If Ever I Should Love You: A Spinster Heiresses Novel

If Ever I Should Love You: A Spinster Heiresses Novel

by Cathy Maxwell

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ISBN-13: 9780062655752
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Series: Spinster Heiresses Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 12,885
File size: 3 MB

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.

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If Ever I Should Love You: A Spinster Heiresses Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Cathy Maxwell has managed to surprise and delight me with this new title – taking two characters who are far from the norm and unafraid to be wholly unlikable on first impression and yet, somehow, are difficult to not want to see them find more and better. The season’s “spinster heiresses” are ostensibly ready and eager to wed: on the shelf just a touch too long, but with impeccable bloodlines and near-flawless reputations they are most eligible for their dowries. It is assumed in the tonne that these women are anxious to marry and end the merry-go-round of parties, balls, examinations and side-eye glances, not to mention pressure from family. That is, until Leonie. Beautiful, cautious and determined to never marry, she’s been clearly placed up for sale by her father, and unsupported by her faithless and often feckless mother. Years before she was nearly ruined in society’s eyes, until a gallant rescuer stepped in, and then life and other issues intervened. Now bored with the whole charade, she wants a life of self-determination and direction, free from the demands or constraints of marriage, particularly one like her parents have. Oh Leonie is one of the most perplexing and contrary introductions to a character I’ve met in a long time. But, as we get to know her and see her secrets revealed as the relationship (or what passes for one) with her parents and the ‘model’ they set for her in a marriage, as well as some backstory and history all make most of her choices and reactions more understandable. Yes, she is frustrating and her naiveté fueled by seriously cynical expectations often feel overwrought –but considering her limited options, her experiences and her actual unfamiliarity with something different, added to her own worries about not being worthy of ‘more’, you can’t help but want to see things work for her with just the right man. And perhaps that right man is in the form of Roman, impoverished Earl of Rochdale and savior of young Leonie’s reputation so long ago is just that man. He’s fully aware that he needs several things, most importantly money and a wife that amuses him while still being an appropriate choice for Countess. He remembers the beauty, Leonie, in fact he never forgot her – and while he knows marriage is inevitable and the sooner the better, he also wants to have a love connection. Imagine his surprise when news reaches him that the woman he never did forget is also available and the richest on offer. Oh they both have come so far since India –and neither’s path has been trouble free, but Roman is not to be denied. He remembers her, she confused, frustrated, amused, and intrigued him in equal measure: and it doesn’t seem that anything will be simple and straightforward. But, he’s going to get her to change her mind on so many things – and with quiet and steady progress, most of it forward, some of it arrogant and quite dismissive of Leonie’s wishes, she starts to see that these moments: good, bad or indifferent are starting to make an impression, an impression that is different from her usual cynical view of the world. Maxwell has dealt with issues often ignored in most historical romance in a way that brings it new life. We know that women were little more than property – but by showing the blatant determination of her father to buy her a title at any cost this becomes a whole new outrage. The ridiculous constrictions placed on learning, living and self-determination, and the various choices that wo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I have seen a heroine have drinking problem. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was good story. May me cry at times. Course had to skip over the sex parts. Not needed at all in this story.
jerichat More than 1 year ago
This story was a good read, but a little different from most of Maxwell's other books. Here, we have a flawed heroine and a nurturing hero. We come to see the grown of Leonie - as she faces demons from her past and present. We also have a hero (Roman) who learns to truly accept his love as she is, and that sometimes strength means standing back - instead of charging in. I hope we are given a peek into their future as we follow the stories of the other two Spinster Heiresses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Leonie's story--and struggle here--blew me away. The book's blurb doesn't really address what its heroine's biggest problem will be, but to be honest I hadn't even read it all that closely before saying, Another new series from Cathy Maxwell? Yes, please! so I might not have noticed even if it had. Ms. Maxwell certainly did take on a whole lot with these two characters--their complicated backstory, Leonie's difficult homelife and her unconventional (for a Regency romance heroine, at least) way of dealing with it, and Roman's complicated feelings for her and uncertainty of how (or even if) he could help her--and still made me root for them all of the way. Even while practically screaming at her, "No! Don't do it!" Ms. Maxwell made me understand why Leonie often still did. Though I am sure Leonie and Roman's challenges are far from over at the end of the book, the ending Ms. Maxwell gives us definitely leaves us with the hope that together they will be able to come out on top. I can't wait to see glimpses of them in future series books--how soon will they be coming out? ;) Rating: 4 1//2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
jenny_e More than 1 year ago
Cathy Maxwell was the favorite author of a friend of mine that died in 2015. She used to just hand me Cathy's latest book. I've missed a few of Cathy's books since my friend died. I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I instantly pre-ordered book 2. It's the type of book that I can't wait for others to read so I can discuss it with them. Luckily it's the book club pick in January for one of my online book clubs so I don't have to wait that long to discuss it. I'm definitely going back to catch up on her books that I've missed over the last couple of years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1813 Roman Gilchrist, the new tenth Earl of Rochdale, is shocked to hear that he needs to marry. Thaddeus Chalmers is his solicitor, godfather, and very good friend. But how can he suggest this as a solution to paying the gambling debts owed by his deceased predecessor? It turns out that debts owed to peers must be paid, however, debts owed to merchants are usually ignored. Roman also inherited the large Bonhomie estate in Somerset which is in need of repairs. Thaddeus insists that Roman should marry a wealthy young woman and soon or his peers could fore him to sell his land to pay the debts owed to them. Thaddeus suggests that Roman consider marrying one of the Spinster Heiresses of which there are three. Lovely, extremely wealthy, and three years on the Marriage Mart, their fathers are very picky about whom they will allow to court their daughters. However, they do need to marry soon as they aren’t getting any younger. They each have a drawback though. One has a father from “earned” money and another father has crude manners. The third young woman is considered to be an educated bluestocking. One of the young women is Leonie Charnock who Roman feels is responsible for ruining his military career when they were both in India. Now, Roman feels that it is time Leonie paid. In addition, there are rumors that due to Leonie’s appearance, she is probably her promiscuous mother’s by-blow. When Leonie and Roman meet at a soiree, she is shocked especially when she learns he is no longer a lieutenant, but the Earl of Rochdale. In addition, she learns that her father has agreed to allow Roman to court her. She is furious and is rude to him and he returns her rudeness. But Leonie is very upset as she remembers that something dreadful happened in India and it was her fault. But what truly happened that night in question? Are Roman and Leonie trying to protect each other? What is in the future for them. I wanted to like this book but found myself turned off by Leonie’s so-called drinking problem that I think went from nothing to bad. What happened? How did it “escalate” so quickly? In addition, her lifestyle also went from quite nice to poor. With so much money at hand, it could have been put to better use quickly. I can’t say that I cared a lot for Roman. He wanted money and if Leonie came along for the ride, great. If not, that’s OK too. Not a favorite story for me. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Simple is never part of the equation when it comes to love. Nothing involving the heart ever is. However, the ballad of Leonie and Roman is like is like an onion. The layers run deep and the tears are no surprise. Cathy Maxwell has a talent for breaking a heart in the sweetest of ways. Leonie is stuck in the past, reliving her mistakes and punishing herself for them. It's hard to like her, but in time you will understand her. Her burden of guilt has flawed her soul. Roman was never meant to be a hero, but he ended up being a twofold one. He had the courage to listen to his heart and pursue the one woman he had to work the hardest for and the foresight to empathize and help mend an at times callous, but brutally broken heart. If Ever I Should Love You may run hot and cold, but it appeals to what makes us human.