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Falling in Love Again

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Hell hath no fury like a bride scorned!

Highborn country heiress Mallory Edwards was dutifully fulfilling family obligations when she exchanged marriage vows with a dashing gentleman she barely knew. But the charming beast abandoned her on their wedding night. Years later—facing prison because of her husband's debts—she has finally found the blackguard, John Barron, again.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 1997)
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
*With spoilers*The book starts out promisingly but gets bogged down by the length which actually is a long grovel by the hero. As for his redemption, he’s a charming, easy-going rogue who seems to have rolled with the punches or rather where the wind took him in the past. And his taking everything so lightly is a tad annoying.
I was firmly on the h’s side who’s a practical, sensible person and even after forgiving him doesn’t want to bet on him. Understandable that. Still he’s all charm and affa
Skimmed most of it. Sure he's better in the second half, but he never accepts accountability for his treatment of her in the first 7 years of their marriage. He accepts blame for not keeping track of his finances, but not his mistress' and so-called-friends' treatment of her... To me, he seemed unforgivable. As usual with selfish heroes (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
England 1806 & mostly in 1813.

20 YO John & nearly 17 YO Mallory, barely knew each other,
but wed under parental pressure. John abruptly joined the
Army the day after the wedding.

7 yrs on, these two met again, when the heroine journeyed
to London to demand a divorce from the H, now a viscount.
While away at war, John's uncle diverted funds ear-marked
each month for Mallory, leaving her with insufficient funds
and persistent creditors. John now unknowingly had a huge
debt (uncle borrowed funds too)
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Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sorry to rated this story at two stars.

I can't forgive John no matter how fab he appeared to be from the middle of the story to the end. I've read many separation stories and I can forgive the hero if the separation is forced on him, like he couldn't control the event that forced him to go away.

Putting the excuse of "I was young and immature at that time" is not it for me. John was like this, unknowingly insulted Mallory's pride in front of his misstress (he didn't even know his wife's
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. This was like a guilty pleasure type book. It wasn't a deep, emotional book... But I liked the dynamic between the two characters, and how funny it was. I think for someone wanting a quick, get lost in a romance type read.... This book would be perfect. Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught has been one of my fav romances. I've been looking for a similar book for a while, and I thought this one had a lot of similarities. Heroine is a strong girl with fiery spirit. Hero is a r ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bethany D. Chappetta
The book was cute. I really enjoy a reformed take. There was good chemistry between the two, but I felt the ending wrapped up too quickly and the leads weren't incredibly deep characters. However the book was a fun and easy read. ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well that was dull and boring. I think the characters could have been more interesting if their journey had been remotely adventurous. Confronting the villain was anticlimactic. It should have been a fun mystery and romp through the English countryside. But no, lets get jobs for a long time. And the hero wanted the heroine 'because duty demanded it'...ok. The fact that he dumped her, he fought in a war were never interesting plot points. The 'you lied to me' was barely anything to fight over. Ju ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-ok
Once again this author has offered a unpleasant couple. The h is pretty pathetic, based on her story she should have been more skilled and stronger, and the H was very lazy and dissolute, and I didn't care if he got his estate back or not. They dithered over their relationship, she was tedious. I finished it, I found the side characters had more depth than either of the leads. Disappointing. ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maxwell-cathy
This was another great story from Cathy Maxwell. I have been collecting her books since reading my first one a few months ago. This book was enjoyable on dealing with a wayward husband in a humorous way.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Kinda really sad... But also interesting
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
This is the classic story of losing everything and discovering the one you love. John, Viscount Craig, newly back from the Peninsular Wars and partying around London finds himself facing an angry wife whom he had left 7 years before and being hunted by creditors. Mallory claimed to flee with John due to her being also put in debtors prison, but I wonder if that is historically accurate since all of a woman's property becomes the husbands on marriage during this time period. They have to work tog ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Mallory seeks the husband she hasn’t seen in years only to find the rake running from authorities who want to imprison him for debt. It appears his uncle, whom he’d left in charge of his estate while he went off to war, has stolen all his funds and borrowed from moneylenders in his name. Forced to flee with him, Mallory begs for a divorce. The man has made her destitute and cast out of her castle. But as she gets to know John better during their hideout on a farm where he gets a job as steward, ...more
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Great plot but it needed more time to flush out both the plot, characters and relationship between them. The characters were well presented but the romance was not as believable but still there, it came off as being far too early to be truly great. There was no climax to their situation and every thing was wrapped up way too fast without actually spending much time on the problem whats so ever. Spending more time on the acutal problem that they are facing might have helped cement the story and r ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story of Mallory and John and the marriage arranged by their parents. Mallory is marrying to save their home, John is marrying because his father is making him. John leaves on their wedding night never planning to return. He believes Mallory has everything she wants by having her home saved. John goes no with his rakish ways until years later Mallory shows up at his mistresses wanting a divorce. A stream of misunderstandings drive Mallory and John together running from the law. As a reader I ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have never read any of Cathy Maxwell's books before, but I thought the story was very sweet. Despite it being in Regency times when women tend to bend to whatever the male wants, it was nice to have a female lead who grew up to be strong and resourceful. Mallory thought John had abandoned her because he didn't want her, but there was a more complicated situation she wasn't aware of that made him run. I did feel like it took them a long time to figure out the mystery for them to all of a sudden ...more
This is pretty much your typical historical romance. Although, initially, very young, the heroine is wise beyond her years. While the hero is dashing, he is just as rich in foolishness and pride. The story does involve characters that come from either less than legitimate stock or humbling circumstances which is not altogether typical of regency romances and the aristocracy of those times. This twist on the main characters makes for more interest, empathy, and a deeper plot. A very pleasant read ...more
Barbara ★
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
John Barron and Mallory Edwards are married the day after they meet. The next night John departs with no word for seven years. After losing the castle she lives in, Mallory heads to London to find her husband. He just happens to be at a party at his mistresses house. Believe me the sparks fly. John insists he provided for her and the estate but Mallory never saw the money. The new courtship is entertaining to behold and the mystery keeps the story moving along. Very enjoyable.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
indeed love is lovelier the second time around for mallory and john. even if they didn't fell head over heels with each other when they first met, the second chance given to them brought a whole new feelings and perspective towards each other. mallory's character really touched me, since i can relate to what she feels, being an outsider. then again i also admire john's character too and how he soon realizes how much he love his wife. i love this story. ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not one of my favorites by Cathy Maxwell. I only made it half way thru the book because there was nothing at all to make me like the hero. He came off as a huge, irresponsible jerk and I found myself not caring at all what happened next so I gave up on the book. I still love Cathy Maxwell though, some of her books are on my Keeper Shelf.
Alma Mcmahan
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of Cathy Maxwells older books but it was still charming and a pleasure to read. It's a story of a young couple marrying to please their parents but eventually finding a true deep love once they grew up and got to know each other. ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Cathy Maxwell but I feel like all her books end the same, the beginning and the middle are great but then everything comes to end. Everything just comes to a sweet, happy (abrupt) ending with only ten pages left in the book.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Pretty good story - I liked the storyline of hiding out undercover as an estate steward.
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this story line, but I am not a fan of "trashy romance novels" and this did not seem far off from falling in that category. I will probably not read any further works by this author ...more
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise, but the heroine was too forgiving. Hero needed to grovel a bit!
Lucie "a heart so wild"
3.5* Good romance, but not the kind of memorable one.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this based off a true story? The 'Afterword' sort of makes it seem so. Anyways, I really enjoyed reading this book.
Rachel Waugh
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Feel good Lovey dovey with some serious tension (the good kind!)
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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