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A Dangerous Beauty (Widows Club) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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About the Author
Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave.
Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children.
Sophia's novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist's "Top Ten Romances of the Year."
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Mrs. Rosemunde Baird, a penniless widow with a questionable reputation and spinster sister - Lady Sylvia, are taken under the tiny wing of Ata, the Dowager Duchess of Helston for the summer season. With an invitation to join Ata's "Widows Club" the girls remove to the Helston country seat in Cornwall. A once passionate and reckless beauty, her now guarded and cold nature sparks the interest of the new Duke of Helston, Luc St. Aubyn upon her immediate arrival.
A second son, Luc St. Aubyn, has recently inherited the ducal title form his late brother Henry. A Navel Captain with an affinity for books, he hides beneath a jaded and cruel façade. Fascinated with Rosemunde's bottled passion and wounded eyes, he embarks on a mission to open her closed heart. He discovers Rosemunde's tragic downfall from the reining beauty and daughter of an Earl to a social outcast in rags who survived an abusive husband. With achingly slow care, Luc shows Rosemunde the true pleasure that can be had between a man and a woman. Although in love, family duty and propriety initially prevent these two from true bliss but in the end they receive they're much deserved Happily-ever-After.
I really loved Rosemunde's character. Ms. Nash had an expert way of showing small tidbits of her personality and gradually the reader discovers her past and what caused her to eventually become the woman she was. This process kept the pages turning frantically in order to discover the reasons for her wounded nature. Rosemunde was a considerably strong woman with a true knowledge of who she is flaws and all. That strength made me admire her and support her in her love for Luc.
Luc was equally interesting. He was so clever and Rosemunde matched him wit for wit. His past was of course tragic, and all shaped him dramatically. But, Rosemunde understood him from the beginning.
The novel from beginning to end was fantastic. There is neither a boring middle part nor any great or ridiculous misunderstanding. It's fast paced and wonderfully romantic. Be prepared to laugh and cry over Rosemunde's and Luc's love story. Thank you Ms. Nash for writing such a beautiful romance novel and relieving me of bad book slump!