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That Scandalous Evening: The Governess Brides (Governess Brides Series) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jul 2015
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"Christina Dodd's astonishing talents rise to glorious heights." -- "Romantic Times""Christina Dodd keeps getting better and better." -- Debbie Macomber
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New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.
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THAT SCANDALOUS EVENING is a well-written Regency tale with an interesting twist. I have enjoyed the settings, the cast's very human behaviour and I am sure other readers will find it worth reading too.
Jane Higgenbothem was completely ruined 11 years prior to the opening of the book, when as a result of a nude sculpture she made of the man she worshiped as a god (Jane's words, not mine) and her following behaviour resulted in public scandal, Jane fled the fashionable ton. He sister died shortly after, and Jane has spent the intervening years sketching, painting, bringing up her niece, and spending a miserable time as unpaid housekeeper to her penny pinching brother in law. With the exception of the joy of spending time with her niece, she has generally lived in a state of near poverty and dependence on an unwilling relative. Now, however, it is time to launch Adorna in society, and her brother in law has told Jane that she will not be welcome in his house once Adorna is safely married.
The object of her desire, Lord Blackburn, more than any embarrassment at the scandal per se, was scandalised instead by a singular inaccuracy of the statue, that made him a laughingstock. Now hardened and saddened by his experiences at war, he has returned to London a more weary, more mature individual. He meets up with Jane and is intrigued by her, but more than that recognises that the protection of the resurrection of their scandal may enable him the breathing room to scour the ton for a suspected traitor and spy.
I knew I'd like the book, because Dodd wrote it and I've enjoyed every other that I read. That turned out to be the case of course, but I enjoyed it even more than I thought. Jane is such an intense person, who feels things so deeply, so passionate in her rages and hurts, so intense about her art (she has not sculpted since That Scandalous Evening. As soon as she does, she gets into trouble again). The call of the art of Europe is a genuinely strong one, and her love for Adorna, her beloved dead sisters child, is all that holds her to England. Even as she falls in love again with Blackburn, she is torn by her love for and joy in her art.
We get inside Blackburn's head on occasion, which was necessary for me to like him (otherwise I'd have to wonder what Jane saw in him). Jane's view of him is remarkably perceptive, except of course that she has little idea of the depth and warmth of his feelings for her.
It is delicious to become so involved in a character, and caught up in the emotional storm with them. I very much enjoyed this book for that reason, and recommend it to all readers of romance.
Everyone remembers Jane and her sculpting. However, no one recalls Jane as much as Ransom does because that kiss he shared with her remains implanted in his brain. He also has never forgiven her for turning him into the joke of society. Ransom also has some circumstantial evidence that makes him wonders if Jane might be a French spy. Soon, he begins to court her and their dormant passion blazes into a forest fire of love.
Christina Dodd has a reputation for scribing some of the best historical romances on the market today. Her latest novel, THAT SCANDOLOUS EVENING, will enhanc! e her reputation as one of the leading lights of the Regency romance sub-genre. The intriguing main story line will thrill fans because the scandal adds a unique element to the relationship of the charming lead protagonists. Though the sub-plot involving the French spy adds little depth to the tale, the novel will be recognized as one of the top Regencies of the year.
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