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Almost Heaven

(Sequels #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  24,800 ratings  ·  884 reviews
In this classic novel of two willful lovers caught in a breathless adventure of deception and betrayal, #1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught has created a powerful and unforgettable masterpiece.


The Countess of Havenhurst possessed a rare gentleness and fierce courage to match her exquisite beauty. But her reputation is shattered when she is
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Emanuellen Trizi If I remember correctly, its because they finally are in the same room, only four steps apart. But they were missing each other because the two of the…moreIf I remember correctly, its because they finally are in the same room, only four steps apart. But they were missing each other because the two of them were too strong-minded and proud to say what they hearts desires in some fight along the book, so they stood a long time apart, he in Scotland and he in London (if I remember correctly). When Elizabeth asks him to meet her halfway, I believe its a way of both of them to compromise instead of one of them has to give up pride. (less)

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
I felt like re-reading this last night for some reason....and loved it just as much the millionth time...LOVE classic McNaught. I've been reading her since I was 12 years old and will never stop.
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: K.
I absolutely LOVE this book! This is what I posted at the RF (Amazon) when I read it for the 1st time, and I'm simply copying my post here on GR because I'm lazy and don't feel like writing a full review...

Well, I've just finished reading Almost Heaven and I'm glad to say that I'm in love with Ian, Elizabeth, and everyone and everything else in the book. :) I especially loved Ian for having no fear admitting to himself he was in love with Elizabeth without knowing if she felt the same, and I ado
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Another re-read. Another hit. Seriously, Ms McNaught is the Queen of Historical fiction ... well in this series anyway. I do think she left the best 'til last, even though I did love the first two in the series also. Ian. Ian, Ian, Ian ... I think I loved Ian more than Jordon and Jason (although while I was reading about them, I was totally in love with them) - maybe it is because Ian is a Commoner ... and he is Scottish, well, half-Scottish. I do love Scotland. I have already reviewed the book
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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“Because,” he said quietly as she stood up,
“until you walked into it, this was an ordinary garden.”
Puzzled, Elizabeth tipped her head. “What is it now?”

And… once again, I am SPEECHLESS!!! Words just can not express the love I have for Judith McNaught and her incredible books. And with such appropriate titles. Every time I finish one, I want to flip back to the beginning and read it all over again. I am convinced that NO ONE can write a romantic
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
There are four steps separating us and a year and a half of wanting drawing us together,” he said. Elizabeth swallowed. “Couldn’t you meet me halfway?”


This. THIS is exactly why I love historical romances. And it's also why I'm currently kicking myself for only discovering this incredible author now. There's only one thing I love more than a good bastard in a romance, and that's a redeemable bastard that's not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve when he fin
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Almost Heaven? No this book...WAS Heaven!
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rane by: Dina
There’s been many books I can say I couldn’t put down, but I can truly say there’s also been just a handful of books where it was sometimes physical impossible to stop reading, and putting the book away. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught was one of those books. Through the hardships,tears and yes, misunderstandings I couldn’t put this book down, I wanted, no needed to keep reading to find out what happen next to these two amazing leads.

Elizabeth Cameron was one of those heroine’s you love on the
I'm pretty sure - but not positive - that Judith McNaught is actually a god-like being who writes romance from the sky, just for me.

Now, maybe that's a little presumptuous of me, but eh, how else could she know how to make me love every one of her books?

You have another idea? Didn't think so.

Just like Whitney, My Love or A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven is deeply developed, with dimensional characters full of sizzling chemistry - whose romance grows on you until it burns into your heart.

Ivy H
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Going back to other books I've read from this author I feel like I'm still holding grudges against Clayton, Jason, and Jordan. Their actions against their partners were horrible. I found them way too ruthless, but their stories were compelling enough to enthrall me to the very end. Almost Heaven is a long book, 475 pages long, and I stopped reading it at page 370. The writing, as always with McNaught, was brilliant. And even though I found Elizabeth's character (unlike other McNaught's more inte ...more
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was yet another enjoyable historical romance by Ms. McNaught! I liked the characters, their banter, and their connection. I also enjoyed the glimpses of the other mcs since they were side characters in this one. My biggest gripe is that it seemed very familiar. The storyline seemed to follow the same general path that the other two I read of hers recently did. Not to say they were exactly alike, but there were definitely major similarities. I guess I wanted a litt
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's very typical Judith McNaught, still very different from the rest of her books. Ian for instance isn't English, but 'brutal Scot' and just because he's Scot seemed like McNaught saved all of her best words and emotions for this man. But like in most of her books, her dialogues are so beautifully written that are you pulled into her world, with this book even more because English ton doesn't approve showing public emotions, Ian approves them very much. Dialogues between him and Elisabeth who ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
**** 4.5 stars ****
Absolutely one of the most emotionally satisfying endings and epilogue in a historical romance (for me anyway).

