A Note of Scandal

A Note of Scandal

by Nicky Penttila

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What’s the harm in a little white lie?

Especially when it could carry so much good—a new life for a wounded soldier, catharsis after long years of war, and an opportunity for lady composer Olivia Delancey to finally hear her music played in public.

Newspaper publisher Will Marsh refuses to compound the sins of his father’s generation by taking money to print propaganda. But with the end of the wars in France and America, he needs something new to drive Londoners to grab his paper first. Why not publish the score of the “Tune That Took Waterloo,” by a wounded vet, no less?

As Olivia struggles to keep her secrets from this unsuitably alluring publisher, and Will fights to find the truth without losing his hold on this bright-eyed angel who has descended into his life, both discover another sort of truth.

Being the talk of London can be bad—or very, very good.

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BN ID: 2940033261703
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 950 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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A Note of Scandal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
One of these days, I may not jump at the chance to read Regency romances, but sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. After all, it's light reading, history, and romance. But sometimes I do feel like I'm reading the same story over and over again. And unfortunately, this book was no exception. Now don't get me wrong. The characters were fine, and the romance was expected. There was implied intimacy, but we didn't really spend a lot of time in the bedroom. Olivia was definitely over-qualified in her present position as a woman in England in the 1800's, and her idea seems harmless enough. Of course, this follows that normal formula of a woman who is part of a family that tries to live the high life without the finances to back it up. Will didn't really capture my heart, so the romance didn't really mean anything to me. I did grow very tired of the profanity in the book--much more than typical. I almost wished there hadn't been a typical happy ending because it seems like things were really rushed towards the end of the book. But let me tell you that if you are looking for a quick Regency romance read, this may be up your alley. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Olivia Delancey is a thinking woman living in a man’s world, a world that has no room for female intelligence and where her own parents have no room in their hearts (or purses) for her.  When she composes music that she is especially proud of, an inspiring march, she has no one to share it with except her old music teacher, Martin Purdy, who is off fighting against the French.  When he returns a broken man, wounded, and unable to marry Olivia’s friend because of his pennilessness, Olivia sets in a motion a plan to get him the resources he needs, provide him with motivation to get well, and also allow her music to be shared with a wider audience.  She gets the march published in a London newspaper, but everyone believes that Martin is its composer.  The song is a hit and the public clamors for more of the same.  When it becomes apparent that Martin’s wounds prevent him from playing, doubts are cast on his ability to compose.  In the meantime, Olivia begins a relationship with the newspaper’s publisher, William Marsh.  What will happen if the truth comes out?  Will the scandal mean the end of her father’s political career and, even more importantly, her relationship with Will?   This was an enjoyable historical romance.  Olivia reminded me somewhat of Jane Austen’s Emma, forever trying, in her own special way, to help others, even though somehow it never quite managed to work out exactly as she planned.  It was nice to have a heroine with a brain.  It was also interesting to have a heroine who was not as pure as snow—she had been intimate with the man she (and apparently the rest of the world) assumed she was going to marry.  She is a bit of a rebel, even if she is limited in the ways she is able to show it.  Olivia’s parents are pretty detestable as they only seem to care for themselves.  I could have overlooked that part until, as part of their efforts to “economize,” they sell the one thing that meant the most to Olivia.  Her Aunt Betsy was enlightened—she had figured out how to make her own way in a man’s world with a conveniently “incapacitated” husband.  Olivia and Betsy were women ahead of their time.  I also did not like Merry, Olivia’s friend, who was engaged to Martin.  She turned out to be completely petty and unworthy of both Martin and Olivia.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Set in the days after Napoleon has surrendered for the second time, A Note of Scandal touches on more than romance. It tackles complicated timely issues that include the decimation of the middle class man in post-war England, the advancement of the printing press, and the battle between two popular newspapers. Nicky Penttila tells the story of Olivia Delancey and William Marsh, twenty-something composer and newspaperman, respectively. Olivia bucks conventionality in an effort to help her friends and publishes her own music under a friend’s name. This puts her at odds with young William Marsh, whose career goals at The Beacon are to get the scoop and always tell the truth. With the newspaper wars looming and William’s beloved paper at risk, his attention to Olivia is taking his focus from the conundrum of the wounded vet