The Price of Indiscretion (Cameron Sisters Series #2)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy Maxwell delivers another passionate romance that is sure to delight her dedicated fans and increase her readership.

When three impoverished young ladies brought up in America decide to fulfill their late mother's dream of successful marriages and seasons, they concentrate their resources on sending the prettiest to London to make a brilliant match. But whom does she see but the man who had broken her heart years before? ...

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Overview

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy Maxwell delivers another passionate romance that is sure to delight her dedicated fans and increase her readership.

When three impoverished young ladies brought up in America decide to fulfill their late mother's dream of successful marriages and seasons, they concentrate their resources on sending the prettiest to London to make a brilliant match. But whom does she see but the man who had broken her heart years before? Alexander Haddon is no longer the rough and tumble man she once fell for, but a wealthy gentleman whose passionate nature is only just hidden under a veneer of sophistication ...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060740573
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Series: Cameron Sisters Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 876,303
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (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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The Price of Indiscretion


By Cathy Maxwell

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Cathy Maxwell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060740574

Chapter One

1805

"No, I absolutely will not do it," Miranda Cameron told her sisters, Charlotte and Constance. "I don't want to marry." She attempted to yank her arm away from her oldest sister's hold and hurry out the door, but Charlotte held fast.

They stood in the entrance hallway of Beardsley's, a popular but respectable inn located close to the New York docks, where Charlotte had caught Miranda before she could bolt out the door. A group of men had to squeeze by them on their way to the taproom. Aware of the curious glances, Charlotte pulled Miranda into a corner, so as to shield their conversation from prying ears, and replied, "You must go. If you don't, we shall never amount to anything. We are the granddaughters of an earl -- "

"One who drank and gambled his fortune away," Miranda shot back.

"As if the rest of them don't?" Charlotte said.

"How would you know?" Miranda challenged. "We've lived our lives in the Ohio Valley, not London. This is the farthest either of us has ever traveled."

"I listen to everything I can about the nobility," her sister answered. "I ask questions and remember everything Mother told us--"

"I remember, too," Miranda said, stung by the implied accusation that she could have forgotten their mother in any way.

"Then you know what she wanted for us," Charlotte said. "Constance was too young when she died, but you know."

Miranda did know. Their mother, who had died in an Indian raid fifteen years earlier, had never wanted them to forget they had the blood of the Conqueror flowing through their veins.

"She'd have wanted us to return to London, to find proper husbands," Charlotte said.

"But I thought Mother and Papa were a love match? I thought they were happy," Constance said. She was nineteen, the youngest. Charlotte and Miranda were twenty-six and twenty-five, and only ten months apart.

"They were," Miranda answered. "Although she didn't have many choices when our grand-father died. Being an earl's daughter with no family, no relatives, not even a farthing to her name didn't give her many choices. Everything had to be sold around her to meet his debts. She was lucky to have met Father."

"Who promised to make her wealthy," Charlotte said with a trace of bitterness.

"I don't think she was unhappy," Miranda argued. "They loved each other. I just don't believe she realized how hard it would be over here."

"Or how violent," Charlotte tacked on, reminding them all why they had chosen to leave the frontier. There had been another Indian uprising. A family no more than two miles from the Cameron Trading Post had been massacred. Having seen their mother and baby brother die the same way, all three girls were ready to begin new lives. They had nothing holding them there.

Charlotte gave Miranda's arm a squeeze. "We are the granddaughters of an earl. We have a chance to return to England, and I want it, Miranda. I want it for all of us."

"Then let us take the money and go," she countered, referring to eight hundred pounds they'd found hidden in a secret drawer under the counter where their father had counted pelts. "That's what we had planned to do."

The money had been a complete surprise. Their father, who had died suddenly the month before, had always pleaded poverty. They'd not expected to inherit anything and had thought themselves worse off than their mother had once been. When a German had offered to buy their small stake in the Cameron Trading Post, the girls had gladly accepted the pittance he'd been willing to pay, especially after the deaths of the William and Nell McBride and their children.

Then fortune finally smiled on the Camerons. While cleaning the one-room trading post for the new owner, Constance had accidentally hit her head on the counter edge when she rose from the floor. A secret drawer had slid open, and inside was eight hundred British pounds. Where it had come from, they didn't know. Perhaps their mother had had a dowry, and their parents had saved it for them. Considering the bitter man their father had become, it wasn't likely. However, this money gave them possibilities.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine historical romance

    In 1805 New York, Miranda Cameron consults with her two younger sisters about her going to England to marry a wealthy aristocrat. Having fallen in love with a half breed Pawnee-Englishman, Miranda has doubts, but feels her indiscretion with Alex ten years ago hurt her siblings. So with no prospects and little money, she agrees to go with Lady Overstreet, who will arrange a match for a fee. In the Azores, Captain Alex Haddon of the Warrior is shocked to see Miranda is here. He never forgot or forgave her for what happened between them ten years ago. At a party in her honor, he is nasty to her, but also insists they are married even if it is Pawnee style and they never consummated their vows. A drunken Alex abducts Miranda. As they sail to London they argue until they make love for the first time. --- In London, Miranda resides in the home of Alex¿s business partner while he refuses to see her. Instead he tells the wife of his partner to find her an aristocrat husband. Miranda cries as he has left her again, but vows to marry well for her sisters¿ sakes. --- The strong lead couple with a solid support cast enhancing the plot turns THE PRICE OF INDISCRETION into a fine historical romance. Fans will appreciate the dilemma facing the likable heroine as she must choose between responsibility and loyalty to her beloved sisters vs. her beloved. Although at times Alex¿s behavior seems confusing, readers will appreciate this fine early nineteenth century tale and look forward to the sisters starring in future novels.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Scandelous

    It was everthing i expected and more.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

    I Hate THIS E-BOOK THING

    Everytime I try and load my book IT LOADS A TOTAL DIFFERENT BOOK I'VE NEVER HEARD OF !!! I'M sure the books great and I really like cathy maxwell but this is crazy !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    I just didn't get it...

    After reading a short description of this book I thought it sounded like a good story line and was hopeful. I got into reading these historical romances a few months ago and since then have decided that most of the plots and story lines, even though written by different authors, end up being sooooo similar. I was becoming very bored with this genre. Well, I wasn't totally reassured after finishing this book. I have to say i didn't really care for the leading lady at all. It was a constant battle for me to understand where she was coming from and same with the leading guy. They said they loved eachother but more than once you find them walking out the door and leaving. I also didn't understand the way Miranda (leading heroine) handled her father almost killing the person she's supposed to 'love'? I feel like when I can't relate to the characters it makes the whole story pointless. And obviously in this book, I did not relate. I also hated the fact that as the last quarter of the book winded down, Miranda's sisters were pushing her to marry a different guy for all the wrong reasons. I was disgusted by the fact that everyone teamed up against her and Alex. All in all, I probably won't finish the series. I don't know that I can handle the frustration. If you're looking for historical romance with substance and relatable characters, I totally recommend anything by Gaelen Foley. I also love Adele Ashworth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    Solid and Interesting Love Story...

