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Something Wonderful

(Sequels #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  25,644 ratings  ·  1,040 reviews
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 time!

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

Paperback, 418 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1988)
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-ever
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!



"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
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

“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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 STARS ★★★★★
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Let me just start out by saying that no book has had a more appropriate 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.

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Jordan Addison Matthew Townsend was an only child, and heir
Geri Reads
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ahhhhhh! Loved this one. This was definitely better than Once and Always. I liked Alex better and Jordan was definitely more romantic than Jason. As per usual, Alexandra is the typical McNaught special snowflake heroine. I'm not complaining though because I personally liked her character. Jordan...sigh...he'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
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-favorite
descriptionI 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!

Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Fani
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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, ...more
Written Decembeer 10, 2014

4.6 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 first #1 New York Times bestseller, is from 1988. ~ Loved and high raited by all my HR reading GR friends.
"Regarded as one of the most beloved writers of all time in popular fiction, Judith McNaught is the author of thirteen
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Why oh why have I not read more historical 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 naïve but I would like to believe it was because her heart
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Loved loved LOVED this!!!!

Though I'm extremely disappointed with the publisher for the ebook version being RIDDLED with errors; missing punctuation points, typos, etc. For the price point of the book, the amount of errors is completely unacceptable.

However, I've just happily purchased the paperback version because I absolutely adored the story.
This was incredible. What can I say but Judith McNaught at her finest.

Quick review.

We have sweet, smart, strong and big hearted heroine, Alexandra who rescues the hero from some bandits one night. She's a seventeen year old young women/girl who's returning from a birthday party dressed in her costume as a knight (yep armor and all). She comes upon our hero, Jordan being held at gun point about to be shot. She accidentally kills the assailant but saves Jordan. Circumstances develop that have the
Sophie ♥
The memorable parts ~

"You lost the fish!"
"That was not a fish," Jordan retorted, looking up at her. "That was a whale with large teeth."
"Only because it got away," she retorted, laughing.
Her laughter was as infectious as her enthusiasm, and Jordan couldn't stop himself from grinning even though he tried to sound stern. "Kindly stop belittling my whale and let's open those baskets. I'm starved."

...Goaded by her insinuation that he possessed no imagination, Jordan narrowed his eyes and stared hard
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Reread November 23,2020: 4 stars

I really liked this book, but I think Jordan needed to do more groveling. Alexandra forgave him instantly and the ending was very rushed.

Original review (February 4, 2017) 4.5 stars

I loved it!!! I liked all the angst and passion that this book had. Jordan was your typical Duke that did whatever he wanted, specially with women, but in this case he really is a product of his upbringing. I hated his father! How could he do that to his son? Still when Jordan gives h
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a fun read! I really liked the h! I enjoyed their banter and how the h got the grumpy H out of his shell. My biggest issues were the length and the abrupt ending. I also didn’t feel like the H groveled nearly enough for the few times he messed up. I like this authors writing style and her characters, so I might try another one of hers soon!

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Alexandra and Jordan’s story. Alexandra is trying to keep her mismatched family a
Fantastic book!. I even loved it more with my re-read!. The characters are to die for. And it's been way to long that l loved,admired the heroine for her way of thinking. How she's innocent,and potent at the same time. As for the writing, let's just say McNaught is remarkable with her words. Truly captivating.....

Thank you for the wonderful buddy read my dear Supreet.. I had blast. Muah!
Ivy H
Review of book read years ago.

I loved this novel. Alexandra was, like all of Judith McNaught's heroines, a true original. Elizabeth from Almost Heaven will always be my fav McNaught heroine but Alexandra was wonderful. She's a funny, energetic and cute little tomboy when she first meets the H. Jordan the H, is too jaded by the overblown women on the ton and the slutty actresses and opera singers with whom he consorts, and is far too cynical about women. I Guess that cynicism goes with being a mu
 ❀ Minesha ❀
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Isn't it funny how you feel for a romance novel when you first start reading romance and then three years later, when you read it again?

My Reactions:

First Time: sigh. He grovelled. Oh how he grovelled! So beautiful.

Three years Later: What on earth did I ever see in a sort of but not bipolar 'hero' who cannot make up his mind and thinks it is alright to sleep around and pull your wife's hair?
Eden Rose
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Absolutely love it!
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Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sannn~~~
Recommended to ✿❤~m49913~❤✿ by: Aline
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-r
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: judith-mcnaught
I read almost all of Judith McNaught's novels but "Something Wonderful" is definitely my favorite. I've read this book for, like, 10 times and every time I read it, it always feels like it's my first time. I totally fell in love with the story and the characters.

There's this one scene when Alexandra got shot and Jordan thought she would die, the words Jordan uttered just give me pinches in my heart every time. I'm not a cry-baby but I was picturing this scene in my head, and I felt a lump in my
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Recommended by a friend, I think these stories are funny. Meandering and lacking any real oomph, it is amusing to read about 18th century life. I’m not a feminist, so the carry on doesn’t bother me, but these stories are extremely light. I was a little bored throughout, and I have to say the heroine (is that what they are called in this genre?!) is always childlike at first, and always blooms beautifully by the end! The Duke, endlessly handsome and oh so gruff. Even his handsomeness didn’t reall ...more
Chantal ❤️
This book was an epic story of two very different personalities who by circumstances find that they must marry.
The hero has very little to redeem himself here as he is your basic entitled "gentleman" who does nothing but sleep around and party.
Along come a waif with big blue eyes to save his miserable life no once but 3 times throughout the book. She is just about the most loving forgiving person ever. She needed and deserved a better hero and only at the very end does she
Oh my goodness. Some books are great because of the plot, the suspense, the characters. We who wallow in Romancelandia and HarleyLand can love, hate or despair of any of the above. A strong 3.5.

The something wonderful in SW is definitely the heroine. Sweet and whimsical, Alexandra could fall into Mary Sue territory all too easily, but no. She’s charming and adorable without being cutesy. Was it saving the hero dressed as a knight, staring down the H’s Dowager Duchess grandmother, or almost beati
Escapism at its best! Fans of Judith McNaught will be glad to meet a new cast of her wonderfully developed characters, her disarming humor, and of course all the melodrama. As usual, we have the cynical, wealthy, uber alpha, devastatingly handsome rake who meets the idealistic, penniless, beautiful, witty young country girl. And unfortunately, the author returns to her favorite plot device of the Big Huge Misunderstanding although in this book, there is an element of suspense added so that we ge ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book in one day. Stayed up till 4 am and did not skip a word. Judith McNaught’s books are addictive!!! Beware of a thrilling plot and fascinating characters.
In this book the total opposites of cynic and bright eye lover meet and from their first meeting Jordan the duke of Hawthorne begins to melt, albeit slowly but nevertheless. I have absolutely adored them both.

I loved their personal growth and the growth of their relationship together. This is exactly what I want to see in ro
Every once in a while, a 5-star book comes along that makes me want to go through all my other 5-star ratings and demote them, because they weren't as perfect, as beautiful, as heart-warming as this one. Something Wonderful is one such story, and I'm so glad I own a physical copy of it because I'm sure I'll be rereading it for many years to come. ...more
Wonderful love story. It broke my heart so many times I was in tears when I finished reading it!
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