Private Arrangements Author:Sherry Thomas Love has designs of its own.... — To all of London society, Lord and Lady Tremaine had the ideal arrangement: a marriage based on civility, courteousness, and freedom -- by all accounts, a perfect marriage. The reason? For the last ten years, husband and wife have resided on separate continents. — But once upon a time, things were quite different ... more »for the Tremaines.... When Gigi Rowland first laid eyes on Camden Saybrook, the attraction was immediate and overwhelming. But what began in a spark of passion ended in betrayal the morning after their wedding -- and now Gigi wants to be free to marry again. When Camden returns from America with an outrageous demand in exchange for her freedom, Gigi's decision will have consequences she never imagined, as secrets are exposed, desire is rekindled -- and one of London's most admired couples must either fall in love all over again... or let each other go forever.« less
This book blew me away. I felt completely depressed reading half of it - Lord and Lady Tremaine have a "marriage of convenience", living in different continents, not saying a harsh word about one another, but for all purposes they are strangers - not seen together since the night of their wedding, ten years ago. In between the present story there are flashbacks that explain the past and what happened to make things the way they are now. Gigi betrayed Camden when they were both young and in love because she was desperate not to lose him, but conversely it was that very act that tore them apart. Their first meeting and talking is shown to the reader in flashbacks, in complete contrast to the present time of the story. They are both engaging and witty characters, clearly well-matched for one another and no one else. And I loved the writing - it had a light, lyrical touch, with a lot of wit. I really felt them falling for each other, I felt how desperate Gigi was, and how devastated they both were over what happened after their wedding. I saw the betrayals on both sides, and the stupid decisions which led to even stupider ones. the more I read the more I understood. It was a different time then, the rules of honor were different, and that played a part in this. The book is set in the 1880's and 90's and it adheres to that well. Dispite his own past decisions, Camden comes back and no matter how calm they pretend to be, the chemistry is sizzling. Be prepared to suffer with the two characters, but the end still rewards you. The only problem I had was the loss of ten years between the characters. All the missed chances in that time just sent daggers into me! Meanwhile there is also another side story that I quite liked - with Gigi's mother, Mrs. Rowland, the pushy mother, hell-bent on her daughter marrying a duke, and then hell-bent on her daughter and son-in-law getting back together. When Gigi files for divorce, and she sees that Gigi may actually go through with it, she looks around for *other* dukes in the neighborhood, which leads to some amusing consequences. Well worth the read for those who love historical romance (is this really the author's debut novel?!).
This book was so good, i finished it in one day.
Hero and Heroine wed, and then are separated on the day after the wedding, for 10 years. The story of why they seperated and what happens when they get together again really made me want to keep reading.
A definite keeper.
I actually didn't care for this book too much. It was beautifully written... Sherry Thomas is an amazing writer... but there was very, VERY little interaction between the hero and heroine in the here-and-now. What little there was, was mostly sexual. I would have liked to see more conversation and non-sexual interaction between them.
This was my first read by this author. I was a little taken aback by how cruel the hero was to her at first. Of course she had hardened herself a bit to deal with that. But once I could tell that he did still care it sweetened the story. I just really couldn't believe that it took 10 years for these two to resolve their issues. And even though he loved her so much, he moved across the globe to be away from her. And I definitely did not like how after all of the difficulty the relationship had that the last few pages tidied up the ending so neatly. All in all, it was a very good story and I will read more from this author.
This book stretches over an 11-year time period, from when Gigi and Camden were first married, to their estrangement and reconnecting. Some of the book is heartbreaking with the treachery they inflict on each other, but you see through glimpses in the past and present of the love they once had.