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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Book of Scandal by Julia London

I enjoyed this book very much. It didn't start out that way. The heroine is unique in such a way that she didn't start out pining over her absentee husband. In fact, she's in the process of starting her life over with another man when her husband decided to 'rescue' her.

The story comes across heavy. Nathan and Evelyn's emotions come right out of the pages and hangs heavy in the air. It is a good thing. The comic relief with the H/H interactions with the butler is welcome. The reconciliation is believable and just a perfect pitch. It's a story about grief which some mothers are familiar with. Grief does different things to different people. Evelyn handled her the only way she knows how.

I highly recommend this book, but beware that it might not be as light a reading as most romances of its genre. I copied this descriptions below from amazon.com.

From Publishers Weekly

London (Highlander Unbound) sets this convincing tale of romance and intrigue in the early 1800s, an obscure period of strife in the English monarchy. Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsey, lost himself in liquor and debauchery after the death of his infant son, while his wife, Evelyn, abandoned their loving but superficial marriage and began flirting with another peer. Three years later, when Nathan learns that Evelyn could be named in Princess Caroline's infamous Book of Scandal, he kidnaps her from court, pretending they've reconciled. Nathan's attempt to guard the family's reputation soon blossoms into a genuine desire to rebuild their marriage, but Evelyn resists. Meddling by servants and both sets of parents provides needed backstory and also unites the couple against their helpful interference. The only sour note is Nathan's insistence that Evelyn apologize for adulterous thoughts that pale compared to his unabashed actions. Despite the confusing court scandals, this reunion story is mostly a joy. (Sept.)
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From Booklist

When Princess Caroline threatens to publish her potentially treasonous memoirs—The Book of Scandal—as part of divorce-negotiating tactics against her husband, Prince George, Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsey, doesn’t expect to hear that his wife, Evelyn, may be one of those named in the gossip-rich book. To protect Evelyn and himself from any political repercussions, Nathan sets off for London to bring his wife home. Evelyn is equally determined to find a way to convince Nathan to divorce her, but as Evelyn discovers more about what really happened after tragedy struck their lives three years earlier, she begins to wonder if she really does want to end their marriage after all. London deftly blends a subtle sense of characterization, elegant writing, and a dash of danger into her latest beautifully crafted Regency historical as she fashions an emotionally powerful tale of two married people who find themselves falling in love all over again. --John Charles

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