Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain – a Review
Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress
Matchmaker Trilogy – Book #3
by Theresa Romain
Release Date: January 6, 2014
ONE GOOD PROPOSITION DESERVES ANOTHER…
Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself—she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.
Now they’ll weave their way through the pitfalls of the polite world only if they’re willing to be true to themselves…and to each other…
Theresa Romain has written a delight historical romance in Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress. Augusta Meredith, a young heiress to Meredith Beauty has tried to be accepted in the “ton”, but her birth to parents whose wealth was the result of hard work and building a company with their own hands, would not allow her into the tight inner circle of the titled. Emotionally damaged by the sudden loss of her parents and the man who courted her and she thought loved her, she’s running from herself and not in particularly good directions.
Joss Everett, grandson of a baron, but also son of a half Indian woman is much like Augusta. Accepted on the fringes of the “ton” but not totally included. He’s the businessman for his cousin Baron Sutcliffe, even though he’s family; he’s pretty much treated as a servant. His mother died while he was a young boy and he has developed an inordinate amount of “damnedable” pride.
The two meet in the town of Bath. Augusta is accompanying her friend Lady Tallant, who was recovering from losing a daughter in childbirth. Augusta is, for her own reasons, calling herself Mrs. Flowers, and a recent widow. Joss is trying to find out information on someone blackmailing his cousin. He knows who she is and she manages to secure his help in keeping her secret.
She gives him help in finding people to talk to about the blackmail issue; he keeps her secret of not being Mrs. Flowers.
That’s the setup. I don’t do spoilers. The writing is excellent, you very much get the feel of the time and circumstances. The two are attracted, but due to the issues each has, they just can’t seem to truly connect. The descriptive writing is flawless, the secondary characters are very well done. I’m an action lover, so the pace is a bit slow for me, but it’s very much like the times it’s written about. It’s a wonderful tale of all kinds of healing and not running away from yourself. Yes, it’s a love story. Is there any other kind? LOL
It’s a lovely story and well written. I look forward to more from this author.
If you like historical romance, this is your cup of tea.
Enjoy everyone, I did.
Reviewed by Georgianna
Copy provided by Publisher