IT TAKES A SCANDAL
by Caroline Linden
ISBN: 9780062244901; ISBN10: 0062244906
Published by Harper Collins, Imprint: Avon
On Sale: 4/29/2014
Formats: Mass Market PB, Pages: 384; $5.99, e-books and audio
Ages: 18 and Up
Galley provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
Sometimes It Takes a Scandal . . .
Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets—except one.
Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after . . .
To Reveal Your Heart’s Desire
. . . Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t—wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want. HarperCollins.com
This was such a good book; I was so emotionally involved in it that after I finished it I had to sleep on all the thoughts swimming around in my head!
I like how the female characters are portrayed: very different from each other, but also a little different from the norm. They are very independent thinkers and very sensual creatures.
On the other hand, the story has elements of so many gothic and romance novels I love. There’s a little Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS, a bit of JANE EYRE with an insane relative, some PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and even an Ashley Wilkes (GONE WITH THE WIND) type. I’m not saying there’s copying of any sort happening; it’s nice to see influences from other books I have loved. I wonder if Ms. Linden had particular characters in her mind as she developed these.
And the hero of the story, Sebastian Vane, he is just fabulous. I love how Ms. Linden gives us his thoughts and emotions, in depth, and portrays him as very sensitive, desirous of affection, and falling in love. It felt very different from how male characters are usually portrayed and I felt she wrote a great view into his thoughts and emotions. He uses the his heart’s desire to pull himself out of the depths. I found it unique and refreshing in that usually, even if the narrator is omniscient we get a much more feminine slant in Romance novels, but this gives a deeper view from the man’s side.
I loved the writer’s use of language to describe the surroundings in such a way that I could feel the atmosphere of the drawing room, the damp of a cave, or the cool breeze of the woods. And I loved the history as it was explained where Sebastian had gone to war and it was one of the wars I wrote about the other week (Where Did All Those Young Men Go?).
There is a romance — fraught with tension, does he love her?, does she love him?, etc. and it includes some very daring sensuality. But, on the whole, what really grabbed me other than the stories was the mystery from the prologue. I did not realize it would be as engrossing as it was. Linden provides the perfect trail of breadcrumbs to foreshadow in a way that gets you to the right place at exactly the most satisfying time — it’s quite skillfully done.
If you enjoy historic romance with love-making, with a good mystery and great characters then this is a MUST READ!
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