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REVIEW: Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas

Dear Ms. Thomas:

I first learned about you when Sybil sent me a link to your excerpt (this is a link to your blog because your website? It is gone!). It was enticing but your book wasn’t due out for months and months so I tried to put it out of my mind. But then my friend, Janine, mentioned that she was your critique partner and that she loved your book and maybe she could wheedle a copy out of you to read.

Private Arrangements by Sherry ThomasAs you know, I stayed up late to read it. As is my normal course when I love a book, I begin emailing everyone I can to share the love which, in the case of early books, is like the author. I remember that I read this into the early morning hours and even forgot to set up a post for the blog for the morning.

Gigi is a very rich young girl who wants to marry well. Through a series of incidents, Camden Saybrook becomes Marquis of Tremaine. Camden has promised himself to a distant cousin, Theodora Von Schweppenburg. Gigi sets her sights on Camden because he is not only the heir to a dukedom but he is someone she is fiercely attracted to. Gigi is drawn to Camden’s decency and intelligence. Camden to Gigi’s vibrancy and lust for life.

These two are very young and act their age, meaning often impetuously and without thinking. Gigi schemes to get Camden to marry her. Camden finds out about her deceit and is devastated. This leads to years of separation.

Camden returns ten years later to respond to Gigi’s demand for a divorce. He agrees to the divorce on the condition she try for one year to give him an heir. It is fairly common trope in romance but the uniqueness is that Camden’s desire for reconciliation is transparent to the reader as is Gigi’s own feelings even though neither would admit it. Why else would Camden demand conjugal rights. Why else is Gigi’s home decorated in exactly the way Camden had dreamed as a young man it would be down to the very last Monet painting. Oh, the literary irony.

The backstory, or the years of separation, is told in flashback so that we do not have extended periods of time while the characters are apart on the pages. The reworking of the reunited lovers theme in this book was masterfully done. The flashbacks added depth and poignancy to Camden and Gigi’s past. It showed that neither had really given up their love for the other even if that love became deeply suppressed in their subconscious. The backstory showed real growth of the characters, their flaws, their strengths, and truly embodies the romance genre concept that true love conquers all.

The use of language in the book is wonderful as it helps to set the stage both in dialogue and description. Take, for example, this parry between Camden and Gigi when Camden returns to England to exercise his conjugal rights.

“You have a choice,” he said amicably.”We can resolve it privately.Or we can have sworn testimonies from these gentlemen.You know every word they utter would be in all the papers.”

She blanched.Freddie was her very own human miracle, steadfast and loyal, loving her enough to willingly take part in all the hassle and ugliness of a divorce.But would he still love her when all her former lovers had testified to their affairs on public record?

“Why are you doing this?”Her voice rose.She took a deep breath to calm herself.Any emotion she displayed before Tremaine was a show of weakness.”I had my solicitors send you a dozen letters.You never responded.We could have had this marriage annulled with some dignity, without having to go through this circus.”

“And here I thought my lack of response adequately conveyed what I thought of your idea.”

“I offered you one hundred thousand pounds!”

“I’m worth twenty times that.But even if I hadn’t a sou, that’s not quite enough for me to stand before Her Majesty’s magistrate and swear that I’d never touched you.We both know perfectly well that I shagged you to a fare-thee-well.”

I loved the frankness, the rawness of language that was used combined with the elegance or almost poetic phrasing. “I…wasted a river of sperm masturbating to these fantasies.” Then there is the description of Camden’s early response to Gigi and his struggle with his honor:

He’d turned down every last one of those offers, with tact and dignity when possible, and ingenuity otherwise.A man of honor did not profess love for one woman while welcoming a host of others into his bed.

It wasn’t easy, but it was doable.Being busy helped.Having no moral or philosophical opposition to solitary releases helped.Immersing himself in his chosen field helped–thermodynamic equations and advanced calculus tended to keep one’s mind off breasts and buttocks.

