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Private Arrangements

(The London Trilogy #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,617 ratings  ·  823 reviews
Librarian's note: Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0440244315.

Love has designs of its own. . .

To all of London society, Lord and Lady Tremaine had the ideal arrangement: a marriage based on civility, courteousness, and freedom—by all accounts, a perfect marriage. The reason? For the last ten years, husband and wife have resided on separate continents.

But once upon a time,
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by Bantam (first published March 25th 2008)
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Rachel (BAVR)
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Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of understated romance, reunion romance
Shelves: historical
Jane Feather called this book, "enchanting...An extraordinary, unputdownable love story." You would think a fellow author could conjure up better praise than "unputdownable," but Mary Balogh puts it better. She calls Private Arrangements "a love story of remarkable depth," and that's certainly true.

In fact, the first half of Private Arrangements reads very much like a beautiful, artistic indie film. The first moments glimpsed between Gigi and Camden are intimate and sweet and summon a tone of ma
This is not your typical Regency/Victorian romance, and it will not appeal to all readers of this genre.

It is not a heart-warming story of two people falling in love and making a life together, but rather a story of the devastation that can occur when the happily-ever-after is shattered and seems forever out of reach.

Gigi Rowland is young, rich and uncompromising. Her experience with fortune-hunters, coupled with her mother's unswerving determination to see her marry a duke, has left her pragmat
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the best historical romance novel I have read in my entire life ever. If all historical romances were like this one I would just apply for an unemployment benefit, sit at home and read them all day every day. I wouldn’t even have showers. And I’d only eat what can deliver to my door. I really would need nothing else in my life, so maybe it’s a good thing not all historical romance novels are like this one.

If you are to read only one historical romance, because, I don’t
Like everything I've read so far by Sherry Thomas, this was evocative and beautifully written. Her stories are so rich in her trademark prose, her characters are endearingly flawed and her sexual tension is always maddening. Here we get the story of lord and lady Tremaine, a couple exceedingly adept at fooling society into thinking their marriage to be a peaceful and rewarding Union. Nothing is farther from the truth. But what is true is the passion that still lives between them despite being se ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Let me say first that I don't like cheating in my romance novels... I thought that I wouldn't mind it here, since the MCs were separated for almost 10 years, but it was not thus... So, I gave it 3 stars. But please do not let my opinion influence you: if you don't feel about cheating so strongly as I do, or if you're more understanding than me, you will surely like it.

I just couln't overcome the idea that two, so much in love, people could do what Gigi and Cam did to themselves.

And you can feel
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas, Anne Stuart, smart heroines, alpha heroes
Exceptionally well-written with a brilliantly fresh feeling plot that will take you up and down the emotional roller coaster ride from hell smashing your heart to smithereens only to come crashing down and smack it all back together again at the end. I loved this book :D

The writing here is so good that I would even go as far as to say that Thomas is better than Lisa Kleypas who in her own right can pack a really good gut punch. Sherry Thomas manages to weave together a story where the h/h aren’t
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
It is such a beautifully poignant and heartbreaking story about lost love, betrayal and a cruel punishment way beyond the said crime. And the writing is simply sublime and completely reels you in.But it is one of those books done in by their endings.

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It took a lot for me to finally suck it up and read this book. I bought it because I had seen rave reviews for it on various review sights. Once I got it I couldn't seem to force myself to read. Even though everyone said it was good, I couldn't get over the fact that these people were bitter and angry and cheated on each other. I like to read romance for the warm, uplifting feelings it inspires as I watch two people fall in love. I like to believe that they'll stay together despite the odds. I d ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
More later,maybe. For now I can say I was absolutely forgetting I was reading in print and trying to highlight with my finger... And too lazy to mark the passages...

She's so good. Ugh. And makes these romances I cannot put down. And these one-liners that slay me.
*The Angry Reader*
I saved myself a Sherry Thomas in a startling turn of foresight and patience. And it was better than anticipated.

This series is flawless. Anger-inducing. Tear-prompting. Frustrating. And perfect. I may reread them just to allow myself the good good hurt.

Ironic that I recently read a Lady Sherlock and got all pissy. (Bumped that from 2 stars to 3 today when I reflected on what a wiser reader said.) And here I am again in thrall to Ms Thomas. I’m not sure there’s a better author of historical ro
D. Barger
Apr 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
I read a review of this book that was good. I think they were on crack while reading it. Every other chapter is a flashback. I HATE flashbacks. I dislike of both the Hero and Heroine. The Heroine lied in order to marry the hero he found out and left her ass for ten years. She decides to marry again so she files for a divorce, He will only grant it if she gives him an heir. Not only that but she has had numerous lovers during their separation. I really don't like that in my romance books. I'm on ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I had a hard time enjoying this book despite how well-written it is. The characters, setting, and plot are all excellently well-done and very immersive. Which is part of the problem, I think. The story we're immersed in, here, has darkly tragic roots with a very raw betrayal at its heart.

The story is spread out over ten years, though really, we only experience the bookends directly (with the occasional short, often irrelevant interlude). In the early section, we have a proud, self-assured Gigi a
I've noticed many of my friends actually didn't like this book, but I loved it. It wasn't a typical romance, in fact, the H/h are pretty questionable in their ability to love throughout most of the book, but in the end, it was all worth it.

