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A Scandalous Marriage [Mass Market Paperback]

Cathy Maxwell
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (9 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380808323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380808328
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Left pregnant and alone after a scandalous affair ends in abandonment, Leah Carrollton seeks refuge in the country, where she finds safety in the arms of Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxhold, who offers her marriage and a way to give her fatherless child a name.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 11 Oct 2000
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Leah Carrollton breaks the rules of society in 19th century England and gets pregnant without being married. Alone and without money or hope, Devon Marshall, viscount Huxholds, finds her in a cottage on the coutryside. Devon fell in love with Leah when she was a celebrated debutante and cannot believe that she choose another man, which abandoned her pregnant. Despite this, and much to his own surprise, Devon decides to marry Leah and accept the baby as his own. Devon has a reputation of a scoundrel and is famous for going his own way. However, even for him, to marry the infamous Leah, is in the eyes of society chocking and almost unforgivable. I enjoyed this book very much. The author has been able to write about Leah's and Devon's insecurity of their own feelings in a realistic but yet very romantic way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely...absolutely lovely 28 May 2008
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This book had me hooked from the moment I read the first few lines. I even stopped working just to read it!
Few people can reinvent a story and make it worth the read. This story follows a similar line to Romeo and Juliet, however, the characters are far more interesting and the passion between them is strong but is cleverly controlled throughout. Many will find this aspect of the novel annoying and tedious but it is the control that helps emphasize the love and magic between the two. The hero is Devon Huxhold and his heroine is Leah Carrolton. Their families are sworn enemies but the two come together, certain events unfold and they separate. They meet again at a farmhouse where Leah is pregnant and Devon needs a new horse as he needs to get to London pronto. The first part of the novel is about their first encounters and then the second of what happens after the birth of Leah's baby.
This is my third Cathy Maxwell, and it is, in my opinion, one of her best. She combines all the aspects of love, passion, romance, betrayal, need, familial obligation, greed and hatred in one stunning novel. Most definitely worth a read!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Hero but a Mediocre Story 27 May 2004
By "klpepsi" - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful debutante, Leah Carrollton, could have any man she wanted. But the selection found in London ballrooms was dull and unappealing. That is, until she met Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxhold, who was most appealing indeed. Devon shared the same regard for the lovely Leah, and since her family had been pressing her to pick a husband of means to offset their financial situation, Devon seemed perfect. But Leah's brother would not even consider a union between the two, since the Carrollton and Marshall families were old enemies. Leah was forced to end her relationship with Devon, and he left London soon afterward. A distraught Leah exercised poor judgment, and ran off with a notorious scoundrel who ruined her and left her pregnant. She then fled London for the countryside to bear her child alone.
Some months later, while traveling through the English countryside, Devon discovers a very pregnant Leah living in squalor. Before much could be spoken between the two, Leah went into labor. After assisting with the difficult delivery, Devon married her and claimed the child as his own. But old secrets and hurts still exist between the two. Will they be able to get past their problems, and rediscover their love for each other?
I'm beginning to think Cathy Maxwell is a writer whose work I'm just not really drawn to. I found her story in the anthology TWO FOR TEA quite good, so I sought out more of her titles. Next I read THE WEDDING WAGER, which I also found to be very satisfying. But the last two books I've read by her, this one and its prequel MARRIED IN HASTE, were horribly average. This story started off well, and I very much enjoyed the hero saving the heroine from her less than perfect living situation. Then he even went so far as to claim her fatherless child as his own. In fact, the hero of this book is a wonderful, charming, and honorable man, and his character is the best part of this story. Not that I found Leah unlikable; she was just okay. But after they married, the story seemed forced, lost momentum, and ceased to be as interesting. I did finish the book, but overall it just wasn't that special or memorable for me. I have one other novel by this author already in my possession, so I'll probably read it. However, if its not better than these last two, I'm most likely done reading Ms. Maxwell's work.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The viscount who stole my heart 20 Feb 2000
By Bonnie Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
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When Devon and Leah first met they felt a connection that they had never felt before, but when they realized that their families were enemies they vowed to hate eachother forever. After several weeks of avoiding eachother, Devon sought Leah out with a plan to seduce her. But he fell in love instead.
Unable to marry due to the family quarrel and a devestating duel, Devon leaves London and Leah behind. Leah is distraught and throws herself at other men. After she becomes pregnant she leaves London to live a life as a pauper.
A chance meeting brings the two lovers back together on the date of her son''s birth. After Devon helps to birth her child he immediately falls in love with her son. He marries her and claims her child for his own.
Although both love eachother, neither will allow themself to acknowledge that love. The past haunts them. Devon brings his new wife and son home to meet his family that he hasn''t seen in over a year. They are outraged that he would marry the daughter of their sworn enemy.
I loved this book, I truly did. Especially Devon, the viscount who stole my heart. If you''re a lover of regency and you love a hero who will melt your heart, this is the book for you. I can''t wait to read all past novels by Cathy Maxwell.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scandalous Marriage 28 Feb 2000
By Rebecca Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
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Leah and Devon seemed so real to me. When Leah was having her baby, I felt every one of her pains, and then all her joys. Mostly, it was the uncertainty she felt about her future, yet her determination to succeed despite everything that seemed so real to me. It's been so rare lately that I can pick up a book and loose myself in the story. I really cared alot about the people in this book. I don't know if it's the way they were written that brought everyone so much to life, or if the story was just so good that I was able to loose myself in it. Or a combination of both. All I can say is I hope I find a husband someday that will love me and care about me as much as Devon loved Leah. Their feelings for each other were so strong. It was as if they were real people. I've read several books by Cathy Maxwell and have liked them all. This one is very, very special.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would be a scandal to miss this one! 25 Nov 2000
By Holly Fuhrmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Leah Carrollton is her family's best hope for the future. She must marry, and marry well. When she falls for Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxhold, it should be a realization of everyone's dreams. But the Marshalls and Carrollton's history is too deep and too painful. The bitter feud is fueled by new folly, and Leah is forced to make choices that break her heart. Choices that will come back and haunt the couple when they finally reunite and Devon finds the woman he still loves carrying another man's child.
Past and future come together in a powerful story of a love that was meant to be. Cathy Maxwell tells a poignant tale of a love that cannot be denied.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzz 18 Aug 2005
By BarkLessWagMore - Published on Amazon.com
I read this as an unabridged audiobook. I rarely say this but in this case I almost wished it were abridged as it went on for what seemed like an eternity.

