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Something Wonderful Bestselling author Judith McNaught masterfully portrays a remarkable heroine, and an unforgettable passion, in this powerfully moving love story one of her most beloved novels of all timeThe 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 manthe man Alexandra married Now, she will fight for his very lifeand the rapturous bond they alone can share

  • Paperback
  • 418 pages
  • Something Wonderful
  • Judith McNaught
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 0671737635

About the Author: Judith McNaught

You can find Judith McNaught in facebook McNaught is a 1 New York Times Best Selling Author, withthan forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries andthan thirty languages She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.



10 thoughts on “Something Wonderful

  1. says:

    Re read for me I.LOVED.IT Every single bit of it OMG, seriously, this books is P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N That ending and Epilogue ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW I m glad, she said softly I wouldn t want you to be hurt I don t want to say too much about this one as you are better off just reading it blind.I loved it A lie is an affront to the soul, as well as an insult to the intelligence of the person to whom one lies A lot of my friends do n Re read for me I.LOVED.IT Every single bit of it OMG, seriously, this books is P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N That ending and Epilogue ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW I m glad, she said softly I wouldn t want you to be hurt I don t want to say too much about this one as you are better off just reading it blind.I loved it A lie is an affront to the soul, as well as an insult to the intelligence of the person to whom one lies A lot of my friends do not read Historicals Their loss is all I can say.Girls, there are sexy scenes in Historicals too What are you looking at Jordan demanded finally, watching her A dragon When he looked bewildered she lifted her arm and pointed to the sky in the southeast Right there that cloud what do you see when you look at it A fat cloud Alexandra rolled her eyes at him What else do you see He was quiet for a moment studying the sky Fivefat clouds and three thin ones There is mistrust, misunderstanding, dickhead hero, friendships, falling outs It is my custom to have sherry in the drawing room at eight thirty and supper at nine In future, please join me here promptly at eight thirty, Alexandra Fire ignited in Alexandra s eyes, but she managed to keep her voice level You ve already told me where I may sleep, where I may go, who must accompany me, and when I must eat Would you care to instruct me as to when I may breathe Eventhough the ould biddy annoyed me in the beginning I liked her in the end.And if you guys have not watched NORTH and SOUTH, think it might be a BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell s novel, go and watch it Richard ARMITAGE as John Thorntom Le Sigh She was a gentle dreamer He was a hard realist 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 Are you patronizing me I love you, he thought with each thrust of his body I love you, his heart shouted with each thunderous beat I love you, his soul cried out as Alexandra s spasms clenched him tightly I love you The words exploded in his being as he drove into her one last time and poured his life, his future, and all the disillusionment of his past into her tender keeping And when it was over, he held her in his arms, filled with a joy that was almost past bearing as he gazed at the white clouds floating in the powder blue sky All of them had shapes and meaning to him now All his life had shape and meaning to him now This author is wonderful I can feel her writing Alexandra was goodness and gentleness and trust And love She was flowers blooming on the hillsides and laughter floating through the halls

  2. says:

    When I read Judith McNaught I feel like I m transferred to some other dimension So you have this huge 500 pages long book with pitiful title and a truly awful cover and yet I very much think about when it s the right time to start reading it, because her books consummate my time completely I sincerely cannot think about anything else It s drastic and extreme and I tell myself that during my weekends when I have enough time to go for a walk or for a swim because the sea is still very warm or t When I read Judith McNaught I feel like I m transferred to some other dimension So you have this huge 500 pages long book with pitiful title and a truly awful cover and yet I very much think about when it s the right time to start reading it, because her books consummate my time completely I sincerely cannot think about anything else It s drastic and extreme and I tell myself that during my weekends when I have enough time to go for a walk or for a swim because the sea is still very warm or to start playing tennis for fuck s sake, cause just behind my building are tennis courts, I need to do somethingproactive and physical I end up carrying this book to toilet, hating myself that I can t stop myself from reading it slower It s mind numbing and I feel very stiffened and my muscles are atrophying And then I think how come she is notpopular, because she is brilliant And I m hooked It s the same as with Pat Conroy I ve been delaying reading his The prince of tides for years Every time I see it in the library I say next month, or next year, and I know that when I get my hands on that book, I won t leave my flat for days because Conroy s geniusness makes my skin ache I have a friend who said the same thing about Conroy, who as well had been studying in Citadel just like Conroy and he s very proud of his military ring, but even he who is ruthless when we play social games like Pictionary because the way his mind works is utterly strange because his instincts and creativity are immaculate and eyes widening, this friend of mine says that when he reads Conroy he feels violated but in a good way He can take him in small dozes I can take Conroy in small dozes Just as Marilynne Robinson and William Trevor and Flannery O Connor and Raymond Carver Because they are all too much They are too good, but too sad and too realistic I adore each one of them and I ll read them repeatedly McNaught isn t making the same effect on me, but it s very close in a different way She makes me fall in love with reading Again and again I adore her characters and these perpetual and fatigued games they play with each other She writes about romance troubles and rakes and dukes and scoundrels and virgins and tons and castles and field fighting and society rules and naive girls and bad steel gray eyed men and all these books they could have been very flat and with flaws and books for spinsters with cats, and there you would have a problem if you looked at them like this, but truth to be said Judith McNaught writes utterly spectacular stories which make me scream with laughter and enjoy them immensely.This is why I ll never write an insincere review because you can say that 500 pages of romance book is easy to write because you obviously just need rakes and dukes and scoundrels and virgins and tons and castles and field fighting and society rules and naive girls and bad steel gray eyed men, but to melt all of the written into something wonderful really is Something Wonderful

  3. says:

    What is it you think is going to happen Alexandra shivered deliciously Something wonderful There is always something about historical romance that can get me out of a book slump There s just something about them that pulls on my heart strings with their one of a kind love stories And Something Wonderful didn t disappoint When seventeen year old Alex, daughter of a lord and a commoner, saves Jordan, the Duke of Hawthorne from some highwaymen, well that s when something wonderful begin What is it you think is going to happen Alexandra shivered deliciously Something wonderful There is always something about historical romance that can get me out of a book slump There s just something about them that pulls on my heart strings with their one of a kind love stories And Something Wonderful didn t disappoint When seventeen year old Alex, daughter of a lord and a commoner, saves Jordan, the Duke of Hawthorne from some highwaymen, well that s when something wonderful begins It isn t all flowers and rainbows that s what I love about Judith McNaught s novels It s a rollercoaster of emotions Jordan is a rake, manwhore, player call him what you want He does not deserve Alex She has life is wonderful goggles over her eyes is kind, selfless, so trusting, and so na ve She thinks of Jordan as a god, when he s nothing but a libertine I had a smile on my face the entire beginning of Something Wonderful After certain circumstances arise, Jordan and Alex are forced into a marriage Neither wants it But Alex makes it known that she will accept it And her young heart immediately falls for Jordan God, I was cringing at her naivety and declarations of love, for only Jordan to say Thank you But it was also so endearing to me It showed my black heart how selfless and true young love can be And hers was When Jordan disappears and is declared dead, Alex is broken But it was her husband s wish that she be accepted into society, and so she worked hard to become what he wanted At first, she was so na ve, and so in love with Jordan that she made a fool of herself, because she didn t know the kind of man he was She was unknowingly complimenting his mistresses looks, and becoming the laugh of the ton Until she changes it all around and realizes how Jordan had played her, and who he really was When Jordan returns, it s to find Alex about to marry his cousin The only reason he got through the torture he d been through, was thoughts of getting back to her He realized she was it for him, and he wanted a life with her A five star read for me if I didn t find some parts a bit slow But still a very enjoyable one, nonetheless Something Wonderful takes us on a journey of jealously, betrayal, lust and love Another great one by Judith McNaught, and I d absolutely recommend to lovers of historical romance Something wonderful had happened

  4. says:

    Ahhhhhh Loved this one This was definitely better than Once and Always I liked Alex better and Jordan was definitelyromantic than Jason As per usual, Alexandra is the typical McNaught special snowflake heroine I m not complaining though because I personally liked her character Jordansighhe s definitely a typical emotionally scarred McNaught hero but he isn t cruel or abusive Loved the humor, the chemistry between the main characters and the secondary characters Definitely wor Ahhhhhh Loved this one This was definitely better than Once and Always I liked Alex better and Jordan was definitelyromantic than Jason As per usual, Alexandra is the typical McNaught special snowflake heroine I m not complaining though because I personally liked her character Jordansighhe s definitely a typical emotionally scarred McNaught hero but he isn t cruel or abusive Loved the humor, the chemistry between the main characters and the secondary characters Definitely worth the re read

  5. says:

