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You and No Other

You and No Other

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by Cathy Maxwell

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The constraints of quiet widowhood have become too much for Lady Caroline Pearson to bear—especially now that her brother-in law has idiotically, and illegally, gambled away her house. Boldly, she confronts the new owner in person. But not only does the dashing rogue, James Ferrington, refuse to return Caroline's deed, he tries to take scandalous advantage of


The constraints of quiet widowhood have become too much for Lady Caroline Pearson to bear—especially now that her brother-in law has idiotically, and illegally, gambled away her house. Boldly, she confronts the new owner in person. But not only does the dashing rogue, James Ferrington, refuse to return Caroline's deed, he tries to take scandalous advantage of her as well.

Sheepish and repentant, James arrives on Caroline's doorstep to make amends— unaware that the young widow and her eccentric aunt are intent on retaliation. James merely meant to seduce a bewitching minx and have done with it—and, suddenly, he's a kidnapped prisoner in Caroline's cellar. But most shocking of all, James realizes that he has no desire whatsoever to be free—for the audacious Caroline has inflamed his senses, destroyed his reason . . . and completely captured his heart.

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Robin Lee Hatcher
If you want a fun read, this book is for you!
Romantic Times
A fabulous novel created by an author who understands the human heart and whose stories touch our souls.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When the deed to her house is gambled away by her dissolute brother-in-law, Lady Caroline Pearson appeals to the new owner's sense of justice and requests the return of her home. James Ferrington's senses are definitely affected by her appeal, as this Regency period Cinderella story, complete with four eccentric godmothers, careens from seduction in a carriage to missed communications, slapstick physical altercations and the playful kidnapping of Ferrington. A series of scandals that seem too easily forgiven by rigid Regency society complicates already convoluted proceedings, while Caroline and James spar in lightning mood changes. Maxwell substitutes this whirlwind of activity for real character development and an abrupt end leaves the reader unsatisfied. This energetic romp misses the mark but entertains along the way. (Sept.)

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London, 1813
Widowhood suited Lady Caroline Pearson just fine.

Her late husband Trumbull had recognized no difference between his wife and his horses, al though Caroline suspected the horses had fared better than she. She and Trumbull had been the match of the Season, but Caroline considered the marriage a failure.

When Trumbull had choked on a chicken bone at the age of thirty-four while attending a cockfight with some of his sporting-mad cronies, Caroline had gladly wrapped herself up in widow's black . . . and hard-earned peace.

To that end, for the past three years since her husband's death, she'd avoided his family like the plague, lived within the meager allowance they provided, supplementing it with a small stipend she earned teaching at Miss Elmhart's School for Young Gentlewomen, and kept her existence respectfully discreet, as was expected of a Lady of Quality. And if occasionally she grew restless with the sameness of her days, well, then, that could be expected from a woman widowed so young. She'd told herself years ago that life rarely lived up to one's expectations.

However, today, the day she turned thirty, the . futility of her life hit her with the force of a slam against a stone wall.

Thirty marked the end of her youth, the halfway point between birth and death—and what did she have to show for it? Drab respectability, loneliness . . . and a sense of being incomplete.

Of course, children might have filled the void, but Caroline was barren. In seven years of marriage, she'd failed to conceive. After the second year of their marriage, not a day had gone by without Trumbull complaining bitterly of her worthlessness. It didn't matter to himthat his wife had been presented at Court, knew all the expected social graces along with French and Latin, could manage his household and see to his capricious whims. What mattered was whether or not she could breed—and making sure his family and acquaintances knew that the failure to produce an heir was hers, not his.

Sane, sensible Caroline, who always played by the rules, had lost the game.

That night, lying alone in her bed, Caroline cried herself to sleep. Great sobbing cries of anger, disappointment, and sorrow. Not since her sham of a marriage had she indulged herself in such a manner. Consequently, she overslept and woke up late the next day, heavy-lidded, tired, and cranky— which was unfortunate, because her whole world was about to change....

Copyright ) 1996 by Catherine Maxwell

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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You and No Other 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a few novels by Cathy Maxwell this year ¿ Because of You (excellent), Treasured Vows (not bad) and The Price of Indiscretion (pretty good). I bought my fourth book by her via B & N and just finished it up. I think this author is good at telling interesting stories and bringing characters to life. This book, You and No Other, was fun as it profiled a 30 year old widowed woman with no children and that of a long standing confirmed bachelor. Caroline and James meet up and begin an interesting on again and off again attraction when her brother in law looses the deed to her house in a card game. The deed of course belongs now to James. Then it is up to Caroline to get it back so, she and her aunt and friends have a place to call home. The interaction between the main characters is solid. I would have liked that James took a little longer to figure out how much he likes and loves Caroline as I felt he declared himself each time too soon. In turn, Caroline took a bit long to trust and learn to love James than was necessary. Like one of the critics, I felt the plot was busy in many ways and the main characters didn¿t get as deeply developed as I would have liked. The side characters of the aunt and her trio of society fallen friends is probably the most charming part of the book. The author did make the scandals each of these friends encountered look acceptable in a time when they would have stayed outcasts for all they did ¿ not get accepted back to society as they did. I enjoyed the two kidnapping scenes that the four older gals pulled off to help out Caroline - out of character for ladies but, charming none the less. The humor is slight and simple but, worthy to note. Passionate love scenes are often few in Ms. Maxwell¿s books so, if that¿s what you need ¿ this one isn¿t for you. If you like detailed stories with busy plots ¿ this is a solid read. Although I liked Because of You by far the most of all her novel series, You and No Other still warrants some praise. I look forward to other books by Ms. Maxwell as her characters are interesting, memorable and the story line always develops well.
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Just OK
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This book was very entertaining. I laugh through out the entire book. heart warming.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You and No Other was such fun to read. I was very impatient to finish the book, but at the same time I was very sorry it came to an end. I loved the clash of wills of main characters. One more time You and No Other is very satisfying read. It's now one of my favorite books.Definitely will read it again, and may be not only once more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bunch of aging bimbos interfere with the romance of a poor drab but beautiful widow and a handsome rich man. A little overdone at times. It did have a nice ending though.
jeyere More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly love Cathy Maxwell's books so it was great to have this one to add to my collectioon.
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
I thought this story had a great premise but there just wasn't much to it. Considering the characters in this story, I thought it could have been a lot funnier. In total, I was utterly disappointed with the whole thing. I won't be keeping this book. If your looking for a really good book, read my suggestion. It's AWESOME!!!