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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell

Nightingale: (Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:  0062367676
Pages: 96 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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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

My Review:

Intro: I had intended to have this post up by 6am but I set the post to go up at 6pm. Ugh! And to make it worse, I had to take my dog to the vet in the morning so I didn’t get to check (I am one of those people without a smartphone).

This book was awesome. It’s one of those novellas that you wish wasn’t a novella so you could have more. The criticism is scant with this one, I should warn.


Heroine: Jemma-I spent much of the novella seriously annoyed with Jemma. At the start she came off as cold, impetuous and sort of cruel. But she grew on me. I also like how she turned the abandonment trope around. It’s usually the heroes jilting the heroine. To see it the other way around was interesting.

Hero: Dane-First of all, can we talk about the name. I love the name Dane for a hero. It comes second only to Sebastian. This hero named Dane was angry. So very angry. But he had reason. He was also a really good man and I couldn’t help but root for him throughout the book.

Chemistry: The journey Dane and Jemma go through in this book is truly something special. They start out with so much anger and hurt feelings but their recovery from that is something special. I love how it wasn’t rushed even though the page count is less than a regular novel.

Chemistry Rating:

Conclusion: I don’t trust many authors to write a novella that can truly satisfy me but Cathy Maxwell is one of the few who can. This is one of my favorite reads of the summer. It was quite a bit angsty but so very good. 
Overall Rating

Author Info
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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  1. Hello Cathy! Hope your day has been a good one. Ours was fantastic. Made some new friends, saw some old ones, and laughed a lot over silly things. :-) In any event, I "just noticed" in this blurb something I missed before: "Will he accept her devil's bargain?" Oh my. I can't imagine what that bargain could be unless she's asking him to marry her. But that would be too simple... Sigh. I'll just have to wait and see what happens, darn it! :-)

  2. Thank you for posting! Great review!



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