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Seven Minutes in Devon (Cardiff Siblings Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Gayle
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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During a minutes-long span three years ago, their lives were forever changed when Lady Morgan Cardiff nearly drowned.

Returning to the disastrous scene for the first time, Emma Hathaway is older, wiser—and ready to move on. With her parents quickly aging, she needs a husband. Alas, she is an awkward, bookish girl with no dowry to recommend her, and she is far from being an Incomparable or an heiress who might rouse a gentleman’s interest. Her hopes of changing the ton’s view of her are dashed upon the arrival of the others involved in that life-altering moment. Aidan Cardiff’s perpetual glares prove he blames Emma for Morgan’s scarred, blind condition. His unfounded hatred alone leaves Emma shaken, but his unbidden advances threaten to thwart her husband-hunt.

Ever since his sister’s failed attempts to take her own life, Aidan Cardiff has been a loathsome, brooding artist. He’s spent three years creating artwork to depict the revenge he’d like to exact against anyone, save himself, who can be blamed for Morgan’s pervasive melancholy. Yet his art has been far from enough to assuage the rage he’s built inside. Morgan is finally ready to live again, but Aidan fears letting her out of his sight—particularly with Emma Hathaway, the chit whose very existence sets his blood to boiling. But is the heat fueling his fire due solely to his anger, or is there something more?


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"Rich characters and sumptuous storytelling that will stay with you..." -Author Erin Knightley

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  • File Size: 4383 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (November 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A1E8I7W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read January 20, 2013
Format:Paperback
YAY, a book on my personal TBR list complete! Well, I just finished Seven Minutes in Devon by Catherine Gayle. I have to say that it is a little different from the other Catherine Gayle books and stories I have read prior. Still a good read, but just a little different. I would even go so far as a little darker. Here is my reason for me saying this:

Aidan Cardiff blames Emma Hathway for his sister's attempts on taking her life. Granted Emma has nothing to do with Lady Morgan trying to take her life. It's just easier to redirect your anger to someone else than put the blame on someone you love dearly, which makes Emma an easy scapegoat.

During the three years they last saw each other, Aidan's animosity hasn't diminish at all and now stuck at a house party with Emma. Yet, Emma has on a couple missions to complete: 1) Avoid Aidan as much as possible. 2) Try to find a husband, so she won't be a burden on her family. Sounds like a simple task, right? However, it doesn't help that Aidan can't leave her lone or stop brooding over her.

Yes, a little darker, but still an enjoyable read. I can't wait to see what happens to the other Cardiffs. I wonder who will love Lady Morgan. It would be have to be someone who can over look her scars and blindness. Then Aidan older brother, I kind of worry about him. The girl he has tender feelings just got engage. ACK! So, this shall be interesting to see how they find their happy endings. So, if you are looking for brooding hero who has a problem directing blame, you might want to read Seven Minutes in Devon. It's a pretty good read and good start for the beginning for Ms. Gayle's new series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the all the characters except the hero (ugh!) March 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The backstory, that Lady Morgan Cardiff was absolutely devastated by the love of her life, so much so that she attempts suicide several times, sets the stage for the relationship between the hero and heroine, Aidan Cardiff and Miss Emma Hathaway. One of those suicide attempts, drowning in a river, was unable to be prevented by Emma. Although Lady Morgan was rescued, her artist-brother Aidan decided it was entirely Emma's fault for not paying enough attention to his sister; he believed Emma's nose was too stuck in a book to care. Flash forward three years to a house party, at the same house where the river suicide attempt occurred, with all the original characters reassembled (plus a few extra ladies and gentlemen). Emma has no dowry or looks to speak of but she realizes she needs a husband, hence the party (which also happens to be her sister's and her husband's home). Emma is still bookish and quiet but she is resolved to find a man and not be a further burden to her parents or sister. Lady Morgan arrives a little more damaged from her subsequent attempts to take her own life but her outlook has completely recovered: she is more whole and content than ever before. Her two brothers, the Earl and Aidan, have sheltered her to the point of smothering but she is patient and understanding, although ready to live a little again. This matters naught to her brother Aidan, who in the three intervening years has managed to blame Emma for everything but the war with Napoleon and the high price of corn. She has been his sole artistic muse for painting death, destruction, and all things disturbing. Interestingly, Lady Morgan's other brother, the Earl, does not blame Emma at all and cannot understand why Aidan is so determined to hate Emma. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to be saved... May 11, 2013
By L.Reads
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This is the first book I read by Ms. Gayle and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of her books.

Three years ago Aiden Cardiff and Emma Hathaway were present when Aiden's sister, Lady Morgan tried to kill herself. From that moment on Aiden blamed Emma for every suicidal attempt Lady Morgan tried. However, Emma never did aid Lady Morgan in anyway to kill herself, it is just easier to place blame on a person that is not around.

Three years has past since that terrible afternoon and now Aiden and Emma are forced to attend a house part given by Emma's sister and brother-in-law, Lord and Lady Burington, which mind you Lord Burington aka David is Aiden's childhood best friend. Emma is at this house party to find a husband. Aiden and Lady Morgan are there to reemerge themselves into society. Since Aiden cannot stand Emma he should have no problem staying away from her, right? How hard can it be for Emma to find a husband?

Sometimes, one needs to confront the past to move onto the future.

I really enjoyed this book. Aiden is dark and the brooding type. He really detest Emma for no reason, and normally that would make me not like him very much, but when he realized that maybe he's being a bit too rough on Emma he becomes a likable guy.

Emma is a strong heroine. She doesn't sit idly by and let things happen to her. She goes out and takes action. She often is saving someone without even realizing it. She is bookish and witty and I love her stance for the underdog. She considers herself to be an outcast so she takes it personally when anyone is a bully. Emma is a young lady I would love more or today's ladies to emulate.

I look forward to the next book in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner
A combination of love story and mystery. Many turns and twist. Leaves you rooting for the lovers and wondering what next.
Published 7 months ago by LJG
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh, it was alright
I really like this author but I don't really care for this book. There were questions left unanswered and I found the back and forth on love/hate the male lead went through... Read more
Published 14 months ago by AnthroPod
4.0 out of 5 stars If it's written by Gayle---read it!!
Good book, powerful, just the right amount of adventure, sex, and mystery. Gayle writes well and never lets you down.
Published 15 months ago by Betsy Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars I have really enjoyed the book, slow at times but overall a really...
Like the book, would read another book by Catherine Gayle. Characters are developed well and the descriptions bring them to life for the reader.
Published 15 months ago by K. Kimball
4.0 out of 5 stars A most intriguing book
I rate this book 4 stars. The story keeps you wondering what is coming out of Mr. A's mouth next.
Published 16 months ago by DeAnna De Martino
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a clean read !!
I thought I had seen a review where this author was a clean read , but that is not true
Published 17 months ago by Arlene Achord
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is intense!
This book is intense! First Aidan has an unreasonable hatred for Emma because he blames her for the near-tragedy with his sister Morgan. Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Dieterich
3.0 out of 5 stars very dark
This was my least favorite of Catherine Gayle's stories so far. The hero was a mess. The sister unbelievable, no one goes from suicidal to chipper without assistance. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cynthia R. Donohue
2.0 out of 5 stars Get a proofreader!
The bad grammar, incorrect choice of words and use of idioms unsuitable to the Regency era made this book all but unreadable for me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Regency Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars nice read
It wasn't my favorite book ever, but it was a pleasant read. Just enough of brooding hero, who blames heroine for his sisters blindness. Read more
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Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of Regency-set historical romance and contemporary hockey romance with a New Adult feel. She's a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster's next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.

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