    5 STARS image error Let me just start out by saying that no book has had aappropriate title And I must add that every single Judith McNaught book that I ve read could have been titled the same I absolutely loved this These two characters, Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Lawrence are the perfect blending of angst and love And the old adage that opposites attract could not be represented in a better way image error Jordan Addison Matthew Townsend was an only child, and heir 5 STARS image error Let me just start out by saying that no book has had aappropriate title And I must add that every single Judith McNaught book that I ve read could have been titled the same I absolutely loved this These two characters, Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Lawrence are the perfect blending of angst and love And the old adage that opposites attract could not be represented in a better way image error Jordan Addison Matthew Townsend was an only child, and heir to his father s title and estate, the current Duke of Hawthorne He was brought up sheltered, well educated, and for the most part without love With his only view of married life being his parent s faithless exploits, Jordan grew up with a cynical view of life and of love Trust was nonexistent He was devastatingly handsome and quite arrogant of his position, so women were constantly throwing themselves in his lap and in his bed Seeking his attentions, his money and his title, women were just another commodity to him Love didn t exist It was only something you did in bed.And then something extraordinary happened A knight in shining armor rode to his rescue, not only saving his life, but changing it forever image error Alexandra Lawrence was a spritely young girl of 17, living in a small country village She was poor, living with her mother and grandfather, and a couple of elderly servants And she was in love with life She was home schooled by her grandfather, who as a wonderful, loving and honorable man, who taught her not only 3 languages, but also taught her the value of honor and virtueI love life, even when bad things happen to me I can t stop loving it Every season of the year comes with a promise that something wonderful is going to happen to me somedayAlex was raised mostly without her father as he only visited twice a year from London, and didn t show much interest But she still looked forward to his visits with unbridled enthusiasm Alexandra had this certain joie de vive that was so precious and rare And it came from the free spirited innocence she never seemed to shed image errorYou needn t worry about your appearance, my dear, because true beauty springs from the heart and dwells in the eyesSo when these two forces met, the innocent and the cynic, it was intoxicating and yet painful to watch What he felt for her pity What she felt for him infatuation and love Did he press his advantage Absolutely Did she make a fool of herself Of course image errorWhat are you looking at Jordan demanded finally, watching her A dragon When he looked bewildered she lived her arm and pointed to the sky in the southeast Right there that cloud what do you see when you look at it A fat cloud Alexandra rolled her eyes at him What else do you see He was quiet for a moment studying the sky Fivefat clouds and three thin onesSo while he was teaching her the hard cruel truths in life the ugly realities of vanity and mistrust, she was teaching him about honor, loyalty and loveReformed rakes often make the best husbandsThis was such a wonderful story I absolutely LOVED the characters When I finished, I just wanted to pick it up and read it all over again It will definitely be going on my list of all time favorites If you like historical romance, I cannot recommend this author enough I have completely fallen in love with her books, her characters and her writing image errorQuick, Alexandra said, tell me what color are the flowers on the hill you ve been looking at Yellow, he said promptly White, she sighed, taking her hands away If I keep saying yellow, he dryly replied, turning to face her, sooner or later I m bound to be rightimage errorthe wicked duke with the empty heart looked into those eyes of hers, and what he saw took his breath away What did he seeimage error Sometimes when I read a book a song reminds me of it here is the song this book reminded me ofThe Ballad of Love and Hate by the Avett Brothers Here s a link

  6. says:

    I adored Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Lawrence Something Wonderful was a perfect blend of angst and romance It is truly a beautiful love story I loved it I adored Jordan Townsend and Alexandra Lawrence Something Wonderful was a perfect blend of angst and romance It is truly a beautiful love story I loved it

