Grandmother, grandmother, who shall it be
Who shall it be who will marry me?
Duke, Earl, a powerful marquess?
When my heart is given to Fyclan Morris…
In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell's new novella, beautiful Jennifer Tarleton has no lack of noble suitors, but the only man who captures her attention is the one her father will never let her marry: Fyclan Morris. He's a brash adventurer, witty, courageous…and Irish! Even worse, her father blames her for their reversal of fortune…
And it's a fortune—or rather, his grandmother the fortune teller—who foretold that Fyclan would meet "the one,", a love prophesied in the stars. He vows nothing will stand in the way of making Jennifer his bride, but is the price too high? Or is a thing called love worth every challenge?
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About 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. Fans can contact Cathy at www.cathymaxwell.com or P.O. Box 484, Buda, TX 78610.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cute. I enjoyed this sweet short story. Now I want to read the related book.
I’ve only read one title by this author (Nightingale) which I really enjoyed, and the opportunity to start a new series from the beginning was too good to pass up. Maxwell manages to dance the very delicate line that all historic romance writers face: how far from conventional societal norms dare they stray before completing a story that is simply ‘set’ in the period, not at all relating to it. Her stories incorporate history, conventional attitudes and behaviors that feel real and plausible, but are twisted up for the modern reader, easy to relate to but still carrying that sense of quaintness that harkens to another era. In this story, Jennifer Tarleton is a renowned beauty with no lack of suitors, but a very uncomfortable life. Her sisters resent her looks, her father sees her as little more than a puzzle piece to settle his debts and she wants nothing more than to curl up with a good book. She’s been told, for years, that her heart is weak and children are a dream she’d best give up, and while she wants a life of her own, she doesn’t see any potential. Fyclan Morris is a lowly Irish born man, adventurous and daring, he’s made a name for himself. Years earlier his grandmother, a gypsy woman with fae tendencies, predicted he was destined for greatness, with his children’s children being titled nobility. But first, he must meet ‘the one’, for the prophecy to fulfill. A chance encounter with Jennifer drops “the one’ in front of him, and he realizes he must do all he can to marry her. Used to being fobbed off as “just another pretty face” Jennifer is charmed by the Irishman who seems to see what’s behind her beauty: charming her, discussion ideas with her, making her consider the possibilities. But, her father’s disdain for all Irish, and Fyclan in particular, have her conflicted. Can she disobey and refuse her father’s demands to marry ‘well’, while taking a chance on marrying for love? With a courtship that is mostly on paper via letters hidden in books from a lord’s lending library, both characters grow in their determination to flout convention and reach for their own desires. Beautifully plotted and fast paced, this story reads more like a novel: characters are precisely presented, the conflict is immediate, and the resolution is so very sweet. Charming and engaging, this is a wonderful introduction to a new series. I received an eArc copy from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
3.5/4 Stars | Medium Steam Sweetly passionate, exciting and very romantic, Jenny and Ryclan’s whirlwind affair charms and entertains from beginning to end. I found myself joyfully immersed in this couple’s enlivening and sensual tale as they, despite the odds and fierce opposition, thrillingly chased their destiny together. Although brief in length, as novellas tend to be, Jenny and Ryclan’s endearing insta-love story is no less satisfying. On the contrary, their mystical connection and swoon-worthy secret courtship had me eagerly turning the pages and cheering for their well-deserved HEA. I couldn’t help myself! It is scientifically impossible not to fall madly in love with a dashing and charismatic hero who appreciates and admires a woman who adores reading and then goes on to woo her with gifts of novels and heartfelt letters! And that searing kiss in the library… I wanted Ryclan for my very own! With this delightful novella not only did I gain a new-to-me author with an extensive back catalog that I fully intend to devour ASAP, but I now have a brand new series, Marrying the Duke, to anticipate and enjoy this fall! Seriously, after reading the rousing excerpt from THE MATCH OF THE CENTURY included the the end of this novella, I know Elin and Ben’s story is going to be AMAZING!! I can hardly wait! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
What a magical love story to start Cathy Maxwell's new series, Marrying the Duke! This is the love story of Fyclan and Jenny. Their love was foretold by Fyclan's gypsy grandmother. They share a love of books which helped bring them together. This novella can easily be read in an evening and you won't put it down. The heroine in the first book of the trilogy, "Match of the Century", is the daughter of Jenny and Fyclan. I enjoyed this novella and can't wait for Elin's story in November.
When I was younger Cathy Maxwell was one of the authors I could never get enough of. My bookshelves were full of her books and I never got tired of reading them. As I got older and life became more fast pace and complicated I lost track of many authors that I followed including Cathy Maxwell. I could not believe it when I stumbled across A Little Thing Called Love on Edelweiss. I knew I had to read it. The enchanting characters, the beautifully written words and the feeling of being transported back in time proved euphoric. Jennifer was a dreamer that longed to be loved and instead endured many heartbreaking setbacks. Flycan has sought acceptance and love he wants to believe in the fantasy of happily ever after and a better life. Armed with his grandmother's prophetic words he sets out. This story is for the true romantics and dreamers in all of us. It was great to rediscover why I enjoy reading this author.