This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Whitney, My Love (reissue)
Date of Review: 11/30/02
Judith McNaught utterly shines in this spectacular debut novel that launched her career. WHITNEY, MY LOVE was a delight from start to finish. Never having read the original version of this book, I read the glorious 708 page extended version without ever taking a break. Emerging my self from a blurry-eyed dream that is this novel, I’m pleased to say this classic lives up to it’s reputation.
Whitney Stone, a young and impetuous girl believes herself in love with Paul, the recipient of all her youthful feelings and dreams. Her disapproving father deems her behavior inappropriate and she finds herself sent to France with her beloved Aunt and Uncle. These she is allowed to bloom into the beautiful, unique women she is. She finds herself groomed into a lady and becomes the toast of Paris. As she perfects her arts as a lady she deems it time to return home to win the heart of Paul, her childhood sweetheart. Unbeknownst to her, her father has betrothed her to Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore. Her father’s uncontrollable debts have wiped out her inheritance and her dowry and the Duke is the answer to his financial difficult.
Whitney, however, wants nothing to do with the Clayton and pursues Paul and finally wins his heart. From there, you’ll have to read the story yourself!
There is a disturbing scene in this book that is often times discussed. I’ll leave the reader to draw his or her own conclusions and opinions on it. I, however, found this to be a powerful story and enjoyed it immensely. I’m certain I will not forget the names Whitney or Clayton Westmoreland and they will continue to burn in my mind as one of the more stormy and passionate couples I have ever read about it.
One might draw parallels to GONE WITH THE WIND and this novel, However where Scarlet O’Hara does not realize her love for Rhett Butler until it is much too late, Whitney is not so foolish.
Enjoy reading this classic romance! Historical Romance Writers gives it a 10++.