Falling in Love Again

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Hell hath no fury like a bride scorned!

Highborn country heiress Mallory Edwards was dutifully fulfilling family obligations when she exchanged marriage vows with a dashing gentleman she barely knew. But the charming beast abandoned her on their wedding night. Years later—facing prison because of her husband's debts—she has finally found the blackguard, John Barron, again. And she's not leaving until the faithless rogue grants her a divorce!

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Overview

Hell hath no fury like a bride scorned!

Highborn country heiress Mallory Edwards was dutifully fulfilling family obligations when she exchanged marriage vows with a dashing gentleman she barely knew. But the charming beast abandoned her on their wedding night. Years later—facing prison because of her husband's debts—she has finally found the blackguard, John Barron, again. And she's not leaving until the faithless rogue grants her a divorce!

John is enchanted by this delightful hellion who causes a scene at his London soirée. Could this be the forgotten rural miss whom his father once forced him to wed? Now that Mallory's reentered his life, John desperately wants her to stay—and not merely to help him snare the criminal who is ruining them both. But winning her hardened heart will take more than sweet words and sensuous kisses—he will have to become the caring, thoughtful husband who is truly worthy of her passion and her love.

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Separated for years after they are forced by their families to wed, Mallory and John Barron meet again in London when she confronts him when his debts threaten to send her to prison. Now, together, they discover a greedy villain, as well as unexpected love, in this classic 1997 title, also released as a 2006 ebook (ISBN 9780061742774). An older, well-written Maxwell book for all collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380787180
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Series: Avon Romantic Treasure Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 717,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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Here is health unto the man, said be, The man they call the groom; Here's health unto the man, said be, Who may enjoy his bride.
"The Green Wedding"
Craige Castle
East Anglia, England
1806

He didn't want to marry me," Mallory Edwards Barron said in a low, troubled voice. "I could tell."

Sitting on the bench in front of the vanity table, she took a steadying breath and met her mother's gaze in the mirror, daring--no, hoping--Lady Craige would contradict her.

For the space of a heartbeat, Mallory saw her fears reflected in her mother's eyes before they were quickly blinked away. Lady Craige lowered the brush from Mallory's hair in mid-stroke and gave her daughter's shoulders a reassuring hug. "Of course John Barron wanted to marry you."

They spoke in whispers, conscious of the two maids cleaning up after Mallory's bath. The door leading to the hallway opening and closing behind them let in the hum of conversation, punctuated by laughter, from the wedding guests in the dining room.

"I overheard him arguing with his father last night in the library, Mother. It sounded as if John didn't even know he was going to be married until he arrived here. Can that be possible? Would a man not tell his son he'd contracted a marriage for him until the night before the wedding?"

"Mallory, you are allowing your imagination to run away with your common sense! What does it matter when John discovered he was to be married? What is important is our home, Craige Castle, and that this marriage will make you its future mistress. But first you must consummate your union with John Barron."

Mallory's stomachtightened at the thought. "He barely said two words to me this evening during the wedding feast. . . ."

Her mother's gentle squeeze on her shoulder, reminded Mallory that they were not alone. Sally, a young village girl who'd been hired to serve as Mallory's maid for the evening, had returned and was busily turning down the sheets on the ornately carved Elizabethan tester bed that dominated the room.

Mallory's own parents had consummated their marriage on this bed, and their parents before them, and the generation before that. And now she was expected to lie with a man she barely knew and fulfill the tradition, the tradition that would give her the right to be known as the Lady of Craige Castle.

Since the days of William the Conqueror, when William had given this castle to Mallard, his most trusted friend and confidant, each Craige bride had spent her wedding night in this room. Tomorrow morning, the parish priest, Mallory's mother, and her new father-in-law, Sir Richard Barron, who had inherited her father's title, Viscount Craige, would come to this room and inspect the sheets for the bride's blood, proof that Mallory Craige had been a virgin. From that moment on, she and her husband, John Barron, would be truly married in the sight of God and man.

The sheet would then be hung from the window of this chamber and a day of feasting for the parish surrounding the castle would begin.

Mallory's hand shook as she reached for the crystal wine glass on the vanity table. She avoided her image in the mirror. The virginal white of her graceful nightdress drained all color from her face, emphasizing the dark circles under her eyes. One month had passed since her father's death following a long illness--a month that had turned her life inside out. "My nightdress should be black," she whispered.

"Sally, leave us," Lady Craige told the maid. "I'll see to my daughter from here."

"Yes, ma'am," the maid murmured before curtseying and moving toward the door. She paused a moment. "If I may be so bold, Miss Mallory, my mother and I wish you happiness in this marriage and want you to know that everyone in the village is resting easier knowing that you will be the lady of the castle."

Mallory forced a wan smile. "Thank you, Sally."

Sally turned the handle on the door. "We're also glad you're marrying such a hale and handsome man, Miss Mallory." Her cheeks turning pink, the maid slipped through the door.

"It seems the wedding party is a great success," Mallory said quietly. The wedding had been kept small out of respect for the family's mourning, but judging from the sounds coming from the dining hall, the guests were having a good time.

Lady Craige didn't answer. Instead, she sat beside Mallory on the bench and took the wine glass from her. She set it on the vanity before rubbing her palm over the top of Mallory's hands. "Your fingers are so cold." Lady Craige pressed her hands around her daughter's. "You must believe me when I promise that you have nothing to be afraid of."

"I wish it were over. I wish I hadn't married him. Not now. It's too soon after Father's death."

Lady Craige's expression softened. She lightly pushed back a curling tendril of hair from Mallory's face and tucked it behind her ear. "All brides are nervous. Marriage is a big step. Believe it or not, I was afraid of my first night with your father."

"Why couldn't I have inherited Craige Castle? It's unfair that in order to keep my birthright I must marry the son of this distant cousin who has inherited it from my father." Mallory pulled her hand away from her mother and stood. Her gaze fell on the bed, its rose-scented sheets turned down expectantly. Suddenly the room felt hot, close, and she purposely walked over to the window and pushed it open to let in the spring air with its promise of rain.

Falling In Love Again. Copyright © by Cathy Maxwell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    Readers will enjoy this 1997 Regency "Treasure"

    In 1806 when Mallory Edwards was seventeen and John Barron was a few years older, their parents arranged for their marriage. They met on their wedding day for the first time; exchanged vows; and the next morning he left joining the army.

    Seven years later, Mallory is tossed from her home due no payment as her wandering husband's uncle stopped sending her allotment. Fuming, Mallory comes to London to confront her husband and demand a divorce. Not caring one iota for proper behavior, she rips his head off in front of his mistress. When John realizes the screaming crone is his wife, he grabs her and leaves his mistress at home. Mallory proves he owns nothing as his fortune has been embezzled while he dallied. Together they seek his missing relative who absconded with his money. However, as they fall in love while hiding as commoners he realizes his wife is an intelligent beauty and no longer the little girl he married; she realizes her husband is an intelligent hunk and no longer the runaway boy she married.

    Readers will enjoy this 1997 Regency "Treasure" as the metamorphosis of the lead couple is deftly handled by Cathy Maxwell. John is a selfish boor while Mallory lacks self esteem; each matures as he looks inside himself and dislikes what he sees and she begins to gain confidence. Readers will enjoy this second chance at marriage as this time the protagonists fall in love.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted July 5, 2013

    Me Zuxu Zuzu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    He's a jerk......................................

    A big time jerk. Though apparently so handsome no women can resist him. She on the other hand is hard working and tries to please everyone. So she is constantly put down. EG--When her husband is bathing in the pond she sees a maid strip naked-- jump in the water and grab her husbands privates. To give him credit he's not to happy about this either. The maid knows she is watching and brags how she is touching her husband. Needless to say she is upset. Her husband fires the maid and everyone turns on her like she is a spoil sport. The maid is just a flirt they tell her. Batting your eyelashes is flirting----getting naked and feeling up people is assault. Other servants say she is snobby and stuck up when she won't discuss her sex life with Mr Wonderful with them. Their is not one normal women in the entire book. Even her mother drugs her on her wedding night. No wonder she lacks self esteem. Really stupid book.

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    Posted May 12, 2013

    Geo

    *snore* nite babe i gtg to bed. See u tommorrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    This One Is A Little Far Fetched...

    I have read a few novels by Cathy Maxwell this year. I bought via B & N, ¿Because of You¿ (excellent), ¿You and No Other¿ (pretty good), ¿The Price of Indiscretion¿ (pretty good) and ¿Teasured Vows¿ (ok). In this next book. ¿Falling In Love Again¿, I would rate it average. I like the way this author writes but, I couldn¿t get into this story or the characters until the middle to end of the book. I didn¿t like that a ¼ of this book revolved around the hero John marrying the heroine Mallory when they were barely 17 and 20 years old. An arranged marriage set up by their parents to hold their fortunes and lands. Both cave in to their parents demands even though it isn¿t what they want and they are marrying total strangers (not unusual for the time though). They never had a real marriage as John left their wedding night and stayed away for 7 years. During this time he toured the globe, was a military man, drank, caroused and had lots of lady loves. He never thought about his ¿wife¿ while gone, never felt guilty for his actions and never felt married. In turn, Mallory, stayed faithful and true to John during the seven year absence and ran the estate and did her wifely duties without her spouse present. I felt she was a bit wimpy to wait so long for one who had clearly forgotten her. She got the courage to finally find him once her money ran out, her lands were taken away and another man was interested in marrying her. The story didn¿t really begin until they met up again at John¿s current mistress¿s house, which is where Mallory finally found him. The story from there is okay as they had to go undercover to locate John¿s uncle as he had been silently stealing all their money away for years and practically had John and Mallory thrown into jail for old debts unpaid. John and Mallory got to play man and wife and be servants in the country on a friend¿s estate while they tried to locate the uncle so, they could clear up the problems he created for them. During this exile, John and Mallory learn all about each other and start all over again. Although, there was some twists and turns to move things along and a few misunderstandings to perk things up, the story line was pretty predictable. The title of the book says it all. I didn¿t like how quickly they took to one another after so many years apart, nor that they were able to make things right so fast or fall so easily after all that had happened earlier. A little unbelievable to me?! I think a real female heroine would have had a lot to work through - especially when your husband leaves you high and dry and breaks all his vows then¿after knowing you only a few weeks, he sees the real you and falls in love??? This story line seemed a wee bit too innocent and naive for me. I¿m disappointed to say I did not find the story line to be fresh or unique, nor the characters interesting. I do like this author and her writing style so, I gave her 3 stars for trying. The first three books I mentioned above are much better so, consider those first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Grow Up!

    Mallory is by far the most immature and self-centered main character I have ever read in a romance novel. As the book progresses, it becomes more and more difficult to believe that she ever ran an estate. She does not seem to grow at all. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and it was disappointing. The plot was also kind of weak and coul use more 'meat'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    A worthy and believable heroine!

    Finally! A realistic heroine, not one who forgives every stupid thing the so-called hero does to her and with her. Mallory holds on to her pride and reacts to John's selfishness in a wholly believable and altogether commendable way; she demands and gets respect from John before she will give in to his sexual demands. I have always hated the Regency/Victorian heroine who forgives or 'understands' the bad treatment the 'hero' gives her and have often wondered if women then were all such wimps. This is difficult to understand since these were some of the most dynamic times in women's history, and women were becoming more aware of their power over men and learning how to use it. Maxwell's heroines are such intelligent ones and Mallory is just cream of the crop. This is how real women react and act when confronted with jerks like John who does change at the end. He then becomes a husband who deserves a strong woman like Mallory.

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