it was really, really very well done!This book make me like things that usually I hate! :DEverything that has been happening to Ian and Elizabeth was so well described and explained that I was in awe! I loved Ian with his inflexibility, with his brilliant mind, with his ability to put himself into his adversary's mind. I loved him for his passionate, sweet, total love for Elizabeth. For only love like that has the ability to be wounded so deeply. And it was bittersweet to read how Ian faced what he percieved Elizabeth's treachery, how he masked his wounded heart with indifference. And it was much more sigh-worthy how he suffered when he cooled-off and understood why she did it. Ahhhhhhh.... so, so sweet!I loved Elizabeth too. I understood why she did what she did. I loved how she wasn't afraid of Ian. How she faced everything with her head held high. She was not a weeping damisel-in-distress who cryed, but a strong woman who did what she had to do. I loved her love for Ian and I felt her heart breaking when she left him. I loved how she faced him with his same inflexibility when she understood why he did what he did. I loved that she didn't wanted to be just forgiven, but that she was ready to do everything she could think of to get Ian back!A really, really great book! :D

  • Maya
    2018-11-24 18:57

    5 STARSI loved this one too. Probably my second favorite historical book by JM.

  • Mai
    2018-11-29 19:38

    Almost Heaven.Just as for me this story turn out to be something beyond my expectation. I felt in love with both Ian and Elizabeth the love chemistry between them, really light up this story. I must said this the misunderstanding issued between them in a few first chapter is really frustrating and I almost give up. I’m we’re about to put this book down and I’ll talk to Ririn, this story is not as simple as A Kingdom of Dreams (my JM most favorite book so far).She told me to keep on reading and I’m glad that I followed your advised Ririn.When they meet up again In Scotland the story is getting better and they find out the truth about what has happened two years ago and they make peace to each other, back to England the story become more and more interesting I can’t event put it down. It was great and enjoyable definitely be in my reread list. P/S Ian ni dah hampir menggugat kedudukan Royce,saya rasa saya dah tersuka dgn gaya dan cara penulis ni Hero dan Heroinnya sempurna untuk satu sama lain.

  • Ivana Azap Feješ
    2018-11-17 18:59

    I'm not keen on romance novels... Now, that was a lie!!! I am total sucker on historical romance.Almost Heaven. This novel was completely Almost Heaven!!! I adore Ian and his love toward Elizabeth - and she completely drown me crazy sometimes. How could she be so smart, and yet so stupid?But, all was well - let just say that I loved this story most of all "Sequels" books.Too many sighs, and... well... everything ;)Great recommendations :D

  • Andreia Silva
    2018-12-02 18:55

    E cresceu em mim um desejo insaciável de terminar esta história .. E depois de terminar ficou o vazio . Este terceiro livro lido desta autora só demonstra que a escrita dela tem evoluído . Livro muito bom . Já anseio pelo próximo desta escritora fantástica ..