and composer. A Note of Scandal is full of notes and scandal in true historical romance fashion. Nicky Penttila weaves a brilliant tale of a woman’s place in post-Napoleonic England, the rise of the new middle class, the post war economy and of course, romance. Olivia goes unappreciated by just about everyone she endeavors to help, yet rather than bemoan that fact, she forges ahead in an attempt to make everything better for those around her. And then there’s the romance. It is how a romance should be, particularly given the time period. There is romance, witty banter, and of course stolen moments of sensuality, which make this story sweet and steamy. Throughout the deception, the lies, and misunderstandings, Olivia and William find a way to make a life together without denying any part of themselves, and that is the kind of love we all aspire to have.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Combine Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe novels with Jane Austen, add a touch of Dickens and a modern sex scene, then you’ll have the flavor of Nicki Penttila’s Note of Scandal. The notes and scandals are far from predictable, and the writing’s smooth and intelligent. Well-researched historical details add depth to plot and character, from the technology of the printing press to financial constraints on rich and poor, the poverty of returning soldiers and the ethically strained laws of politics in the aftermath of Waterloo. Martin Purdy struggles to recover from his physical and mental wounds, while Olivia Delancey schemes to please everyone, especially Martin and his fiancee, accidentally plotting her own downfall. If only Olivia had someone besides her music to love, but now even her promised betrothal’s falling through. The men of this world respect women only as marriage fodder, and Olivia has no respect at all for their preconceptions. My favorite scene is of newspaperman Will sketching the action in an age without photographers. Tourists stare at history in the making, and newspapers either report or devise the news. Meanwhile a pleasing marching tune keeps the story moving swiftly along. Olivia and Will have all the expected misunderstandings and more. And Olivia herself has to learn to recognize true friendship and become her own ally before story’s end. Note of Scandal is an enjoyable romantic novel with that extra bit of historical backstory that brings an era as well as its people to life--a quick fun read. Disclosure: I received an ecopy during the author’s blog tour with a request for my honest review.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Nicky pens "A Note of Scandal", a historical romance in a unique plot filled with love, passion, history and a touch of humor. The flow of the story line is smooth and her characters were well developed. I reviewed the audio version on this book and Michelle Ford narrates the book and her character changes were done nicely which kept my interest. A must read for all historical romance fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel is a unique and captivating look back in time. Penttilla takes the lives of quite a few individuals and shows how they intertwine, creating real lives and an amazing story. She doesn’t stop there either. Love and heartbreak abound in this novel, where characters attempt to follow their hearts and themselves, against societal expectations. This is a very well written story. It has a nice flow that fits with the storyline. The story and the writing progress in tandem with each other, not disconnected. Penttilla has created a very cohesive work that allows you to immerse yourself in it. This follows through into Penttilla’s narrative and descriptions. Although vivid and demonstrative, Penttilla’s descriptions remain unobtrusive. She uses them to enlighten her readers, rather than to overpower the story.  The characters in this novel are quite well developed. Not only are they interesting in their own rights, but they also fit within the stereotypes for the time period. I also appreciate that some of the characters were at war with themselves, weighing their desires against what is expected of them. This is something that remains within us, even today, yet is much less pronounced now than it was then. The interactions between these unique characters brought to light just how much ‘scandal’ has changed over time. Not only is this story itself interesting, but it makes you want to journey back in time. It is a heartbreaking story that you can relate to regardless of the expanse of time in between. That said, it’s also one of the happiest and most empowering stories I’ve read in quite a while. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Funny, sad, eye-opening, all these apply to this novel. I have always heard about how bad hospitals were especially for soldiers during the early American wars, but I never really thought about how veterans from other wars faired. I realize that this is not the central theme of the book, but this glimpse into history is only one aspect of this novel and shows how well the author knows her subject. I laughed at how the heroine fought against the constraints on women, especially women in the peerage, because I often think that would have been me. The story also reduced me to tears at times. The characters were well rounded and “real” in this story, so that I almost felt as though I was watching a younger cousin or relative live through the story. The rich landscape of the fall of Napoleon, the end of the war, and its impact on the characters was fascinating. I give this story 4.5 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.