Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Tour: A Little Thing Called Love by Cathy Maxwell

Today I'm thrilled to be hosting a tour stop for Cathy Maxwell's A Little Thing Called Love. This novella kicks off the "Marrying the Duke" series, from Avon Impulse, and it's definitely does the job of setting the stage. I'm a fan of historical romance, and I love getting in at the start of a series, particularly when book one is due out later this year!

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The Book

Grandmother, grandmother, who shall it be
Who shall it be who will marry me?
Duke, Earl, a powerful marquess?
When my heart is given to Fyclan Morris…

In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s new novella, beautiful Jennifer Tarleton has no lack of noble suitors, but the only man who captures her attention is the one her father will never let her marry: Fyclan Morris. He’s a brash adventurer, witty, courageous…and Irish!  Even worse, her father blames her for their reversal of fortune…

And it’s a fortune—or rather his grandmother the fortune teller—who foretold that Fyclan would meet “the one”, a love prophesied in the stars. He vows nothing will stand in the way of making Jennifer his bride, but is the price too high? Or is a thing called love worth every challenge?

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London 1780
            “Have you taken leave of your senses, man? Do you know who she is?”
            Fyclan Morris shrugged off his friend John Bishard’s astonished questions. “She’s a goddess,” he replied, moving after the heavenly creature who had passed them as they had come out of the watchmaker’s shop.
            The young woman, a vision in blue ribbons and lace from the top of her pert brimmed bonnet to the trim of her hems had not noticed him, as a proper young woman should not. Accompanied by a manservant and maid, she’d weaved her way through the crowded street, her attention on a piece of paper in her hand, unaware that she’d changed his life forever.
            It was her. Fyclan did not doubt the fact.
            “You’ll recognize her immediately,” his Gran had said. “She’ll be fair to your dark, a light to your step, a force you will not deny.”
            His Gran had claimed to see the future. She saw it in dreams, she said. The Irish believed in prophecy and accepted what they could not understand, but even among them, his Gran’s gift was special. She was Romany born, a gypsy until the day Fyclan’s Grandfather claimed he’d woven moonbeams into a rope and captured her to keep her.
            Fyclan had never doubted the story. There had been something magical about her. She had a knowledge of things that no one could explain. Even the priest claimed to be puzzled, and it was whispered that a few times, he’d asked her a question or two himself.
My Review

A Little Thing Called Love is a short novella that introduces us to Jennifer (quite an uncommon name during this period!) and Fyclan. For Fyclan, from the moment he sees her, he knows she's the one. His Romany Gran's predictions have prepared him for this moment.

On her end, Jennifer's just trying to retain her sanity under the thumb of her recently-returned-from-military-service father. They don't exactly see eye-to-eye about her future, you see.

This novella is all about showing us the fairy-tale romance that establishes the family that will be, I presume, the focus of the full-length books in the series. It does a solid job of setting a high standard for romance for the family, one that I expect future books in the series to harken back to--"Well, if Mom and Dad/Grandma and Grandpa/etc. can marry for love/can hold out for their true love/didn't have to marry for money, so can I!" I have high expectations, future books!

There are some rather novel elements in this book--particularly Fyclan's courtship of Jennifer. I liked that neither of these two were pushovers, and I liked that there was nothing drawn-out about any point of the plot. I zipped along from start to finish quickly. 

There's a nice preview of the first book in the series included with this novella, and perhaps even more so than the novella itself, that had me eager to get my grubby hands on book 1 of the Marrying the Duke series. Check it out, and then let me know what your first reaction to it was! I don't want to spoil anything, but I did *shout* something in reaction at my ebook reader!

Bottom line:

A Little Thing Called Love is a strong novella. As historical romance, it's a bit earlier than most of what I read, but I liked it. It's a quick read, there are some delightful moments, and I think it bodes well for the Marrying The Duke series.

4 stars
For fans of historical romance, series starters, novellas

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling 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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