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The Book of Scandal (Scandalous 1) [Mass Market Paperback]

Julia London
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16 Aug 2008 Scandalous 1
Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsey, has been separated from his wife Evangeline for five years when he receives a letter from a friend in Parliament informing him that Evangeline has been named in a revealing book by the Princess Caroline. She is suspected of being part of a huge scandal, and the publicity could ruin her and Nathan's reputations for ever. Nathan decides to remove his wife from London as quickly as possible, but when he encounters her at a ball in the city he is startled by how she's changed - more mature, more self-confident, and still incredibly beautiful. He can't believe he is attracted to her. Evangeline, however, has been contemplating a romance with a kind widower, and Nathan must drag her back to Eastchurch. An awkward rapprochement turns into a fiery battle of wills in which they settle their differences from the past, ward off a murder attempt on Evangeline's life, and uncover the treachery behind Evangeline's name being included in The Book of Scandal.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (16 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547112
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia London is the bestselling author of THE DANGERS OF DECEIVING A VISCOUNT, THE PERILS OF PURSUING A PRINCE, THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING A DUKE and 11 other romantic novels. She lives in Texas.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Estrangement and treason 22 Aug 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsay, has been living without his wife for the last three years. Following the death of their young son Robbie their relationship deteriorated and Evelyn went to London and became a helper to Princess Mary. However, rumours of Evelyn's affairs with Lord Dunhill may have landed her in a great deal of trouble as a royal scandal is brewing and she may be implicated. In order to preserve his family's good name, Nathan abducts Evelyn from London and returns her to their country estate, Eastchurch. There Nathan and Evelyn have to get to know each other again, to come to terms with their shared history and Evelyn has to learn to deal with her distress over the death of Robbie. But someone has followed them to Eastchurch and someone may be plotting against their lives.

This was an enjoyable book with some tearjerker moments and amusing sideplay with the butler, Benson. Both Nathan and Evelyn were appealing characters, despite their faults, and their reconciliation felt believable. There were some inaccuracies in terms of dialogue for the period but nothing too grating and the overall impression of the book was positive. It highlighted the rather inequitable societal opinion about men and their mistresses versus women and their chastity and there were, for this reader at least, a few question marks over Nathan's future faithfulness to his wife, but it was overall a good read.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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4.0 out of 5 stars Estrangement and treason 22 Aug 2008
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsay, has been living without his wife for the last three years. Following the death of their young son Robbie their relationship deteriorated and Evelyn went to London and became a helper to Princess Mary. However, rumours of Evelyn's affairs with Lord Dunhill may have landed her in a great deal of trouble as a royal scandal is brewing and she may be implicated. In order to preserve his family's good name, Nathan abducts Evelyn from London and returns her to their country estate, Eastchurch. There Nathan and Evelyn have to get to know each other again, to come to terms with their shared history and Evelyn has to learn to deal with her distress over the death of Robbie. But someone has followed them to Eastchurch and someone may be plotting against their lives.

This was an enjoyable book with some tearjerker moments and amusing sideplay with the butler, Benson. Both Nathan and Evelyn were appealing characters, despite their faults, and their reconciliation felt believable. There were some inaccuracies in terms of dialogue for the period but nothing too grating and the overall impression of the book was positive. It highlighted the rather inequitable societal opinion about men and their mistresses versus women and their chastity and there were, for this reader at least, a few question marks over Nathan's future faithfulness to his wife, but it was overall a good read.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death, Adultery, Murder, Suspense, Politics, Betrayal, Grief...HEAVY 16 Aug 2008
By R. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that captures your attention with the depth of the circumstances of the hero and heroine. It can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming for the reader, and I found myself in need of a little comic relief more than once (more than the empty threats to the butler). The overwhelming grief that the H/H both feel almost spills over to the reader, so be ready. I love this couple and their attempt to rebuild the "scaffolding" of their marriage. I'm not certain the murder attempts added anything to the story - detracted from it in my opinion. The story could have been strong enough on its own, without that. There were enough factors and characters to keep the story interesting as the H/H carved new paths to one another. As it is, it is a heavy read but the love of the H/H is touching and heartfelt.
BTW, the previous reviewer calls the heroine Evangeline...her name was Evelyn (Evie, for short)...maybe it was different in an advanced copy or something???; also the separation was 3 years, not 5; and the heroine was not completely prim and proper in London, hence, adding to their marital woes.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia London scores again 2 Sep 2008
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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The Earl and Countess of Lindsey have been married for years. Unable to cope with, accept, deal with the death of their toddler son, the two drift apart and become estranged. Nathan remains at the country home, Eastchurch while Evelyn flees to London. But with scandal brewing in London and Evelyn very possibly right in the middle of it, her husband, whom she hasn't seen in 3 years, comes to London and forces her to return home. The story that follows is a very poignant, eloquently written tale of two people struggling to come to terms with their son's death, the betrayal each of them felt in the aftermath and how they finally, together, sort through it and come to terms with it. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and become strong again, the little blasts into the past and also Nathan's relationship with his butler, Benton. The quality of writing in this book rates right up there with London's Rogues of Regent Street series and is just as unputdownable.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favorite 24 Sep 2008
By Jeannie Ruesch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Julia London's BOOK OF SCANDAL tells about the marriage of the Earl and Countess of Lindsey, who for the last three years have lived apart in every way possible. Nathan, the Libertine of Lindsey has been living the bachelor's life in the country and his estranged wife, Evelyn, has settled in London, where she serves in the court and lives the society court life.

The Book of Scandal threatens the royal family and those closest to them, and when Nathan learns that his wife might very well be named among the scandal, he sets off to London to fetch her home...only to find her mere moments away from giving her heart (among other things) to another man.

Nathan has no choice but to abduct her (when she doesn't seem too inclined to follow along willingly) to their country home. Once there, the memories that Evelyn and Nathan had both been running from--the death of their son and resulting hurt they caused each other in their grief -- demand to be dealt with.

When I picked up this book, I expected a great read, par with London's stories. I received even better than that -- a heartbreaking, compassionate story about two parents who loved each other and their son and their grief over the loss of the child, the ways two people in grief hurt each other and how it's possible to find a way to love again. Nathan and Evelyn are flawed, they've both made disastrous mistakes and that makes their journey and their reunion that much sweeter.

The weaving of the couple's history is wonderfully done, and the characters will stay with you long after you've reluctantly put the book down. I look forward to the next in the series. This is definitely on the keeper shelf.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with real, believable emotion - Highly recommend 31 Aug 2008
By jmh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Firstly, I consider myself a voracious reader of romance novels. As escapism there is no better substitute. I must own that many a time I have found myself frustrated by the idiocy of female characters as portrayed in historical romance and the need for writers to force happiness in situations where any sane minded woman (fictional or not!) would walk away. London's "Book of Scandal" was honestly, beautiful. There is SO much real emotion in this novel. The pain, the love and the conflicting emotions are beautifully portrayed, for both Nathan and Evelyn. This is the most satisfying novel that I have read in literally ages. The murder plot seemed unnecessary and a somewhat see-through attempt to lighten the story, but it was not enough to distract from the rest of the novel. I highly recommend "The Book of Scandal." It cleverly walks the line between romance and reality, showing that not all romance novels need to be based around 18 year olds reforming rakes or glib males who need to be "surprised" into falling in love. Nathan's character is given the same respect and depth of emotion as Evelyn, a welcome change. "The Book of Scandal" shows that love changes and develops overtime. Nathan and Evelyn are fully realized and leave the reader genuinely understanding and identifying with their situation, making the ending poignant and well deserved. I shed more than one tear as the novel reached its conclusion. Highly recommend.
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