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SCANDAL OF THE YEAR
Genre: Historical Romance, England
Spinning off from Wedding of the Year, Guhrke delivers an emotionally powerful novel that captures the spirit of the era and allows an empowered heroine and compassionate hero to find the love they deserve. Modern-day women will easily sympathize and understand characters who face many of the same issues. Kudos to Guhrke for delving into this colorful, exciting, exhilarating time period.
Aidan Carr, Duke of Trathen, had been left at the altar twice — first, when his fiancée ran off to Egypt with her first love; next when he was named as correspondent in a scandalous divorce case. He is now ready to find a bride when Lady Julia Yardley, the woman who ruined his reputation, re-enters his life.
When she was trapped in an abusive marriage, Julia grabbed at the chance to use Aidan to obtain her divorce. Now the near-penniless Julia needs a job, so she becomes Aidan’s social secretary, weeding out potential brides. Too much champagne muddled Aidan‘s mind the night he spent with Julia. Keeping her close gives him the chance to find out the truth. It also gives him the opportunity to see her as a desirable woman: the woman he to wed. But getting Julia to realize she loves him and overcoming the damage done by her husband is a challenge. (AVON, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: February 2011