Review: When Dreams Come True by Cathy Maxwell

When Dreams Come True by Cathy Maxwell
Re-issue Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Source: Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting

Everyone knew the Earl of Penhollow needed a wife, so one thunderous night the villagers gathered together to ask the ocean to deliver a bride to the bachelor lord . . .

When Pierce Kirrier rescues a mysterious beauty from the billowing ocean waves, he has no idea who she is or where she came from. But at first sight of this enchanting maiden, he knows he must claim her for his own. Taking her back to Penhollow Hall, he pampers her like a princess, determined to win her trust and her heart.

For Eden, awakening in an elegant bedchamber in a remote corner of Cornwall is like a perfect dream. In Pierce’s arms she has discovered true love, true joy, and a passion she never imagined could exist. Yet she knows in her heart that, once her secret past catches up with her, her dreams could be shattered . . . forever.

Review: As most of those that follow my reviews know, I’m a fan of historical romances.  And I love it when authors give us unique characters instead of your stand cookie-cutter members of the ton.  In When Dreams Come True, Cathy Maxwell has woven a magical tale with characters I came to love.

Pierce isn’t your typical earl.  He cares nothing for society, preferring to stay in the country tending to his estate.  And when his mother pressures him to get married and have children, he puts his foot down and states again and again that he will only marry for love.  See, his parents had a loveless marriage and he doesn’t want to go down that same path.  So imagine his surprise when the mysterious Eden is in need of rescuing and it’s pretty much love at first sight. 

Now, within the first couple chapters the reader learns that Eden isn’t your typical heroine either.  She’s not ton.  She’s a girl who was taken off the mean streets of London and raised in a high-class brothel, trained in all the social arts only to be sold to the highest bidder.  But she takes matters into her own hands by running away… which is why she’s in need of a rescue.  She dreams of a life filled with love, children and security, but feels that her past is going to hold her back.

Both Eden and Pierce are dreaming of finding love and as it is with all romances, we follow them achieving that dream.  Ms Maxwell has created a memorable tale with a great set of supporting characters and the plot tension needed as Eden’s past catches up to her.  I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to smack a few characters upside the head — all marks of a good book.  I can’t wait to read more of Ms Maxwell’s books and I wonder why she’s not been on my radar longer.

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