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Publisher's Summary

When Anne Burnett is forced into a proxy marriage with Aidan Black, a dashing Scottish laird with a reputation for unpredictability, traveling to the wilds of 19th-century Scotland to meet him is only a small concern. Her biggest worry is how to inform her new husband that he is married. Falling in love with his castle and the fierce loyalty Aidan inspires in his people, Anne finds her greatest challenge is yet to come: somehow she must find her way past her husband's proud exterior and convince him to consummate their marriage. Virginia Leishman's captivating performance of this sweeping love story captures every breathless insight into the mysterious wonders of love.
Cathy Maxwell writes clever, engaging romances that find the many answers to the question, "Why do people fall in love?"
©2001 Cathy Maxwell (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
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"Maxwell mixes humor with meticulous characterization to create memorable stories." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nina on 01-20-11

Different Scottish Regency

Anne Burnett is forced to marry by proxy some obscure Scottish lunatic, Mad Earl Tiebauld, Aidan Black, whose sister arranged the marriage. Anne travels to her new home only to receive a very unfriendly welcome by her spouse, who not only rejects her, but he wants her back in London. He does some terrible things to get her to leave like making her muck out the stables, feeding a group of people with no way to feed them, cleaning the castle that hasn't been touched for years, You get the idea. However, the English transplant ignores the irritable Scot and soon her actions gain the respect and support of his clan. To her chagrin, Anne also captures Aidan's black heart just as she now loves him too. THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT is an amusing well written Regency romance starring two charming and not so mad (except in love) lead characters. When the story line stays with the main plot the battle of the sexes, it is an absolute delight that will provide fans with a powerfully pleasurable read. There is a political subplot,cleverly inserted and tied back to the prime theme, in which Adain is conflicted on whether to join the Scottish uprising or fighting for rights of his people through the law. Please Remember this is a regency romance not to 30 disk Diana Gabaldon book. This is just a fun light historical, read by Cathy Maxwell.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By K.S. on 06-01-11


This is the sort of book that I read, and while entertaining in the moment, forgot all about since. Not a bad story, but just forgettable. I would recommend the book if you just need to forget about everyday life for a while and listen to a predictable "feel happy" lovestory.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christiane on 02-23-08

Story is enchanting

The Story is nice if you are in for a romantic adventures story. But the narrator is spoiling the joy of listing a little bit as it sound to me that she is chewing gum while reading. If you can ignore this than this is a good story to listen to.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Quantum Phase on 05-12-10

An Excellent Romantic Adventure

A very enjoyable listen. Set against the background of Jacobite rebellion and Scottish clearance, love flourishes after an unpromising beginning.

Aidan's release of a prisoner from the clutches of the English is one of the most ingenious, daring and sensual plots that I have read in quite a while!

Unlike the previous reviewer, I found the narration by Virginia Leishman nearly perfect. Her reading brought the characters to life in a way that could hardly be bettered ... at least for me.

I will definitely buy more of these audio versions when/if available and in the meantime will continue reading hard copy from Maxwell's extensive back-list.

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