A Winter Scandal (Legend of St. Dwynwen #1)
New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp weaves a heartwarming tale, first in a thrilling new series, of Christmastime love, discovery, and scandal. . . .
When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church’s nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among t...more
Historical Romance -Oct. 25th, 2011
When Thea Bainbridge, sister of the village’s vicar, discovered an abandoned baby at the church, she suspected that the infamous Lord Morecombe is the father. However, when she confronts Gabriel with the evidence, a brooch, Gabriel is shaken. His sister had been missing for over a year, and that brooch belonged to her. Is this infant his sister’s baby? If so, what else does the innocent and beautiful Thea know? Together, t...more
The Good: Camp did a good job describing small town life and the pressures of being the vicar's sister. Additionally, I've read a lot of romance novels over the years and this is the first time an aban...more
Kudos to the author for having the plot make sense at the...more
(The St. Dwynwen Series, Book #1)
by Candace Camp
Genre: Historical Romance | Seasonal
Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea’s flashing gray eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamantly maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more e...more
What I really liked is that this wasn't just a romance but that there was an element of mystery a...more
A Winter Scandal has a cast of character that sounds familiar. We start with Thea Bainbridge, the plain sister of the local Vicar. Add in Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, who just purchased a local manor and is visiting with some of hi...more
This is such a Cinderella story. A woman transformed by finding love. When we meet Thea she’s a confirmed spinster. Completely entrenched in the boring life of a Vicar’s sister. It only takes one meeting from Gabriel to begin to crack away at that stodgy facade. Out come rosy cheeks, curls, and a desire to dress pretty again. It was fun to wa...more
The pace at the beginning of the book is really the only bad thing, but it will be en...more
St. Dwynwen is a real woman from Medieval Wales. Although her story varies, she is considered the Welsh patroness of lovers. In A WINTER SCANDAL, an English soldier marries a Welsh girl, bringing home his bride and a statue of St. Dwynwen. It is placed within its own chapel in the St....more
Every so often a seemingly innocent event can bring utter clarity to a person--a moment of self realization, if you will. At seven and twenty Thea Bainbridge was considered to be firmly on the shelf. It had never really bothered he...more
It begins with a Christmas ball and a real baby found abandoned in t...more
Generally pleasant, reasonably good grammar (with a few silly errors, like "I believe I have not been formerly introduced to this young man"), unusual secret baby plot, and a plain(ish) and older heroine (late 20s).
First, the one unique/interesting c...more
This book started great but somewhere in the middle it turned a bit boring.
I feel that the mystery surronding Matthew, the baby who was abandoned in the church and then found by Thea was extended unnecessarily.
I think that, by the middle of the book, we should have known already for sure who were the parents of the child and how he came to be abandoned in that church.
I really loved Thea! She was so fun to read about.
So clever, funny and incredibly blunt. I totally loved that she never hid what...more
Set in the quiet village of Chesley, Althea Bainbridge has lived there her whole life. She now lives with her brother Daniel, who is the town's vicar. Thea is 27 and quite 'plain'. Thea realises that due to her age and the fact that she lives in this small town and has never been...more
I am glad to see that I wasn't the only one who had trouble getting into this one. I'm usually a big fan of the "plain, shy girl gets the guy" plots, but this one never took off for me. Seems like others struggled on and were rewarded once it *finally* got st...more
Its the 1st time I'm writing a review and english is not my first language so please bear with me.
I like stories with spinsters and rakes so I thought I was going to like this one. The story is about plane and proper Thea, the devilishly handsome Gabriel and an abandoned baby found in a church. It was a sweet romance, and I liked the ending. The story plot didn't catch my interest though, I really couldn't care less about the mystery (ok maybe at the beginning, but it dragged for too lon...more
I loved Thea's character. She was honest and never den...more
Another holiday themed book and it's starting to get in the holiday spirit. I might even dig out the tree a month early.
Thea Bainbridge is an upstanding citizen, a pillar of the community and a giver. She helps her brother prepare his sermons and helps everyone with any problem they have. She puts everyone ahead of herself. Resigned to being on the shelf, she's determined to help her brother with all things pertaining to the church until he decides...more
I found the story original and completely enchanting. It captivated me; the characters were honest and simple, showing through their actions the core...more
Love the cover too!
Her first novel, *Bonds of Love*, was published by Jove Publishing in 1978, under the pseudonym Lisa Gregory. Two pseudonyms (Kristin James and Sharon Stephens)and many books later, Candace writes under her own name Candace Camp and still loves creating stories.
Candace lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and is the mot...more