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Private Arrangements Mass Market Paperback – 25 Mar 2008

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition - Paperback Later PrintRun edition (25 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440244318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244318
  • ASIN: 0440244315
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story."--Jane Feather
"Deft plotting and sparkling characters mark this superior debut historical.... Steamy and smart."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review

One of the Best Books of the Year ("Publishers Weekly")
Double-nominated for the prestigious RITA Award for Best First Book and Best Historical Romance
Best Historical Romance of 2008 (Tie; Romance Buy the Book)
WINNER of the "Romantic Times" Reviewers' Choice Award for Best First Historical Romance
"A love story of remarkable depth...Entrancing from start to finish."--Mary Balogh, "New York Times" bestselling author
"Exquisite, enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story."--Jane Feather, "New York Times" bestselling author
"Ravishingly sinful, intelligent and addictive. An amazing debut."--Eloisa James, "New York Times" bestselling author
"Sherry Thomas is the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today. She is a rebel, a rule-breaker, and above all, a romantic. Searing, tender and filled with passion, her writing is nothing short of a revelation. "Private Arrangements" clearly heralds the beginning of a dazzling career, and I am looking forward to more brilliantly told romances from this accomplished writer."--Lisa Kleypas, "New York Times" bestselling author
"[A] superb debut, "Private Arrangements."..will win readers over with its elegant writing, exceptional characterization, expertly detailed late Victorian setting and exquisitely romantic love story."--"Chicago Tribune
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"Deft plotting and sparkling characters mark this superior debut historical...Steamy and smart."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"Thomas tantalizes readers as she skillfully peels away the layers of Cam and Gigi's relationship in an enchanting, thought-provoking story of love lost and ultimately reclaimed. Lively banter, electric sexual tension, and an unusual premise make this stunning debut all the more refreshing. Thomas is a writer worth watching."--"Library Journal," starred review
"A dazzling debut...a beautifully written, sizzling, captivating love story...Her comp

About the Author

Sherry Thomas burst onto the romance scene with Private Arrangements, one of the most anticipated debut historical romances in recent history and a "Publishers Weekly" Best of the Year book. Lisa Kleypas calls her "the most powerfully original historical romance author working today." Her books have received stellar reviews from "Publishers Weekly," "Library Journal," " Chicago Tribune," and "Romantic Times," along with enthusiastic praises from many of the most highly trafficked romance review websites and blogs.
Her story is all the more interesting given that English is Sherry's second language--she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's "Sweet Savage Love" with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys creating stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

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This was definitely a superior historical romance. It was also a rather unusual storyline, exploring a marriage that has died and how a request for divorce could cause the spouses to think again about their needs and their past.

Set at the end of the 1800s, Lord and Lady Tremaine have been married for ten years but have spent just one night together in that whole time - their wedding night. On the day after the wedding Lord Tremaine left for Paris and then America and has only seen Gigi, his wife, on a handful of occasions since then. The reason for the estrangement is unknown to all in society and is only gradually revealed to the reader as they progress through the book.

Gigi has had a few lovers over the time that they have lived apart and yet when she decides she wants to marry the lovely and gentle Lord Frederick and petitions her husband for divorce, the Marquis of Tremaine reappears suddenly in her life. He wants an heir before the divorce, Gigi just wants their break to be permanent so that she can settle down with Freddie.

But Lord Tremaine's influence in Gigi's life and emotions is enormous. Can old wounds be healed as they spend time together? Can they begin to understand each other better? Is the divorce really the best thing for this estranged couple?

The author's writing style is excellent throughout this book. Although historical accuracy sometimes slips in the dialogue, the overall feel is very much that of London in the time of Queen Victoria. Her characters are very well portrayed, faults and all, and the interest is always kept up in the story even though not that much actually happens. All the activity is taking place within the minds and hearts of Gigi and Camden and this is vividly portrayed.
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When a lie turns into betraying all that he holds dear their marriage becomes: a private arrangement, it epitomizes a perfect marriage of London's society but not of the heart as they live on seperate continents.

I have been incredibly surprised by the debut novel of Sherry Thomas, PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS. This is not escapism romance written by a talented author, no, this is right in your face romance noir so intense I could only flip the pages in bated breath of what would happen next. Sherry Thomas gives the reader a couple that shows us how wrong everything can go in a relationship and yet the longing for one another remains and is an overwhelming presence in the most hidden corners of their heart.

This is a story that has a past and present storyline and takes a minute to adjust to but in the end enhances the overall understanding of these two strong minded characters superbly. Gigi and Camden are kindred spirits and have a bite to their character. When emotionally hurt they act upon it, not always in a nice way but nevertheless very human and it makes them a very believable couple. I cannot think of one without the other though events will lead up to a perfect acceptable society marriage...one that exists only in name.

Gigi is smart as a whip and has the money to back it up while Camden is a man of blue blood but almost penniless. For them both applies the saying:
There is more than meets the eye. When the two of them meet Camden wants to finish his school to get his degree and is elsewhere engaged. However, the mutual intrigue for one another's nature draws them together. It is the intensity of those few courting weeks that holds the seed of their further relationship and every emotion that comes along with it.
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This novel which was a debut by ST was brilliantly plotted & the characters were so different from your "typical" protaganists & so was created this amazing storyline. I read this continally & I found that when i was not I constanly felt "aglow" just thinking about reading more about these 2 characters. I truely loved the fact that Lord Tremaine felt for Lady T & so developed this vitalic history between the pair of lies, passion, despair,near misses & true gut feelings. ST is a fabulous writer & I highly recommend this read & cannot wait for DELICIOUS which I am just about to order from Amazon & the next one in 2009......
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This was a first for me by this author but won't be the last if her subsequent books are anything like as good as this debut novel. An interesting plot - the Tremaines seperated the day after their wedding and have lived apart for 10 years - on different continents in fact. Now Gigi wants a divorce to remarry and Lord Camden Tremaine comes back to England and they meet again for the first time. He lays down the condition that she must attempt to give him an heir before he will agree to her divorce and amidst great hostility she agrees. It is evident from the first that there are still deep feelings for each other still here. In fact, it emerges that they didn't part through disinterest but because on the eve of their wedding he discovered that she had tricked him into marriage and he feels he could not trust her and embarks on vengeance by leaving her. She is devastated but after some years has given up. Living together brings everything back to life though and from that point on their passion reignites and it is then a question of whether Camden has been able to forgive her and whether she can trust him enough to try again. There is a lovely secondary plot where her mother - an attractive woman in her own right - begins a quirky romance with a Duke she has first identified as a possible match for her daughter. Absolutely cracking writing, wonderful characters that you just love and it all adds up to a winning formula. One to be kept and reread.
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