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The Paradise Will by [Hanbury, Elizabeth]
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"Rich period detail and a witty and charming writing style combine in a deliciously romantic and emotionally satisfying story.' - Nicola Cornick"

About the Author

Always an avid reader, Elizabeth Hanbury discovered the novels of Georgette Heyer in her teens and was captivated by the Regency period. Following business collage and a career in the industry, she began to write historical romance in her spare time. Elizabeth lives in the Staffordshire countryside with her husband and two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0709085494
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (30 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XFYVM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Hanbury's debut novel begins with a captivating premise: in order to inherit the family estate, Alyssa Paradise is obliged by her maverick uncle's will to dine alone once a week for six months with her new neighbour, Sir Giles Maxton. This is a Regency romance in the tradition of Georgette Heyer. Fine attention to period detail and a fast-paced plot is combined with a main character who is no simpering miss but as feisty and forthright as any 21st century heroine, while Sir Giles is impossible not to fall in love with. Best of all is the way the author combines real emotion with a wonderful witty style, and an Austenian sense of fun. A really good read: highly recommended
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The Paradise Will is a skillfully written, gorgeously escapist novel. The words 'airy confection' were made for it! I devoured it in a day, when I needed an infusion of its particular wit and joie de vivre, and I just loved it.

The premise on which the plot turns is original and clever (I'd have wondered if any plot variants were left that put the protagonists in a Regency romance at odds with one another, but I'd have been wrong!), and keeps the reader guessing - well - for a fair way into the novel! It is quite obvious that hero and heroine are meant for each other, but how are they going to free themselves from the entanglements in their lives to be able to spend the rest of their lives together? And, unlike so many novels set in the past, the author does not leave us at the church door ... delicious!

There is an entertaining sub-plot, involving another couple of winning characters, expertly woven into the main storyline. Elizabeth Hanbury knows her history, too, and gives us some insights into the social conditions and rural discontent of the time. And in Sir Giles Maxton we have a great addition to the catalogue tall, dark, handsome heroes, intelligent and questing, and with a great taste in heroines (eventually!) All of this adds to the pleasures to be gained from The Paradise Will.

So, The Paradise Will is elegant, exhilarating and hugely entertaining - a great addition to the Regency genre.
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Format: Hardcover
Humour, warmth and a thoroughly satisfying read.

Sparkling wit, a resourceful heroine, well-rounded and complicated secondary characters and a very stirring hero. Settle down to the delightful debut novel that is The Paradise Will.

It tells the tale of two young people forced by a wily and knowing uncle to dinners a deux. How could Sir Giles resist the intelligence and beauty of Alyssa? In turn, Alyssa would be mad not to fall for Giles - a gorgeous Regency hunk to rival even a damp Darcy for sexiness.

The exchanges between the two main protagonists are to be savoured, as is the gentle humour and it all ends most satisfactorily. I read it over a wet Bank Holiday weekend and didn't even notice the howling gales outside. Highly recommended. More please, Miss Hanbury!
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Although I'm an avid Jane Austen fan, I rarely read historical romance and I'd never bought a 'Regency' novel, not even a Heyer. So I wasn't sure what to expect from The Paradise Will. However, I'm so glad I stepped out of my usual reading groove as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The plot concerns the unusual terms of a will written by Alyssa Paradise's, uncle Tom. The will forces her to spend time with Sir Giles Maxton, an arrangement which at the outset of the novel, is irksome to both of them...

This book was an entertaining and deliciously romantic read with a cracking plot and several touching moments, particularly the ending. It had strong characters, a very sexy hero, a spirited heroine and witty dialogue.

I shall definitely be broadening my reading as a result.
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From the start of the book, you can tell that The Paradise Will is going to be a very different kind of regency romance, something I have to say is a trend of the author, Elizabeth Hanbury. I have read all of her books now, and must say that the twists and surprises in the story make for an entertaining read.

Alyssa Paradise is the inheritor of a vast estate from the recent death of her uncle. Whilst this sounds wonderful, and is clearly a wonderful gain in a period where women were still subservient to men, there is a devilish caveat employed in the will - that Alyssa must spend time with the rather oafish Sir Giles Maxton.

If this sounds weird, it gets more strange that she must dine with him every week for six months. Twenty-four months in the company of someone you hate - perhaps hate is too strong a word, but Alyssa certainly dislikes being around Giles, even if he has a title, good looks, money and so on.

It's like her dear (now, not so dear) departed uncle has played a rather nasty trick on her.

This was one book from the start where I did not want Alyssa and Giles to get together. I thought she was far too good for him. But that would be too early to say that was how the book was going to end. This is a longish tale, so it is inevitable other characters will be introduced that will cause conflict between these two principal characters and around them.

Note: I loved the mention of Chancery Lane (I was there in April 2015) and it's just typical of Alyssa to get hamstrung by the lawyers that are in residence there!

Things are complicated further by the fact that other parties are involved.
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