Whitney, My Love (The Westmoreland Dynasty Saga) (英語) マスマーケット – 2000/6/1
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One of today's best-loved authors, Judith McNaught launched her stellar career with this dazzling bestseller. Now in a special edition that features a brand-new, enhanced ending and endows familiar characters with new depth, Whitney, My Love lives on as "the ultimate love story, one you can dream about forever" (Romantic Times).
Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore, Whitney Stone grew from a saucy hoyden into a ravishingly sensual woman. Fresh from her triumphs in Paris society, she returned to England to win the heart of Paul, her childhood love...only to be bargained away by her bankrupt father to the handsome, arrogant Duke. Outraged, she defies her new lord. But even as his smoldering passion seduces her into a gathering storm of desire, Whitney cannot -- will not -- relinquish her dream of perfect love.
Rich with emotion, brimming with laughter and tears, Whitney, My Love confirms once more why "Judith McNaught is truly one of the spellbinding storytellers of our times" (Affaire de Coeur).
Judith McNaught is in a class by herself. (USA Today on WHITNEY, MY LOVE)
The ultimate love story, one you can dream about forever. (RT Book Reviews on WHITNEY, MY LOVE)
A wonderful love story…fast-paced and exciting…great dialogue! (New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux on WHITNEY, MY LOVE)
Judith McNaught once again works her unique magic in this charming, sparkling romance. (RT Book Reviews on REMEMBER WHEN)
People have been waiting for this book for years… Until You takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. (Kathe Robin in USA Today on UNTIL YOU)
By portraying her protagonists with verve and good humor, and adroitly mixing corporate maneuvers and passionate encounters, McNaught has produced a captivating tale. (Publishers Weekly on PARADISE)
Fans of Danielle Steel and Janet Daily who enjoy a stylish… fast-paced story will welcome McNaught. (Library Journal on PARADISE)
Judith McNaught comes close to an Edith Wharton edge. (The Chicago Tribune on PARADISE)
A mixture of virtue and passion that is almost—ahem—perfect. (Kirkus Reviews on PERFECT)
A perennial favorite, Judith McNaught adds a new layer of suspense to her latest romantic release. Her unique voice and talent shine through in this exciting tale of loyalty, love and danger. (RT Book Reviews on NIGHT WHISPERS)
Revolving infatuation, desire, lust, love, treachery, betrayal all roll into one! I love it when Whitney softened Clayton's heart and made him want her. It was frustrating at times especially when he practically raped her and after knowing that she was innocent, he let her go and did not marry her to honor her virture! For what they went through, and with help of family and friends - Dowager Duchess of Claymore and Stephen Westmoreland's help to get him back with her. It was a wonderful way to end the story with happiness and love!
It was while reading this novel, that I decided I needed an epic romance shelf. I mean, why can fantasy be categorized as epic, and yet romance is just "romance?"
Whitney, My Love had about as many pages as a GOT novel, and every page was just so good.
I read romance for the thrill of falling in love, the passion of jealousy, the excitement of being intimate for the first time, and sometimes for the heartbreak and the angst it brings with it. This story captured every one of those, in a breath-taking story in the regency era.
God, it was just so amazing, and so engrossing.
This was McNaught's debut novel, turned down again and again by agents who thought it was too developed (I know, right?) too sensual, and just plain too 'deep' for women. I think she is one of the leading authors who began this amazing movement in romance, with deeply sensual and compelling stories. Now, that movement has just turned romance into three-fourths sex and one-fourth story, but at least I have many 'bodice rippers' on my bookshelf from the eighties to last me through the apocalypse.
“Cheating,” she solemnly replied. “I do it when I cannot win.”
It's hard to put into words how much I loved these characters, and how much I was completely engrossed in this story. The banter, the chemistry, and sometimes the hatred - Whitney and Clayton had it all.
Whitney was loveable, fierce, quirky, but also young and naive. She believes she's in love with Paul, the local gentleman seven years her senior. She was only fifteen when her forward acts trying to win his love, gets her shipped to her aunt and uncle in France. She grows up, becoming beautiful, and her witty banter makes her become the 'belle of the ball.'
The Duke of Claymore is a profligate rake. Richer than God, and one of the most handsome sought after bachelors. The thing I loved about this story, is there might have been extreme attraction from the hero's side, but the heroine doesn't even notice him for a while. She didn't notice him, having not been able to see outside the circle of bachelors surrounding her. It irked the duke, and when he decided he didn't want to court her like the other dandies, he does something shocking.
Finding out Whitney's father is destitute, about to be put into debtor's prison, Clayton makes him a deal. Whitey's hand for 100K pounds, but he wants the chance to court her, without her knowing who he is. And the deal is done. The Duke of Claymore becomes Clayton Westland.
Small problem, though. Whitney becomes to hate Clayton, still with designs to marry Paul.
Whitney, My Love was a rollercoaster of love, lust, jealousy, and possession, with a strong hero, and a witty passionate heroine. Their problems can be frustrating, based on the issues of early relationships: miscommunication, lack of trust, and just not knowing the other so well. But that's just what makes the story so relatable - heartbreaking, and then heart-warming as they fall back together. A beautiful story, with all the conflict, tension, and chemistry, to make this story one of my favorites of all time.
Spoiler alerts ahead:
The hero in this story is abusive, both physically and emotionally. He rapes the heroine and then never quite gets around to a full apology, not that there really IS an appropriate apology for rape. He mocks, demeans, taunts, and grabs the heroine on a regular basis. This is not an alpha hero; this is an abusive man who, if any of our sisters or best friends were dating, we'd do our best to help them develop a safety plan and a way out of the relationship.
All of the men in the story sucked, but I was really waiting for the main male character to get thrown from his horse and killed immediately after the wedding so that Whitney would be rich and free to have a lovely affair with Nicki. He was also a bit of a tool, but not abusive, and it seemed that they had a genuine friendship.
I gave two stars instead of one, because Judith McNaught can clearly write well. I just wish that she'd used her skills for good and not evil.
There is one rape but she does not resist. I was intrigued that she was hurt but loved him and cried in his arms for comfort after. He realized his error and was in the depths of depression because he hurt her. He made amends - big time.
TWO VERSIONS OF THE BOOK:
I read the expanded longer version. Some reviewers complained that Clayton was too abusive in the original version, which made me reluctant to read this. But I think the author changed or softened the abusive element in the longer version. Whitney My Love was Judith McNaught's first book published in 1985. She felt she ended it too abruptly. So she added scenes and enhanced other scenes in the special edition published in 1999.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 706 pages. Swearing language: mild including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Setting: 1816 - 1820 England and France. Copyright: 1985 and 1999. Genre: regency romance.