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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
     

A Lady's Lesson in Scandal

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by Meredith Duran
 

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IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE . . .

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll

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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her dying mother stuns her poverty-stricken daughter Nell Whitby who works in a factory when she says go visit the Earl of Rushdon. When she does the new Earl Simon St. Maur is stunned at first sight and shows her why. She looks at a portrait of the missing heiress, Lady Katherine, daughter of the previous late Earl of Rushdon. Simon offers Nell a deal. He will mentor her on proper behavior if she becomes his wife in a marriage of convenience so he can share in the wealth she would inherit. Ironically in spite of her looking identical to the lost heiress, Simon believes he is fostering a fake on Polite Society. However, he struggles to change her from pistol carrying slum dweller into an aristocratic lady. Worse he has fallen in love with his student who begins to question her first impression that her teacher is a scoundrel. With a nod to Shaw's Pygmalion, Anastasia and Dickens, this great Victorian romance looks deeply at factory conditions, medical care for poor women and children, and shelter in the slums inside a warm gender battle. Brave Nell is more than arrogant Simon's match. With a terrific twist (no Dickens' pun intended), readers will enjoy the mystery of whether Nell is the lost heir or not. Harriet Klausner
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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal was an enjoyable story. My favorite part was the beginning as the setting was quite different from most romances. I also liked that the conflict between the heroine, Nell, and the hero, Simon, wasn't drawn out. I was pleased that Nell and Simon confronted their insecurities with one another. P.S. This is the same review I submitted to GoodReads.
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It is rare for me to give above 3 stars to authors of "romance" novels. This one was a really good book and it was my first by this author. The book at times appears to drag, but really what the author is doing is giving the internal rationale of the charachters and why they behave the way they do. I have to say, I really liked that. So much of what is currently passing for "romance" is fast action, sex and plotting created out of tripe. This book is not that kind of book. It is well written. The author takes the reader along as the plot twist and it all fits contigiously. I'd read a sequel!! Maybe Katherine's story. :)
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