The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior: The Seduction Diaries

The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior: The Seduction Diaries

3.8 4
by Jennifer McQuiston

View All Available Formats & Editions

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston's enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart's desire

Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn't yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a


In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston's enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart's desire

Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn't yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to spinsterhood and a cottage in Cornwall. Unfortunately, an insufferable marquess is angling for her prize! Turning Lord Thomas Branston down flat should be easy. So why does this man who won't take no for an answer make Lucy's body and soul sigh yes?

Thomas knows the real value of Heathmore Cottage, and he has no intention of letting some silly Society miss get her hands on it. He'll simply have to charm Lucy into selling. But the clever young woman he encounters, first in London, then en route to Cornwall, stands stubbornly on her own two (quite lovely) feet. And now, Thomas can think only of sweeping her off them.

Editorial Reviews

Night Owl Reviews
“A true romantic story that will leave you far more than satisfied.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“McQuiston continues her Seduction Diaries series with another smart, sexy, utterly delightful and insightful tale. Readers will certainly take the independent heroine and wounded hero to their hearts... There’s emotional depth, wonderful character growth and passion, adding just what readers need to lift their spirits.”
“Her impulsive nature and his gentle ways will endear the pair to readers, who will be cheering as Lucy and Thomas learn to trust one another and stop fighting their attraction...For fans of historical romance with feisty, feminist female characters who have soft spots for hunky lords.”
Kirkus Reviews
When a young woman inherits a ramshackle cottage from her spinster aunt, she's determined to use the house as her aunt did—to avoid an unhappy marriage. McQuiston (Diary of an Accidental Wallflower, 2015, etc.) returns with the second book in her Seduction Diaries series. Lucy Westmore is dreading her upcoming season on the London marriage mart. She views the custom as "an archaic process" that sells "young women of good breeding to the highest bidder," and she wants none of it. So when she receives a mysterious package from her recently deceased aunt, she's delighted to find the key to her aunt's cottage inside, along with a note explaining that Lucy is the new owner and a collection of her aunt's diaries. But Thomas, the Marquess of Branston, is already in talks with her father to buy the property without Lucy's consent. Lucy is determined to find out why Thomas wants it so much, since it's falling down and located in a remote corner of Cornwall. When she dashes off to Cornwall to investigate, she falls in love with the little town of Lizard Bay—and with Thomas, whom she still can't bring herself to trust. Meanwhile, ghosts in Thomas' past mean he can't tolerate London, which makes a future for the couple nearly impossible. Lucy herself finds the odd little community of Lizard Bay so welcoming that she thinks of never leaving, although her love for her family in London is calling her back. Lucy's feminist tendencies are refreshing, if somewhat surprising, given the Victorian ideas held by her parents. Thomas is a complicated and likable character, and the book has multiple threads of mystery that are not easily solved by the reader. An absorbing read.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Seduction Diaries Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior: The Seduction Diaries 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
julieford More than 1 year ago
Jennifer McQuiston writes books that make you laugh and cry at the same time. This book continues in this style. This is the story of Lucy Westmore who is a bit of a hoyden and does basically as she pleases. She wears trousers, curses and climbs out windows. Lucy has inherited a property and diaries from her aunt but her father sold the property to Lord Thomas Branston without Lucy's permission. She writes to Lord Branston and informs him that she is not selling until she checks out her property. After meeting with Thomas in London, Lucy climbs out her window one night and makes her way to Heathmore Cottage, her property. While travelling, she reads her aunt's diaries and sees similarities to what she wants out of life but her Aunt's lessons in the diaries show Lucy a whole lot more, especially that life is lived through love. During her travels Lucy must decide if Thomas is trying swindle her or if he is trustworthy and the love of her life.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Oh I love this author’s writing and humor, and her characters never fail to amuse and intrigue. The second in this series, it can be read alone but beware, McQuiston’s writing is addictive and she’ll quickly become a must read! Lucy isn’t yet a spinster, but has every plan not to marry or be ruled by any but her own hand. More than a bit of a tomboy, she delights in dressing up in men’s clothing to wander about unfettered by society, and the occasional tree climb. An aunt she barely remembers (and the black sheep of her father’s family) has died and left her small cottage in Cornwall to Lucy. It being her father’s ‘duty’ to see her safely settled, he arranges the sale of the cottage without her consent. Thomas Brandston, a marquis, has been ‘hiding’ away in the Cornwall village, and had befriended Lady E, Lucy’s aunt. He isn’t interested in someone from London coming to take away the cottage, or disturb his carefully crafted life away from the scandals and temptations of London. Spending his days in scientific research and working with the locals to improve their lives as best he can, he’s not willing to give up his intentions for the cottage quite yet. These two butt heads frequently, as Lucy stubbornly runs from London to claim her inheritance. The moments with Thomas on the train to Cornwall, and the frequent encounters after soon change her impressions, and stir up uncomfortable feelings that challenge her fears of marriage. With insets from the diary writings from Aunt E, Lucy’s similar appearance and her stubborn refusal to stray from the path she has set out for herself, the characters unfold and integrate to form not only a picture of the place, but display the clear connection between Thomas and Lucy, despite their both trying to deny the facts. Everyone in this story is so perfectly suited and fit to their parts they play, from kindly regard to sheer impish shenanigans, the moments move from clever to heartwarming in instants. With a wonderful twist that just borders the edge of beyond belief, this story brings plenty of amusement and entertainment. A wonderful installment that carries the story forward and takes us out of the hustle and bustle of London society, with plenty of insight presented from the late Aunt E who writes diary entries as short skits and moment, full of the spunk and spirit she must have displayed to her family’s dismay. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago