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As the title of Maxwell's newest Regency-era romance (following The Lady Is Tempted) accurately proclaims, this spirited and tender yarn is a joyride that careens from adventure to adventure. When the wealthiest man in London asks bare-knuckle fighter Ian Campion to retrieve his "kidnapped" daughter, Ian devotes himself to the task. The down-on-his-luck Irishman, who is the sole breadwinner for his two sisters and their children, longs to move his family from the London slums to America, and retrieving a runaway heiress seems like an easy way to earn some much needed cash. But when Ian catches up with Lyssa Harrell in Scotland, an attempt on the redhead's life forces the pair on the run-without a chaperone. As disasters pile up in their wake, Lyssa keeps Ian off balance with her endearing combination of reckless bravery and optimism. Meanwhile, plainspoken Ian, who's so unlike pampered society men, earns Lyssa's respect and affection. Maxwell strikes a perfect balance between screwball action and introspection, letting Ian and Lyssa grow up even as they grow on one another. Readers who have enjoyed the works of Julia Quinn and Victoria Alexander shouldn't miss this winsome tale.
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“...This spirited and tender yarn is a joyride that careens from adventure to adventure.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060092963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060092962
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bestselling novelist Cathy Maxwell embraces her writing romance as a way to express her belief that "loving well is the greatest adventure of all," and to explore her fascination with the Regency period.

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

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
London and Scotland in the year 1816 is where this very lively tale by Cathy Maxwell takes place. It tells the story of Ian Campion, an Irishman who supports his two widowed sisters, nephews, and niece by whatever means he can, lately by bare fisted fighting for money. He is approached by one of the wealthiest men in England, Dunmore �Pirate� Harrell with an offer he cannot refuse, namely to find his daughter Lyssa, whom he thinks has been kidnapped, even though no ransom has been requested. After being introduced to Viscount Gorssett, the man Dunmore had betrothed Alyssa to, Ian believes she ran away from home to elude her snobbish fiancé.
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.
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Whoever said this was a sadly overlooked book was right on the money. I rank this with some of the best books I've ever read. And that has a lot to do with the characterization. You can have a great plot but if you don't 'feel' and 'know' the characters it won't matter much.
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.
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Cathy Maxwell seems to be one of those authors who runs either hot or col. This one falls into the cold territory.
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.
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I really enjoy Cathy Maxwell's books, but for some reason just had a difficult time getting into this book. It seems that many other liked it, but I just found the story obvious and a tad boring. Just my opinion though.
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In this sadly overlooked piece of romance extravaganza by Cathy Maxwell, rollicking adventures and tender passion galvanizes the bouncy momentum of the tale. Irish mercenary Ian Campion is employed by merchant Harrell to find his daughter Lyssa who wanders off to Scotland Amelth Hall which promises acceptance from her demised mother's relatives. She jumps from masqueraded gypsies to fending off anonymous bounty killers whom she suspects that they were deployed her stepmother Frances - along with Ian. The journey is a romp with loud banters and humour especially when they visit the native village and run for shelters. Each new adventure offers a glimpse into their characters with insight and introspection - as Lyssa begins to respect and love Ian when he reveals his buried past as an anarchist on the run for treason. Ms. Maxwell sculpts the hero with her accurate portrayal of Irish heritage and renders earthy sass to the enlightened Lyssa. The tale, often poignant with buried regrets and lost hope, is a beautiful exploration of love and its bittersweet triumphs.
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