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A Christmas Scandal [Kindle Edition]

Jane Goodger
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In her latest romance, Jane Goodger weaves an unforgettable tale of a woman who thinks she's lost everything--until a little Christmas magic reunites her with the one man she could never forget. . .

Dashing, debonair, and completely irresistible, Edward Hollings has all of Newport buzzing--and to Maggie Pierce's surprise, she alone has caught his eye. But when the handsome earl returns to England without proposing, a devastated Maggie knows she must forget him. Life only gets worse for Maggie, as all her dreams of happiness and love come crashing down around her. When Maggie receives an invitation to go to England for the Christmas birth of her dear friend's baby, she accepts--vowing to keep her devastating lies and shameful secrets from the one man she has ever loved.

Edward vowed he'd never marry, but he came dangerously close with Maggie. She's beautiful, witty, indescribably desirable--and Edward can't forget her. When Maggie visits mutual friends for Christmas, Edward can't stay away. In fact, he finds himself more attracted to her than ever--a desire fueled even more by Maggie's repeated snubs. With the love he never thought he'd find slipping away, Edward is determined to make Maggie his own, no matter what the cost. . .


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420103792
  • Publisher: Zebra Books; Original edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002QBV8N4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American woman nets Earl 11 Dec 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Despite the word 'Christmas' in the title, this book isn't a Christmassy book at all. The 'scandal' in the title isn't particularly accurate either as although there's a small potential scandal in the book, nothing much comes of it. The scandal is the fact that our heroine, Maggie Pierce, has had to do something rather shocking in order to supposedly reduce her father's prison sentence from five years to one. Unfortunately for Maggie and her mother, it seems that her father will indeed be in prison for five years and they are no longer welcome in American society because of the shame. Not only that, Maggie's fiancé has thought better of it and broken off the engagement. Maggie and her mother Harriet are virtually peniless - fortunately they have enough money to travel to England to stay with the Duchess of Bellingham, Maggie's friend.

Of course, Maggie meets again Edward Hollings, Lord Hollings, who is apparently an Earl although doesn't seem to be the Earl of Anywhere. She met him in Newport previously and it's at this point that I realised there was a previous book in the series which clearly included these characters and which I haven't read. The rest of the book felt a little like I had broken in upon a conversation halfway through as I had missed the initial meeting and in fact initial falling-in-love between these two.

Anyway, Edward doesn't want to get married and Maggie believes that she can't marry him anyway because of the shocking thing she had to do back in New York. So she proceeds to try to win herself an older and safe man as a husband whilst having to cope with her mother's erratic behaviour and their general lack of money and prospects.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up 24 Oct 2009
By LA Blackwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Christmas Scandal by Jane Goodger didn't disappoint. Her last year's Christmas novel "Marry Christmas" made me want to know what happened to Maggie. Both books stand on their own but I think every one will be happy to see the story go on. In fact the romance between Maggie and Edward Hollings keeps us worried much of the time. Maggie goes to England to be with her friend Elizabeth as she awaits the birth of her first child and has mixed feelings about seeing Edward. She knows she fell in love with him when they were both in Newport, RI the previous year, but he had left without even a goodby. When they meet, it is quite cold on both their parts. This is a Romance so we just know the cold will turn to hot. And boy does it ever!!!!If you want to warm up on a cold windy day or night---this is the book for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now an auto-buy for me 15 Dec 2009
By Christie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To me, Jane Goodger is right up there with the best historical romance writers. Although this doesn't have many Christmas elements, the romance is wonderful. Maggie makes my heart break and she deserves a wonderful hero like Edward. Truly one of her best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I'm looking for 4 Oct 2012
By R - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jane Goodger is now one of my favorite Historical Romance writers. I love her gut wrenching, tug at the heartstring stories. The Christmas Scandal is a truly heart warming romance. I love to see how the characters play out and couldn't wait to read Maggie and Edwards story after reading "Marry Christmas". I've said this so many times, but I'll say it again, so many of my friends agree, it's so nice to read a true romance and not pages upon pages of porn and sex with no true romance.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American woman nets Earl 11 Dec 2009
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Despite the word 'Christmas' in the title, this book isn't a Christmassy book at all. The 'scandal' in the title isn't particularly accurate either as although there's a small potential scandal in the book, nothing much comes of it. The scandal is the fact that our heroine, Maggie Pierce, has had to do something rather shocking in order to supposedly reduce her father's prison sentence from five years to one. Unfortunately for Maggie and her mother, it seems that her father will indeed be in prison for five years and they are no longer welcome in American society because of the shame. Not only that, Maggie's fiancé has thought better of it and broken off the engagement. Maggie and her mother Harriet are virtually peniless - fortunately they have enough money to travel to England to stay with the Duchess of Bellingham, Maggie's friend.

Of course, Maggie meets again Edward Hollings, Lord Hollings, who is apparently an Earl although doesn't seem to be the Earl of Anywhere. She met him in Newport previously and it's at this point that I realised there was a previous book in the series which clearly included these characters and which I haven't read. The rest of the book felt a little like I had broken in upon a conversation halfway through as I had missed the initial meeting and in fact initial falling-in-love between these two.

Anyway, Edward doesn't want to get married and Maggie believes that she can't marry him anyway because of the shocking thing she had to do back in New York. So she proceeds to try to win herself an older and safe man as a husband whilst having to cope with her mother's erratic behaviour and their general lack of money and prospects. The first two thirds of the book went rather slowly with various scenes between Maggie and Edward which consisted of them not talking directly but gazing longingly at each other.

The final third of the book picked up considerably and involved Maggie undertaking a trip on her own back to America, before all is resolved. I was very disappointed by the writing of an aspect of her sea voyage which could have been very interesting. Likewise the book didn't really reach a crescendo, more blundered to a stop, with all the foregoing events just sort of fizzling out. However at least there was a bit more action in the final third, even if much of it began to focus on Edward's sister Amelia, undoubtedly the subject of the next book.

Although set largely in England, the American heroine adds a slightly different angle to the usual Victorian story. However I found it rather difficult to like Maggie; she spends much of the first third of the book lying to people, she seems to act very selfishly and to try to attract men although she doesn't really like them, and she seems to have very little care for her mother or her best friend that she is visiting. In fact she's egocentricity personified. Edward was a much more appealing character although the author, being American, wasn't very good at describing English character, behaviour and speech.

Despite the Victorian setting of the book I didn't get much of a feel for life in England or in America and I didn't find myself warming to any of the characters in particular apart, perhaps, from Edward. However this is a good enough book to while away a few hours at an airport or in front of the fire at home.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this novel just dragged on and on.... 27 Dec 2011
By cashthedog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I guess I must have read a different book than the other reviewers. When I read the back blurb it sounded very exciting and different from other romance novels. Also the good reviews on this book convinced me to buy this book. Boy, was I ever wrong. The heroine was a b*** for most of the book, the hero a wimp and it was BORING. It dragged on and on and I had trouble finishing it. Halfway into the book the author set up the characters for her next book which took away from the original couple but I was glad as I was bored with them. In one scene the heroine takes a ship back to America from England ALONE! This is a historical romance and this was unheard of at that time. I got so frustrated that I skipped to the end to get it over with!
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