But nothing helped now.He was busy all day long, seeing to the beast of an estate that was Twelve Pillars, yet thoughts of Miss Rowland clamored every other minute.Whatever he did in the privacy of his bedchamber only created more fantasies of her to agitate him the next day.Thoughts of her breasts and buttocks–not to mention her morosely hungry eyes and her heavy, cool spill of hair– rendered him slow and bungling before simple quadratic equations, and utterly impotent in the face of integrals of logarithms.

And yet if it were only a case of simple, rampant lust.That would be perfectly understandable in the case of a young man of robust appetites who stubbornly refused to surrender his virginity.But he wanted more than just to touch her.He wanted to know her.

The book stumbled for me toward the last third when I felt the conflict between Gigi and Camden was artificially extended. But because I was so invested by this time in Gigi and Camden’s journey, I could not stop reading even though I questioned the why of the situation. I suppose you could make the argument that this conflict was borne, in part, out of the fears which were fostered by the long separation.

There was an interesting dichotomy that was used with a sort of mirroring effect (probably a literary term for this, but I don’t know what it is). In their youth, Gigi played the hubris role and Camden the honor. In the 10 year reconciliation, Camden seemed to be the one to act with hubris and Gigi, with honor, because was it really honorable for Camden to act as he did, to continually punish Gigi for making him fall in love with her? And wasn’t honorable for Gigi to push for a divorce and reclaim a life with one she thought she loved. And it seemed hubris on Camden’s part to push for an heir, to exercise his long dead conjugal rights. I thought that role reversal; the power struggle was uniquely played out.

I appreciated particularly that you made great use of the late 1900s 1800s, a time of incredible change in both the fledling America and within Great Britian. At times I had to keep reminding myself of the period of the book because I have been so steeped in regencies that some of the phrases sounded modern. (There was a reference to the Statute of Liberty and in googling, I realized that the Statute of Liberty was indeed given by France in 1885).

When I think about the story, I think most about the ending which was glorious. It was big, dramatic, and romantic. And I think it serves as emblematic for the entire story. There is a sense of grandness in the language, the setting, and the way that the story is told. In some sense, it is a true retro (meaning a revisiting of the past) romance because it brings to bring to mind the big grandiose romances of the past. Gigi and Camden are very passionate people and their gestures are big, particularly in their devises to get what they want out of life.

I am excited about the state of historicals because if this is the type of story that we readers can expect on a regular basis, the historical may once again be the queen of romances. (If you can’t tell, historicals are my favorite romance sub genre).

Best regards,

Jane

This book can be purchased in mass market on March 25, 2008. I assume that there will be an ebook version.

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In the first of what will be a big giveaway month here at Dear Author, I am early blogging about this book because the publisher is graciously giving us 20! early copies of this book to be shared with the Dear Author readership. The catch is that you must post about the book at some public place, whether it is a message board, forum or blog and you must send me the link. We’ll choose one review to repost at Dear Author on the day of the release of the book. This contest will run until Friday, 12 am CST, and any commenter who leaves a comment to this review will be considered in a random drawing.

Edited to add:   When I say “post about the book”, I mean just a post that I read this book and I liked it, I didn’t like it, it’s coming out March 25, 2008. No need for a formal review or anything like that.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

118 Comments

  1. Marg
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 05:06:41

    I appreciated particularly that you made great use of the late 1900s

    This is 1800s right? I would definitely be willing to blog about this book if I was lucky enough to get chosen to receive it.

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  2. bettie
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 05:36:56

    OMG!! Enter me in the contest! Please! I got sucked in by that same excerpt, lo these many months ago, and Private Arrangements has been on my list ever since. And then when AAR called Private Arrangements a Desert Island Keeper and compared Sherry Thomas to Judith Ivory…true obsession set in.

    Pardon my terrible grammar, my over-use of exclamation points, my shameful insertion of unnecessary ellipses–I know I’m a writer and I should act dignified on the web and everything, but right now I’m imploring you as one desperate, ARC-addicted reader to another–please add me to the drawing. ;)

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  3. Anji
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 06:26:01

    How interesting! And how great is it to find a historical with a different time setting! I really like the cover, too – very pretty.

