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Author: Judith McNaught
ISBN13: 978-1416530732
Title: Once and Always
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Pocket Books (April 25, 2006)

Once and Always by Judith McNaught

Once and Always (Sequels Author: Judith McNaught. Chapter One. ENGLAND. Oh, there you are, Jason, the raven-haired beauty said to her husband’s reflection in the mirror above her dressing table

Once and Always was my second Regency historical (following Whitney, My Love), and I was determined to make Once and Always totally fresh and unique, able to stand on its own, rather than letting it seem like a new version of Whitney. I hope you enjoy reading all the characters, cantankerous or not, in Once and Always. Warmly, Judith McNaught. New York Times bestselling author. is one of the finest writers of popular fiction -with more than 30 million copies of her books in print! Be sure to read.

Once and Always Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that it was reported to the publisher as unsold and destroyed. Neither the author nor the publisher has received payment for the sale of this stripped book. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or file:///C20Judith/McNaught, Judith - Once and Always (V1). html (4 of 526)12/10/2005 15:55:58. Once and always - judith mcnaught.

Once And Always is the first book in the Sequels series by Judith McNaught. This novel was first released on January 28, 1987 and was her fourth story to be published. Once And Always book description. Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. Eager to claim her long-lost heritage, she was amazed at the formal elegance of Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of her distant cousi. he notorious Lord Jason Fielding

Once And Always (2006). Psychological harassment? Just fucking chose because it contains all those and more. This is going to be quick : I will spare you the plot which turns rounds and rounds in circles endlessly, the characters not willing to quit making idiotic decisions because really, it's not even the matter at hand.

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Victoria Seaton, a blithe and fiercely independent orphan, leaves her home in America to travel across the vast Atlantic to claim her long-lost inheritance: a labyrinthine English estate named Wakefield.

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Once and Always, one of Judith McNaught's most masterful and moving love stories, powerfully brings to life the fiery passion of a free-spirited American beauty and a troubled English lord.

Suddenly orphaned and alone, Victoria Seaton sails the vast ocean, eager to reclaim her heritage at Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of a distant cousin, the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Bewildered by his arrogance yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she senses the painful memories that smolder in his eyes. When he gathers her at last into his arms, arousing a sweet, insistent hunger, they wed and are embraced by fierce, consuming joy -- free from the past's cruel grasp. Then, in a moment of anguish, Victoria discovers the treachery at the heart of their love . . . a love she had dreamed would triumph not just once, but always.

Reviews: 7
Stylish Monkey
SPOILERS. This is my favorite of her works. Jason is damaged and complicated and terrified of loving anyone (though he really wants to) after a lifetime of rejection, abuse, a loveless mercenary first wife, and crippling loss. He is self made in a world of jaded, lazy, self-serving wealthy men who imagine themselves masters of the universe because of a lucky birth into titled families. He is already an outsider the minute he comes to London. Illegitemacy is never forgiven. It is only tolerated for him because of a cover story his father/uncle concocted to make society accept him. Victoria is a sheltered country girl, but brave enough to be herself in the twisted and bound up world of the British aristocracy. Both of them want a child to love in this world of absent emotion where they are alone. Tory is exactly what he needs. The contrast of these two characters is wonderful and when Jason falls, he falls hard.

I do need to comment on some of the bad reviews. AGAIN, SPOILERS. It is clear that well done historical romances may not be for some of you. This book was written decades ago. JM dis not shy away from the realities of the day that are often whitewashed in romances now. Men kept mistresses because marriages between wealthy people were often loveless business arrangements for the financial and political betterment of the entire family, not just the two being married. Entire families were bankrolled for a lifetime by one good marriage. (Which, if you have read it, explains Pride and Prejudice.) Because marriages were transactions amongst the aristocracy and because they weren't legal until consummated, sex was also a transaction. Imagine being 18 and married off to a 40 or 50 year old of the day and then being expected to produce children. Imagine being a man rejected by his wife after an heir is produced. The families of women sought protection for them in the form of wealthy husbands because they could not be property owners or start careers. Men needed heirs. Marriages were a cattle call on both sides.

