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ONE TOUCH OF SCANDAL
Genre: Historical Romance, England, Victorian Period
Carlyle’s fortes, passion and intrigue, masterfully come to the fore as she portrays the Victorian era, with high society as a backdrop. This wonderfully crafted story, tinged with paranormal elements, brims with emotional characters and hidden secrets. From the very first page readers will be enthralled by the emotional impact.
To escape her father’s family, Grace Gauthier takes a position as governess in a wealthy businessman’s home. When she finds him dead, Scotland Yard considers her a prime suspect and escorts her to London. Grace searches for a family friend for help at his “home,” the St. James Society. He is out of town, but she tries to explain her visit to Lord Ruthveyn and faints from lack of food and exhaustion. Over the next few days Ruthveyn uses his access to the Queen to determine that Grace is being framed. At the same time there are tremendous mental, emotional and physical sparks flying between them. Having plighted his troth to Grace, Ruthveyn makes a silent vow to love and protect her no matter her feelings. The climactic and unexpected resolution segues into further surprises. (AVON, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: October 2010