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My Dearest Enemy: A Loveswept Classic Romance by [Brockway, Connie]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3775 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (8 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DEPGQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This came to my attention as part of an article on Heroes and Heartbreakers in which Courtney Milan explained why she loved the book ( here). As I recalled the article I understood that the bulk of the book comprised Lily and Avery writing to each other, having re-read the article I can see that I was mistaken, however that was my expectation going into the book.

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.
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By A Customer on 22 July 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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