    I’ve been reading so many romances lately with urban fantasy, paranormal, suspense etc. components and I’ve been getting a bit tired of all the outside challenges and problems to the relationships. So It sounds like the central focus of the novel is in the relationship of Gigi and Camden, and their own personal development. It will be nice to see how they grow into their marriage and how they rediscover each other.

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  4. Rosario
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 06:38:08

    Oh, please, please, please, I want to read this so badly! I’ve been wanting it since you first mentioned it and The Spymaster’s Lady and said we were in for a treat in 2008. See, I listen to you, Jane! ;-)

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  5. Kristie(J)
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 07:25:14

    Jane: as you know I have a copy of this one myself *g*. I’ve been holding out reading it (and it’s been tough! Real tough) until closer to the release date so it will be fresh in my mind! I think the time is coming real soon to read it.
    And the cover – I have to mention that! I think it’s one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen!

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  6. Jill Myles
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 07:34:05

    Aw, dang! This sounds so awesome! I wish it was out right now – I have a total passion for historicals. :)

    Don’t enter me in the contest. I’ll buy one of my own. :)

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  7. Sarah Frantz
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 07:51:41

    Please enter me into the drawing, too! I love big, dramatic, romantic endings.

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  8. Keishon
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 08:27:40

    Sounds good – enter me, too.

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  9. Jules Jones
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 08:34:32

    Wants!

    This is why I hang around here — because reviews like this make me want to go and read books I might not otherwise know about.

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  10. kardis
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 08:57:53

    This books sounds fantastic, I’d love an advanced copy so I don’t have to wait until March!

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  11. azteclady
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:10:50

    Oh yay! Sounds great!

    Me, pick me, pretty pretty please? And now that I’ve *cough* taken over *cough* KarenS’ blog, I could post there… and a couple of forums to boot. *puppy eyes*

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  12. Jane A.
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:23:37

    This book has been getting great buzz for months. I’m so excited there have been several wonderful historicals released recently and it sounds like this one will add to that list. Like Jane, historicals are my favorite sub-genre.

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  13. Jana J. Hanson
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:26:02

    Me too!! Even if I don’t win, I’m planning to buy this book. It’s been on my list since last year.

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  14. Phoebe C.
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:27:06

    Please enter me too. I’ve started to get back into historicals from some of the reviews I’ve read here, so I am now eagerly looking forward to this one too.

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  15. JaneO
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:37:39

    This is the second time I’ve read about this book, and it sounds terrific. I can’t wait to read it!

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  16. Sherry Thomas
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:42:08

    I usually don’t inject myself into discussions of my books. But this is just to say, the website is back up at sherrythomas.com.

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  17. MaryKate
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:47:53

    I’ll definitely blog about the book, and pimp it accordingly on the MBs I frequent. Please enter me in the contest.

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  18. Phyl
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 10:25:37

    I’ve been looking forward to this since you teased us with that excerpt last summer. I was a winner last time out, so don’t enter me this time. I’ll wait for the ebook version. Lord knows there’s a book or two around here I can read in the meantime…

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  19. Jorrie Spencer
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 10:35:57

    You’ve piqued my interest!

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  20. Bonnie Dee
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 10:48:50

    I love well done historicals. This sounds like a real winner with emotional depth and correct period detail as well as passion.

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  21. romblogreader
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:20:52

    I’ve been hearing about this one for a while, and I’d love to throw my hat in the ring. :)

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  22. Sarah
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:26:25

    I would love a chance to read it before the release date…the sample chapters have had me salivating for awhile.

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  23. Lindsey
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:27:11

    Sherry’s already visiting our blog in April, but we’d love to do an advance review!

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  24. janicu
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:40:26

    I’m putting my name in the hat. I’d be happy to put a review in my blog if I won.

