A Scandalous Wife

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A Regency Historical Novel - Book One of the Scandalous Series

As the head of his family, Robert Beckford, the Earl of Masten, was accustomed to dealing with various problems his siblings had caused of one sort or another. However he wasn't prepared when his cad of brother ruined and then abandoned a young lady. To right the wrong, Robert married the girl himself; but his chivalry only went so far. He didn't want a wife, and most certainly not a scandalous one. So after ...

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Overview

A Regency Historical Novel - Book One of the Scandalous Series

As the head of his family, Robert Beckford, the Earl of Masten, was accustomed to dealing with various problems his siblings had caused of one sort or another. However he wasn't prepared when his cad of brother ruined and then abandoned a young lady. To right the wrong, Robert married the girl himself; but his chivalry only went so far. He didn't want a wife, and most certainly not a scandalous one. So after repeating his vows, he sent her packing, off to a secluded estate and expected her to stay put.

After years of mistreatment at the hands of her family, Lydia was prepared to be an accommodating wife; but her rigid and unforgiving husband asked too much of her. After languishing for years in her opulent prison, Lydia leaves her country estate for the glamour and excitement of London-and unfortunately her husband's path.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935171676
  • Publisher: Second Wind Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of several Regency Noir Romances, Ava Stone first fell in love with Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen and Regency England at the age of twelve. And in the years since, that love has never diminished. If she isn't writing Regency Era romance, she can be found reading it.

Her best-selling Scandalous Series is filled with witty humor and centers around the friends and family of the Machiavellian-like Lady Staveley, exploring deep themes but with a light touch. A single mother, Ava lives outside Raleigh NC, but she travels extensively, always looking for inspiration for new stories and characters in the various locales she visits.

Together with Tammy Falkner, Ava makes up 1/2 of the Lydia Dare Paranormal Regency writing team.

Feel free to contact her at ava@avastoneauthor.com

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  • Posted January 13, 2015

    This lovely book is more a very charming and sweet family story

    This lovely book is more a very charming and sweet family story rather than historical romance. Ava Stone is a new-to-me author and I very much enjoy her voice and style, the pacing flows nicely throughout, and the central romance is heartwarming. It teeters a bit on the sentimental side at times but also has a surprising dark edge to it as well.
    Lydia is a young woman whose husband, Robert, the Earl of Beckford, married her merely to save his family name when she was caught in a compromising position with his rake of a brother, Lucas, five years earlier. Robert also quietly and quickly banished her to one of his country estates, far from temptation and the wagging tongues of society.
    So when Robert spies the beautiful and vivacious Lydia at his sister Caroline’s ball, he is shocked and angry that Lydia has defied him. But Caroline likes Lydia and has matchmaking schemes on her mind. Lydia is residing with her cousin James and his young family in London and refuses to let Robert tell her what to do. She has had enough of banishment and loneliness. Robert is also angry that he is attracted to his wife. As he gets to know her in London among their friends and family, he decides a good way to keep her under his thumb is to get her with child so that she will have no choice but to remove to the country and be out of his hair.
    There is a side story where Lydia saves two young orphans in the streets and takes them into her home, much to Robert’s dismay. This part of the story plays a bit on the emotions but it does provide a good background and insight into Lydia’s troubled childhood, something that Robert finds he wants to learn more about. He also learns to care for his wife and wants to have a true marriage with her after all, love and family.
    The secondary characters in this story are all very well drawn and made me care about all of them, including Robert’s sweet sister, Caroline and her family, Lydia’s cousins the Carterets—the family name of the Elliot cousins in Jane Austen’s Persuasion—and their large brood of children, and Lucas, the reprobate and sexy younger brother whose story follows in book two. There’s also the children’s governess who isn’t quite what she seems and some beloved and colorful servants that add a layer of fun and everyday authenticity to the story.
    The romance between Robert and Lydia is slow to build but their love grows on trust, respect, and the sincere desire to make the other happy, a good recipe for a long and happy marriage. The love scenes are more often implied rather than described, and some are completely off the page. Overall, it’s a pleasant love story but nothing to shake the sheets over. 
    This is the first in Ava Stone’s Scandalous series, and I look forward to reading more.

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