Monday, June 2, 2014

Review, Whitney, My Love ( Westmoreland Saga #2 ) by Judith McNaught

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

"Whitney, My Love" stands as Judith McNaught's timeless bestseller -- a novel so rich with laughter, tears, and the power of dreams that millions of readers have returned to it again and again to savor its beauty and majesty. Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore, Whitney Stone grew from a saucy hoyden into a ravishingly sensual woman. Fresh from her triumphs in Paris society, she returned to England to win the heart of Paul, her childhood love . . . only to be bargained away by her bankrupt father to the handsome, arrogant duke. Outraged, she defies her new lord. But even as his smoldering passion seduces her into a gathering storm of desire, Whitney cannot -- and will not -- relinquish her dream of perfect love.




This book first published in 1985, which is as old as me! Judith McNaught is one of my favorite old school bodice ripper writer. Rereading this one brought back the old memories. Previously I rated this 5 stars because I remember loving it very much when I read it back in 2007. However, during my reread I find myself not liking it as much as before. 

I saw a lot of 1 star reviews and I bet it was due to that two scenes that should make the feminist in me to abhor Clayton, the hero. Surprisingly, it didn't affect me that much. My lower rating this time is not because of that.

Clayton is kind of a jerk most of the time and he always jump to conclusion way too fast and started acting like an ass when he was hurt. I did sympathize with him because Whitney really didn't help the matters act hand by disregarding his feelings and acting as if she had bipolar, sometimes hot sometimes cold. They were both flawed and they totally deserve each other. But honestly, it seems really easy to pull them apart. A backhanded gossip, a wrong message or an old letter that came in too late can make them start questioning each other. I didn't realize there were so many misunderstanding moments in this book. I did appreciate some angst to keep things lively, but it happened again and again until my head was spinning. 

Despite the aforementioned drama, there are of course some heart felt moment that still make me swoon. Whitney is adamant to marry her childhood crush, Paul Sevarin and hated the idea of an arrange marriage with Clayon. The things that he did right was not to force the marriage, but took his time to court her by moving into her neighborhood and obscure his true identity. He did have a lot of patience in trying to win her over. When he was not acting like an overbearing jerk when he was jealous, he was kind of sweet. Oh, the love scene was really tender and full of love. I like the way he talk her out of her own fear. I think the scene I love best is at the church during Elizabeth's wedding, when Clayton came to see Whitney after they had broke up for weeks. Is just something that is subtle yet touching and I can just imagine the strong cinematography potential in it. 

Overall, is surprising for me to reread one of my childhood favorites. Although it didn't turn out as great as I remember, I'm still fond of the experience. I am looking forward to reread the rest of Judith's book in due time. 

By the way, the version I was reading didn't have an epilogue. I wonder is there actually one in the newer version.

Rating 3.5/5