In this book, sexually uninformed Victoria unwittingly leads an older Jason to believe that she is not a virgin (the unforgivable for young women of the day), and that he should keep a mistress like everyone else. She drinks too much on their wedding day because she is scared, but if she isn't a virgin and prior kisses have been passionate, what is Jason to think after his own experiences with his last wife but that Victoria has faked everything to get her hands on his money? That she sold herself? Why, then, should Jason be blamed for treating the marriage like the transaction she seems to want by assuming she had already had sex and then keeping his mistress? If you view the events of the wedding night and immediately after in these contexts, you begin to see how socials mores of the time taint things. Jason is not intentionally cruel. Bitter and disappointed, but not cruel. His actions are in line with most ither marriages of the time.

Some are looking at the book through the filter of modern romance or fluffier historical romances where this is little to no mention of outside sexual experiences. If you are doing so, you are bound to be disappointed. Men and women at the time did things that we don't understand now. I am sure we would be just as baffling.

When Victoria finally finds her voice and tells her husband what she really wants, it is a thing of real beauty. Jason's response is so poignant, that you finally get to see the man underneath the thick emotional armor. The way they love each other openly in front of society is enviable and satisfying.
The author's writing is good and she does have great plot. But I am starting to see a pattern with several stories, both involving way too much idiotic drama (soap operas could take a lesson from the crazy drama) and sexual assault/rape. I read this book once when I was much younger and thought it was great. Now that I've read it again I just couldn't enjoy it as much. How can a woman get past being raped and being happy with her rapist like it's some spilt milk to be sponged off and everything is just peachy? Obviously the author has no idea of the mental and emotional trauma that live in a person's psyche for many years to come. Character development is great until the abuse (physical, verbal, and emotional) starts flying and then poof, everything's alright because he kisses her again and they live happily ever after.

First, I'd like to say, I ordered this book off of Amazon for two reasons:

1. I love Judith McNaught books. She has a way of writing romance that makes you fall in love with the characters and you hope for their happiness. When I found this book, I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis.

2. The second reason I decided to purchase this book was all of the great reviews recommending this book as such a wonderful romance.

I was very excited to read Once and Always. The beginning felt like every other Judith McNaught master piece I have read. I was engrossed in the book and character development. The story was told flawlessly. I loved Victoria's character and I couldn't wait to see when the wounded hero would fall to his knees for the woman he adored and show her how much he loved her. What I was NOT expecting was infidelity. Repeatedly. After they were married even. While he flaunted his affairs publicly no less.

I read an excess amount of romance novels for the fact that I love a GOOD love story. Not a tragic heart breaking story of a relationship based on infidelity. Had I known this book was written this way, I would have never purchased it. I am very disappointed that even the 5 star reviews do not elude to the fact that the hero is unfaithful. I only found the reviews stating infidelity was AFTER I read it myself, because I had to find out again why everyone found this book to be so great...

So let this be a warning to those of you out there who like their hero's to be faithful before/after marriage, this is not the book for you!
My go to author. I have yet to find any author in the genre to match her intensity, skill, and ability to move me. McNaught makes me believe in their love and their journey. I absolutely love Jason and Tory. Their slow and steady affection and eventual love is so satisfying. The men in McNaught's books tend to be emotionally crippled and have a hardness that can pass for immensely unkind but man, when they are leveled by the power of their feelings it is so moving and heartfelt.
Once and Always is one of those books you can enjoy reading multiple times. I've read it 5/6 times actually and it never has gotten boring.

Victoria and Jason are two of the better leading characters I've read about over the years. Uncle Charles is an interesting secondary character as is Captain Farrell. Both of them help move the story along in a way that doesn't take away from the main narrative. The only thing that really didn't need to be there was the conflict of having Andrew, Victoria's first beau, show up at the end. That was a bit of overkill in my opinion. He had already been established as a jerk, we didn't need to be reminded of it.

I won't spoil the specifics of the plot, but it has the boy meets girl/boy marries girl/boy really screws up and girl leaves him/girl realizes she loves him & goes back to him.

If you want to read about Victoria and Jason's rocky road to their happily ever after, buy the book.