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Private Arrangements

Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)
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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

The highly regarded debut novel from Sherry Thomas, Private Arrangements was also a Publishers Weekly 2008 Best Book.

When Lady Tremaine petitions her husband for an end to their civil but loveless marriage, Lord Camden agrees on one scandalous condition - she must give him an heir within a year. Their early attempts to fulfill this delicate arrangement are marred by cold detachment, but soon sparks of passion and long-forgotten lust begin to be kindled anew.

©2008 Sherry Thomas (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

original plot well narrated

This author is an absolute delight...the topnotch narration adds much to a well crafted plot delivered with humour...laughed out loud. Great phrasing and language, steamy love scenes and super character development puts this author in a superior class of romance writers...tough to put down!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Liz
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 05-11-09

Witty, Poignant...

After listening to Delicious, I was looking forward to this other book by Sherry Thomas, and hoping for another enjoyable book! In this, I was not disappointed.

Ms. Thomas' use of flashbacks is very well incoporated into the story line and her characters have depth. The descriptions are vividly portrayed and the characters, with all their foibles, are truly brought to life.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuefang
  • Luwuk, Indonesia
  • 09-21-14

Well Developed Plot And Characters

At first I just thought there's nothing new in the plot, but still I gave it a try and I surprised how the story amazed me till the end. My first with the author and the narrator I love them both. I'll venture another title from both of them.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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ok.

Some good descriptive writing mired in a lot of whining and angst. I feel asleep toward the end and did not go back to hear what I missed.

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Love this book!

I love this book. Such an interesting plot and such wonderful, complex characters. And written with wit and intelligence. The narration was wonderful as well. If you're looking for something different and a bit deeper than the run-of-the-mill romance, I recommend this to you.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Facinating, if complicated, love story.

Be aware that I'm breaking with my usual No Spoilers Rule, and revealing a bit of the plot. I'm doing it because I believe that some of the less than stellar reviews that this book has been given are unfair. The characters are not unlikeable, as some infer. They are emotionally complex, and at times sad and resentful. Just because this isn't a simple love story, doesn't mean it's not a good one.

Private Arrangements is about two very stubborn A type personalities, who meet and fall deeply in love when they're too young and inexperienced to handle the emotion. It doesn't help that they are hampered both by pride and insecurity.

Gigi has passion, brains and a sharp mind to match -- and she's incredibly rich. Used to getting what she wants, she's also accustomed to fending off fortune hunters. She's 19 years old and inexperienced.

Camden is a newly minted heir to a neighboring Dukedom, one that didn't come with any money. He's used to that. He's lived most of his life in other peoples houses because his aristocratic, but poor parents, couldn't afford a home of their own. Sweet and idealistic, he has always taken care of his family. He has a bit of a savior complex.

One day the idealistic boy and the cynical girl meet and fall in love, hard.

There's only one sticky wicket: another girl. Camden has, at least in his mind, given himself to a girl who has had as hard and unsettled a life as he has. Even though he doesn't love her, he intends to marry her, save her, and give her a home. Gigi has met the girl, and she knows if he marries her, he will be miserable. Falling hard for the first time in her life, Gigi can't let him go, and instead she does something awful to break them up. When Camden finds out what she did, he feels betrayed and manipulated, and it drives them apart for years.

Sherry Thomas is smart, and she's given us a very intriguing trail of bread crumbs to follow through the more difficult parts of the story. Each chapter illuminates events, moving from 1882, the year they meet and marry, to 1893, the year he comes back into her life. Point and counter-point, we see how they got into the mess they are in, and how it has made them who they are.

Camden's anger is a big pill, however, as he refuses to acknowledge his part in the tragedy, and by the end of Part 1, I wanted to stop reading because of him. The 4 star rating is because of how close I came to giving up. It all seemed such a waste. But I'd already invested 5 hours of my life in this story and I had to keep going. Fortunately, almost from the beginning of Part 2, the whole plot came together in a satisfying and lovely way. I almost want to give that 5th star back!

This is not an easy, or light read. This one will make you feel things, push some buttons, make you sad or angry. (I haven't seen protagonists like this since Scarlett and Rhett). However, the payoff at the end makes it more than worth the journey. In the end, it all makes sense, and what more can you ask for in a story like this?

I am amazed I'd never read anything by Sherry Thomas before, but after finishing this book, I bought two more read by Kate Reading.

Speaking of 'read by,' Virginia Leishman is incredible here. This is a very, very nuanced book, with emotions running rampant. In the hands of a more ham fisted reader, this could have been a hot mess. Ms. Leishman is a master craftswoman, and she plays the material like a violin. I will happily seek out more books read by her. She's a marvel.

Highly Recommended, at least for those who don't mind having to work a little for the HEA.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina
  • Bayside, NY, USA
  • 06-26-09

Highly Enjoyable

For someone who mostly reads the "heavy" stuff, this was an extremely nice break. Lots of fun and nicely nararated.

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  • L
  • 01-01-19

hard to follow

it was a bit hard to follow with the jumpung back and forth trhoughthe time periods. it wasnt really clear until chapter 7 who all of the charaters actually were. the dog was the best way to "pin point" the time in which was being illustrated. the dates werent explained so they didnt make sense at first. i would read other books from this author though.

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Heart wrenching and beautifully written

The more I read of sherry Thomas, the more I like her. I read these books in the wrong order starting with his at night, then the luckiest lady in London and now this book. I’ve liked each read more than the previous one. I also heard not quite a husband and loved that one too - although there are some bits that are hard to accept on that book. I really loved this book - strong and devious heroine and a well matched hero. I love books where the lady is not a frail miss needing to be saved and sherry Thomas seems to do a great job writing about strong women :)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Worth a Read

I liked it, but felt the side story unnecessary. I wish it had been left off.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful