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Private Arrangements

by Sherry Thomas

Random House Publishing Group | March 25, 2008 | Mass Market Paperbound

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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, things were quite different for the Tremaines….When Gigi Rowland first laid eyes on Camden Saybrook, the attraction was immediate and overwhelming. But what began in a spark of passion ended in betrayal the morning after their wedding-and now Gigi wants to be free to marry again. When Camden returns from America with an outrageous demand in exchange for her freedom, Gigi's decision will have consequences she never imagined, as secrets are exposed, desire is rekindled-and one of London's most admired couples must either fall in love all over again…or let each other go forever.


Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 2.72 × 1.66 × 0.41 in

Published: March 25, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440244315

ISBN - 13: 9780440244318

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Private Arrangements

by Sherry Thomas

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 2.72 × 1.66 × 0.41 in

Published: March 25, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440244315

ISBN - 13: 9780440244318

About the Book

Filled with unforgettable characters, a refreshingly clever plot, and seductively witty writing, this dazzlingly sensual debut by an exciting new voice in historical romance is a love story about a lord and lady's seemingly perfect marriage. Original.

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Chapter One London 8 May 1893 Only one kind of marriage ever bore Society''s stamp of approval. Happy marriages were considered vulgar, as matrimonial felicity rarely kept longer than a well-boiled pudding. Unhappy marriages were, of course, even more vulgar, on a par with Mrs. Jeffries''s special contraption that spanked forty bottoms at once: unspeakable, for half of the upper crust had experienced it firsthand. No, the only kind of marriage that held up to life''s vicissitudes was the courteous marriage. And it was widely recognized that Lord and Lady Tremaine had the most courteous marriage of them all. In the ten years since their wedding, neither of them had ever uttered an unkind word about the other, not to parents, siblings, bosom friends, or strangers. Moreover, as their servants could attest, they never had spats, big or small; never embarrassed each other; never, in fact, disagreed on anything at all. However, every year some cheeky debutante fresh from the schoolroom would point out—as if it weren''t common knowledge—that Lord and Lady Tremaine lived on separate continents and had not been seen together since the day after their wedding. Her elders would shake their heads. Foolish young girl. Wait ''til she heard about her beau''s piece on the side. Or fell out of love with the man she married. Then she''d understand what a wonderful arrangement the Tremaines had: civility, distance, and freedom from the very beginning, unencumbered by tiresome emotio
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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, things were quite different for the Tremaines….When Gigi Rowland first laid eyes on Camden Saybrook, the attraction was immediate and overwhelming. But what began in a spark of passion ended in betrayal the morning after their wedding-and now Gigi wants to be free to marry again. When Camden returns from America with an outrageous demand in exchange for her freedom, Gigi's decision will have consequences she never imagined, as secrets are exposed, desire is rekindled-and one of London's most admired couples must either fall in love all over again…or let each other go forever.


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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, things were quite different for the Tremaines….When Gigi Rowland first laid eyes on Camden Saybrook, the attraction was immediate and overwhelming. But what began in a spark of passion ended in betrayal the morning after their wedding-and now Gigi wants to be free to marry again. When Camden returns from America with an outrageous demand in exchange for her freedom, Gigi's decision will have consequences she never imagined, as secrets are exposed, desire is rekindled-and one of London's most admired couples must either fall in love all over again…or let each other go forever.


About the Author

Sherry Thomas burst onto the romance scene with Private Arrangements, one of the most anticipated debut historical romances in recent history and a Publishers Weekly Best of the Year book. Lisa Kleypas calls her "the most powerfully original historical romance author working today." Her books have received stellar reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Romantic Times, along with enthusiastic praises from many of the most highly trafficked romance review websites and blogs.

Her story is all the more interesting given that English is Sherry''s second language-she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger''s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys creating stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Editorial Reviews

~ One of the Best Books of the Year ( Publishers Weekly ) ~ Double-nominated for the prestigious RITA Award for Best First Book and Best Historical Romance ~ Best Historical Romance of 2008 (Tie; Romance Buy the Book) ~ WINNER of the Romantic Times Reviewers'' Choice Award for Best First Historical Romance “A love story of remarkable depth…Entrancing from start to finish.”—Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author   “Exquisite, enchanting…An extraordinary, unputdownable love story.”—Jane Feather, New York Times bestselling author   "Ravishingly sinful, intelligent and addictive. An amazing debut."—Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author   "Sherry Thomas is the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today. She is a rebel, a rule-breaker, and above all, a romantic. Searing, tender and filled with passion, her writing is nothing short of a revelation. Private Arrangements clearly heralds the beginning of a dazzling career, and I am looking forward to more brilliantly told romances from this accomplished writer."—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author   “[A] superb debut, Private Arrangements …will win readers over with its elegant writing, exceptional characterization, expertly detailed late Victorian setting and exquisitely romantic love story.”— Chicago Tribune “Deft plotting and sparkling characters mark this superior debut
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