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Almost Heaven

(Sequels #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  23,601 ratings  ·  792 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
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…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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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
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 an★★★★★
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
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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 finally sees the error of his ways. Even if thatSTARS
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
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.

This hero. Lord hav
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 inter ...more
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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
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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 excite
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!!!!
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
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
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
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.
Dec 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Judith McNaught is an excellent writer and one of my favourites. No one writes romance like she does but. I decided to stop being biased and vent a little. After reading four Judith McNaught books I'm quite tired of the similar plots and characters she has in every book. It's the same characters with the same misunderstandings and same stupidity and the same sex scenes. The simiar sex scenes are a little creepy sometimes. For example, everytime the hero's fingers go near the 'triangle' every her ...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
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
~**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?
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have too many feelings after reading this book which is a wonderful thing but my review will be all over the place as a result. I pulled an all nighter and almost missed my flight because I didn't want to put this down to pack my bag. I really loved Elizabeth's character... innocent and strong, forgiving but not a push over.....her character showed true growth...and although there were a few moments when I wanted to shake her for her gullibility....I realized I can't dislike her for the very t ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not keen on romance novels. They are more of a filler to me when I'm too preoccupied to commit to reading. Maybe it's the repetitive plots or the all too familiar faces and personalities, they all seem to blend together and numb me. Well, not this book. It's not the first Judith McNaught book I read, but it's the first that had me glued to the pages. After reading it all night and finishing it, I started to re-read it the next day, and that had not been my expectation at all.

My pet peeve with Judith McNaught has been the overuse of The Great, Big, Terrible Misunderstandings that drive her lovers apart for no apparent reason other than a sudden complete breakdown of communication and actions completely contradictory to their characterizations up to that point in the story.

Yet I have gritted my teeth and read through it to the inevitable HEA ending because she always put those obstacles towards the end, after I had already fallen in love with het characters, laughed
Hmmmm....It was very well written book, but even this could not stop me from feeling displeasure....

I had so much dislike for the "Hero"...he was cold, cruel and dispassionate for the majority of the book and his own hypocrisy got on my nerves!!!

He was accusing her for being a woman of ill repute and a whore, but himself was indulging in debouchery sexual escapades with questionable women..even his friend pointed that out...

“Can’t say as I ever noticed you took/>
Beanbag Love
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Judith McNaught's books were finally made available in digital format so I snapped up a few of my favorites. I have frequently reread her stories, but they're now packed away in a box in the garage, so it's been a while. I was thrilled to get them on my Kindle.

I started my McNaught-a-thon with Something Wonderful. I noticed some weird conversion typos. Then I moved on to this one. Goodness! The conversion typos were all over the place! Very sloppy of the publisher. Shoddy work.

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 Elizab
The heady story of Elizabeth Cameron and Ian Thornton which captivates you from the very beginning.
An absolute favorite of my sister's this is a historical that is very much worth your time - if you haven't already read it.
Almost Heaven is simply magnificent and one of the best books by Judith McNaught! The story was superb and the characters were great. I love Elizabeth and Ian and it was a real pleasure to catch up with Alexandra, Jordan and the Dowager Duchess (see Something Wonderful). The end was so beautiful (I admit it, some passages made me cry) and everything was enhanced with small touches of humour.

It was my last historical romance by Judith McNaught and I'm glad I saved the best for last. Almost Heaven is one of my favourit
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Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than 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.

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Sequels (3 books)
  • Once and Always (Sequels, #1)
  • Something Wonderful (Sequels, #2)
“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.” 192 likes
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