The Paradise Will by Elizabeth Hanbury

May 2, 2008 clorindat
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I’ve been hoping to find another author as good as one of my favourites Wendy Soliman, and I can safely say, that Elizabeth Hanbury has made the mark.

I saw this book mentioned on another blog, and decided to give it a try – from the synopsis it sounded great:

When spirited Alyssa Paradise unexpectedly inherits her uncle’s property in Dorset, she is determined meet the challenge of running a grand estate. However, there is a surprising condition: every week for six months she must dine tête-à-tête with the enigmatic Sir Giles Maxton, who owns the adjoining land. Alyssa wonders how she will endure this arrangement – Sir Giles cuts a dashing figure but he is positively insufferable!

Although Alyssa soon discovers the warm, generous man beneath his laconic exterior and Giles in turn finds Alyssa beguiling, they fight their growing attraction, knowing they are both promised elsewhere. But when Alyssa is unwittingly caught up in a web of intrigue and revenge, Giles must race against time to rescue the woman he loves…

The author draws a rich picture of the regency period – the language in the dialogue is spot on (just like reading a Georgette Heyer) and the detail draws you in.

The story was charming, the heroine sensible and likeable and the hero – thud! (You have to read it – he’s just hits the spot!) The sexual chemistry is brilliant and the minor characters charming too. All that plus the humour – I can’t fault it! I’ve always thought that it’s the minor characters that turn a good book into a great book, and this is a great book. I’ll definitly be re-reading it. Highly recommended.

This is the authors first book and I’m looking forward to some more of her work asap! (hint hint)

Rating 10/10

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Entry Filed under: Regency,Romance

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Juliet Archer  |  May 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Haven’t read any Wendy Soliman but I certainly agree with your review of Elizabeth Hanbury’s debut novel! More please…

  • 2. Angie  |  May 9, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I completely agree! I’ve told everyone to go out and buy it!


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