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Adventures of a Scottish Heiress (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2003
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The author of thirty historical romance novels and four novellas. Cathy's latest is THE GROOM SAYS YES, the last of her "The Brides of Wishmore" trilogy. The others, also set in the Regency period Scotland, are quintessential Cathy Maxwell--traditional historicals with a contemporary sensibility and a touch of humor. They are THE BRIDE SAYS NO and THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE. Other books include, A Seduction at Christmas, The Marriage Ring, The Earl Claims His Wife, and His Christmas Pleasure. Each has appeared for multiple weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Cathy received recognition from the start with her first novel, All Things Beautiful. Published in 1994, it was nominated for Best First Book by the Romance Writers of America and for Best First Historical by Romantic Times magazine. It also received first place recognition as Best Read of 1994 from the Reader's Voice. She has been honored by Romance Writers of America with three RITA Award nominations.
Born in Olathe, Kansas, Cathy's has long called Virginia home, noting she is "a Virginian by choice, but a Kansan by nature." She worked in television news and spent six years in the Navy, including a stint in the Pentagon. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, and Virginia Romance Writers and she is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences, libraries and special events. You can always reach Cathy at www.cathymaxwell.com
Top Customer Reviews
Lyssa is a rather spunky lead character, who has effected her own escape by hiring a family of �gypsies� to escort her to Scotland, and the ancestral home of her deceased mother. Ian catches up with Lyssa, and her band of �gypsies� who he quickly routs out for the imposters that they are, but before he can return with her, ruffians attempt an ambush kill her. During Ian and Lyssa�s flight, they overhear the leader speaking and know that the road back to London will be watched so, Ian agrees to travel in the opposite direction of the road to London and complete her trip to bring her to Scotland. Along the way, the pampered wealthy heiress learns a few lessons of survival, human dignity and love, from the Irishman sent to bring her home.
This delightful Regency romance has two very likeable lead characters, who discover true love along the way. The chase through the countryside was not without the authors characteristic enjoyable dialog and sensual awakenings to new love. Toss in a little excitement of the chase, suspenseful escapes and fights and you have a wonderfully enjoyable read for a rainy afternoon! This has it all and I most definitely recommend this for fans of this genre.
And this is one of those stories that is as much the story of the hero as the heroine. The plot is simple and sounds predictable. Ian Campion, Irish brawler, is sent out to bring Lyssa, the runaway daughter, home to marry the man picked for her by her father. Her father is a wealthy man of trade obsessed with getting his family into the right circles.
What really sets this story apart is that CM does a great job of letting us hear and feel for Ian Campion. I've read books where the hero or heroine grew up poor, but almost never where I really believed it so much. You can hear from Ian's words and thoughts just what his social status is and it's not anywhere near the ton though he has had more education than some. You can feel how weary he is and how sorry he is for the circumstances of his life and those of his family. How desperate he is to change their lives.
And conversely you can see how Lyssa has been spoiled and how it has led her to a sometimes unrealistic outlook on life. We see how she looks at Ian with a prejudice that is inborn and you can still feel sympathy for her while hating the way she was raised. And we see her coping and using her brains that god gave her and learning.
Then Maxwell lets us see how both of these two wildly different individuals gradually get to know each other and then eventually come together with so much love. It's not easy, but it's believable. I thought the ending was great, even if I wasn't completely convinced about her father's change of heart.Read more ›
Lyssa is spoiled, immature, and annoying. Ian is much too good for her. He's the best part of this novel, and his struggles against the prejudices of his Irish heritage ring true without beating the reader over the head with it (most of the time).
Most of Lyssa's adventures result from her selfish immaturity, thus making them senseless and rather annoying for the adult reader. A disappointment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Cathy Maxwell's books very much and I don't know how I missed this years ago. I am glad I found it now. I loved it! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donna F
I chose this rating because I thought the book was excellent. The historical data, the intrigue, the great character personalities and of coarse the romance, all together made... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not my favorite Cathy Maxwell book. First the plot was the old warn out... getting from point A to B and back again plot! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Faira Gann
Highland ? There was not much to do with Scotland. However the book was cute and a good read. Not much steamy bits if that's what people are looking for.Published 22 months ago by Fay Li
Cathy Maxwell once again took me on a romantic adventure from the first page to the last. This book was fun and moved along very nicely. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Tracy Roskoski
Lyssa and Ian were a lot of fun to watch. A runaway heiress, an embittered and hunky Scotsman hired to bring her quietly back... Great set-up right? Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by SashaWrites
good romance novel... typical love story with an adventure to boot...shipped on time. condition was a little dated but over all acceptablePublished on January 29, 2009 by M. Simon
Adventures of a Scottish Heiress is a pleasant adventure tale, featuring Maxwell's trademark exuberance and bright optimism. Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by Trisha A. Howell