I first read this book in the Christmas collection last November titled Have Yourself A Merry Little Scandal. I remember giving the story four stars. I gave it four stars because, honestly, it was an enormous collection of novellas, and I think I became overwhelmed. I found it hard to fairly give five stars with so many works vying for attention. I enjoyed this book even more, the second time around! Without the distraction of so many different plots, this story was bright. It was a shining gem of a Christmas love story.
This book stood out for two reasons. The first was the solidity and strength of the two main characters. Both Ethan and Cornelia were vibrant and intelligently written. Loving care and thought were used in the creation of the characters. I loved Ethan, the American archaeologist. Who doesn’t love a sexy, intrepid explorer? He is larger than life. Being American, Ethan is refreshingly unique. Cornelia is a widow mired in a scandal that wasn’t her doing. She is stuck in a dull, repetitive life. She has been left behind as an afterthought when everyone she loves focuses only on their happiness. Cornelia is looking for adventure in life and love. The couple, however unlikely, clicked. They complimented each other perfectly in intelligence and passion.
The second reason the book stood out was the excellent plot. It was intelligent, quick, and sexy. The backgrounds of Ethan and Cornelia were well thought out and added validity to the main themes. This was a fast-paced, sensual, romantic love story set against an ordinary Christmas house party. The house party is a common theme, yet the storytelling breathed new life into a well-used situation.
The Lady’s Guide To Scandal is the fourth book in The Lady’s Guide series. I was unaware that this was a series the first time I read the book. Now that I know, I am going back to read them from the beginning. Ethan and Cornelia’s love story captured my heart. The characters, plot, and backdrop were fantastic. This was a thrilling, passionate journey that I didn’t want to end. The love story between Ethan and Cornelia proves that love can be born from heartache, scandal, and disappointment. This was an all-encompassing, intelligent, sensual, and turbulent adventure that will please even the most discerning of a reader!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book through Booksprout. All thoughts and opinions are my own.