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  25. janicu
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:45:56

    P.S. Whatever happened to the Ann Aguirre Grimspace ARC giveaway? I was wondering if winners were announced and I missed it. Probably going to read the book no matter what though – ah space operas! Yes.. :)

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  26. azteclady
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:48:15

    The winners of the Grimspace ARCs were announced at the top of the blog, janicu.

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  27. Chicklet
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 11:58:19

    Oooh, sounds like just the book to break me out of my doldrums with the genre. Sign me up for the contest, yessirree!

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  28. Janine
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:10:27

    Edited to add: Leave me out of the drawing.

    As you know if you have read my opinion piece this week, Sherry and I sometimes exchange critiques of each other’s fiction, so take my opinion however you will. I did not critique Private Arrangements, though.

    Anyway, when Sherry sent me the book to read, I was blown away. I had read her previous writing project, a martial arts epic, and while I thought it was very good, Private Arrangements was a whole other level of goodness — fabulous. I was completely transported when I read it.

    It wasn’t perfect — I especially would have liked more insight into Camden’s reasons for reacting so strongly to Gigi’s deception — but I liked Camden, and I thought Gigi was an amazing character, vital and aware of her own power. Sandy at AAR mentioned a similarity to Judith Ivory — Gigi reminded me of a Judith Ivory heroine.

    There is also a wonderful subplot about Gigi’s duke-hunting mama and a certain duke. And I absolutely adore Sherry’s witty, wry voice as well as her way with metaphors. For example, there is this wonderful description:

    The snowflakes suddenly increased in dimension, no longer icy sawdust, but fingernail-sized fluffs. They fell densely, as if all the angels in heaven were molting.

    To a language junkie like me, this is nirvana. All of this is just to say that I loved the book. I didn’t have the same issues Jane had with the last third. For me it was an A (not a perfect A, but still an A, because the strengths of the book are just stupendous).

    I may be biased, but again, I didn’t have this kind of reaction to Sherry’s previous writing project. I remember that I emailed Sherry when I finished reading Private Arrangements, and told her she had done a great thing in writing this book. And I still feel that way.

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  29. Angela
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:33:06

    Oh Brava Sherry! I’ve been bogged down with schoolwork, but I’ll carve out time to read this book

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  30. Kathleen MacIver
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:34:53

    I’d like to be entered, although my reasons are a bit different than a lot others.

    What caught my interest is the fact that this story spans 10 years, and Sherry found out she hadn’t started the original version at the right spot. Ever since then, I’ve been burning to find out the scope of the story, where the “right starting point” is, how she told the story when she started in the middle, etc. Now that the news is out that she used flashbacks, I want to know HOW, since they obviously worked!

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  31. TLS
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:35:33

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

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  32. Kariphx
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:36:39

    I am so excited to read this book, so count me in the competition! I belong to a board were we have had a great discussion on the theme of this book and would love to be able to post an early review!

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  33. Tamar Bihari
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:40:57

    I’d love to be in that drawing! I read Kristin Nelson’s blog religiously (and admire her taste). Quite a while back, she linked to Sherry Thomas’ blog. I read that excerpt and got excited at the strength and sharpness of her voice. I’ve been waiting impatiently ever since for the book to come out! (And this is not normally my style. I read, I take note, I move on.)

    I’m between blogs at the moment (man, that sounds like a euphemism, but it’s honestly not), but I can easily post a review on a friend’s blog — probably a published author friend. Maybe even two. :)

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  34. vanessa jaye
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:41:51

    Don’t enter me because I’m no good at reading books on any type of schedule and my reviews sucks. Nevertheless, this book has been on my radar ever since her agent posted about it and included a link to Sherry’s website. Historical Romances are my absolute favourites, and I love Judith Ivory, so I will absolutely be picking this one up.

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  35. Melinda
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:01:45

    Please enter me in the contest. I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it on Kristen Nelson’s blog.

