In 1806, a stranger arrives in Sproule, England, seeking the vicar, who he learns recently died. He turns to the daughter of the deceased vicar and demands she provides him with the keys to the aristocratic Carderock family vault. When Samantha Northrop refuses, he just takes them. She follows as he looks at the gravestones of his parents and to his shock, his own. He learns that he (Yale) died at sea after a long-term estrangement with his father.
When Yale becomes ill, Samantha nurses him back to health. However, the townsfolk become upset and force the duo to marry after spending time together unchaperoned. Yale does what is expected of an aristocrat even one considered to be a dissolute bum. As the pair begins to fall in love, Yale frets over Samantha's reaction when she learns who he truly is.
Readers will fall in love with the Regency romance sub-genre after reading Cathy Maxwell's BECAUSE OF YOU. The story line cleverly combines jocularity with poignancy, making for a pleasurable tale. The lead characters are many layered, adding to the overall fun. Fans of the sub-genre will believe their dreams of a fabulous book will have come true due thanks to the marvelous Ms. Maxwell.