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here When I finish reading a book, I usually know right away how I m going to rate it In this case, I didn t have a clue Did I love it Yes Did I hate it Also yes I tossed and turned in bed last night, trying to reach a conclusion, and I woke up this morning still undecided I m starting to write this review in hopes of gathering my thoughts and getting a clearer insight into how much I liked or disliked this book This can easily become a rambling rant with some spoilers somewhere along the When I finish reading a book, I usually know right away how I m going to rate it In this case, I didn t have a clue Did I love it Yes Did I hate it Also yes I tossed and turned in bed last night, trying to reach a conclusion, and I woke up this morning still undecided I m starting to write this review in hopes of gathering my thoughts and getting a clearer insight into how much I liked or disliked this book This can easily become a rambling rant with some spoilers somewhere along the way, so I apologize in advance if I step on anyone s toes.Jordan Townsende, the Duke of Hawthorne, is a cynical, cold and heartless rake who despises all women in general, thanks to the less than stellar examples given by his mother while he was growing up and by the countless paramours he s had since he reached adulthood He just doesn t trust women, period.Alexandra Lawrence is Jordan s opposite She s an innocent, optimistic and loving country girl who always tries to see the good in life, even in her most dire circumstances She s too na ve for her own good, but have no fear because ruthless Jordan will crush that in no time Jordan and Alexandra should have never met in normal circumstances, but hey, this is Romancelandia So they meet, he compromises her inadvertently, they re forced into a marriage of convenience and the stage is set for an emotional rollercoaster designed to turn me into a basket case Big and Small Misunderstandings, a Long Separation, deception, suspicion, murder attempts, unexpected allies, surprise villains I loved it I hated it I was a puppet in Ms McNaught s hands.Jordan was a hard character to love If you followed my status updates while I was reading this book, you might have guessed that he kept me on the verge of a nervous breakdown Over and over again, he threatened to to something hateful to Alex and sometimes he did But then, he would go and do something sweet and thoughtful, and I forgave him I guess the selling point for me was, I understood his behavior Yes, I wanted to smack some sense into him a couple of times, but he was a result of his parents upbringing That didn t excuse everything he did, but I just couldn t hate him There was some good writing there, Ms McNaught As for Alex, she was really the something wonderful mentioned in the title of this book I loved her to bits She was too good and too sweet to be true in the beginning, but that made her falling in love with Jordan so quickly believable In her na vet , she worshipped a Jordan that never existed, so she was bound to be sorely disappointed sooner or later When she finally found out that her dream man wasn t real, I was as hurt as she was, even though I already knew what a cad he was In the end, I think she should have made him grovel and work harder to win her love back, but I guess she just wasn t as petty as I am Besides Jordan and Alex, several secondary characters helped to keep the story interesting, but the way they popped up and disappeared all of a sudden was a bit jarring Alex s mother, Alex s uncle, Alex s friend Mary Ellen, Jordan s grandmother, Jordan s aunt, Jordan s cousin Bertie, Jordan s prison inmate One moment they were there, having their say the next they were gone, sometimes never to be mentioned again I understand that secondary characters aren t supposed to be on stage all the time after all, they re not the protagonists of the story but some of them played key roles and deservedthan to simply vanish into thin air.That leads to another problem I had with this book Jordan s imprisonment and alleged death The man was kidnapped, tortured, beaten and spent 15 months in a French prison, comes back from the dead just in time to prevent his widow from marrying his cousin, gets angry and all that jazz, and then resumes his life as if he d been away only for a weekend Huh Okay, I guess Jordan s mind was stronger than I d thought In his place, I d be having nightmares for months.So Based on what I ve written above, you d think I didn t like this book, right Well, I did like it Ms McNaught knows how to write compelling emotional scenes and she made me care for Jordan and Alex despite or maybe because of their flaws I was emotionally committed to them, as they made me smile and cry, sigh with happiness, frown with worry, shout in anger and cheer in joy No bland emotions there, and I was a mess The ending was touching and wonderful It was somewhat abrupt Jordan could have definitely groveled somebut even so, it left a smile on my face.All in all, I can t say this was an enjoyable book I mean, I don t enjoy resembling an emotional yo yo when reading a book, LOL but it was certainly worth reading This was only my 3rd book by Ms McNaught, but I believe I can already say that her books will never be comfort reads to me because she sure knows how to push my emotional buttons For better or worse

  8. says:

    AAAGGGGGHHH I just never learn Re reading these books has been like re reading The Catcher in the Rye they re just not the same after adolescence Hero mistakes ugly duckling for a boy with the requisite he was annoyed with himself for his strange attraction to the young male Had he become so jaded that he was turning to boys moment, because, as we all know, being a rake leads to pedophilia and has to marry her He gets knocked on the head and disappears, everyone thinks he s dead, AAAGGGGGHHH I just never learn Re reading these books has been like re reading The Catcher in the Rye they re just not the same after adolescence Hero mistakes ugly duckling for a boy with the requisite he was annoyed with himself for his strange attraction to the young male Had he become so jaded that he was turning to boys moment, because, as we all know, being a rake leads to pedophilia and has to marry her He gets knocked on the head and disappears, everyone thinks he s dead, etc Everyone falls in love with the heroine of course and when our hero returns, he has to fight his lust for her Why Because the plot says so He s mad because she was about to get remarried when he came back Because she was supposed to die of grief when he went missing Or enter a convent Or something At any rate, he finally accepts her love and they go on to make tons of babies The end

  9. says:

