Samantha's life is a mess. Her father, the village vicar, passed away a year ago and Samantha has nowhere else to go except to live with two dotty old sisters that will be the bane of her existence. When a handsome stranger arrives in town and they end up in what appears to be a compromising position, Samantha is given a clean exit. Is marriage to this stranger the answer though?
Despite plot holes that were never filled, I found this to be an amusing and entertaining tale. I was quickly drawn in and read straight through. Even though this is the age old tale of 'romance buds in a marriage of convenience', there are a few things that set it apart. I found myself loving the back stage characters and wanting to know them more intimately. I'd love to see another book set in the same original town. Yale, the leading male character, has led an interesting life and his family's influence spices things up as well. Witty banter between characters kept me smiling throughout most of the book.
I enjoyed the book. I liked that the side characters (especially the one from the small village) were complexed. The arguments between Yale and his siblings were so real. My only complaint was that Maxwell did one too many scenes of Sam running away from Yale. That got a little frustrating.
Lora K. (Lora) reviewed Because of You (Avon Romantic Treasure) on
Great Read!!! A reckless rake returns home, richer, but not completetly reformed and soon finds himself wed to the vicars daughter. But is he worthy of the love of this innocent temptress? Or will this be a marriage in name only?
When the village vicar passes away he leaves behind his daughter, Samantha, a lovely yet independent young woman. The villagers conspire to force her to marry a mysterious stranger--who turns out to be a duke's disinherited prodigal son, returned home after many years.
[From the back cover] A reckless rake returns home, richer, but not completely reformed...and soon finds himself wed to the vicar's daughter. But is he worthy of the love of this innocent temptress? Or will this be a marriate in name only?
From Inside Cover: A Scandalous Wedding: Pretty Samantha Northrup knew her duty was to marry, but this orphaned vicar's daughter wanted to be swept off her feet by someone whose kisses made her toes curl. She never dreamed her orderly life would be turned upside down when a mysterious stranger came knocking on her door one stormy night. And when they were found in a compromising position, she found herself marrying a man she barely knew...but couldn't resist. A Not So Convenient Marriage: What Samantha doesn't know is that her unknown bridegroom is Yale Carderock, the disinherited son of a duke, banished by this father years before. Now the prodigal has returned-rich, but only somewhat reformed. Yale is bewitched by the bride's innocent fire, and he knows he's powerless to reist her awakening sensuality. But is this outcast from society worthy of her tender love?