I wish there where more books/authors that gave as much detail, closure, emotion to the ending of a love story's like JM.

Loved Ian and Elizabeth and their love story, so touching, moving, sad, affecting and poignant!!!!
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story immediately sucked me in. It was intriguing and interesting and it got me curious about her and about him, and why her uncle was sending out letters to all 15 men who had offered for her. That part was well told and hooked me, and 1st pages rarely interest me as much. Then we get to the men themselves, and 1 is aging and has nvr ben married but is with his whore, and details like that just go hand in hand with Judith McNaught. This is why I didn’t want to read her novels, bcuz of the s ...more
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4 stars

This is my first and for sure not my last book from this author!I loved Almost Heaven, so many things happening in this story that you'll never get bored!What I liked most about it, is that we get the whole story about the characters and how they fall in love and what happened between them.


Both Elizabeth and Ian are very likeable characters.They are well developed and I enjoyed their romance.They have some really intense and sweet moments between them.Ian intrigued me a lot and I was e
I needed an escape read/ go-to the other week, so I went straight to Dame McNaught. I’m sad that she doesn’t write any more, but her oldies still do it for me. (although rumor has it… 2017?)

It’s been awhile since I read Ian and Elizabeth’s story, but the first sentence reeled me back in. There is something to be said about that.

Elizabeth, The Countess of Havenhurst, is practically destitute, despite her title. But she’s okay with that. She loves managing the estate, which she’s had to do since
Chantal ❤️
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the best historical romance book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Elizabeth was perfect, she could do it all. Ian was amazing and that scene in the cottage! I loved the scene in the tree house and when she is at the ball for the first time and he comes to save her!!! Omg so many scenes when they are in court and he is accused of murdering her!!! Intense! What can I say he was an awesome hero who was confused and hurt and she was a darling who thought she deserved to be treated wi ...more
Lydia's Romance
All the Stars in the Heavens! <3

"Have I ever told you that you are magnificent?"

Buddy Read May 2020
I really thought after a reread I'd be able to finally give this one a proper review, but once again all I can do is gush, rave, and squeeee. This book is sheer perfection. JM did a fantastic job bringing her characters to life. Ian & Elizabeth are vivid, multifaceted, captivating and completely swoon-worthy characters. Yes, Elizabeth made me swoon, too. That glorious moment in the cottage when she
Chitra *CJ*
"Almost Heaven" is the story of Elizabeth and Ian.

I LOVE Judith McNaught. "Something Wonderful" introduced me to romance, and since then I have never looked back, rereading the book a 1000x easily, falling more in love with Alexandra and Jordan every single time. "Once and Always" that preceded it was my next novel, and I can still remember laughing and crying with Victoria and Jason on every reread. For some reason, I put off reading the final book in the trilogy until now..and here it is, stea
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book so many years ago that I don't remember why I rated it 5 stars but after rereading it again with one of my girls I'd rate it 10 stars if I could. A Kingdom of Dreams brought me into romance but Almost Heaven devoured my hopeless romantic heart.

"He had realized within minutes of meeting her that she was rare; he had known within hours that she was everything he wanted."

With a sentence like that how can you not fall?!?!

Elizabeth is 17 years old forced to endure a Season bec
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
I am hopelessly in love with Ian! Elizabeth was amazing too, although what she did was horrible. To put my poor Ian through all that! Anyway you could feel their love, and they did make a great couple.

I liked seeing Alexandra, Jordan and the Dowager again too. It was nice knowing how they were fairing.

