If Ever I Should Love You by Cathy Maxwell
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Date Read: January 2018
Genre: 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 . . .
Series: Spinster Heiresses #1
Also by this author: His Christmas Pleasure, The Bride Says No, The Devil's Heart, The Match of the Century br> br>
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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