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The Ice Maiden

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Gemma Kenyon is a bright student studying at Oxford University when her close friend Angie comes up with the idea of a scientific love experiment. Angie explains to Gemma and their two roommates, Joy and Lisa, that a woman can make any man fall in love with her using a simple formula. As Angie explains it, as long as a woman knows a man's preferences, habits, lifestyle and ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published 1979 by Harlequin
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hqn-presents
This was one of those cute light reads that you look for after an intense week. After having worked in the technology industry for so many years, I found myself hooked on reading about the concept of online written through the lens of an author in the early 70's. It was interesting to see that the use of technology that she outlined (but wasn't really feasible at that time) is actually very much possible and in practice today.

This is my first Sally Wentworth novel...and I found that
This was really unabashedly fun and ridiculous. A friendship group of MA and prospective PhD students plot an experiment to determine whether a computer really can match up a relationship eventually leading to a marriage proposal (funny to think they'd pioneer the likes of eHarmony and RSVP decades later).

Wentworth is usually on the mark with the tension sparking out of her main characters; it's just that much easier to read the story when they don't get along at all, knowing that the repression
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, category
It says this book was first published in 1983, but it feels even earlier, 70s, maybe. It's one of Sally Wentworth's earlier books and a huge departure from the intense hatred and revenge plots of her other books. It is funny, cute, a rom-com, actually. It really should have been a Harlequin Romance rather than HP.

We have four intelligent girls -- roommates at college -- who start off the book debating the use of computers in matching people up. The theory espoused by Angie, the most fervent pro
Chitra *CJ*
"The Ice Maiden" is the story of Gemma and Paul.

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be ridiculous!

The book has an insane plot: four very smart college roommates and PhD candidates argue how computers might be the future of intelligence.
Their theory: computers can match up perfect pairs, and to test it, they devise a plot.
Their target: French billionaire playboy Paul.
Their sacrificial lamb: The most righteous and bold woman out of the four, Gemma.
His preferences: Tanned blon
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 20th-century, uk
My sister and I enjoyed this romance about university friends in England who believe that a romance can be orchestrated if the subject is properly researched, and draw lots to see which of them will go to Switzerland to vamp the playboy they've decided to experiment on.. Of course, it works but the heroine falls in love herself, despite her guilty conscience!
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. It was pretty entertaining. Not heavy on the sex either.
Sue Lauzon
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
One of the better older Harlequin novels that I have read. I thought it was one from the sixties or early seventies but when I looked at the copyright date it says 1979/1980. This novel has an interesting plot line considering the time that it was wrote at. Four college/university friends decide to conduct an experiment on how to snag a man. They pick out a man and put all pertinent info on the gentleman into the computer. The computer then tells them exactly what kind of woman that this man wil ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting mix of historical fiction with personal touches of the life of the main characters. When reading history one tends to just go to the facts, but hardly ever think about the people left behind. The story presented here showed a bit of both and and it was very well written, it moved well and was exciting to read.
عذراء الجليد
عندما جيما كينيون وثلاثة من صديقاتها قمن بجدل خفيف الروح حول اجهزت الكمبيوتر كان من المقدر ان ينتهي الى نتائج بعيدة المنال !
خلاصة المناقشة كانت هناك جدوى ممكنة من المقارنة بالكمبيوتر ام لا ومنها استنتجت الفتيات خطة محكمة .
لقد باشرن بتقييم بول فيريجنال الشاب اللعوب الانيق وبالنتيجة حولت جيما نفسها الى مااخبرهن الكمبيوتر عن نوع المراة المفضلة لديه .
وذهبن كلهن لوضع النظرية قيد الاختبار.
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Tonya Warner
Gemma falls in to a scheme thought up by her roommates to make a man propose to her, basing her actions on a computer program. She ends up falling for Paul and feels guilty for pretending to be some one she is not. She believes he loves the pretend person, not her. A nice story overall.
April Brookshire
This was a fun read. The plot was unusual and it was humorous. What the heroine and her friends did to the hero was mean, but I think he needed it.
Sunethra Bandara
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ice-maiden
i like to read this book again . first time i reas this in 1985 when i was a medical student.
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Harlequin Romance of all time :)
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hp
Fun little story of early days of on line dating.
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Doreen was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK. She married Donald Alfred Hornsblow, with whom she has a son Keith, in 1968, the family lived in Braughing, England.

Doreen began her publishing career at a Fleet Street newspaper in London, where she thrived in the hectic atmosphere. She started writing after attending an evening class and sold her first novel to Mills & Boon in 1977, she
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