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The beautiful and newly widowed Isabelle 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 uite noticing given rise to a great lov. The take home message of this book Be a good girl never complain don t make any waves and eventually he ll fall in love with youYeah I hated everything about this book It s love at first sight for Millie She just sees Fitz and boom it s love I d give her a pass on that since she was only 16 but since she shows no signs of growing up in the course of this story I m calling it Fail 1Fitz still fancies himself in love with Isabelle after not having had anything to do with her for 8 years But they were so in love you say They weren t married or engaged or in a relationship really They were teenagers in the throes of their first crush As tragic as the circumstances of their parting were they each went their own way and had lives of their own But they still managed to be in love with each other so much so that when Fitz finds out her husband died he immediately contacts her and they make arrangements to spend the rest of their lives together his wife and her children be damned That snot normal If it had been say three years sure that would be understandable But eight years Fail 2So Fitz just announces to Millie that he plans to permanently live with Isabelle right But first he and Millie are going to follow their original plan and finally have sex after 8 EIGHT years of marriage and hopefully conceive in the 6 month window Fitz without consulting with Millie but why should he since she ll just nod her head like the good little girl she is has decided is an appropriate amount of time After a bit of a freakout Millie of course agrees no uestions asked uestions like Hey asshole don t you think it s fucked up that you plan to abandon me for another woman making me an object of curiosity and ridicule in society or So let s say I conceive what s your plan then You re going to abandon your child Or do you expect me to hand him over after I give birth How exactly will this child be raised with one parent sobbing in her pillow every night because she s a pathetic loser with shitty tastes in men and another who s shacking up with his childhood sweetheart And how will society treat him under such circumstances You can change the above language to make it historically accurate With all that s wrong with this book THAT is what most chaps my ass Those things didn t occur to anyone Fail 3As Fitz and Isabelle spend time together he inevitably starts comparing her and Millie with Isabella coming short That s right people he has to be annoyed by the woman he loves in order for him to consider staying with Millie What s the problem with Isabelle Well what it all boils down to is that Isabella is too opinionated She s impulsive vivacious has ualms about his interests in business and isn t afraid to tell him so I suppose I should be grateful Sherry Thomas didn t go completely conventional and make Isabella a total bitch but really the end result was the sameFitz having an easy choice to make because one woman is so obviously wrong for him personally I think he could use a woman who would challenge him but that s not the kind of heroine we re stuck with Fail 4Both the book and many reviewers insist that Millie should have been honest about her feelings to Fitz I don t agree First because I don t really believe in her love for him love at first sight doesn t count and there s not a single indication that Millie s love ever matures from that beginning If at the very least there has been a moment where Millie thought What the hell was wrong with me that I thought I loved this fool especially during their honeymoon and then showed her falling in love in earnest than yeah I d call it love But that never happened Second and most importantly Millie s pride in this is about the only thing I found admirable about her Why would she confess to loving a man who s made it clear he doesn t love her who plans to leave her and live with another women We re told that by telling him it will open his eyes to how much he loves her and that s what ends up happening And that my friends is bullshit Why would anyone want that How could anyone believe in the love of man who barely noticed you for 8 years who had to told that you loved him in order for the possibility of a future between them to occur to him How can anyone believe that this man truly loves her instead of just feeling a combination of lust and obligation Of course Millie believes it easily She actually knows he s in love with her before he does and she just uietly Ever the stoic martyr our Millie hopes that he ll eventually realize it and and come back to her so she can happily take him back no uestions asked no anger no recriminations Fail 5The book sets up Helena s story with Hastings Helena pretty much the only interesting women in the series is getting a really shitty love story Another love at first sight tale since Hastings has loved her forever and he has a really creepy way of showing it Following her around interfering in her private life threatening heryeah that sounds like the makings of a great love story Fail 6What the hell happened to Sherry Thomas

