A Study in Scandal

A Study in Scandal

by Caroline Linden
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A Study in Scandal by Caroline Linden

After a youthful infatuation went terribly wrong, Lady Samantha Lennox gave up all thought of suitors and happily-ever-after. But when she angers her strict and demanding father, the Earl of Stratford, he retaliates by arranging a marriage for her to a man she could never admire, much less love. In a panic, Samantha flees, only to find herself lost, alone, and nearly kidnapped-until an unlikely hero saves her.

George Churchill-Gray is an artist, not a knight in shining armor, but he doesn't hesitate to rescue Samantha from disaster and offer her sanctuary. He wouldn't mind if she repaid him by modeling for his latest painting. He's enchanted by her face...her smile...all of her, really. But with every study he sketches, he falls a little more in love with her, and Samantha begins to suspect her scandalous actions might lead to the sort of love she never thought to find...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537204727
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/22/2016
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 394,056
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before turning to fiction. Her books have won the Daphne duMaurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into seventeen languages around the world. She lives in New England with her family.

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A Study in Scandal 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
A STUDY IN SCANDAL is absolutely wonderful, full of suspense, exquisitely written, and features some of the most engaging characters I have ever read. Seven years ago, when she was barely sixteen, Lady Samantha Lennox made a grave mistake, and she has kept quiet since then, even though the guilt has been eating at her all this time. None of this would have happened were her father not such a terrifying man. Now, Sebastian Vane, the man she thought she loved at the time is getting married, and Samantha needs to rectify the situation. The whole family is scared of her father, the Earl of Stratford, and when Samantha confesses her mistake, the Earl reacts in a most surprising manner. But the worse was yet to come: as a punishment, the Earl is arranging a marriage for Samantha to a man who sounds even more horrid than her father, and the wedding is to happen within the month. What’s a girl to do? While on her way to see a friend, Samantha sees a coach going to London, and she hops in. Caroline Linden accomplished what I thought impossible: right from the start, she describes the setting so precisely and the characters are so meticulously defined, that I immediately cared about Lady Samantha Lennox’s fate. What Samantha had done was wrong, it was done in good faith, but Sebastian’s life was ruined in the process. However had Samantha’s father not been such a tyrant, none of it would have happened. Seldom have I felt more for a fictional character; Ms. Linden conveys the emotions, the actions of the characters in such a way, that you cannot help but become involved, and to this extent, it is rare. Samantha’s disastrous outing and subsequent rescue by Lord George Churchill-Gray are clever, entirely believable and absolutely brilliant. The writing is smooth and elegant, the dialogues are perfectly in tune with the times, and the descriptions are so crisp and clear, I felt I was in London; the attention to historical detail is breathtaking. Ms. Linden’s understanding of artists and painting is also remarkable, and the romance is simply sublime. I adored Samantha and George, separately and together; they’re wonderfully complex characters, they feel genuine; and George is the type of hero I always hope for in a book, but seldom see. A STUDY IN SCANDAL is a work of art in itself; this is a book that spoke to my heart. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Her rigidly strict father seeks to punish for a theft committed when she was sixteen and the lie she told to cover it up by attempting to arrange a marriage for her to a cruel abusive man. She runs from both of them to London to find her brother, and right into the arms of a true gentleman. Lord George Grey is an artist and the son of the Duke of Rowley. He rescues her from thugs on the streets of London and takes her to his boarding house to recover. George treats her with kindness. They have a shared interest in his art, and while they work together in his studio, they begin to fall in love. When Lady Samantha’s father finds her, he confines her to their house and attempts to ruin George at the Royal Academy. George seeks help from his father and family who are loving, kind, and caring, just what Samantha needs and completely different from her father. Will the Duke of Rowley be able to convince the Earl of Stratford to allow his son to marry Lady Samantha and restore George’s place in the Exhibition? It might not be easy, but he is a duke and can be quite persuasive. The main characters in this story are all strong in their own ways. Samantha and George are sweet and loving and want to take care of each other. The Duke of Rowley is the strong silent type. The Earl of Stratford is egotistical and rigid. The story is well done, short and paced perfectly. A Study in Scandal is a wonderful story.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** A Study in Scandal by Caroline Linden Book 3.5 of the Scandalous series Publication Date: February 17, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC sent by the author Summary (from Goodreads): After a youthful infatuation went terribly wrong, Lady Samantha Lennox gave up all thought of suitors and happily-ever-after. But when she angers her strict and demanding father, the Earl of Stratford, he retaliates by arranging a marriage for her to a man she could never admire, much less love. In a panic, Samantha flees to London, only to find herself lost, alone, and nearly kidnapped—until an unlikely hero saves her. Lord George Churchill-Gray is an artist, not a knight in shining armor, but he doesn’t hesitate to rescue Samantha from disaster and offer her temporary sanctuary. He wouldn’t mind if she repaid him by modeling for his latest painting. He’s enchanted by her face… her smile… all of her, really. But with every study he sketches, he falls a little more in love with her, and Samantha begins to suspect her scandalous actions might lead to the sort of love she never thought to find… What I Liked: Note: I received this book for free from the author. I was not compensated for my review, nor did the source of the copy affect my opinion of this book at all. Ah, this series is a favorite of mine. I adored the previous books and novella, and I just