My Dearest Enemy
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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!"
"Connie Brockway's work brims with warmth, wit, sensuality and intelligence."
--Amanda Quick --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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! --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!).
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.
Lily is a highly unconventional woman. Born out of wedlock, she has received a good education and she is an advocate (in print) of women's rights. A male relative, who had financed her education, is incensed at her vocal opinions but rather than cut her off or disown her, he offers her a challenge in his will. He is disappointed in his nephew Avery who is weak and sickly and has shown little inclination for farming and therefore to spite Avery he offers to leave Lily a property, the Mill House, if she can run it at a profit over five years then he will allow her to retain it. If she cannot turn a profit he will give the Mill House to Avery and, if Lily will admit that a woman is not as capable as a man, he will give her an annual stipend. During the five year trial period Lily must also provide Avery with an allowance.
Lily is thrilled to have the opportunity to live in a fully furnished house AND prove to the world that women can manage a business just as well as a man. Avery has loved the Mill House since he was a child and he is devastated by his uncle's will. However, rather than try to contest the will he does what he has always done - turn the other cheek. In this case, Avery decides to travel the world for the five years.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, kept me guessing right until the end. Loved the characters, terrific story. Highly recommended.Published 13 months ago by Oriana Rimmer
I enjoyed this book a lot. Very witty and well written. I just felt the Epilogue let it down a bit, it wasn't bad, but i just felt something was missing. Read morePublished on 16 April 2014 by Heather Saggers
Mill House is left to two people, Miss Bede and Avery Thorne. In order to be able to claim the inheritance the former has to run it for five years and make a profit, the latter has... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by Booklover
nicely written has an intriguing unfolding of plot. keeps the interest going all the way through. funny and set at the same time.Published on 22 Jan. 2014 by littlefoot
I had forgotten how a Connie Brockway story can move me to laughter and tears. Delightful characters with brilliant dialogue. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by Dreamer Girl
Delighted to have discovered Connie Brockway and this book is definitely deserving of all the 5 star reviews it gets. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2010 by CJ
"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... Read morePublished on 26 April 2003 by ambersaxon696
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.Published on 27 Aug. 1999
Excellent storyline. The letters themselves were very witty. Could read this novel many times and still chuckle.Published on 18 Feb. 1999