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Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress
     

Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress

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by Elizabeth Boyle
 

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Lady Philippa Knolles has loved Captain Thomas "Dash" Dashwell since he first stole a kiss from her on a smuggler's beach near Hastings. Now after what seems like a lifetime of waiting, Pippin is offered a chance to renew her scandalous affair with Dash. But the man from that first heady kiss and the man she rediscovers all these years later are hardly the same.

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Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
Now, 20+ years later, Pippin, Lady Gossett, is a widow. Her bachelor son John Gossett is a naval captain and hero who has become stodgy, especially where his mother is concerned. Her daughter Ginger is well married and conservative. At a ceremony honoring John, Pippin spies a Dash-looking young pirate in the crowd and tries to find him. Longing for Thomas Dashwell, never far from the surface, overwhelms her. The pirate is Dash's son, Nate Dashwell, himself a naval captain and spitting image not only of Dash, but of her son as well. Nate has come to Pippa to save his father (again). This, Pippa does (packing the red dress that had saved Dash from the noose so long ago), but when she boards the American ship she finds a Dash whose perpetual state of drunkenness has taken its toll on him, physically and psychologically. Will the older Pippin still hold the same appeal for Dash? Unbeknownst, Nate has left her family a ransom note. They're heading for Baltimore, a journey of sufficient length for Pippa to do her magic: The pull of true love thrives; Dash dumps his drink into the sea, goes cold turkey, and begins to resemble the pirate of her heart. Pippin climbs into the rigging and reconnects with all her youthful desires to be a pirate herself. Prompted by the kidnapping note, John has sailed after his mother, and when he boards the Circe, the history of Pippa and Dash becomes apparent: Nate looks exactly like him; John is rocked about his birth AND reveals to us that Ginger is his twin (so Dash has two sons and a daughter). The shaken John kidnaps Pippin in an effort to restore order, but Pippin outwits him and leaves a young woman in her place. Scandalizing everyone, Pippin is content to remain single and sail for the rest of her days with Dash at her side.
njoireading More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this story; Dash and Pippin were so much a part of the other stories, but theirs was no happy ending. Or will it be? Pippin had saved Dash twice from the hangman's noose, but in doing so she sacrificed them sharing a life together. For twenty-plus years they went on with separate lives, until the day Dash's son, Nate comes looking for her help. His father has become a drunk, and Nate thinks Pippen is the only one who can get through to him. Pippen still loves Dash, even though she loved her husband Brent and had a happy marriage. She agrees to help Nate, thinking that Dash is ill and dying. The book goes back and forth between 1814 and 1837, telling the story of their initial romance and what happened to separate them. What I especially enjoyed was that this story was not only about 20 somethings, but about 40 somethings that still want to experience life, adventure, love and especially still have a sex life. I highly recommend the book, although would suggest you read the others in the series first.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lady Philippa "Pippin" Knolles knows she loves American privateer Captain Thomas Dashwell and has for several years since he kissed her on the smuggler's beach way back in 1810 or so; but this was no happy ending as the fickle fingers of life such as war, marriage, and children kept them apart.--------------------- In 1837, a widow of two years Pippin welcomes her naval son home. While the Admiral boringly speaks, Pippin glances around to another ship the HMS Regina where she sees a ghost of her past on board. She faints as the young sailor looked like her dashing Dash albeit over two decades ago that is. Unable to resist she goes to find her Dash, but learns you can't go home as he is no longer the daring hero; instead he is a drunk who lives on his past glory. Hoping to save her beloved like she did just before the second war with colonials, she turns to the scandalous red dress she wore to win his love the first time; hopefully this time forever.------------------ Lady Philippa and Captain Thomas Dashwell have been important characters throughout the Bachelor Chronicles (see CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE BLACK GOWN, LOVE LETTERS FROM A DUKE, THIS RAKE OF MINE and TEMPTED BY THE NIGHT). Thus fans of the saga will especially appreciate this strong entry as the lead couple has changed especially Dash, but their love remains a constant. This is a superb historical that uses "flashbacks" to the Regency era, but the remarkable feat of this book and the other novels in the series is each story line is fresh and organized differently though the cast is somewhat a constant. Readers will have wonderful memoirs of Elizabeth Boyle's outstanding Chronicles for years to come.---------------- Harriet Klausner
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Nagirref More than 1 year ago
I was happy that this filled in a lot of the blanks from the other stories that this book meshes with. I am not happy with the sex scenes (way too many) and not thrilled that I just didn't like these people as I should have. I loved them in the earlier books but as they grew into 'adults' - they grew into people I wouldn't normally like. He's a drunk. She's a widow. A widow?! How in the world did she marry someone else when in all the previous books she loves a pirate? But beyond that - she just seems to cheapen her marriage and all those years of happiness, too. But it is written very well. I had purchased book after Boyle book - and after this one, I haven't bought another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first or second tale in this series
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So good!!!!
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I was totally fine with the twenty year gap. I mean that was the reality of their situation. It had to be that way. Good job by the author.
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jprincess17 More than 1 year ago
I downloaded the preview for a lack of anything better to do and I can't even get myself through reading it. Plain.
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