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Product Details

  • Series: Monogram
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061082783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061082788
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Cathy Maxwell writes great books and this older book of hers is very good.
Beth Quisenberry
If you'd like a book with well developed, believable, and moving characters, with a good story, a good message, and a book you are sorry to see end.
tachi1
The story is good, moves right along, not a lot of unnecessary descriptions. of the area they are set in.
Pam Kalla

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent romance, first novel by Maxwell, and definiely worth the read! I won't summarize the plot here, but just tell you what I didn't like, and what I did like...

What I Didn't like:

In an attempt to create strong characters as well as tension between the hero and heroine, many authors use the vehicle of haughtiness or pride. It is a really tricky thing to carry off well. In particular, it's hard to believe a rather shallow display of pride once the heroine starts to feel love for the man. And, in the face of blossoming love, prideful/haughty action makes the character appear petty, rather than showing true strength of character. I think that compared to other authors I've read, Maxwell does a better job at handling the transition in her character. However, the dining room scene where Julia's brothers appear for a visit, after she plans to move into Brader's room, is the one scene that really stretched it for me. After all of Brader & Julia's tender and caring revelations to each other, Julia's behavior in the dining room is an uncharacteristic backslide. I realize that perhaps Maxwell needed to set up this tension in order to make it reasonable that Brader would still hold her in suspicion, or perhaps to have Julia show one final struggle with her heritage. However, in my opinion, Maxwell had already shown that Julia held low regard for society, so her concern about marrying a cit really rang false to me. Instead, Julia could have stood up to her brothers' verbal assault and defended Brader, and it would have made her change of heart more believable, *and* it would have actually served to underscore her true strength of character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RETSmile on August 19, 2008
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I really liked this book because the storyline wasn't so typical, but it was about something that is pretty universal...screwed up families who take advantage of one another and trade in guilt as a means to an end, with a whole lot of greed, pride and self doubt added to the mix. The hero and heroine aren't typical and I liked watching them deal with their familial and societal struggles. Those problems were probably pretty realistic for the time - commoners' wary views of the aristocracy and the aristocracy's superior, but often threatened views of commoners. The hero in this one is so different and I enjoyed his character so much. The heroine's attitude bordered on the cusp of unlikable sometimes, but then again, she had been through so much I had a great deal of sympathy for her that overrode those negative thoughts. Another reviewer lists several questions she had about the book, and I went over each of them and had none of them at all - I felt all of that was clear, so maybe she just read it too quickly. BTW, this is a fast read...never boring and finished in just a few hours. Definitely recommend. Also highly recommend Falling in Love Again by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen McClain on August 30, 2012
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Thank heavens! A heroine who actually bears a slight resemblance to a period character! Why must so many current historic romances star the same heroine, in only slight variations: bold, passionate, outspoken--unfortunately, often to the point of shrewishness, impetuous---unfortunately, often to the point of stupidity, and unbelievably sexually forward for the times, especially given she is gently bred and inexperienced? I want to see a different protagonist, preferably one a little less anachronistic, star in more non-paranormal historic romances. I appreciate that Maxwell has given us that.

All Things Beautiful is fresh in many ways. I loved that, for a change, the heroine doesn't even know how babies are made! And is at first repulsed by the idea of "doing THAT." I loved the opening in which we find that the members of the h's noble family talk and act like trailer trash. I like that the h allows the big, strong, experienced men to go after the bad guys instead of insisting she chase after them too. Still, when forced to deal with the bad guys herself, she is brave and strong and ready to fight like the devil. Good stories. Good characters.

Kudo's on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Jean on August 26, 2014
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Brader Wolf. The name is a perfect fit for the Hero. Brader made a perfect hero – different from so many other heroes. He was not titled, for a start, and he was not panting with lust from page 3. For that alone, I liked him. He was a totally self-made man who knew what it was to live in poverty, and claw his way out of it. I liked the character it took to do that – and I liked the character of the man he became.

The heroine knew a bit about hardship, as well. Her character was also developed the hard way – through scandal and disgrace. As a result of a failed elopement, she was banished to a country estate and scorned by her family. A suicide attempt, also failed, made her exile complete.

Enter Brader Wolf. For reasons known only to him, he offers Julia marriage and ensures her acceptance when he offers to pay off her dissolute family’s numerous debts. The beautiful and proud Julia, once the toast of London, has been reduced to a life sentence of poverty and loneliness and has no choice but to accept Wolf’s proposal. She understands perfectly that marrying a ‘Cit’ will forever limit her social standing to far below what nobility she was born into, but, the choice is out of her hands. She agrees and marries Brader Wolf.

In a memorable scene from her wedding night, Mr. and Mrs. Wolf confront each other. Says Brader, “Let us have it done between us here and now. You and your family have made it abundantly clear that I am not good enough for you. Fine. For Kimberwood, I’ve saddled myself with a marriage and a woman I neither want nor desire – “ Thus, the marriage, and the battle begins.

What a wonderful story it is – reading the battles, emotions, secrets, struggles Mr. and Mrs. Wolf endure to end up with their Happily Ever After. Just about a perfect read.
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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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