Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught was truly heaven. Elizabeth Cameron’s reputation has been ruined two years prior, and she lives as an outcast of society. Her parents are no longer alive, and her father left her to deal with his debts. Her brother has disappeared, leaving his debts along with his father’s. Elizabeth struggles to pay for her home and loyal servants who are the only family she has.
Elizabeth’s uncle has decided he needs to marry her off and as soon as possible and so sends out letters to any man who had offered for her two years during her first and only season. Elizabeth has no desire to marry any of the men who reply, especially not Ian Thornton, the very man who ruined her reputation.
Being back in his presence after two years brings back up all the passion that had filled them those two years ago, but both remain wary of the other’s motives. Neither is sure that if they should follow what they are feeling for each other it won’t end in disaster like it did the first time.
Judith McNaught is one of my favorite authors and wrote one of my favorite book Whitney, My Love
. She creates characters which are incredibly realistic and likable even with their flaws. Elizabeth was a strong female lead and Ian’s actions just made me want to melt half the time. I could feel the passion and emotions between the two, and I could barely stand to put the book down. I couldn’t stop reading until I was sure that all was going to end well.
I loved this book and cannot wait to read more by her because I know if they’re as good as Almost Heaven
and Whitney My Love
they’ll be amazing.
Forget About It by Caprice Crane is about Jordan, a woman who’s tired of living her life. She has a jerk boyfriend who’s cheating on her, a boss who’s been stealing her ideas, a mother who doesn’t seem to care much about her, a spoiled sister who thrives on making her life miserable, and debts that keep piling up. So when she gets hit by a car on her way home from work and wakes up from the accident to a mother and sister who are discussing her getting plastic surgery while she’s there, she decides she’s had enough.
Jordan makes a split decision before embarking on the deception of a lifetime. She sees faking amnesia as a way to reinvent herself and get back at those who have wronged her. The only person she lets in on her secret is her “awefully wedded husband” since she was seven Todd. Jordan plays the fine line between abandoning her pushover past-self and losing herself altogether.
Things seem to be going well for the new Jordan especially when Travis, the guy who hit her, turns out to be a really great guy. She’s got a brand new boyfriend, a job promotion, and more self-confidence. But then something happens, and Jordan finds herself thinking she might have gone a bit too far…
It made me think of Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me?
only Jordan was only faking her amnesia. It was easy to sympathize with Jordan and her want for a new life. This novel provided one hilarious situation after another. The characters’ clutches she’s attempting to escape are just detestable enough to be real. They weren’t over exaggerated in the least. I wanted to tell everyone about what happened in this book but didn’t want to give it away.
As soon as I was lulled into a sense of comfort, and I knew what was coming next, something completely unexpected happened, and I was thrown for a complete loop. Once I got a couple chapters in, it became incredibly hard to put this book down. Because of this I spent an afternoon in which I should have been writing a paper to finish it. But it was well worth it.
Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young had me in a constant state of laughter. Sophy’s younger sister Belinda is getting married in a few weeks, and her mother is putting pressure on her to bring her boyfriend Dominic to the wedding. Sophy’s mother has a bit of a rivalry with her neighbor Maggie Freeman and is always looking for a way to show her up, and having one daughter married and one with an attractive boyfriend would gain her some major points.
The only problem is that Dominic doesn’t actually exist. Sophy created him to get her mother off her back. She hasn’t quite found a suitable way to dump him in enough time before the wedding without totally devastating her mother. She’s a bit desperate, and so when her flatmate Ace shows her an ad for an escort service she decides to give it a try.
The guy the agency supplies her isn’t exactly what she pictured Dominic to look like, but she really can’t be choosy, but then he ends up in the hospital. The agency supplies her with a replacement, but Sophy doesn’t have a chance to meet him until he arrives at her at her flat the day of the wedding.
Josh is everything Sophy pictured Dominic to be. Sophy’s convinced though that he thinks she desperate and could never like someone with “wobbly bits” like her. Hilarious encounter after hilarious encounter ensues and Sophy tries hard to not let Josh set off any flutterings in her, but it gets increasingly harder the more time they end up spending together.
This is one of the most hilarious books I’ve read. It’s full of British humor. Sophy can never seem to get it right, and Josh grows more and more appealing as the story moves along. Mixed signals keep getting thrown around, and I wasn’t sure if everything would fall in place to ensure a happily ever after. This is one of those books that’s incredibly hard to put down especially when it’s 2:00 in the morning and the chapter’s ended with a cliffhanger.
This book is the basis for the movie The Wedding Date,
and since I love the movie I was more than excited to pick up the book. Those who have seen the movie and liked it will love this. Although the book is very different from the movie but no less enjoyable. I recommend both to anyone who’s looking for a bit of romance and some great laughs. I got that tight feeling in my chest often when something absolutely adorable happened in the novel, and all those who enjoy that feeling should check out this book and watch the movie.