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A Note of Scandal

A Note of Scandal [Kindle Edition]

Nicky Penttila

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A desperate composer tricks a principled newspaper publisher into printing a false story, and then falls for him. How can she prove that she's worth a second chance?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing (15 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083WA1G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #664,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nicky Penttila writes stories with adventure and love, and often with ideas and history as well. She likes to come up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then she *must* travel there, you know, for research. She lives in Maryland with her reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Napoleonic details in a pleasing romance 3 May 2013
By S. Deeth - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Combine Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels with Jane Austen, add a touch of Dickens and a modern sex scene, then you'll have the flavor of Nicky Penttila's Note of Scandal. The notes and scandals are far from predictable, and the writing's smooth and intelligent. Well-researched historical details add depth to plot and character, from the technology of the printing press to financial constraints on rich and poor, the poverty of returning soldiers and the ethically strained laws of politics in the aftermath of Waterloo. Martin Purdy struggles to recover from his physical and mental wounds, while Olivia Delancey schemes to please everyone, especially Martin and his fiancee, accidentally plotting her own downfall. If only Olivia had someone besides her music to love, but now even her promised betrothal's falling through. The men of this world respect women only as marriage fodder, and Olivia has no respect at all for their preconceptions.

My favorite scene is of newspaperman Will sketching the action in an age without photographers. Tourists stare at history in the making, and newspapers either report or devise the news. Meanwhile a pleasing marching tune keeps the story moving swiftly along. Olivia and Will have all the expected misunderstandings and more. And Olivia herself has to learn to recognize true friendship and become her own ally before story's end. Note of Scandal is an enjoyable romantic novel with that extra bit of historical backstory that brings an era as well as its people to life--a quick fun read.

Disclosure: I received an ecopy during the author's blog tour with a request for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical romance with an intelligent heroine 19 Nov 2013
By arbjames - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Olivia Delancey is a thinking woman living in a man’s world, a world that has no room for female intelligence and where her own parents have no room in their hearts (or purses) for her. When she composes music that she is especially proud of, an inspiring march, she has no one to share it with except her old music teacher, Martin Purdy, who is off fighting against the French. When he returns a broken man, wounded, and unable to marry Olivia’s friend because of his pennilessness, Olivia sets in a motion a plan to get him the resources he needs, provide him with motivation to get well, and also allow her music to be shared with a wider audience. She gets the march published in a London newspaper, but everyone believes that Martin is its composer. The song is a hit and the public clamors for more of the same. When it becomes apparent that Martin’s wounds prevent him from playing, doubts are cast on his ability to compose. In the meantime, Olivia begins a relationship with the newspaper’s publisher, William Marsh. What will happen if the truth comes out? Will the scandal mean the end of her father’s political career and, even more importantly, her relationship with Will?

This was an enjoyable historical romance. Olivia reminded me somewhat of Jane Austen’s Emma, forever trying, in her own special way, to help others, even though somehow it never quite managed to work out exactly as she planned. It was nice to have a heroine with a brain. It was also interesting to have a heroine who was not as pure as snow—she had been intimate with the man she (and apparently the rest of the world) assumed she was going to marry. She is a bit of a rebel, even if she is limited in the ways she is able to show it. Olivia’s parents are pretty detestable as they only seem to care for themselves. I could have overlooked that part until, as part of their efforts to “economize,” they sell the one thing that meant the most to Olivia. Her Aunt Betsy was enlightened—she had figured out how to make her own way in a man’s world with a conveniently “incapacitated” husband. Olivia and Betsy were women ahead of their time. I also did not like Merry, Olivia’s friend, who was engaged to Martin. She turned out to be completely petty and unworthy of both Martin and Olivia.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Touching 14 Nov 2013
By Shelagh - Published on
This book moved me to tears. Beautifully written both linguistically and in terms of its plot, the book occupied my thoughts a good deal of the time when I wasn't reading it. I felt part of myself wanting to reach the end to reassure myself that all would turn out well for Will and Olivia while part of me wanted it to go on forever. Now I'm at the end I feel bereft, as though a good friend has left me. I don't think I will ruin this book by trying to express in this review what Nicky Pentila has conveyed so elegantly in the book. A Note Of Scandal is quite simply a wonderful story and I can't recommend it highly enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging romance shares interesting insights into Regency life 30 Sep 2013
By C. Quinn - Published on
A wonderful Regency romance that captures some of the seedier side of life in that time- the class inequalities, the tragedy of those injured in the war, the sad lack of opportunities for many women. Olivia is a great heroine, though there were times I wanted her to listen to her inner voice and stand up for herself for once. Will makes for a great foil to Olivia, struggling to maintain his father's legacy in the face of overwhelming odds. Though Olivia's motives for getting involved with Merry and Martin don't emerge early enough in the story to make sense, her actions do make more sense when viewed in light of the societal structures of the time.

Well-written with strong dialogue and interesting insights into Regency life, this engaging romance is a delightful read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can love start with a Lie?? 11 Sep 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
H: William "Will" Marsh publisher of the newspaper. well respected.
h: Olivia Delancey independent, strong willed, loving, good heart Music lover.

I really got into this book. I felt characters were well developed. I felt part of their struggle.

So this book start out with a lie between the H and h, not a very good start. The lie was done in a good heart though for a good reason. So let the passion begin....

I think the author did a great job with the background information. I think she gave you enough of an understanding of the times and the struggles without being boring, or feeling like i was in history class. I think she did a great job I look forward to reading more from her. I like how she also made it steamy and sexy with out being too erotic.
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