    This is the third novel by Cathy Maxwell that I have read. I also purchased via B & N the books ¿Because of You¿ (excellent)and ¿Treasured Vows¿ (okay - one of her earliest novels). I like Ms. Maxwell¿s books as each is very different than the others. No two have been alike and I enjoy that. It shows that an author cares about creative plot lines, interesting character development and the like. In this book, the heroine is Miranda and the hero Alex. The nice twist here is that Miranda is a beauty above all others. Often novelists make the man this way ¿ instead the female lead is the astonishing ideal of perfection. The twist is that her family came from top blood lines in Europe but, due to circumstances found themselves as the generations went on in the wild west of America in a time of riots betweens the western settlers and the Indians. The family never forgot their roots even with all the tragedy they experienced and difficulty in staying alive. Alex is also a historic blue blood but, also found himself in the new world due to his parents lineage ¿ part British ¿ part American Indian. Needless to say, the two meet in the new world and the connection they forged early is never forgotten. Circumstances broke them apart but, destiny was bound to have them meet again. When Miranda is forced to go back to England and try to land a titled spouse to help out herself and her sisters who are now alone in the world¿.the story really begins. Alex meets up with her as she is getting back into society and trying to land the perfect duke or earl of a husband. Alex is furious that she appears to be selling herself to the top bidder in the market but, old memories and old feelings die hard as he finds out. Their relationship develops anew after a ten year absence. It was nice to see Alex have some fire in him when he kidnapped Miranda and took her away short term. It¿s too bad that zest and arrogance didn¿t continue a bit longer ¿ they both seemed to loose some fight back in society life. The intimacy scenes are scattered here and there but, are not the main parts of the book. Instead, it¿s the story that holds your attention as you wonder if Miranda and Alex will ever have the courage to fight for what they want and toss away proper restrictions that society says must be adhered to be part of the elite. Their battle for love could destroy her sisters, her new friends, Alex¿s friends and family and both of them. The finest duke in the land ¿ Phillip Colster - finally asks Miranda for her hand in marriage and society breathes a sigh of relief. Miranda¿s final answer and actions decides the outcome to the book and a future novel involving her sister Charlotte. The only drawback is once too often the two leads were close to getting together only to say ¿it¿s just not the right time¿ and they have to part again. You expect them to fight tooth and nail to stay together but, instead it¿s one misunderstanding after another and/or not enough conviction to fight for what they believe. You will roll your eyes after the 2nd or 3rd time this happens but, you¿ll be pleased by the engagement ball scene at the end. No more eye rolling needed. This was not nearly as enjoyable as ¿Because of You¿ but¿it¿s still a good read if you like this author¿s style of writing. If you are looking for an enjoyable novel with an interesting plot line, you should like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    It was okay

    The story line was good but the never ending misunderstandings, the 'it just is not the right time for us' over and over again got a bit fustration for me, and in the end I really did not care if they ever got together. In fact the most interesting person in the book was the Duke of Colster, the 'bad' guy. I kept thinking 'I want to read a story about him'. Well, imagine my happiness to learn her next book is about the Duke of Colster and Charlotte. I just have to wait till next year, o well. The Price of Indiscretion was and okay read, but one that will probly find its way to my local Goodwill store soon, thats not really a bad thing, I have bought many a great book from the Goodwill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2005

    Can It Be Love If There's No Agony?

    Once Miranda had the chance to follow Alex into his world and live and love forever, but decided against it, knowing she couldn't Ten years later they see each other again, the same old feelings coming to surface, but once again the same old problems arise, love or loyalty? I can understand Miranda's delimia, she is being conned, and guilted by her sister (and I see no other word for what Charlotte did) to leave America and marry a wealthy title man. She loves Alex, but is constantly being pulled back into the world of confusion by those around who are telling her to choose honor and be responsible, but what is honorable and resonponsible about being in love? Love leaves you a fool, like Alex, but the good kind that beleives in nieve happy endings, and tempts a person to leave all they want and know behind to follow love. Alex does that, he constantly changes and chases after Miranda because that's what love tells him to do, meanwhile Miranda plays hot and cold and leaves Alex feeling less than sure about her feelings. Alex is in agony, whether emotional or physical throughout the whole book, while Miranda agonizes over choices and feelings three-fold. This book, along with many others, poses the question, can it be love if you're not in agony? (P.S. I did love the connection Miranda and Alex have, how they can sense each other's presence, and how truly they loved once, it's an uncomplicated plot of choices, and despite what the above says, an endearing one, becuause doesn't the bliss of completed love erase the agony of the life before it?)

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