This is historical romance ALA Romeo and Juliet. The couple meet, instantly connect but are forced apart when their identities are revealed.

Fast forward to the future. Leah, the former debutante, is now heavily pregnant and apparently destitute having spurned Devon months earlier (cuz of the fued and all). Devon is on the way to visit his dying grandfather when he just so happens to stumble across Leah. Hmmmm, my oh my, what an unexpected coincidence! Leah falls in an attempt to run from Devon and goes into labor (oops, did I forget to mention she was pregnant and ruined?).

Devon sticks around and helps her deliver the child that is not his.

The past between these two is explained away so quickly my head was spinning. Here's what happened when we weren't looking: Devon and Leah's brother dueled, her brother was permanently disabled as a result (serves him right, if you ask me) and Leah refuses to leave with Devon when he declares his love. Instead, she decides to do what is best for her family and tries to snag the richest man in town who, as her luck would have it, happens to be a raving lunatic. Then she thinks for a minute and realizes she doesn't want to be tied to a loon and runs off with a handsome rake who impregnates her and conveniently dies. She's on her own now, and even has calluses, when Devon comes upon her. Why this chick who supposedly wants to save her family from poverty so badly that she runs off the love of her life decides to do these nitwitted things is completely beyond my comprehension. This glossed over section really marred my enjoyment of the book.

Fortunately, Devon is a charming, stand-up guy and was the only reason I continued to read on.

Still as it went on and on (kind of like this review) I found it tedious, dull and dowright boring. This (and the zillion others just like it) is the reason I've bought only a small handful of romances the past few years . . . To sum it up I didn't feel any emotional attachment to the story at all and didn't particularly like any of the choices made by the heroine and would not re-read it.
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