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If Ever I Should Love You

(Spinster Heiresses #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,151 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the Marriage Mart a bit too long. They were known as the “Spinster Heiresses” . . . 

He’s inherited a title, but not a penny to speak of, so the Earl of Rochdale knows he must find a wife—preferably one tolerably pretty and good-tempered, but definitely wealthy, and willing to exchange h
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Published December 26th 2017 by Avon
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Giselle Bradley
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF'd 70% Ugg!!! This book! Triggers for rape. Pointless backstory rape. (view spoiler) ...more
Lady Wesley
The heroine's alcohol abuse is an interesting concept, but her recovery is glossed over too lightly. Perhaps it is my personal experience with an alcoholic loved one that caused me to be dissatisfied. Two books that present more realistic alcoholic behavior are Reforming Lord Ragsdale and The Rake.

Mary Jane Wells did her usual excellent job narrating.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiogals, audiobook
I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals

Given my disappointment with Cathy Maxwell’s last series ( Marrying the Duke ), I wasn’t sure I was going to read or listen to any of her new Spinster Heiresses novels, but Mary Jane Wells’ name on the cover meant that I couldn’t resist picking up book one for review. If Ever I Should Love You proved to be a stronger book than any in Ms. Maxwell’s previous series, telling the story of a couple with a shared secret in their
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Good feeling of menace produced by alcoholism. I didn’t like how she needed to make herself worthy of him. The whole prove herself thing was depressing, even if necessary. Bit of a power imbalance.

He was definitely a self righteous prig on occasion (with a magical cure-all-trauma penile projectile). Her recovery on all fronts was too simplistic.

Brave subject for the author to tackle. She did not tread lightly. So praise where it’s due.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four plus wow stars. I am in awe of Cathy Maxwell’s bravery in writing such a flawed, such a human heroine in Leonie. Only a writer so confident in her abilities can pull it off. Ms. Maxwell certainly did.

If Ever I Should Love You breaks through the tried-and-tested trope of an impoverished lord having to marry a commoner heiress. By tackling a serious seldom-discussed issue, it rises above historical romance novels set in the same time period. This book is an original.

It is not an easy read, no
Trish R.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 41%..

I can't spend $7 on this mess! I just can't read this. Every other page or so the heroine, Leonie, is drinking or drunk. Even on her wedding day she emptied her mother's flask into her teapot and proceeded to drink it as she got ready. She didn't even remember getting married.

I can't read about a drunken MC.

As to the narration: Not even the awesome Mary Jane Wells could help this.
Barbara Rogers
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, iblog
4.5 Stars Rounded up to 5
Series: Spinster Heiresses #1
Publication Date: 12/26/17

Many kudos to Ms. Maxwell for dealing with some tough issues – and doing it superbly. Our heroine isn’t the normal skittish maiden. She has some excellent reasons for not wanting to marry and some real issues to overcome. Our hero has his own set of issues and you wonder how they are going to overcome them individually and together to finally reach that HEA they deserve. I do not enjoy dark books at all and I was fea
Sofia Lazaridou
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I honestly think this book was over the top. It had too many subplots and none of them was explored as much as it should have been. I wish the author had used more pages to show us who Leonie and Rochdale truly are. I wanted to see how Leonie was handling the consequences of her secrets and maybe how she was struggling because I didn't feel like she went through a hardship. I wish I could say what her deepest secret is, but unfortunately, I can't. It's hinted before the big revelation, but I cou ...more
Bambi Unbridled

If Ever I Should Love You kicks off a new series, the Spinster Heiresses, by renowned historical romance author, Cathy Maxwell. The premise of the series involves three heiresses whose blood is just not quite blue enough for the bon ton, and who are each quite picky in their prospects for marital bliss. Unfortunately for our girls, their fathers are determined to sell them off in exchange for a title.

Our first spinster heiress is Leonie Charnock, whose name you might recognize as the chit who w
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book due to its deft tackling of serious subject matter in a way that makes the reader love these characters in spite of their many obstacles. Some awkward moments exist within the writing, but in retrospect those moments make the plot and people more realistic. Another great read from Ms. Maxwell.
Tracy DeNeal
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roman and Leonie

This is the first novel I've read by Cathy Maxwell. If this story is representative of her work, I intend to read more. I expected a romp. Ha! This was not that!

A rape, a murder and a coverup! The hero and heroine have a scandalous shared secret. Wow! I sat up and took notice. Maxwell has taken a subject matter that is usually cloaked in secrecy and shame and dumped it right out in the open forcing her characters and readers to deal with it.

Roman Gilchrist has inherited a title,
3.5 stars

TW for rape; Leonie's a rape survivor, and there was an attempted rape in the story as well.
Also TW for alcoholism.