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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. So we come to it at lastA mundane marital task was this not An obligation he d put off for too long Why then as he advanced toward the bedroom did he feel as if he were being swept out to sea That the tides and currents would be unlike anything he d ever known in the calm estuary that had been his marriageMillicent Millie Graves an heiress was wed at sixteen Her father determined that they be joined to a titled family arranged the marriage to the impoverished Earl Fitzhugh Fitz at nineteen and newly titled was not yet ready for marriage let alone children Fitz and Millie make an agreement to not consummate the marriage until they both want children Though married they would live separate lives for the agreed eight years But now with the eight year pact finally drawing to a close Fitz s first and only love makes a reappearance in his life There are many talented writers of historical romance But even they tend to write within certain guidelines never wavering from what s expected from the genre Sherry Thomas does not write the expected She steps on the toes of predictable romance tropes Her romances rely on the usual happily ever afters misunderstandings and impossibly handsome heroes But she takes a twisted and often tortured path to that rainbow at the end of the story Her romances don t work for everyone that s for sureBut with a writing style and prose almost second to none in historical romance she delivers in Ravishing the Heiress another absorbing story Sweet sensible self controlled Millie falls in love at first sight with the handsome young Fitz Fitz in love with another barely notices Millie as a woman but they develop a deep beautiful friendship over their eight year marriage Readers who baulk at adultery misunderstandings and the hero pining for another woman for most of the book will have trouble enjoying this Fitz for the most part is a blind selfish fool He s offended when others disrespect Millie yet he is the worst offender and the cause of others disrespect a hypocrite No one is allowed to disrespect my wife least of all some woman with whom I am temporarily keeping companyTheir honeymoon was awful heartbreaking for Millie and for me as a reader The narrative switches back and forth between the past and present The resolution of all this drama is uick and the ending abruptBut like every Sherry Thomas novel I ve read at the end I m left with the impression that I ve just read something than a mere romance Steam 25

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And then only to beget an heir After which they will lead separate livesIt 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 Her husband who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart. 45 stars HELL HAS FROZEN OVER I found a historical romance book that I LOVED And it s all Didi s fault because of this spectacular review she wrote I have a long history of loathing with historical romance As a history major in college I get nitpicky about the details and often end up screaming things at the book such as why are you not pregnant yet or why are you talking like a millennial Neither of these two things were an issue with this book Ravishing the Heiress with a title that has nothing to do with the book is about a young girl named Millie who meets her intended fiance and falls in love with him on sight The problem is Fitz is in love with another girl but he must marry Millie for money Cue eight years of Fitz s anguish over losing the love of his life and eight years of Millie anguishing over a husband who could never love her back Through these eight years the two become best friends and have an unconventional marriage in which they aren t together initmately but only put on a show for propiety Fitz also remains unaware of Millie s feelings for himThis was the perfect angsty read to get me out of my reading funk and it definitely made me rethink my historical romance ban As long as it s angsty and historically accurate For those who are maybe interested in reading this it reminded me uite a bit of Natasha Anders The Unwanted Wife which I also loved

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 283
  • Ravishing the Heiress
  • Sherry Thomas
  • English
  • 13 December 2019
  • 9780425250877

10 thoughts on “Ravishing the Heiress

  1. says:

    WARNING GIFs since it seems to be a bugaboo for some with liking and feeds and whatnotIt's been a couple days and yet I still don't know how to

  2. says:

    Full disclosure here Angsty storylines are not my cup of tea More to the point angsty storylines are my brain's Kryptonite So what's a girl to do when she opens a book to discover two relentlessly annoying people angsting

  3. says:

    So we come to it at lastA mundane marital task was this not? An obligation he'd put off for too long Why then as he advanced toward the bedroom did he feel as if he were being swept out to sea? That the tides and currents would be

  4. says:

    45 STARSI LOVED this Let me first just say that the title is uite misleading Ravishing The Heiress is a title t

  5. says:

    I've been feeling like rereading this book for months All Sherry Thomas really In these times I'm finding this the most satisfying way to read revisiting old favoritesI found so much to love about this book the second time around My first revi

  6. says:

    45 stars HELL HAS FROZEN OVER I found a historical romance book that I LOVED And it's all Didi's fault because of this spectacular review she wrote I have a long history of loathing with historical romance As a history major in college I get nitpicky about the details and often end up screaming things at the book such as why are you not pregnant yet? or why are you talking like a millennial Neither of these t

  7. says:

    The take home message of this book Be a good girl never complain don't make any waves and eventually he'll fall in love with youYeah I hated everything about this book It's love at first sight for Millie She just sees Fitz and boom it's love I'd give her a pass on that since she was only 16 but since she shows no

  8. says:

    400 Stars Historical RomanceVictorian Fitzimage error

  9. says:

    I don't know if I could do what Millie have done but I applaud Ms Thomas for having written such a wonderful sto

  10. says:

    This was a reread This one is an interesting contrast with the first in series book Beguiling the Beauty which seemed to be of a pre destined fate that the hh would come together and love was the by product This one was about opening the heart to the reality Feelings can slowly change over time I accept both stories arcs and enjoyed both stor

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