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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; 1 edition (March 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587248859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587248856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,599,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Cathy Maxwell can't be beat!"
-- Jill Barnett

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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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

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This is a well-written book with outstanding main characters.
First book I have read by Cathy Maxwell, and tomorrow, I will look for her others.
Just a Dreamer
Treasured Vows is a very enjoyable read--I finished it in one sitting.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Just a Dreamer on October 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book keeps you entertained to the end. All story... and the heroine, Phadra, is a delight, NEVER boring... and the hero, Grant is what makes us pick up these romances, strong, handsome and hunky... this one a bit more fun, he is a banker and bit stiff..was fun watching Phadra unwind him.

The book is fast and full of fun. My kind of book, the kind you cant put down. First book I have read by Cathy Maxwell, and tomorrow, I will look for her others.

Their loss of breath, got a bit old after reading that line many times during the book... but it was still a very enchanting book. I salute you Ms Maxwell!!! Very fine read indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on December 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For me Cathy Maxwell is new and if TREASURED VOWS is a sample of her work, I'm wondering - `what took me so long to find her?' This is a fun, easy read and at times I found myself laughing out loud. Yet, in the words, there is a somber message for today's women - `all that we women take for granted was once NOT so available.'

Phadra Abbott is an eccentric young woman living each day her way. A young woman disgusted with society's views on the treatment of the female sex. Phadra Abbot has a big and caring heart; the Phadra Abbots of the word take up the plight of the downtrodden.

Grant Morgan is Phadra Abbot's reluctant white knight. Thoughtful and handsome, he borders just outside the titled ranks of the upper class. Grant Morgan wants nothing, but to live each day quietly and respectfully. However, he is a victim caught under Phadra Abbot's charismatic spell.

Phadra must accept Grant Morgan's assistance. He works for the Bank of England and the Bank of England is Miss Abbot's legal guardian. A guardian realizing that the only way to clear off its debt-ridden ward is to marry her off.

Ms. Maxwell has indeed written a very agreeable story - a simple love story. Phadra Abbot is a delightful heroine -- intelligent, brave, yet vulnerable. Grant Morgan is a reserved, take-charge kind of man, yet is filled with hidden kindness. Gloriously, this author DOES NOT rely on tricks to tell her story; instead she relies on writing talent. TREASURED VOWS may be fluff, but it is fun, written with a reflective message for today's women. Grade: B+

Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stars VINE VOICE on December 25, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Treasured Vows" is hilarious and enjoyable reading. The
reader cannot help but to chuckle at Phadra. Her character
is different than any historic regency heroine that I have read.
She is witty and confident with unrestrained feelings about
what she is thinking. She read a book by Mary Wollstonecraft
and was influenced by that author's ideas on women's
independence. When her mother died, The Bank of England
became Phadra Abbot's official guardian until she reached
age 25.

Phadra had been at Miss Agatha's boarding school for sixteen
years by the day after her mother died. She was confined at
the boarding school without friends and family. Phadra had not
seen her father in nine-years. She decided to take matters into
her own hand and went to London. Phadra soon discovered that
her "secured" inheritance had been stolen, and that she was

Grant Morgan works for The Bank of England. Grant decided
that the best solution to Phadra's problem is to marry her
to a wealthy suitor in order to pay off her debt.

In 1810, it was rare to find a stubborn, independent, and
intelligent woman such as Phadra. Her suitors were intimated
by her attempt for equality in society and with intelligence.
I liked how the author represented Phadra as a lovely and
likeable character with a warm heart. Grant is different
from most other heroes. He is kind-hearted, reserved. Once
he discovered that The Bank of England was responsible for
Phadra, he took the necessary steps to provide for her future.
Getting married, however, was one step that Phadra was
adamant about not taking.

This is a well-written book with outstanding main characters.
The author did a great job of describing the struggle for
women's rights and how far we have come since 1810.

I highly recommend Treasured Vows by Cathy Maxwell!
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By Choua Xiong on January 29, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cathy Maxwell always amazes me with her books. Whenever I get a new book of hers, I put it off until there is nothing else to read, and as soon as I begin reading, I get sucked into the stories, and I end up finishing them in a couple of hours. Then I wonder, "Why did I wait so long to read this?" It happened with Because of You, The Wedding Wager, and Temptations of a Proper Governess. This one was no exception. It was filled with humor, romance, and adventure. There were times when I kept asking why Phadra kept deciding to stay with Grant, but she never gave up on him, without changing who she was, and that was why I loved this book so much. Her love was strong enough to keep me interested in this book.


As stubborn as she is beautiful, Phadra Abbott will not be deterred when she sets her mind on something. And now that the reckless heiress has decided to track down her spendthrift explorer father, nothing is going to stand in her way - not even her handsome, long-suffering guardian Grant Morgan.

Though strong and level-headed, Grant has watched his own life go disastrously awry since he first tried to arrange the irrepressible Miss Abbott's future. And he has no choice now but to accompany Phadra on her latest misadventure - for it's not only his sworn duty that compels him, but a raging, newly born desire to hold his maddening, enchanting adversary in his arms... and to love her for all time.

I highly recommend this book... It was a wonderful read!!!
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