Gigi and Camden are already married during the beginning of the book. In fact, society has deemed their marriage the perfect arrangement, with neither spouse residing on the same continent. Gigi files for divorce with the intention of marrying her new beau, fo
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reread October 2017. I'm still at 3.5 to 4 stars. I did enjoy the reread, possibly more than the original read. But my original thoughts in my first review pretty much stand, although perhaps I was a little more tolerant of the flashbacks on this reread. I still found the MCs were really suited to each other, and as the plot untwisted and they finally found their way back to each other it was very satisfying. And I love Cam. What a gorgeous H!

April 2017: 3.5 stars. I liked this book, although I
3.5 Stars
This is my first book by Sherry Thomas. The writing is beautiful and I look forward to more by this very talented author.
Jo ★The Book Sloth★

Great doesn't begin to describe how awesome this was. After His at Night I was kind of reluctant to start this one because I was afraid I'd be disappointed(how could this be any better?) but that wasn't the case. This book was if not better then equal to His At Night in every way. I think I'll begin stalking ST regularly!

The book story revolves around two timelines. One begins in 1893 and has two parallel stories and the second in 1882.

In 1893 we see
Private Arrangements is about a couple with a very volatile, complicated relationship. Camden Saybrook and Gigi Rowland met when they were very young and immediately felt a connection. They fell in love with each other but Camden had already promised himself to another woman and his sense of honor wouldn't allow him to cry off. Gigi, in a desperate move, deceives Camden which sets forth a chain of events of lies and misunderstandings for years to come.

The book moves back and forth between the c
Victoria Vane
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
While struggling with my current "work in progress" which is as much of a prequel as a sequel to THE HIGHEST STAKES, I asked a friend if she had read any really good novels that employed flashbacks to tell the backstory story.

She recommended Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, which I immediately ordered. It arrived yesterday and I finished it late last night in a solitary sitting. It was incredible! I won't go into any plot details but just offer my overall impression.

I loved her employment
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheating
I find Sherry Thomas a fascinating author. She writes stories about interesting, flawed characters and in some cases far from likable and she brings the notorious to life and makes them human.
It's interesting that while I was not overly fond of either the hero or heroine of this book, I still enjoyed the book and felt it was worth reading.

I've noticed that Sherry Thomas has a pattern of writing estranged couples that have real trust issues and betrayals to overcome, not some flimsy miscommunication that a lot of novels use to keep the couples apart. While it can make her characters less sympathetic, she is a very talented writer. Her characters are more complex and layered and intere
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Beverley Kendall
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my absolute favourite books EVER. I read it in one sitting, staying up till three in the morning during RWA National in 2007. I believe I have three copies of this book. Two ARCs and the retail edition. It's just that good. I adored it and have read it many, many times. The writing is exquisite and the relationship between Gigi and Camden just simmers. My heart bled for both of them at various stages in the book. I so wanted a synopsis at the end. I hope to learn how they fared in ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites
2nd read: February 2015
I really love this book...

1st read June 2013

I am addicted to this writer! I think I have only 1 of her books left! How will I go on with my life??
One of the best gut-twisting romances I've ever read, and unforgettable. ...more
Normally, when I give a book five stars, I love one or both of the main characters. With this book, I think the magic of Sherry Thomas's writing made giving it anything less than a five impossible. I cannot say I loved either Gigi or Camden, and in fact I found them both hard to like at times, particularly Gigi. Gigi did something highly dishonorable early in the book and Camden found out. He wants to punish her, hurt her like he has been hurt. But his way of punishing her actually inflicts more ...more
Michelle Robinson
Jul 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wallbangers
What I could not get past with this book was total willingness to get a divorce at a time in history when it was still considered a great taboo to divorce.
I did not care for the author's attempt to justify and excuse inexcusable behavior on the part of Gigi. A person willing to lie scheme and manipulate to gain her goal is pretty much an antihero that I am sure many people are interested in reading about. I like flawed characters but she never seemed to really feel badly about what she had done
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
So I'm not as happy as I would like to be with this book. I'm not, I wish I was, I wish I had loved it... but unfortunately I didn't.
It has a really good start, different to any other historical romance I've read and the way the present and the flashbacks are alternated it's really appealing. I actually quite enjoyed the first 60% of the book even if the heroine, Gigi, was completely infuriating. Yep, she is a strong heroine, sort of, I guess, but she is an absolute selfish and dishonest bitch
I went into this with some reservations which ended up correct for me. I don't mind a little revenge, but this was not a little revenge. It was A LOT OF REVENGE and somewhat out of proportion to the initial act. Or maybe not, the heroine was kind of despicable as well.

Bottom line, the h has been raised by a rampantly ambitious society mama and it shows. The h is ruthless in getting what she wants. No spoiler here to say she forges and sends the object of her infatuation a letter where his fiance
Luana ☆
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I really don't know how to rate this book. It was so many people involved in a romance that it ended up not having romance at all. I felt like a chicken, eating a little bit of corn here, a little bit there and taking a long time to have my fill.
I liked this book more than the first one, but it is not that it was great. I hate when people miss most of their lives on vengeance or silly concepts...
Everything could have been solved if he simply talked to her before marriage. Or not marry her at a
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USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided years ago that her goal in life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and three books inspired by the martial arts epics she grew up devouring. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as th ...more

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