recently read and enjoyed the fourth full-length novel, Six Degrees of Scandal. Each pair's story is so unique and lovely, and I especially love just how connected and interwoven the plots of each book are, even though this series is a companion series. If you're a historical romance fan, I highly recommend this Scandalous series! In this novella, we have Lady Samantha's story. Years ago, Samantha stole money from her father to help her neighbor and friend, Sebastian (read his story in It Takes a Scandal). Years later, Samantha confesses to her father so that Sebastian's name will be cleared. At first, her father does not seem angry (which is out of character); but then he decides that Samantha will marry a brute of a man, in a month's time. Samantha runs away, only to become lost and almost kidnapped in London. If not for a dashing artist painting nearby, Samantha might have disappeared forever. Lord George Churchill-Gray, son of the Duke of Rowland, is more concerned with his artwork than his title. When he saves Samantha from kidnappers, he offers her his place temporarily. But weeks pass and the pair can't deny their attraction. Will Samantha leave her life in Richmond behind? This story was short, which is to be expected - it's a novella. I love how Linden is able to fit in a beautiful and very developed story in such a short space. We get all of the wonderful aspects of a historical romance novel,, but in a compact form. In this novella, time moves slowly at first. Only a few days pass between Samantha telling her father that she stole money from him years ago, and her fleeing to London when her father tells her about her new marriage. But when Gray saves her and takes her in, time starts to move faster. Weeks pass. So there is no case of an undeveloped relationship, though it might seem that way. I can't remember how I felt about Samantha in previous books, but I think I liked her more than I did in previous books. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
def618 More than 1 year ago
Isn't this cover beautiful? Sometimes it's hard to give a novella 5 stars, but not this time. I loved Samantha and Gray's story which is part of Caroline Linden's wonderful Scandalous series. This book can be read as a stand alone book. Samantha is Benedict Lennox's sister. If you've read Ben's story in "Love in the Time of Scandal" you will know how truly horrible their father was. This story takes place right before Ben's. Samantha escapes her father's plans for her by going to London, where she meets Gray. Gray is an artist, but also the son of a Duke. He gives her a safe place to stay and they fall in love. That's all I'm saying as you should read this story for the details and the HEA! I received an ARC of this novella which comes out February 16th! You will also want to read the final book in this series, "Six Degrees of Scandal" (3/29/16), to find out who has been writing the pamphlet "50 Ways to Sin". I can't wait to see if my guess is correct!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A study in scandal by caroline linden I'm not a novella type of girl. Why? Because they are too short and characters don't feel real, the storyline moves to "fastforward". When I got the chance to read this novella for an honest review, I gladly took the opportunity. Why? I really liked the author's previous books and wanted to see what she did with this novella. And boy, am I glad I did! This book is a little gem! From the first page, it grabs you, drags you into the story. When I read the first sentence "Lady Samantha Lennox had been afraid of her father every day of her life.", I has hooked. What a magnificent start of a story. You cannot but continue because you want to know what happens. Ms Linden makes the characters so real. So intens. Some you cannot but love, some you have to despise, intensely, deeply. Description of the settings in London are so vibrant, it feels like you are living there, wandering through the streets, smelling the fares presented at the market,... The story: Samantha lives with a terrible guilt. Years ago, she has stolen something from her father, to help her brother's best friend, with whom she was in love. But that went terrible wrong and lead to the social destruction of that friend. One day she tells her father, who is the emotional abusive sort of man. (God, how i despised the man.) His solution is to marry her off to a physical abusive man, a man who will show her her real place in life. Samantha who has been living a sheltered and protected life is not the demure girl she pretends to be. She wanders off to London and meets Georges, the complete opposite of the man her father wants her to marry. If you want to know more, you have to read this novella :-) no spoilers here lol! A rabit and a skunk, who would have know....
Robin Brock More than 1 year ago
I normally don't give novellas 5 stars, but this one is definitely close! Even though it is in a novella format, I felt the characters were fully formed and the story satisfyingly complete. That's not to say that I wouldn't have enjoyed seeing these two in a longer, full-length novel. But Ms. Linden's skill in giving us fully-realized characters is always evident, regardless of the length of the work. This novella reads more like a full length novel than many others that I've read. I especially enjoyed these characters...the sweetly charming and heroic Gray and the sweetly charming and heroic Samantha. Yes, the heroine in this case is also heroic and brave as she escapes the threat of a nightmarish marriage arranged by her domineering father. Gray is that wonderful fairy tale hero....sweet, charming, sensitive, the perfect man for our damsel in distress. I highly recommend this novella. I often skip over these shortened tales as I fear they won't be as satisfying and won't engage my attention. In this instance, I was gratified to be wrong. *I received this ARC free in exchange for an honest review.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I wanted to read Samantha's story so bad. Caroline Linden created another romantic, sweet and passionate story in a short novella that you can read in one day. I am not usually fond of the novella but I loved this one, everything about this short story is perfect. Caroline had Gray and Samantha in Love in the Time of Scandal as secondary characters, I was so curious how they met and fell in love. Samantha is a sweet and beautiful girl with a horrible father. She made a mistake few years ago and now she is being punished by her cruel father so how can she save herself from this dire situation…………… Gray is the son of the Duke and his passion is painting but when the fate brings Samantha in his life, he will do anything to save her. This is an amazing novella with great plot. Thank you Caroline Linden