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  36. Bethany
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:16:45

    Anything similar to Judith Ivory is okay with me. Count me in, please!

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  37. AAR Rachel
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:24:49

    This book sounds very promising, as few historicals sound to me nowadays. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  38. Élodie
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:29:46

    This book sounds absolutely incredible. We’d love to have a peek at it to chat about it on our site!!

    Élodie

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  39. Kerry
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:36:50

    Please enter me in the contest! I just put myself on the local library consortium’s wait list for this book based on your intriguing review, and I am #6. Sherry Thomas, Cleveland is showing you some love.

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  40. RenéeW
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:45:50

    This sounds like the type of meaty historical that I love. Marriage in trouble stories are one of my favorites. Please enter me in the contest.

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  41. Rebecca
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:55:45

    I’d love a copy! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

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  42. AB
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 13:58:59

    Lightening probably won’t strike twice for me, but this sounds interesting, so I’ll put my name in the hat.

    (Almost done with the Grimspace review!)

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  43. Jackie L.
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 14:19:21

    I’ve enjoyed reading Sherry’s comments on the internet. Please toss my name in the bucket.

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  44. Emmy
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 14:49:43

    Please enter me. I’d be happy to write a review. Between the review and the tantalizing except on Sherry’s website I desperately want to read this book now.

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  45. Allison
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 15:04:07

    Please include me in the lucky chance for an ARC of PA. I would so appreciate it if I did win! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book, sooner or later… :)

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  46. Sarai
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 15:16:13

    I would love to be included for a chance to win and ARC of PA.

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  47. lilitu93
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 15:20:22

    Please enter me as well. I haven’t read a lot of historicals, so I’d like to read more. Also, the excerpts make it sound really good.

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  48. Tumperkin
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 15:35:35

    Wetting my pants with excitement over this book. Count me in.

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  49. Lili
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 15:50:19

    Love, love good historicals and this one sounds so, so good! Please enter me. Thanks!

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  50. Andrea
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 16:05:34

    This sounds like a nice departure from the typical romance story lines I go for. I could be quite refreshing! Count me in please!

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  51. Heather
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 16:49:21

    I would love a copy of the book. Please enter me in the contest.

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  52. Lizzy
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 16:52:36

    Sexual blackmailing is always good, clean fun. Please add me to contest.

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  53. JOYE
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 17:04:54

    Just surfed in from another romance site. Glad I did. I enjoyed te comments. Please enter me in te contest

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  54. Michele Lee
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 17:12:24

    I would love to read this one :) Count me in on the contest and offer to blog it :)

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  55. Elle
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 17:33:07

    This one has been on my wish list for awhile now. I would love to have an ARC.

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  56. HSP
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 17:44:22

    Great review. I wish I can read it right this very minute.

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  57. Stephanie H.
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 18:34:34

    I’d love to read it and blog about it!

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  58. Suzanne S
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 19:36:40

    I have read a lot of actual Victorian novels and I definitely want to read more Victorian historical romances. Please enter me in the contest.

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  59. JAH
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 20:16:25

    I have been looking forward to this book for months! I would love to read it before March 25!

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  60. Janet H
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 20:29:55

    Love the teaser. The cover is great, too. I had to go to Sherry’s site and blog to get a better look. They did an excellent job. 20 copies? I would love one.

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  61. ames
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 20:30:39

    Excellent!! I was hemming and hawing over whether to get this, but now I know. Woot.

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  62. MYJ
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 23:44:49

    So looking forward to reading this book!

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  63. Caffey
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 01:15:47

    I’d definitely love to review this book!! So count me in! I can put it up on my blog. I had this book and her next book both on my wishlist. Love historical romances!

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  64. GrowlyCub
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 03:36:29

    This sounds interesting. Please put my name in the hat for a copy. I have a blog where I can post a review.

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  65. Margay
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 04:58:41

    I first read about this book on another website and my interest was peaked then. I would love to have a copy of this book

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  66. Bunny B
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 06:13:01

    I love historical romance stories! I’ve blogged about the book (linked website). Thanks!

