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... read more
No bounty in England could outshine Elizabeth Cameron, Countess of Havenhurst. But beneath her exquisite emerald eyes and cloud of golden hair lived a girl of rare gentleness, pride and splendid, even ferocious courage. In Ian Thornton's powerful embrace, Elizabeth felt the first stirrings of... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
No bounty in England could outshine Elizabeth Cameron, Countess of Havenhurst. But beneath her exquisite emerald eyes and cloud of golden hair lived a girl of rare gentleness, pride and splendid, even ferocious courage. In Ian Thornton's powerful embrace, Elizabeth felt the first stirrings of a passion that blazed through her senses, never to be denied. Yet for Thornton, a dangerously handsome man of secret wealth and mysterious lineage, the voyage to Elizabeth's heart was fraught with intrigue, scandal and a venomous jealousy! From London's salons to Scotland's highlands, Almost Heaven weaves its sensuous spell... a tempestuous, dramatic romance between two lovers destined for each other, and for love's wildest abandon.
“Dying over an argument isn't honor, it's a waste of a man's life. A man volunteers to die for a cause he believes in, or to protect others he cares about. Any other reason is nothing more than stupidity.”Ian Thornton
“You cannot imagine how awful it is to mouth platitudes to people when you're longing to ask them about things they've seen and things they know. If they're male, they wouldn't tell you, of course, even if you did ask.”Lady Elizabeth Cameron
“It is a female's duty to be a wife who is an asset to her husband in every way. It is a male's duty to do whatever he wishes, whenever he wishes, so long as he is prepared to defend his country should the occasion demand it in his lifetime--which it very likely won't. Men gain honor by sacrificing themselves on the field of battle while we sacrifice ourselves on the altar of matrimony.”Lady Elizabeth Cameron
“As a result, Ian was the first man to his knowledge who had ever been put in the position of purchasing his future wife for a ransom of £150,000.”
“Elizabeth,” he said in a tone of tender finality, “you’re here because we’re already half in love with each other.”Ian
“Elizabeth was beginning to wonder if a tiny streak of insanity ran in the family”
“"Listen to carefully to me darling, because I'm giving you a fair warning that I won't let you take it away. The harder you try, the harder I'll fight you. I'll haunt your dreams at night, exactly the way you haunted mine every night I was away from you. You'll lie awake in bed at night wanting me, and you'll know I'm lying awake wanting you. And when you cannot stand it anymore... you'll come back to me and I'll be there, waiting for you. I'll cry in your arms and I'll tell you I'm sorry for everything I've done, and you'll help me find a way to forgive myself."”Lady Elizabeth Cameron
“"I've hurt you terribly my love, and I'll hunt 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. And the difference is that I know it, and you don't... not yet..."”Lady Elizabeth Cameron
Preceded by Something Wonderful.
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