    Written Decembeer 10, 20144.6 Stars Old quality in the very best romantic HR style A sparkling sweet and gripping emotional fairy tale Something Wonderful is one of Judith McNaught s older, so beloved, grand historical romances This one, her first1 New York Times bestseller, is from 1988 Loved and high raited by all my HR reading GR friendsRegarded as one of the most beloved writers of all time in popular fiction, Judith McNaught is the author of thirteenWritten Decembeer 10, 20144.6 Stars Old quality in the very best romantic HR style A sparkling sweet and gripping emotional fairy tale Something Wonderful is one of Judith McNaught s older, so beloved, grand historical romances This one, her first1 New York Times bestseller, is from 1988 Loved and high raited by all my HR reading GR friendsRegarded as one of the most beloved writers of all time in popular fiction, Judith McNaught is the author of thirteen novels withthan 30 million copies in printI has slowly with a few chapters each day listening to this 16 hours audio CD edition from 1993 Very well narrated by Jill Ferris I read some parts as well and I just loved Something Wonderful from the first page to the last Another WOW romance England 1815Alexandra Lawrence, an innocent soon to be 18 years old country girl, finds her forced, after unfortunate mistake and an inn room, to marry the older and very powerful Duke Jordan Addison Matthew Townsende, the 12th Duke of Hawthorne, Marquess of Landsdowne, Earl of Marlow, Baron of Richfield a lot of names. , a great looking man, is a blase nobleman with a mistress who feels pity for this young still innocent childlike, but so cheerful, girl Reformed rakes often make the best husbands The dukes does his duty, and soon he has a young maiden wife in young Alexandra A wife without a very fine noble birth or ancestry but with an intellectual and good literary education from her beloved grandfather A shimmering pearl that never faced the dangers of a big city or the risks involved in meetings with the London society I love life, even when bad things happen to me I can t stop loving it Every season of the year comes with a promise that something wonderful is going to happen to me someday There are next to 15.000 GR members who s marked this as read Almost 500 of them left a review as well I don t think another long arguing, thought out and maybe also splendid interesting. smiling review will make any difference or pushingromance readers to this book Short and sweet I feel like most readers Magical reading This writer is a stunning master writer of this HR genre Do you plan to only read one single historical m f romance in the coming year Please, select one written by Judith McNaught, you can not but be happy and satisfied Grand and great, and so neat and well told I loved it all There will beJMN romances in my Read shelf Many manyhopefully.I LIKE OF COURSE, who doesn t

  10. says:

    Why oh why have I not readhistorical romance novels Being only my second HR Something Wonderful was just that, something wonderful This story had me captivated right from the beginning I quickly found myself submerged into the world of the characters and experiencing something different.I truly loved Jordan and Alexandra s story I guess you could say it was love at first sight for Alexandra It may have been because she was na ve but I would like to believe it was because her heart Why oh why have I not readhistorical romance novels Being only my second HR Something Wonderful was just that, something wonderful This story had me captivated right from the beginning I quickly found myself submerged into the world of the characters and experiencing something different.I truly loved Jordan and Alexandra s story I guess you could say it was love at first sight for Alexandra It may have been because she was na ve but I would like to believe it was because her heart was pure Jordan was a bit jaded and cold hearted His use for women was simple It was solely for a physical need He knew no other wayI love life, even when bad things happen to me I can t stop loving it Every season of the year comes with a promise that something wonderful is going to happen to me someday Alexandra As these two worlds collide we watch Alexandra blossom and Jordan soften As Alexandra struggles to fit into Jordan s world and meet his demands Jordan begins to question all he has been taught in regards to feelings and emotions Just when their lives become suitable tragedy strikes and Alexandra is left devastated and trying to cope.Time passes and things changepeople change But what becomes apparent to both Alexandra and Jordan is the beauty each of them gives to the other But as Jordan is dealing with something unbeknownst to Alexandra, misunderstandings happen which leads to..well you have to read the book to find out But Pain is shared and special moments are made There is happiness and heartache There is lust, desire and tenderness I ll be putting this on my bookshelf for now but I will certainly pull it out again and reread some of the chapters I loved the most There was so many things I enjoyed The way the book is written your able to form these beautiful pictures in your head Maybe it is where Jordan and Alexandra share a picnic or the place they go fishing and make love on the hill side, or when they go to a Ball Or all the beautiful flowers I also enjoyed all the side characters and what they added to the story They brought humor and some cynicism which rounded things outNow that you ve said all those other things, she whispered when he finally lifted his lips from hers several minutes later, do you think you could possibly say I love you I ve been waiting to hear that since you began and I love you, he said fiercely I love you, he whispered softly, burying his face in her hair I love you Jordan How did I stumble upon this book you might wonder It really was only one review that had me one clicking Well you can t download this to your kindle but there is something special about sitting down with an old fashion bounded book Anyways one of my GR friends Mo posted a beautiful review which you can find here Do yourself a favor read her review too

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