The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.If Ever I Should Love You by Cathy Maxwell
Series: Spinster Heiresses #1
Published by Avon on December 26th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the Marriage Mart a bit too long. They were known as the “Spinster Heiresses” . . .
He’s inherited a title, but not a penny to speak of, so the Earl of Rochdale knows he must find a wife—preferably one tolerably pretty and good-tempered, but definitely wealthy, and willing to exchange her fortune for his family name.
His choice: Leonie Charnock, one of the season’s “Spinster Heiresses.” Years before, the earl had saved the dark-eyed beauty’s reputation, and she is still breathtakingly lovely, leading Rochdale to hope that their marriage will be more than in name only.
However, Leonie doesn’t want to be anyone’s wife. Nearly destroyed by the secrets in her past, Leonie agrees to their union with one condition: there will be a wedding but no bedding. But it’s a condition the new Countess Rochdale isn’t sure even she can keep . . .
The general consensus was that this was darker than your typical Cathy Maxwell… and we liked it! Typically in Historical Romance you expect to see big issues (alcohol, gambling, etc) with heroes, but Cathy puts the issues right front and center with a heroine this time. The female character has a drinking problem, and we’re seeing this problem from the female point of view, with a unique hero who doesn’t just sweep it under the rug because he’s satisfied with the dowry or title she’s bringing to the arrangement. Cathy complicated it even further, since the reason the heroine is drinking is to forget an ugly rape and murder ordeal in her past. Like we said, darker, but good! Most of us felt very empathetic and sorry for our heroine, and some felt he was not forgiving enough.
Overall, we really enjoyed the journey and character growth. Definitely looking forward to the next book – where we suspect another heroine will have a “typically male” problem… gambling!