The Perfect Waltz

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Society rogue Sebastian Reyne's search for a practical wife comes to a crashing halt when he dances with the effervescent Hope Merridew—and is seduced into a delicious intrigue of sensuality and desire.

 

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Overview

Society rogue Sebastian Reyne's search for a practical wife comes to a crashing halt when he dances with the effervescent Hope Merridew—and is seduced into a delicious intrigue of sensuality and desire.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425206805
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Merridew Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 399,622
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Captivating Regency Romance

    I read several of these books by Anne Gracie, and they are all outstanding. The Perfect Waltz was the one that made me cry, so it's the prize in my estimation. The main characters are sympathetic and interesting. both of them over-coming backgrounds which could have stunted their future happiness. The supporting characters from the Merridew sister series add to the mix.

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

    cute

    if you like series books and you enjoy historical reading then you are in for a treat. this book in the series was fun to read and i enjoyed it. well worth my time and money to read it.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Loved This!

    I have just discovered Anne Gracie and I love her. This book is a series about sisters who have been raised in an abusive home. They dream of love and joy. Ms. Gracie is my new favorite author , and I have read at least 30 authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    GREAT READ

    NORMALLY WHEN A BOOK HAS SO MANY PLOTS GOING AT ONE TIME THE READING IS NOT AN EASY FLOW. THE PERFECT WALTZ IS THE EXCEPTION TO THIS. THE STORIES ARE BLENDED SO WELL THE BOOK FLOWED UNTIL THE VERY END. THE ONLY NEGATIVE IS THE TWO LEADS PULL TOO HARD FOR EXTRA NARRATIVE FOR THEIR ATTRACTION TO EACH OTHER. IT SEEMED THE AUTHOR NEEDED TO ADD TO THE WORD COUNT BEFORE IT WAS PUBLISHED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Fantastic

    I had never read anything by Anne Gracie before I read this book but once I started reading, I could not stop. It is beautifully written and had an absorbing story line. Sebastian Reyne is a wonderful hero, rather taciturn, brooding and remote (I pictured Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy), and Hope Merridew is the perfect heroine, his complete opposite. Sebastian needs to find a wife. He has recently found his two young sisters who had been lost to him for several years. However, his sisters are not easy to handle and have gone through governesses. Therefore, he believes they need the stability of the perfect mother and he has just the woman in mind...Lady Elinore...a lady who dresses all in gray and, as his friend, Giles, reminds him, appears to have no breasts. Lady Elinore does good works with the children of the orphanage and Sebastian feels she would be a good influence on his sisters and he is determined to woo and win her...but of course fate may have something else in mind. At the first dance he goes to he sees and meets Hope Merridew, a young beauty, full of life, joy and vivacity. Just the type of woman he doesn't need. Or does he? The story goes through some twists, events from the past are revealed, misunderstandings are resolved. Obviously, I am not a writer or I would word this review much better than I have. It is a very good read and I highly recommend it. Now I'm off to find other books by this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Finally..Perfection Found & It's A Good Thing!

    This is the first book by Anne Gracie that I bought and read. I wasn¿t sure how she would be as an author as I didn¿t see many references to her or her works by other reviewers or in romance lists. ¿The Perfect Waltz¿ was a shining, radiant and splendid love story. Our heroine Hope is close to perfection in a woman ¿ she is lovely beyond belief, warm, soft, nurturing, kind and outgoing. Her outside beauty is fortunately mirrored by an equally wonderful heart and soul. She fears next to nothing and lives life to the fullest. Her life is going along well - enjoying another season of balls, dances, music recitals, riding in the park and drinking in a deep dose of the good life. Even she didn¿t know her own depths of loving and caring until she met a magnificent man called Sebastian. Our hero Sebastian is not even remotely close to perfect ¿ he is brooding, standoffish, remote, cool, distant and a bit of a recluse. He fears nothing because he meets everything head on but, his old insecurities prevent him from living life to the fullest. The beauty to Sebastian is that he has a heart of gold simply covered by years of being on his own and fighting to survive. Even he didn¿t know the depths of his own loving and caring until he met a magnificent girl called Hope. For all of their differences¿.they finally meet up at a ball and find the attraction is strong, intense and mutual. Unfortunately¿Sebastian is there to woo and win another woman¿s hand, Lady Elinore, as his future wife and new mother to his two younger sisters. The story takes many twists and turns regarding social commitments, family responsiblity and true love. You¿ll have to buy this book to find out the answers to all these questions. This author wove a beautiful tale of thoughts, wishes, emotions and feelings. She is eloquent in her writing ¿ both the plot development as well as the character descriptions and dialogue. Intimate scenes were limited in this book ¿ just a few passages here and there of deep intimacy. Most of the book revolved around light touching, looks, glances and the ability we have to truly get in touch with our senses when we find ¿the right one¿. I found the title charming to the story itself ¿ ¿The Perfect Waltz¿. This had to do with Hope dreaming as a young girl that her prince charming would show himself one day dancing with her at a ball in the perfect society waltz. She always made sure never to dance the final dance ¿ the waltz- with any man more than once. The ton knew this and everyone vied for this coveted spot on her card. It wasn¿t until Sebastian ¿ a man who didn¿t dance well ¿ was at odds with himself and the world - to gain that coveted dance spot again and again and again. I think anyone that truly appreciates a historical romance will find many things to adore about this book. Happy dreaming¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    All About Characters

    In the tradition of great Regency authors like Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh, Anne Gracie transcends the formula of this genre by creating marvelous memorable characters. The little sisters of our hero steal the show and anyone with a heart at all will wipe a tear at the moment of revelation as the heroine enables the hero to bond with these two little girls.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific Regency romance

    By 1818 once impoverished Sebastian Reyne had become very wealthy through hard work. His motivation was to find his two sisters Cassie and Dorie to bring them home so they can be a family again. He succeeds, but his preadolescent siblings are out of control behaving anything but lady like. Sebastian decides he needs a wife to supervise his sisters as the latest governess fails besides which he objects to the woman using force on his beloved sisters. He chooses Lady Eleanor as the perfect candidate to marry. --- However, Sebastian runs into a problem when he dances with Hope Meridew as he finds he desires her even as he pursues another. Hope shares his deep regard, but feels there is little she can do since he still plans to marry Eleanor out of a sense of duty. As his hearts and other unruly body parts sends him one way, his brain keeps telling him to go in the other direction. Of course Sebastian never factored in that his siblings have their own agenda as to whom they want as their new ¿sister¿. --- This is a terrific Regency romance due the strong characterizations. Hope and Sebastian are a fine couple, but he makes the tale because even though he knows what he wants, his desire clashes with what he believes he needs. Duty vs. love is brilliantly battled as Anne Gracie writes the perfect historical. --- Harriet Klausner

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