Ms. McNaught has really outdone herself with this story.
If you are an avid reader of her books, you may start to feel a niggle of discomfort during the opening chapters of the book.
Fear not gentle reader, the story soon picks up and takes a very opposite route from the one you thought it would take.
Meet Elizabeth Cameron, a beauty who took away the breath of the ton during her Coming Out party and even managed to get a total of fifteen suitors.
All the suitors asking for her hand in marriage in less than four weeks!
This all changes when a handsome newcomer to the Quality is tricked into meeting her unchaperoned and the fallout is tragic.
Elizabeth is soon shunned by the same ton who not one minute ago was all in her favor.
Mired in debt, Elizabeth returns to her country mansion and tries to hang on to the home that was passed on to her after her parents’ death.
Unfortunately, her uncle is not a happy camper and after a two year wait for her to get a titled and monied suitor to no avail, takes up the matter to find her one.
He sends out fifteen invitations to the suitors who had first asked for her hand and out of those, only three of them send their replies.
One is an aging old roué, the other a retiring country gentleman who loves to fish and hunt more than he loves to socialize and lastly a Scotsman who is rumored to be an avid gambler.
Elizabeth is to spend a night with each of these men to see who will re-ask for her hand in marriage.
What transpires in the ensuing visits is hilarious and well thought out by Elizabeth and her friends.
When she finally meets the gambling Scotsman, sparks fly and they get hotter as the pages turn.
A few characters in her previous books make a welcome drop-in.
But, I assure you that Ms. Mchaught comes up with a new bunch even more hilarious characters who make for pleasant reading.
Almost Heaven is pleasantly real when it comes to such aspects as to how fickle and two-faced the ton can be to a newcomer.
One that is not their own over a titled lord and how money truly does bring out the monster in people.
In addition, We also see how hard it was for women back then because a recurring voice is a fact that most women could not hear about.
We also see how scholarly matters were taken seriously as opposed to other than ‘womanly pursuits’.
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught is one of a kind story that leaves you smiling after you turn the last page. A gentle romance that has a heart.