- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (30 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060084707
- ISBN-13: 978-0060084707
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,537,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A SCANDALOUS LADY is the story of Faith, a lost heiress, who meets the "prince of her dreams" while robbing him. He whisks her away to his "castle," where she makes several enemies who try to do her harm, while she struggles to rescue and help everyone from the cook to the unfriendly villagers. Meanwhile, she and the baron fall in love.
The main problem with this book is that Morgan clearly wants to write a Regency; unfortunately, because of the prequel to this story, she has to set it as a late Victorian. Mentions of Bow Street Runners, powdered hair, and other historical inconsistencies don't detract from the wonderful story however, which does have a very Victorian feel, and is engrossing from start to--well, not QUITE the end, but it's close. The two main characters are likable and make a great couple, and most of the secondary characters are interesting as well.
Morgan's not a great writer, that's true, but she does know how to tell a great story, and I'm not going to quibble over semantics and details when she managed to create a story I really liked and characters that I felt attached to. If you enjoy romance novels for the sheer pleasure and escapism of reading them, then you will most likely enjoy this book!
Faith was abducted when she was a little girl. Taken away from her father and her twin sister at her mothers funeral she was swept away and eventually ended up in England. After leaving an orphanage in London, Faith made her living the only way she knew how. She was a pickpocket, and a good one until fate stepped in and she picked the wrong pocket and was caught.
Troyce has just returned to England from the states. He is the reluctant 3rd Baron of Westborough, and he has returned to England to set the family money situation right. He finds himself on the docks trying to find an investor for the restoration of a ship he owns. When he leaves the pub that he was in, he finds himself the victim of a pickpocket. He is surprised yet again when he realizes that his pickpocket is a young girl. Once he realizes that he is now 200 pounds lighter, he decides to take the girl home with him with the idea of getting her off the streets and making her pay back her debt to him through honest hard work as a maid. What he does not realize is that soon Faith will have stolen more then just his money but she will soon steal his heart.
While all of this is going on, Honesty (From An Unlikely Lady) is hot on the trail looking for her sister, soon Honesty and Jesse are on their way to England and the long awaited reunion between the two sisters.
This book was a great read and I found it hard to put down. The secondary characters are great and the chemistry between Faith and Troyce set the pages on fire. Ms. Morgan has managed to pen a great story full that you won't want to miss.
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