Review: Because of You by Cathy Maxwell

Because of You by Cathy Maxwell

Re-release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Source: Joan Schulhafer Publisher and Media Consulting

A Scandalous Wedding

Pretty Samantha Northrup knew her duty was to marry, but this orphaned vicar’s daughter wanted to be swept off her feet by someone whose kisses made her toes curl. She never dreamed her orderly life would be turned upside down when a mysterious stranger came knocking on her door one stormy night. And when they were found in a compromising position, she found herself marrying a man she barely knew…but couldn’t resist.

A Not So Convenient Marriage

What Samantha doesn’t know is that her unknown bridegroom is Yale Carderock, the disinherited son of a duke, banished by his father years before. Now the prodigal has returned–rich, but only somewhat reformed. Yale is bewitched by his bride’s innocent fire, and he knows he’s powerless to resist her awakening sensuality. But is this outcast from society worthy of her tender love?

Review:  Considering I’m a huge historical romance fan, I found it very interesting that I’ve never read a Cathy Maxwell novel.  Shocking, I know!  So, when I was asked to review this re-release of Because of You, I was quite happy to accept.

So, what we have in this novel is the classic nobleman seemingly compromising a lady and having to enter a marriage of convenience.  What made this story for me was the characters.  I really enjoyed getting to know Yale and Samantha.  Yale grew up as a son of a duke, but after being disinherited, he traveled the world and basically grew up.  Samantha is a vicar’s daughter and the person everyone in her small village turns to in their time of need.  The sparks between Yale and Samantha jump off the page.  And of course, they have to overcome numerous obstacles on their way to happily ever after.  Add in a wide variety of supporting characters and you’re in for a real treat.

I am glad I chose to read this book and I can honestly say this won’t be my last Cathy Maxwell book.

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