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My Dearest Enemy Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1998

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044022375X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223757
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love was the last thing on his mind, until her letters brought him home. . . .
"Romance with strength, wit and intelligence. Connie Brockway delivers!"
--Tami Hoag
"Connie Brockway's work brims with warmth, wit, sensuality and intelligence."
--Amanda Quick

From the Author

Remember Pillow Talk?
I didn't realize until after seeing that old Rock Hudson/Doris Day chesnut on the late show a few nights ago how similar it is to my own recent release, MY DEAREST ENEMY. And it is! Set in late Victorian England, my book is about a man and a woman who have never met face-to-face but who have been forced into an unlikely written correspondence by a dead man's manipulation. Both are masters of repartee and both more than willing to use that talent to verbally score off the other. As in PILLOW TALK, their antagonism is exploded by instant and intense physical attraction when they finally do meet. Unlike PILLOW TALK, right from the beginning they know exactly who each other is and just what giving in to that attraction means: the loss of the estate both spent years hoping to attain. It's a story about finding your heart's desire ...in the enemy camp. I hope you get a chance to read it. Please visit my website to read an excerpt from MY DEAREST ENEMY as well as my other Dell! books. Enjoy!

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My Dearest Enemy was the first of Ms. Brockway's books I have read - but I am now a thorough convert! Along with 'As You Desire', this book is one of my favourites, not being quite so 'dark' as say, All Through the Night or The Passionate One (although both excellent, compulsive reading).
I love her writing style which is intelligent and poetic. The underlying theme of the book is the long-established relationship the two central characters developed through several years' correspondence, and is such an imaginative tool that the reader is drawn in at every page.
HE is heroic but vulnerable, SHE is independent to the point of self-destruction! And the fact that they are both attractive (most especially to each other) but seemingly unaware of this, is so well-scripted by Ms Brockway, that she avoids the usual cliches. One never gets the 'I've-read-this-all-too-often-before' feeling reading one of Ms. Brockway's books. I also love the thread of humour which is cunningly woven into the book, without diluting the strength of the story.
I found I didn't want the book to end, but couldn't wait to find out how the love affair would progress! Read and thoroughly enjoy! (More than once I should think!).
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By A Customer on 22 July 1998
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I'm slightly disappointed with this book. I loved All Through The Night and As You Desire, rereading them often, and I waited every week in bated breath when this book came out. Then when I read it at first, I groaned. "This isn't as good as the others!" I exclaimed.
But I was wrong. This book is not like the others, because it is different. Each Brockway book tells its own story, and this one tells of a love so quaint and sweet I couldn't help but to love the characters.
Avery Thorne was my kind of guy. Sensitive, intelligent, shy, yet so dependent on, he is such a wonderful character. His letters and Lily Bede's make me chuckle aloud, and when they finally meet face to face, sparks really fly.
This book lacks the sensuality of love scenes typical of Brockway's books, but the tenderness and warmth are intact. The characters are vivid and fully drawn. Lily and Avery are so funny, so happy, so alive together it is hard not to succumb to smile and laug! hter seeing them fall in love.
My only complain is that Lily took too long to realise who she was in love with, but all in all, with beautiful prose, wonderful characters, humour, and love - this book is a keeper.
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"My Dearest Enemy" is an original and highly enjoyable love story set in late Victorian England. Avery Thorne receives a letter from his uncle upon his death about the strange and disappointing will he has left behind. Mill House, the Thorne family's country estate is the only thing Avery wanted since he was a child. According to the will he will not be able to inherit it for five years during which period it will belong to Miss Lillian Bede. Avery is furious. Who is Lillian Bede? A suffragette without a family who fights for women's rights and who believes that women are just as capable of doing things as men are. He clenches his teeth and decides to go travelling around the world until he can claim his rightful inheritance.
Lily Bede is shocked and surprised by the unexpected will, she is not even a relation but she takes up the challenge and vows to prove her beliefs about women. She starts sending allowances and reports about the estate to Avery and even they have never met their correspondence becomes the essence of their lives during Avery's adventures. Their letters are masterfully witty, intelligent, sometimes ironic and humorous but also breathtekingly beautiful and compassionate between the lines. When Avery suddenly arrives home to meet the exceptional writer of the letters face to face both of them are surprised and their attraction is inevitable. Lily is desperate to keep control over the estate and to hide her growing love from Avery. She has never been in love before and her painful childhood stands in the way of their happiness. Avery is a world-weary adventurer who finally came home to settle down on his beloved estate.He tries to follow his strong code of a gentleman and he tries to keep away from Lilly but his desire for her proves stronger. Ms.
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By A Customer on 27 Aug. 1999
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I read this book in one evening -- I just couldn't put it down. Very funny and touching. One of the best romance novels I've read.
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By A Customer on 18 Feb. 1999
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Excellent storyline. The letters themselves were very witty. Could read this novel many times and still chuckle.
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Having been introduced to Georgette Heyer in my teens and to Jane Austen shortly afterwards, I have always had a weakness for Regency Romances - although I almost never read any other kind of romantic fiction. However, I came across All Though The Night under the Regency Romance heading. This, of course, it is not! It is an amazingly powerful love story in its own very individual way and I was totally captivated. When I saw My Dearest Enemy advertised, I remembered Ms Brockway's name and thought I would take a chance on it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and had difficulty putting it down.

Avery and Lily are such well written characters that I feel I know them - and felt quite lost when I got to the end of the story. Once again, Ms Brockway gets a story that does not seem the least bit derivative. Her writing is clear, and the wit comes through beautifully in the letters. She also highlights a great dilemma for intelligent women in the past. Marriage effectively took away their rights and liberty, and the custody of their children. But illegitimacy and 'living in sin' were great social disasters. I will not rehearse the story-line as that is explained in many of the reviews. I will say, though, that the characters were very attractive, the writing style excellent and the book a total joy. I thoroughly recommend it.
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