“She was, in fact, such a dreamer that she actually believed “something wonderful” was going to happen – which wasn’t that surprising, since she also believed wet dirt in the springtime smelled like perfume…”

Title: Something Wonderful

Author: Judith McNaught

Redonk Nutshell: A hasty marriage blossoms love between an eternal optimist and a hardened cynic

Official Synopsis: The tempestuous marriage of Alexandra Lawrence, an innocent country girl, and Jordan Townsende, the rich and powerful Duke of Hawthorne, is about to face its ultimate test of tender loyalty. Swept into the endlessly fascinating world of London society, free-spirited Alexandra becomes ensnared in a tangled web of jealousy and revenge, stormy pride and overwhelming passion. But behind her husband’s cold, arrogant mask, there lives a tender, vital, sensual man…the man Alexandra married. Now, she will fight for his very life…and the rapturous bond they alone can share.

Something Wonderful is the story of happy-go-lucky girl Alexandra and the run in with the Duke of Hawthorne, Jordan Townsende that forever alters her life.  Alexandra is a wonderful character – she’s bubbly but not annoyingly so, and sees only the best in people, including Jordan, who, to put it mildly, is something of an ass.  Though Jordan is hard to like, he redeems himself over the course of the novel, which is what truly makes this book a wonderful read.

Coming off of McNaught’s Whitney, My Love, this book was an incredible breath of fresh air.  It’s a fantastically romantic story.  Witnessing Alex and Jordan play off of each other is a mesmerizing, and often times funny, experience.  I truly enjoyed this book.  It definitely ranks in the top three of the books I’ve read by McNaught.  Alex is incredibly forgiving and kind, and she’s also witty and smart.  She sees the potential in Jordan as opposed to the reality -a stubborn cynic and a womanizer.  Alex’s optimism brings out the best in Jordan, and it’s fun to see that slowly bud and unfurl.

The curve ball in the story comes when Jordan disappears about a quarter of the way into their story.  He’s presumed dead, and Alex and Jordan’s family are forced to carry on without him.  Is he actually dead?  Of course not – there’s a good 3/4 of unread pages left DUH.  🙂

It’s heart wrenching to watch Alex go through her heartbreak of losing her first love, then coming to realize he wasn’t the perfect specimen she had made him out to be.  Then he miraculously comes back from the dead, and all hell breaks loose.

It’s, well…something wonderful.

Rating: B

Romance: 4/5     Raunch: 3/5

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