A Guy Reads His First Romance–A Review of LYON'S BRIDE


So my mom died Monday, December 17th. No, wait, this review gets better. Really.

My wife and I own hundreds of books. We read voraciously. I have, easily, a dozen books on my nightstand that I am in various stages of reading. I enjoy biographies, sci-fi, epic fantasy, crime drama, literature, just about anything well-written.

And so while in the initial stages of mourning my mother’s passing I truly needed something to transport me away for a bit. So I picked up a book, an Agatha Christie novel. Love her stuff. It was too, I don’t know, familiar? A science-fiction novel I’d been meaning to read was next. I just did not feel taken away or transported. I wanted to be immersed in someplace foreign. I wanted a smooth read, an enchanting tale. I needed to get away for a bit. I glanced at my wife’s dresser. Stacked on it were Cathy Maxwell’s latest two books, Lyon’s Bride and The Scottish Witch. I grabbed Lyon’s Bride, climbed in bed…and was transported. No thoughts of grieving or plans to be made. I was in Scotland, 1632.

Now before I go any further I will disclose that I know Cathy personally. My wife Scarlett and I are friends with her, having met some months previously. I also was familiar with the type of books that she has written so many of. I even breezed through one of them six or eight months ago. My wife had brought home one of Cathy’s books (the first of many). And we had picked up the two Chattan books at a book signing that Cathy was doing a few weeks back, a benefit for the Free Clinic of Powhatan. Those books were just not for me. The genre definitely seems to be aimed at wom

en readers. I love books and reading and writing, and I can appreciate the genre of Romantic Fiction, but as a Man Who Reads, I just was not into that type of literature.

So. There I was, wanting a story to take me away from sadness and worry. A pair of books, inscribed to Scarlett and I, on the dresser. Romantic Historical Fiction. If that couldn’t transport me, what could? So I tried it…and I liked it!

I read the first book in two nights, as I did the second. So now I, like so many others, am anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the trilogy. Because, here’s the thing, the stories are really good! Yes, sure, they have the requisite bodice-ripping (and much, much more than that! Oh my!). But Cathy Maxwell has written a wonderful tale of 19th (and 17th) century England and Scotland. Nobles and fallen gentlefolk, witches, familiars (maybe?) and good triumphing (hopefully) over evil. Love conquering all (still to be seen!). Mysteries to be solved! All written in the smooth, silky style that Cathy has obviously perfected over the course of many books. As a Man Who Reads, I am thoroughly enjoying these tales. They entertain and transport. And that is enough, plenty, for me. Thank you, Cathy Maxwell, for allowing me to travel to a distant time and place and forget my troubles. Now please hurry up and releaseThe Devil’s Heart!


–David Schwartz


  1. Lora Kinner
    Lora Kinner01-12-2013

    I agree. I read different types of books for different reasons. I enjoy historical romance because I don’t have to think too much about the what’s and why’s. I can just enjoy. And secondly, I got The Scottish Witch from my husband for Christmas, who is some how notoriously good at finding the second book in a series when he buys me books. So not only do I now have to read Lyon’s Bride, I yelled at him for buying me a book that makes me have to wait months to find out what happens! Sorry about your mother. Losing a parent is hard. I still miss my dad every day and it has been 2 years.

  2. ~Angela

    Well said! Love Cathy’s books as well!!!
    Sorry for your loss David. I’m glad you took a chance at a romance book. 🙂

  3. Kathie

    Ditto..”Well said”. Have read many of her books and they are well plotted and intense to “take you away”. Very enjoyable reads! So sorry for your lose David, my mother passed almost three years ago and like Lora said about her Dad, “I miss him (for me, her) everyday”, but as time passes, I am able to recall more and more great and small things that bring a smile to my face than the sadness. She was a “Water Media” artist and we have many of her paintings she had done over the years to see everyday and enjoy.

  4. Kay

    I love love your books. Just started reading them, as a writer myself, I am totally immersed in the plot and can not wait to read last of the Chattan Curse.

    • Cathy Maxwell
      Cathy Maxwell01-22-2013

      Thank you, Kay! I appreciate your kind words, especially because, as a writer, you can see the wires and the machinery. 🙂

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