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Publisher's Summary

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 who will 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....

©2017 Catherine Maxwell, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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It's all just a little too easy

The heroine's alcohol abuse is an interesting concept, but her recovery is glossed over too lightly. Perhaps it is my personal experience with an alcoholic loved one that caused me to be dissatisfied. Two books that present more realistic alcoholic behavior are Carla Kelly's Reforming Lord Ragsdale and The Rake by Mary Jo Putney.

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very nice

very nicely done. enjoyed the story line and the people, places will listen to it again

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Not Cathy's Normal Light-Heartedness

Listened / Read for Fun (Won Copy/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Story/Character thoughts: I want to state that while Leonie was a very hard character to like at times, her story was compelling. This is not the normal light heart read that Cathy usually gives us but it was very well done indeed! I think she did a great job of handling issues surrounding drinking, in a time where that wasn't talked about much. Also I liked the slow burn of the romance even when I wasn't a fan of Leonie. In the end, it worked for me!

Audio Thoughts: Mary Jane Wells killed the audio as always :) :)

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Love Against the Odds

This is a unique story in historical romance. The conflicts and issues the protagonists have are weighty, but the story has heart. It left me feeling hopeful and inspired.

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Lovely Flawed Characters Who Want to Be Better

Don't let the cheesy title fool you - this is classic Cathy Maxwell. What I love most about her writing is that her characters are flawed, they know they are flawed, but they want to be better. I enjoy the struggle to be good, and the attentiveness that the hero and heroine show each other. The characters are truly likable. I almost always listen to the audiobooks in one sitting and this one was no exception - housework be damned! :D

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-04-18

Awful book and awesome narration..



DNF at 41%..


I can't spend $7 on this mess! I just can't read this. Every other page or so the heroine, Leonie, is drinking or drunk. Even on her wedding day she emptied her mother's flask into her teapot and proceeded to drink it as she got ready. She didn't even remember getting married.

I can't read about a drunken MC.

As to the narration: Not even the awesome Mary Jane Wells could help this.

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Not her best work

hoping the next to follow will be better. The hero to me was not understanding... His way or no way attitude. heroine was weak for acceptance.

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Self-help more than Romance

What would have made If Ever I Should Love You better?

Much less emphasis on drinking issue more on romance!

What was most disappointing about Cathy Maxwell’s story?

Like hitting replay button..so much repetition.

What does Mary Jane Wells bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Characters are well distinguished by her excellent performance making the story easier to finish.

What character would you cut from If Ever I Should Love You?

Can't remember..lost interest!

Any additional comments?

While Cathy Maxwell often brings character flaws in her books this book was overdone. Not up to her usual standard