A Kiss In The Moonlight by Cathy Maxwell


A Kiss In The Moonlight is the first novel in The Gambler’s Daughters series by Cathy Maxwell.  This is my first book by this author, and I had mixed feelings about the story.  The writing was engaging, and I cared for the characters, yet sometimes I felt confused.

Dara and her sisters are destitute and devise a plan to go to London for a season to find Dukes to marry.  Along the way, Dara meets Michael Brogan, a man who entices and infuriates her.  Michael is successful if not titled and finds himself falling for Dara, not Elise, the younger sister who is infatuated with him.

I felt lost in the first few chapters of this book.  We are introduced to three sisters:  Dara, Gwendolyn,  Elise, and their great aunt, Tweedie.  This book is Dara’s story, yet there are several chapters at the beginning of the book from the point of view of Gwendolyn and a man named Steele.  At first, I was confused about which sister was the main viewpoint.  I understand what the author tried to do; however, I don’t think it worked.

I loved the characters of Michael, Dara, Gwendolyn, Steele, and Tweedie.  I did not like Elise, she was too self-centered, and I had trouble relating to her.  The bulk of this story focused on the vivid characters I enjoyed.  The plot, once it started following Michael and Dara, was excellent.  I especially enjoyed the last few chapters.  The story flowed well and kept me interested.

There were captivating moments in this story.  I loved the premise and writing, and I look forward to the next book.  Sometimes it takes a little bit for a story to gain momentum, and this was one of those novels.  When it did find its pace, the book was interesting, intriguing, and captivating.

Publication Date: March 28, 2023

Published by jelee1976

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