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  67. Bethany
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 08:55:55

    I can’t wait to read this book. Ever since I saw Sherry’s query letter on Pubrants, I’ve been pretty obsessed with it ever since then. Thanks for the great review!

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  68. Lorelie
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 10:34:00

    I want, I want, I want.

    Very much.

    And I blog!

    Srsly, this thing’s been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for what feels like *ever*. I keep going back to it, thinking it *must* have been released by now but it’s not.

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  69. Nicole
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 11:18:16

    I have to say, you make this sound like a fascinating book. I’ve heard so much advance buzz, that I’m definitely going to have to read this one.

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  70. Darlynne
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 11:43:34

    After being blown away by “Spymaster’s Lady,” to the extent that I wrote Ms. Bourne in order to squee like a fangirl, I’m now intrigued about Ms. Thomas’ book. Count me in, please.

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  71. Jennifer
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 12:36:40

    I’m very excited to read this book!

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  72. Lara
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 16:08:18

    After seeing the query for this book on Pubrants I’m ready to read it. And will gladly post my reaction on my blog. Enter me in the drawing!

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  73. Katie
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 16:46:26

    Well, you have me salivating.

    …and is one of the best historicals you’ll read this year.

    To my shame I have to confess that I haven’t read a big number of historicals so far in 2008, but Joanna Bourne’s first release is certainly topping the list at the moment. That’s why I am rather curious as to how this novel will work out for me and which one of them will be “awarded” first prize at the end of the year *g*.

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  74. JSL
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 17:45:54

    This book sounds great- please enter me into the drawing!

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  75. Carolyn Jean
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 17:51:22

    I have been hearing about this book and its juicy plot forever. I’ll totally write about it on my blog!

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  76. Trish
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 18:05:03

    Enter me as well! Along with Private Arrangements, Meredith Duran’s The Duke of Shadows make two debuts that I’m really looking forward to. April looks like a great book reading month!

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  77. Kathryn Smith
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 18:26:03

    This sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read it. Don’t enter me in the contest, though — please and thank you. I’ll contribute to this author’s royalties. :-)

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  78. Keilexandra
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 18:28:28

    I doubt my luck is so great, but I’d still like to enter this contest. ;)

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  79. katiebabs
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 18:30:43

    I need another wonderful book to add to my growing pile.
    Enter me please :)

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  80. Stephanie
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 21:17:35

    I have a whole website to publicise the book! Not my normal fare, but sure.

    I like early copies of books.

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  81. Larissa
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 06:08:58

    i would love to read this book! definitely on my tbr

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  82. Stacy ~
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 07:02:16

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. Would love to win, and I have no problem posting a review.

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  83. Rachel Glass
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 10:09:11

    Wow, I am really impressed by the excerpt, and would be more than happy to write an honest review! Please enter me as well, thank you!

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  84. LABloomfield
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 10:45:59

    YAY! I love new books. I haven’t read a historical in a while. Should be a great change.

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  85. Christy
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 10:55:47

    Sounds wonderful. I must have it.

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  86. Jessica
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 11:27:28

    Wow, I’ve been wanting to read this since I first saw the query letter on an agent’s blog! I keep hearing excellent things about it. Can’t wait to read it!

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  87. Gayle
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 11:39:52

    I’ve been looking forward to this book since the author’s agent posted about it on her Web site! I admit that I didn’t read your review because I’m a chicken about spoilers. But I can’t wait to read it myself!

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  88. Amy
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 11:43:14

    I’ve been really looking forward to this book–please enter me in the drawing! I review books on my blog all the time.

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  89. Meredith
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 11:44:54

    Please enter me, too.

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  90. Kat
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 11:48:46

    Been waiting for this book since last July. Sherry is not only a great writer but she’s sweet as heck as well. I keep reading the excerpts just to alleviate the craving. Would love to win and review.

