Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: Something Scandalous
Author: Christie Kelley
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1817 England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Negligible (Suggested)
Christie's Website: www.christiekelley.com
Imagine living a life of leisure, and enjoying all the benefits of a privileged life, only to have all that you thought to be true about yourself and your life shattered in a deathbed confession from your father. Then imagine that your safety, health, and well being is placed in the hands of a stranger. A person that you've never met before, and one you arenít even sure will arrive. Your very survival hangs in the hands of a perfect stranger!
Our fierce heroine, Elizabeth Kendal finds herself in this exact position. Raised in the lap of luxury as the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kendal, her father confesses the question of her paternity with one of his last breaths. Rather than wallow in her sorrows, Elizabeth begins the daunting task of finding the rightful heir to the Kendal estate. This search puts her in contact with her distant cousin William.
William was not whom Elizabeth was expecting, but his father. William is just as surprised at the turn of events as Elizabeth. His life is more than a million miles away. Living in Virginia, he has inherited his familyís farm, the responsibility of caring for his brood of young siblings, and a distaste for England, most particularly the English high society. To make matters more complex William is in love with a rich mans daughter. He arrives in England with the intent of collecting the title, selling it off, and heading back to America to live a simpler life. All that changes upon Williams first glance of Elizabeth.
What follows is a simply sweet love story. Simply but poignantly written, it is a display of personal growth with love being the best prize of all. Elizabeth and William try and deny their attraction for each other, but find it almost impossible. William is torn between honor and conviction, and Elizabeth is desperate to find out who she really is. They embark on a journey of discovery; William to discover his true feelings about life, society, and his place in this world, and for Elizabeth to find her roots. What they discover is that it matters not where you go in life, but who you have beside you. And, make no mistake, Elizabeth is determined to have William by her side!
Together, along with Williamsís siblings, they conquer London society, battle off scheming family members, and chase off some deliciously evil villains from Williams past. All while falling simply and sweetly in love.
What I enjoyed about this book was the depth of all the characters. I was not aware of it being part of a series, but there were some secondary characters that were very rich and deeply added to the story. The romance was tastefully and skillfully written. Also, the answer to who Elizabethís parents were one I never suspected and got a great chuckle out of! The villains in the story were perfectly evil, and written just wonderfully. Williams cast of siblings added a great texture and provided the true feeling of family. Another aspect of the story that I enjoyed was that London society very much played a part in this story, and was the unwritten third major character. The author did a great job of providing a historically accurate account and making the story seems real.
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