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”....
Miss Cassandra Holwell is too tall, too bookish, and too smart - but she does have money and a father who wants a grand title for her. Cassandra hasn’t felt a desire to marry until she meets the sinfully handsome Duke of Camberly, who captures her imagination...until Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry and her family’s sworn enemy, steps in the way.
The Holwells ruined Soren’s family, and he’s lived on the knife’s edge trying to resurrect their fortunes...until he considers marrying the Holwell heiress. Not only would her dowry give him the funds he needs, he has secretly had an eye on the independent-minded bluestocking since they both first realized the differences between men and women.
She likes to read; he has no patience for books. She knows little of sex; he is a man of the world and willing to school her. Her family destroyed his; his offer of marriage may be her only salvation.
Now Cassandra and Soren must learn to love each other for who they are, not what they are - and the lessons are becoming an exercise in absolute pleasure.
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- Jody in Minneapolis
5 Stars for Narrator and 4 Stars for the Story
I don't know if I've listened to anything written by Cathy Maxwell before but I'm a huge fan of Mary Jane Wells.
Another listener gave a low rating saying it was difficult to get through the first 10 minutes. There was a huge cast of characters setting up the story at that point and it does get better. I pretty much had it figured out on my own towards the end.
I really liked Soren but found Cassandra a bit stuffy until she saw his true colors. I felt the ending was rushed, like there could have been more. Life doesn't always give us what we want and sometimes we have to endure changes whether good or bad.
There is a small amount of sex after the wedding and the time following, but it's rather bland. Nothing sizzling and raunchy.
It all works out in the end, it's a happily ever after!
Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes - yawn
I like some of Cathy Maxwell's books - this is not one of them. It felt like I was listening to a story about junior high school adolescents and I had no interest in any of them. The characters sounded too modern for the historical setting. This one's going back asap.
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