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  91. marisa
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 12:31:34

    can’t wait for this book! please enter me into the contest. thanks

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  92. Carol Burge
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 13:38:17

    This looks like a great read. I love historicals!

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  93. Caryn
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 14:04:17

    I’ll play! Does it count if I review it on Goodreads.com, then link to that? This one looks so original and witty and fun.

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  94. Sara Hantz
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 14:04:52

    I can’t wait to read this book. I heard about it from Kristin Nelson when she came to our conference in NZ last year!!!!

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  95. GB
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 15:22:37

    I’m game…definitely looking forward to its release. Is it too late to be entered?

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  96. Kimberley Little
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 16:00:39

    Oooh, I’ve been hearing about this book for months. I’d ADORE a copy! I love historicals, whether I’m reading them or writing ‘em! Blogging about it will be no problem! I’d love to.

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  97. Kendra
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 16:36:32

    I’ve been following the hype for this book for months. I’d love a copy.

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  98. Kathleen
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 16:44:32

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

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  99. Dalia
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 17:00:23

    Is this open to people living outside the States? Trinidad, in the Cbean to be exact? I’ve just finished The Spymaster’s lady and it would be a better start to 2008 than I could ever have imagined to read two unique historicals in a row.

    Dalia :-)

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  100. mary beth
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 17:43:53

    I’d definitely be willing to post what I think about the book! I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

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  101. Ric
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 18:05:11

    Count me in. Am running out of reading material.
    And I’m a guy who gets into romance of any kind.

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  102. elsiey
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 18:09:44

    !! please count me in on this contest. I will leave pretty reviews, I swear it!

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  103. Amy
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 18:17:33

    I would love to be entered, I have a blog!

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  104. Sheila L.
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 18:38:48

    This book sounds great. Please enter me in this contest.

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  105. A. R. Pike
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 18:40:37

    Please enter me! I have wanted this book since I first saw the announcement on Kristin’s website so (so,so,so) long ago!

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  106. Adaora
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 20:26:14

    I must read this book immediately. From what I’ve seen – and read – so far it’s brilliant. I’m always game for a great new book.

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  107. Joy
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 20:47:18

    Yet another book to add to my TBR (and book spending) – or maybe I’ll win a copy.

    Book buying control was easier before I discovered book review sites :-)

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  108. Angelle
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 20:48:10

    Are you taking international entries as well? If so, please enter me! :)

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  109. Megan
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 20:51:56

    Please enter me! I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews of this book and can’t wait to read it! I adore finding new authors and new books…and I love telling other readers exactly why I loved what I read! I’m a high school teacher so reading wonderful stories pulls me out of the dreariness of grading chemistry lab reports. Getting to read this book early would MORE than make up for reading 112 lab reports on exothermic reactions. :)

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  110. bridget
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 21:46:56

    I have been waiting for this book too:)

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  111. Mothella
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 22:17:12

    I hope I win one of the free copies. I can’t wait to read this thing!

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  112. Mothella
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 22:26:07

    I hope i win one of the ARCs!!!

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  113. Sara
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 22:53:42

    Ooo, please enter me, too! I want to read this as soon as possible. It sounds fabulous.

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  114. Molly
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 23:38:14

    Please enter me in the contest too, I’m very excited for this book :)

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  115. Stephe
    Mar 01, 2008 @ 00:16:44

    Please enter me in the contest. Reviewing this book would be a pleasure! Pardon me while I swoon (and post about PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS on my blog).

    I thought I’d missed the cut-off. But I’m on Eastern Standard Time. Ha! :)

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  116. bev
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 18:36:59

    Read it in one sitting. It was absolutely wonderful. I’ve actually read it a bunch of times since then. Sherry to all your success!

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  117. azteclady
    Mar 04, 2008 @ 12:48:37

    I’m sad I didn’t win a copy, but worry not, I’ll get a copy of my very own some how *background cackle*

    *ahem*

    Congrats to all you lucky winners!

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