I had to restart this a couple of times because I couldn't connect to the characters or the story. The pacing was a bit slow to start, and Leonie the heroine is a tad prickly for my taste, but I warmed up to her as the story progressed. I love her character growth, and I love how her relationship with Roman developed from two strangers in a marriage of convenience into som
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful book, tackling an seldom-discussed issue. The blurb does not do it justice. Fully review here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word... ...more
Mara Pemberton
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, romance
** 2.5 / 3 stars **

I had some issues with this one. There were some elements that just didn’t make sense at all, and also just weren’t even realistic. Mini review to come!
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good! I think it says something when a historical romance manages to hit on issues that make it incredibly relevant in our modern world - and this did just that. Beyond being a lovely romance with some interesting twists and fantastic characters, I loved the way If Ever I Should Love You dealt with rape and it's consequences for all involved. It's sad, but our world hasn't progressed much beyond the victim shaming that kept the heroine quiet and the consequences for her mental health are well ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Roman Gilchrist, the new Earl of Rochdale, knew he had to marry a wealthy woman. Apart from the family estate, which was in dire need of maintenance, his late uncle’s huge gambling debts left Roman no choice. Roman’s solicitor suggests one of the so-called Spinster Heiresses; Leonie Charnock was one of them. After being jilted the previous year by a duke, Leonie’s chances of attracting the sort of husband her parents wish for her has become slimmer: the Charnocks come from trade and Leonie’s fat ...more
Tracy Emro
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This is most definitely not your run of the mill Historical Romance novel, Ms. Maxwell has written a very emotional thought provoking story of two people who are not perfect, but perfect for each other. This review might be slightly spoilerish!!

Roman Gilchrist is the new Earl of Rochdale and he is broke. His godfather suggests he marry an heiress to garner the funds he needs to pay off his uncle's debts and to set the estate to rights. Roman is vehemently opposed to the idea, until he learns tha
Cathy Maxwell has managed to surprise and delight me with this new title – taking two characters who are far from the norm and unafraid to be wholly unlikable on first impression and yet, somehow, are difficult to not want to see them find more and better. The season’s “spinster heiresses” are ostensibly ready and eager to wed: on the shelf just a touch too long, but with impeccable bloodlines and near-flawless reputations they are most eligible for their dowries. It is assumed in the tonne that ...more
I read the blurb before reading this book and I really thought I knew what I was in for. Not even close. Cathy Maxwell deals with real issues that people have been going through forever and continue to be a problem. It’s not a fluffy read. No love-heals-all-wounds quick fix. And deals with multiple triggers.

First I guess I’m just really used to the flawed hero with a damaged past to get over. And the heroine being the gentle hand guiding him with her love. So the switch up for these two came as
Pj Ausdenmore
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this first book of her new Spinster Heiresses series, Cathy Maxwell takes a familiar romance convention and turns it on its head. Readers are used to seeing tormented heroes who turn to gambling, sex, or drink to quell their demons. Rarely, is it the heroine who wages this battle while the hero is the proper, responsible half of the relationship. Leonie and Roman have several obstacles to overcome if they have any hope of a happy ending, many of their own creation. Yes, Leonie's addiction pla ...more
Rachel C.
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book up until the end. I liked that the Leonie had a problem that I haven't seen much in historical romances. I also liked that Roman and Leonie didn't get by without problems in their relationship that were internal and not simply external to the relationship itself. What I didn't like was (view spoiler) ...more
Isha Coleman
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple is never part of the equation when it comes to love. Nothing involving the heart ever is. However, the ballad of Leonie and Roman is like is like an onion. The layers run deep and the tears are no surprise. Cathy Maxwell has a talent for breaking a heart in the sweetest of ways. Leonie is stuck in the past, reliving her mistakes and punishing herself for them. It's hard to like her, but in time you will understand her. Her burden of guilt has flawed her soul. Roman was never meant to be a ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having inherited a title, without a penny attached to it. The Earl of Rochdale, Roman Gilchrist, knows that he will have to find a bride with wealth, and who will exchange her fortune for his family name. His choice is Leonie Chanock. Roman saved Leonie's reputation several years ago, at the cost of his career. Telling Leonie that she will be his bride because of what he did to save her. Leonie doesn't want to be anyone's wife. Nearly destroyed by the secrets of their past. Leonie agrees to thei ...more
I appreciate that Leonie is an imperfect heroine and while I personally didn’t wish to read about her surviving sexual assault twice, I did appreciate the way her turn to alcohol was included. That said, there were a few things I felt were not necessarily well handled that made me uncomfortable. All in all, I have very mixed feelings. I think, though, that my interest in book two’s heroine means I will be giving Ms. Maxwell another chance.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cathy Maxwell's IF EVER I SHOULD LOVE YOU. The heroine is an alcoholic rape survivor in the early 1800s. Simply captivating. ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
listen.... this whole book? ain't it. ...more
Petie McCarty
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
All Ms. Maxwell's books are extremely well written I just didn't care for the heroine having a drinking problem very much. ...more
3.5 Stars

I loved the development of the heroine and enjoyed the focus on family. I liked the hero, but thought he was a little flat. It was definitely Leonie's story!
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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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