Mission accomplished. Alexandra Lawrence is a carefree, optimistic young woman who has the unfortunate burden of taking care of her eccentric household, which includes a deaf butler, a blind footman, a frequently drunk bottom-spanking uncle, and an overdramatic and bitter mother. Despite all this, Alex loves her life, seeing all the good in it. Jordan Townsende, the Duke of Hawthorne, is being held at gunpoint when a knight comes crashing out of the trees and flies headlong into one of his attackers. After the threat is neutralized, his rescuer faints.
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Mission accomplished. Alexandra Lawrence is a carefree, optimistic young woman who has the unfortunate burden of taking care of her eccentric household, which includes a deaf butler, a blind footman, a frequently drunk bottom-spanking uncle, and an overdramatic and bitter mother.
Despite all this, Alex loves her life, seeing all the good in it. Jordan Townsende, the Duke of Hawthorne, is being held at gunpoint when a knight comes crashing out of the trees and flies headlong into one of his attackers. After the threat is neutralized, his rescuer faints.
Jordan takes the young boy to an inn to call for a doctor, but while he is ministering to his unconscious friend, it becomes apparent that he is no boy. After Jordan takes Alex home, her mother jumps on the fact that this duke has spent time with her year-old daughter in a private room of a public inn.
His plan is to take Alex to his house in Devon and leave her there while he continues living as he always has. The two are only married for four days when Jordan suddenly goes missing. The authorities follow his trail and come to the conclusion that he is dead. Alex is crushed. This image falls apart when Alex makes her bow to society. She is perfectly respectable, but her dreamy accounts of Jordan fall on amused ears and she soon becomes a comical outcast. Once again, she is crushed, feeling like she is letting down her late husband, until his cousin, Tony, finally explains what Jordan was really like.
After suffering a bit of disillusionment, Alex changes back into herself. The intelligent, fun-loving, unconventional young woman suddenly becomes the toast of the ton.
All the men want her and all the women want to be her. McNaught writes believable emotion, even if it is also extreme. As for Jordan, after the truth comes out, his anger and jealousy felt real, yet at the same time fun to read. Several Big Misunderstandings take place, but this is one book where I found them very understandable, particularly the final one that leads to the climax.
However, there were aspects to the story that made it less than perfect. Or, should I say less than Perfect? Several issues were brought up and never really delved into again.
Jordan has had many lovers and intended to keep a mistress, but they never discuss fidelity. And the idea of Jordan going from thinking Alex is a boy, then a twelve-year-old girl, then a very physically immature young lady to suddenly being consumed with lust was hard to swallow. Luckily, the notion that he is completely captivated by her personality is not. It was also difficult to believe that what happened to Jordan during his absence would not be discussed more.
He lived through a trying ordeal and I would expect there to be significant emotional ramifications, but those were never brought up. Finally, the ending was very rushed and certain aspects of it were unexplained. Despite these drawbacks, Something Wonderful is a charming book with a feisty heroine I loved the fact that she could fence with the best of them and an enigmatic hero. I would have loved to include this book among my favorites by this author, but alas, that is not the case.
Something Wonderful Quotes
Author: Judith McNaught Chapter One The voluptuous blond woman lifted up on an elbow and pulled a sheet to her breasts. As he gazed at the hedge maze below, he saw his mother emerge from the shrubbery. Casting a brief, furtive look about her, she straightened the bodice of her dress and smoothed her heavy dark hair into some semblance of order. A moment later Lord Harrington emerged, retying his neckcloth. Mild cynicism marred the youthful handsomeness of his lean features as Jordan watched his mother and her newest lover cross the lawns and saunter into the arbor.
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