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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2005

    This Was Definately A Tempting Read!

    I have read quite a few books by Cathy Maxwell this past year. She was a new author I found via B &N and took a chance on some of her stories. I have read ¿Treasured Vows¿, ¿Falling in Love Again¿, ¿The Price of Indiscretion¿ (all three not bad ¿ average), ¿You and No Other¿ (pretty good) and ¿Because of You¿ and now ¿The Lady is Tempted¿ (the last two being excellent!). I¿m always excited when I stumble upon an author I like. SO¿after reading ¿The Lady is Tempted¿ I was smiling and pleased again at the experience. If you are a true historical romance reader and love a strong leading lady and a strong yet, kind leading man ¿ this will be a great book for you. Our heroine Deborah is a gal we can all relate to and you will root her on! She begins the book as a widowed woman of 27 in a small, rural English village where everyone knows everything about you. Her family and the leading townsfolk have run Deborah¿s life for her and made her decisions (sad to say). Many women of this time held similar lives ¿ woman were not open minded, strong and determined back then as they are in today¿s world. Many families dictated what would happen in a girl¿s life and poor Deb was no different. Deborah takes the leap to true womanhood and independence by leaving to go help her sister, brother-in-law and new baby in the city for a short while to get away. It is during this trip to town that Deborah becomes a new woman ¿ the woman she was destined to be. How you ask? Why she simply takes shelter in a local cottage run by a woman named Marmy and as Deborah is taking off her hat and gloves to warm in the library near a fire, she comes face to face with her other half ¿ Anthony Aldercy, the Earl of Burnell. The other half she didn¿t know existed, could only dream about and now she has to find courage within herself to take what she wants in life and not wait for crumbs to be left to her. The beauty of this book is that for once, our hero, Anthony, feels exactly the same. He lived a similar life to Deborah¿s so, they have much in common. Two people doing the right things for everyone but, themselves. For a few shorts days as the storm rages on¿the two find the strength to act on their impulses and please themselves which in turn pleases the other. Of course, once the storm ends, reality returns and they have to deal with what the world expects of them as well. You do wish Tony had the courage earlier in the book to take scandal head on instead of trying to avoid it for so long. But...when you hear about his family and past you understand his needs to do the right thing and not upset society. Tony does learn in time that good comes from those who do as their heart dictates not just what is in their head. This book is deep, detailed and very heart warming. You know with a romance the ending will be good but, you¿ll have to buy this one to find out how Tony over-comes a contract to marry another man¿s daughter, how he helps out her family, how he finds out who his real father is, how he finds the courage to make Deb his own and how Deb finds the courage to leave her old town and become the woman she is destined to be ¿ a wife, a lover and mother. I¿m sad to see their story end as I really liked these characters and the hurdles they had to face to become who they were truly meant to be. The love scenes were simple and tastefully written. The characters were all well rounded and interesting. The beginning, middle and end of the book was powerful and detailed and never lost steam. Do pick up this book and try this author if you have not. Especially 'Because of You' and 'The Lady is Tempted' ¿ they are both first class reads. Be tempted yourself. Enjoy!

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