Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nightingale By: Cathy Maxwell

By: Cathy Maxwell
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon: Impulse

Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?
Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

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Three Stars
Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell was an interesting read.  The book was definitely a serious and, at times, sad story.  It seemed that Dane and Jemma's love story was destined to be one of complications.  I had some issues with Dane having to sacrifice so much and giving up so many of his dreams.  When Dane and Jemma were young they were in love and hoped for a lifetime of love.  Unfortunately, Jemma marries a wealthy and titled man.  Dane was neither titled nor wealthy and really just wanted to live a simple life as a vicar with Jemma.  After Jemma's choice to marry a wealthy and titled man he changed his plans completely and traveled to India to make himself a wealthy man. Despite the hard ache between them they never stopped asking what if... When they finally have a chance to confront their pasts and their choices some moments are not as romantic and idealistic as they would have liked.  Overall, I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the creativity of the plot.  I felt frustration towards both characters at one point in the story but ultimately wanted for them to end up together.

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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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Excerpt #6  
Perhaps he should let Whiting run him through?
The idea had appeal. Dane picked up the glass and drained it of the precious amber liquid.
The footman rapped on the door to signal he had returned with this uninvited guest. Dane pushed both the will and his whiskey glass aside before calling out, “Enter.”
The door opened slowly, and the footman, dressed in blue-and-gold livery with a powdered wig on his head, stepped into the room. “Sir Dane, your guest.”
He moved back. There was a moment’s pause, a space of time, three ticks of the clock, and then the woman walked into the room and Dane stopped breathing.
Before him stood Jemma Carson, the widowed Lady Mosby, looking more beautiful than ever.

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