Under A Lucky Star

Under A Lucky Star

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by Diane Farr
     
 

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Derek Whittaker does not believe in love at first sight - until he lays eyes on Cynthia Fitzwilliam, the icy beauty known as the "Frost Fair." He alone perceives the warm & vibrant nature hidden beneath her chilly demeanor - but can he melt her frozen heart?

"Simple yet magical ... this book will remind readers why sweet is sometimes better.

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Overview

Derek Whittaker does not believe in love at first sight - until he lays eyes on Cynthia Fitzwilliam, the icy beauty known as the "Frost Fair." He alone perceives the warm & vibrant nature hidden beneath her chilly demeanor - but can he melt her frozen heart?

"Simple yet magical ... this book will remind readers why sweet is sometimes better." - Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032891857
Publisher:
Diane Farr
Publication date:
11/26/2011
Series:
"Star" Trilogy , #2
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
269,195
File size:
756 KB

Meet the Author

Diane Farr was first published at the age of eight when the local newspaper printed one of her poems. She has spent most of her life with her nose in a book -- sometimes reading, sometimes writing. Eventually she produced eight historical romances that were all published by Signet Books. Her latest adventure is a young adult paranormal series, THE SPELLSPINNERS.

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Under a Lucky Star 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when I think that the fabulously beautiful and moving romances of Diane Farr couldn¿t possibly get any better, she tops herself. Under A Lucky Star is a story of great psychological depth, intense emotion, rich characters and wonderful plot twists. All her stories share these delightful elements, yet the present work seems even deeper and more mature than her earlier novels. Derek Whittaker, Natalie¿s brother from Under The Wishing Star, is the first born son in a wealthy family which, because of the father¿s experiences, disinherits the first male in favor of the second. So Derek¿a very handsome, witty and good-hearted young man¿is working as a secretary for Lord Stokesdown in London when, during a boring operatic performance, he wanders around the deserted corridors of the opera house. There he comes upon Cynthia Fitzwilliam, a stunning young woman fleeing the unwelcome advances of a lecherous suitor. Derek and Cynthia immediately connect at a soul level, a scene which Farr handles with great delicacy, intense emotion and utter believability. Derek proves his clever wit in the way he gets rid of the odious suitor, Sir James Filey, after he hides Cynthia. With Filey gone, Derek and Cynthia have an amazing interaction that culminates in a tender, almost spiritual kiss. It¿s very passionate but more than sexual¿Farr demonstrates how they have connected at every level of their being. Having found the woman of his dreams, Derek is thrilled¿and then utterly puzzled and deeply hurt when Cynthia ignores and humiliates him at a ball he manages to get into in the hope of dancing with her. He soon finds out that Cynthia, known as the Frost Fair, is as utterly cold and discouraging to every suitor as she is breathtakingly beautiful. But it is too late¿Derek is in love and is nearly destroyed by her rejection. Three years later, Derek has regained his inheritance and is deftly managing his country estate. But he has never been able to banish Cynthia from his thoughts and dreams. He has succeeded only in apparently converting his tender feelings for her into hatred. She is, he sees, an utterly ruthless and mercenary fortune hunter who missed attaching her fiancé Filey¿s fabulous wealth 3 years before only because the latter died before the wedding. Ever since, she¿s been searching for a suitably rich victim¿and it seems that she¿s found one. Cynthia is the last person in the world Derek expects to see when he goes to attend upon his sister just before the birth of her second child. Natalie and her husband Malcolm Chase are at the fabulous Chase family seat estate for the birth of their second child, along with his hosting parents, the Duke and Duchess, and a small group of guests. Cynthia and her mother Lady Ballymere are guests of Hannah, Malcolm¿s niece, who is visiting with her parents and sisters. Also visiting is Hannah¿s childhood friend, the utterly boring and fantastically wealthy John Ellsworth, the twenty-one-year old only child of the wealthy parents who accompany him. It is soon apparent to Derek that Cynthia and her mother are present in an attempt to snare John into matrimony. While Derek wants to hate Cynthia, meeting her again and feeling their amazing, profound connection makes him want her again with even greater force than before. Cynthia, for her part, is an utter enigma. Clearly in love with Derek, she nevertheless pursues John, who completely bores her, even after she learns that her best friend Hannah is in love with him. Derek is unable to reconcile her various behaviors or to fathom the reason why she pursues wealth with single-minded abandon. Cynthia is a fascinating character whose progressive revelation to the audience is spell-binding. We come to know her intimately, to understand her great dilemma and to witness her triumphant yet believable growth. If this weren¿t enough, Farr throws us an absolutely delightful curve ball as the final twist. We know that Cynthia¿s mother wi
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