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  • Posted October 16, 2010

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    fabulous Regency investigative romance

    In 1792 in Hadley Green, eight year old Lily Boudine's testimony led to the hanging of a man for stealing the jewels of the Countess of Ashwood. To keep young Lily safe she is sent to live with family in Ireland. Over the next fifteen years, villagers debated whether the executed man was guilty of a tryst.

    In 1808, Lily inherits Ashwood when her father dies. Instead of traveling to her estate, she heads to Italy while asking her cousin Keira Hannigan to visit her property. Keira readily agrees as this enables her to elude an unwanted suitor. At Ashwood, Keira poses as Lily until the Irish Earl of Donnelly arrives to see Lily. Lord Declan O'Connor knows his host is not the countess as they were in love back in Ireland. She persuades him not to expose her masquerade and help her uncover the truth about what happened over fifteen years ago. An unknown adversary wants to prevent the truth from surfacing even if that means burying the Irish interlopers.

    This is a fabulous Regency investigative romance starring two Irish in England. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing as each understands fully the danger the Year of Living Scandalously will do to their respective hearts. However, it is the delightful inquiry into the mystery of what happened in 1792 that makes for a brisk entertaining historical romantic suspense.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    SCANDALOUS IS THE WAY TO GO!

    A sumptuous wildly wicked ride is what readers of New York Times bestselling author, Julia London have come to expect. Well, Ms. London never disappoints as she takes us on a classic adventure in her latest historical The Year of Living Scandalously by Pocket Books which released October 19, 2010 winning raved reviews and accolades throughout the literary world.

    In The Year of Living Scandalously had a plethora of entertaining characters but if you twist my arm I will tell you that Keira Hannigan jumped off the pages for me. I could almost hear her Irish lilt shout ringing crisp and clear as she tries to uncover a long ago dead and buried secret. The fact that Keira assumes her cousin, Lilly's identity just at flamed the existing fire between her and that oh so alpha Irish man, Declan O'Connor. Keira was head strong, exciting and not afraid to go after what she wanted; even if it meant getting herself in a bit of trouble along the way. Ms. London writing techniques and skill of fleshing out her character breathing life into them by every magical word demonstrates that she is truly a mischief magic maker of words.
    In a Utopian world people would not be judge by the color of their skin, the sound of their voice or nationality, but just like in The Year of Living Scandalous it is just fiction and reality is people -even though it is sad-are judge and perceived by the exterior and not the interior. Maybe, just maybe after reading The Year Living Scandalously you walk away with a feeling of awe and acceptance. But for that to happen and find out how Keira and Declan deal with their adventure you will just have to read The Year of Living Scandalously.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Recommended - Makes me want to be scandalous for a year too!

    Julia London introduces us to two lovely cousins-Keira Hannigan and Lily Boudine-in her latest book The Year of Living Scandalously. The story truly begins when these two mischievous young ladies decide to switch places. Lily's uncle passed away and with that death she was declared the sole surviving heir to the Ashwood estate, something that she was not prepared for. Determined to follow through on her commitment to be Mrs. Canavan's companion in Italy, she proposes that Keira travels to Hadley Green in her stead. Keira, wanting an adventure of her own (although she was offered Italy too, what the heck?!) agrees to do it. What Keira didn't plan on was the people of Hadley Green assuming SHE was Lily. When Keira discovers that the estate is in over its head in debt, she goes along with the mistaken identity in an attempt to make things right for when her cousin returns.

    All is going well, until Keira's childhood crush, Declan O'Connor, Lord Donnelly of Ballynaheath (say that name 10 times fast), appears on the scene and very nearly puts a kibosh on her charade. Declan, arriving at the Ashwood estate for a horseflesh auction was shocked to find Keira there, let alone impersonating her cousin. Lord Donnelly, not one to miss an opportunity to make Keira squirm, alludes to her wanna-be countess ways in front of Mr. Fish, a servant. Fortunately, Mr. Fish is a gentleman and allows himself to remain perplexed by the whole thing. Crisis averted.

    Wanting to be as far away from possible from Keira's shenanigans, Declan makes up his mind to leave as soon possible. He has been burned by her "tricks" before and his manly shoulders are still weighted down with the guilt of it. Fate is a fickle creature though, and he finds himself in her path again and again and again. Or maybe it just that he isn't as adverse to her presence as he convinced himself he is. I'm thinking it is the latter of the two. It is a romance story, after all.

    A mystery from the past gives our hero and heroine the perfect excuse to be close to one another (just in case their mutual attraction wasn't enough) and while the investigation progresses, the steam meter goes up and up.

    Ms. London's Keira and Declan prove that there is a fine line between love and hate. Both of these characters poke, prod and tease one another, but artfully so. You are still left with the sense that they truly care about each other. Not once do you fight off the urge to roll your eyes, wondering why these two should be together-let alone stars of their own romance novel. You can see that they are both equally stubborn, equally strong, equally intelligent and well, just equal! Always a refreshing change from the damsel in distress scenario.

    The witty dialogue riddled with humor, the interesting plot packed with surprises, and the even more interesting subplots make this a fast-paced, enjoyable read. However, it is the brilliantly crafted Keira and Declan that make this a fantastic read!

    Kiss or Diss? Definite kiss! Better yet, can Declan kiss me?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Superb!

    This was truly a delight to read. Never once did the story lag, have extraneous nothings, or become rushed at the end. The end was a gem on its own even though I realized early on who the protagonist was it still delighted me the cliffhanger. Keira was superb; not the quintessential whiney, drama queen of so many stories and Declan was real. He loved Keira like a man should and it was magical. Wonderfully done!

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