Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage–and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives. It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more…Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife…
As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship–or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
I gave this audio an A- for content and a B+ for narration in my AudioGals review.
Ravishing the Heiress is the second book in the Fitzhugh trilogy and tells the story of the young Earl Fitzhugh, known to his friends as Fitz, and his wife, Millie, who are contracted into an arranged marriage at the ages of nineteen and sixteen respectively.
I read the print version when it came out last year and loved it, but it has certainly divided opinion. For one thing, it involves adultery, which is a complete no-no for some people in a romance novel, and also, for most of the book, Fitz is pining for another woman, completely clueless and sometimes thoughtless in his actions towards Millie, the wife he didn’t want and initially utterly resents.
I can certainly see and accept those criticisms, but in my opinion, the story is so well-crafted that those things – while painful to read and listen to – haven’t spoiled my enjoyment of the book, which is actually rather a beautiful love story.
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