Ravishing the Heiress [NOOK Book]

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Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.

It is a most sensible arrangement. ...
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Overview

Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.

It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more...Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife...

As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship--or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second in Thomas’s Fitzhugh romance trilogy is set against the realism of 19th-century English arranged marriages. To fill the empty coffers of his family’s estate, Lord Fitzhugh must marry Millie Graves, a prosperous manufacturer’s daughter. While neither Millie nor Fitz has much choice in the matter, Fitz bemoans the fact that he cannot wed his childhood love, Isabelle Pelham. Millie, mature beyond her teen years, is aware of her fiancé’s aversion and proposes a marriage of convenience for a term of eight years. But Millie does not anticipate that, after eight years of friendship with Fitz, her unrequited love for him will deepen. Fitz and Millie’s romantic tension grows as they renegotiate their marriage terms, while newly widowed Isabelle returns to England, forcing Fitz to make some life-changing decisions. Millie’s intellect and selflessness make her a standout among a cast of memorable characters in this expertly plotted and emotionally wrenching love story. Agent: Kristin Nelson, the Nelson Agency. (July)
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101569047
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 52,734
  • File size: 441 KB

Meet 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    On the fence

    I am trying to reconcile my feelings regarding this story. It was different than most. The writing was good but since I just finished it the feelings are still fresh in my mind. I found myself feeling badly throughout most of the book. I want to read to cheer me up. Both leading characters were sweet in their own way but his being oblivious for 8 years was frustrating. Going back and forth in time as well as adding secondary characters was distracting. If it had just started in the beginning and went forward then those two things would have a cohesive rather than the feeling of jumping around. His wanting to give her a child before leaving her to running off to be with old girlfriend and raise her two children made him look as if his own child's wellbeing was not important to him. It could have been so much more if he had at least shown some feeling being torn between his old girlfriend and his own child. I guess I would have felt better if he wasn't made to be so shallow through out the entire book until the last few pages.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    One Of The Year's Best Books

    Ravishing The Heiress contains Sherry Thomas' exquisite prose and a heartbreaking plotline on the way to a well-deserved happily ever after. It was love at first sight for 16 year-old Millicent Graves. As the daughter of a man in trade, she has an ample dowry, but no pedigree. Conversely, 19 year-old Lord Fitzhugh recently inherited his title, property and a huge debt from a distant cousin. Only an advantageous marriage can help his prospects. Unfortunately, Fitz is in love with Isabelle Pelham and finds it repugnant to marry for money. However, he is a minor and his guardian insists on a marriage to Millie. Throughout their marriage, Millie hides her love from Fitz. She fears if she tells him and he rejects her, then she will lose all hope that he will ever come to love her. So instead, Fitz and Millie build a wonderful friendship and partnership without addressing their marital future. Before they wed, Millie made a faustian bargain: Fitz can go on with his life as if he were single, then in 6 years they will consummate the marrige. Believing he will never care for Millie, Fitz counters with 8 years. The 8 year anniversary is fast approaching when the newly widowed Isabelle comes back on the scene. Will Fitz finally realize he has fallen in love with his own wife and best friend or will he instead choose his one-time love, Isabelle? If you read any historical this year, it must be Ravishing the Heiress. In this second book in the Fitzhugh trilogy, Sherry Thomas packs more emotion into a single page, then most writers do in an entire book. Millie and Fitz are wonderful characters that slowly reveal themselves through a series of flashbacks. This book is destined for any reader's keeper shelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    Great Read

    Very interesting and entertaining. Very good book. finished it very quickly

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    Loved Beguiling the Beauty and meeting the characters from this

    Loved Beguiling the Beauty and meeting the characters from this book. I had a certain expectation of the story, but it was blown out of the water (in a good way). Their story of companionship that turned into love and passion is lovely and sweet and I enjoyed reading every single word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Loved this book!

    Loved, loved, loved this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Needlessly Complicated

    Fitz is forced to marry Millie for money when they are both teenagers. Fitz is particularly resentful because he had to give up the love of his life in order to save his inheritance. He and Millie reach a deal to wait 8 years to consummate their marriage - when Millie turns 25. During the 8 years, they rebuild his estate and take over her father's business as partners. She falls in love with him, and he comes to enjoy their life together. Then just before their 8 years are up, the woman he gave up suddenly becomes very available and he is more than eager to pick up where they left off. First though, he has to do his duty and try to have an heir.

    This book would have been very lovely had it been about Fitz and Millie. Yet, the author needlessly complicates things with Isobelle and it takes away from the main storyline. It was distracting and unnecessary. Without Isobelle it might have been a 5 star books. Maybe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Compelling story

    Millie's quiet strength, integrity and bravery is admirable but also frustrating. Fitz, the man she loves, but does not return her feelings, fails to see the treasure he has before him. His actions and choices become more complicated when Isabelle, the love of his live returns a widow. Well-written story that proves that friendship is essential to building lasting relationships. No matter how much Fitz or Isabelle might want to relive the past or "pick up where they left off", it is impossible to have the life they should have had when their lives moved in different directions. Be prepared to cry and have with lots of tissue while reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Enjoyable read

    I fully enjoyed this book. It pulled me in emotionally, which was a pleasant suprise. I plan to read more of her books.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Recommend

    Good Story however it took alot of guts to wait for your man to love your back......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Good for reading by the pool

    Quick read--I won't think about the characters after the book


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Could not put it down!!!!

    Loved this book. I cried I laughed. I felt myself so engrossed with the story I loved it. I couldnt wait to finish it to see how it ended. Which really stunk when you have to work the next day or go back to work after reading during my lunch. I will be reading more of her books hopefully they are like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved these two. I didnt like Isabelle..but Fitz and Millie were so great!

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    I've purchased 6 romance books this week, and this was the first

    I've purchased 6 romance books this week, and this was the first one worth reading. My heart, broke a few times while reading this book, I even cried. The ending made me happy, however I wish the ending would have had a bit more umph. Needless to say, it was worth the read and I'll being keeping this one on my Nook to read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Great story!!

    I love the way sherry thomas told the story of both the past and present it made you understand every aspect of the main characters past and how they get to where they are now. Wonderdul and enjoyable read!

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