Seriously these HR's are so good! I want to read all of them now lol. Any suggestions which one I should read next?
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 to 4 stars. An early Regency romance, (1992), and probably highly influential for many authors writing these kinds of books today. It's much longer than today's books though, and I did struggle with this aspect. After a while I began to wonder what other complications could possibly happen to Ian and Elizabeth before they got their HEA. I was tempted to start skimming, but stuck it out till the lovely epilogue and very sweet final lines.

I did read this book several times a number of years ag
"Almost Heaven" is a book i read for the first time when i was 14 years old and had just discovered and fallen in love with Judith McNaught`s romantic novels.This book is very dear to me,and many moments from this book came to my mind over the years.I have never forgotten the magnificent tale of love in it and the sweet angst of heartbreak it delivered.Lady Elizabeth Cameron and her hero, the notorious Ian Thornton are two remarkable and amazing characters that won my heart,and their moments of ...more
I loved the heroine so much I actually cried when Ian told her why he wanted a solicitor.I got sniffy about a book.I really did.Weird!

I can not write a rew without it having spoils because i just want to rant on and on about all the things that happened.
I...I'm so in love with this book it hurts me that i finished it.
God... it,ok?
One word about the plot and it would be one word too it.

Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Keia, Garrace, Julie, Haliegh
Recommended to Sara by: Barbara
I got so caught up in this book! I couldn't put it down! My husband even made the comment, "You're gonna be reading that one all day, I can tell." lol
It was a wonderful story. My heart was hurting, beating, crying, and shouting for joy! hahaha

Thanks Judith McNaught for creating another 5 star story.
Sabrina Jeffries
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The scene in the courtroom is a classic. McNaught is one of my favorite historical authors because she combines heart-wrenching emotion and subtle humor in all her books. This also contains one of my long-time favorite themes: the misunderstood heroine before whom the hero has to grovel when he realizes how badly he misjudged her.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
My recent nostalgia trek through favourite books/series of my teen years has finally branched out from the fantasy genre and onto some romance. That made a Judith McNaught book an easy pick as she was the first romance author I read back in the day (thanks to my library mistakenly shelving Night Whispers as a thriller) and to this day she remains the best romance author I've read due to the way her books always manage to suck me fully into the story and emotionally engage me with the characters ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite Judith McNaught novel! It is about two characters that are initially very attracted to one another, but make some serious mistakes. Elizabeth is set up by her friends and ends up being outcast from society. Ian believes she purposely tries to trap him into marriage so he leaves her in ruin. Years later, Elizabeth is forced to pick a suitor by her uncle. She believes that Ian has offered for her, so she ends up at his residence in Scotland. It is during that trip that ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I'm not very fond of big misunderstandings, or of keeping information to him/herself, but here it was really, really very well done!

This book make me like things that usually I hate! :D

Everything that has been happening to Ian and Elizabeth was so well described and explained that I was in awe!

I loved Ian with his inflexibility, with his brilliant mind, with his ability to put himself into his adversary's mind. I loved him for his passionate, sweet, total love for Elizabeth. For only love like
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“If you would take one step forward, darling, you could cry in my arms. And while you do, I'll tell you how sorry I am for everything I've done -" Unable to wait, Ian caught her, pulling her tightly against him. "And when I'm finished," he whispered hoarsely as she wrapped her arms around him and wept brokenly, "you can help me find a way to forgive myself."
Tortured by her tears, he clasped her tighter and rubbed his jaw against her temple, his voice a ravaged whisper: "I'm sorry," he told her. He cupped her face between his palms, tipping it up and gazing into her eyes, his thumbs moving over her wet cheeks. "I'm sorry." Slowly, he bent his head, covering her mouth with his. "I'm so damned sorry.”
“Listen carefully to me, darling, because I'm giving you fair warning that I won't let you do this to us. You gave me your love, and I will not let you take it away. The harder you try, the harder I'll fight you. I'll haunt your dreams at night, exactly the way you have haunted mine every night I was away from you. You'll lie awake in bed at night, wanting me, and you'll know I'm lying awake wanting you. And when you can't stand it anymore you'll come back to me and I'll be there waiting for you. I'll cry in your arms, and I'll tell you I'm sorry for everything I have done and you'll help me find a way to forgive myself.” 194 likes
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