Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Whitney Stone had grown up doing as she pleased - in other words she was a handful. As a young child she had formed an attachment to a handsome neighbor. Her father was at the end of his wits and called in her aunt and uncle to come and take her with them to Paris to see if they couldn’t turn her into a respectable lady.
Fresh from her triumphs in Paris society, Whitney Stone returned to England determined to finally win the heart of her childhood love. However, in order to save himself from ruin, her father had come to an arrangement with the arrogant Duke of Claymore, and Whitney was the price.
Her aunt knew the reputation of the Duke and was aghast that Whitney’s father had done this, but discovering the amount of debt her father had accumulated knew that there was no way she or her husband could come up with the amount the Duke had paid Whitney’s father to buy her back.
Stubborn as she was, Whitney was not pleased and would not go willingly into the the arms of the Duke, no matter how handsome or how wealthy he was. Her attitude of course, only made the Duke more determined to have her.
This was a re-read for me for two reasons: 1) I absolutely loved the story when it first came out, and 2) the author had rewritten and added in a great deal more to enhance the original story. I just knew I had to re-read it again. And of course, I found the newer version to be as delightful as the original.
Naturally, at times I wanted to give both Whitney and the duke a boot in their behinds for both being as stubborn and not seeing the truth of how perfect they were for one another. So all I can say is if Regency romance is what makes your heart sizzle, WHITNEY, MY LOVE is going to make you both laugh and cry all at the same time! Loved it for the second time!