Scandalous (Banning Sisters trilogy, #1)
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Scandalous (Banning Sisters #1)

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England, 1810: When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family's riches will pass to the next male heir -- a distant cousin -- and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2001)
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Lisa Jo
Gabriella Banning has been faced with the most unappealing dilemma. She just received word that her half-brother Marcus, the Earl of Wickham has been killed. The Earldom will pass to their cousin Thomas who will surely push Gabby and her two sisters out onto the streets and of course, Gabby’s sister Claire will not have her debut season. Taking a huge risk, Gabby rushes her sisters off to London pretending her half-brother is still alive and well. She figures all she has to do is achieve an adva...more
Scandalous is indeed scandalous as the name suggests.

When Gabby decides to pretend that her half-brother had not died in Ceylon, leaving her and her 2 unmarried sisters destitute, she does not imagine a darkly attractive man to stand in as his impostor. Less did she expect that she would be loosening her morals for a taste of his pleasure. Posing as Wickham, Nick is searching for the man behind the murder of the real Wickham, but after teaming up to perpetuate the charade and spending time in G...more
A great read in lots of ways: believable hero and heroine, thrilling story and well-written. The heroine is not the usual, perfect beauty, but has a cracking character, which really appeals to me. The story, although it sounds slightly daft, actually works really well, and the prose is very well-written, and fills out the details of the story without being tedious at all. A keeper.
How could such a great plot end up so lacking?

Lady Gabriella Banning has just found out that her half-brother, Marcus, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon. His will left no provisions for Gabriella, and her two sisters, Claire and Beth. Their only hope to avoid being put out on the streets would be for them to pretend that Marcus was still alive. This would give them a chance to give Claire a season in London. Claire making an advantageous marriage would save the three...more
Amanda Ryan
This was my first read by Karen Robards. Scandalous is the first in a trilogy about The Banning Sisters, three girls who all share the same father but different mothers. The first installation is about Gabriella, the eldest. She’s a take-charge kind of woman, filling the shoes of their parental figures (dad is dead, may the heathen rest in peace; mom(s) are deceased as well) and taking care of her younger siblings. She commits herself to securing a coming-out for her next oldest sister, Claire,...more
Jun 05, 2014 Katie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I was going to give this three stars, but throwing in silly jealous stuff near the end dropped it to two. Well, then something other two-ish stuff (or maybe even one-ish) stuff happened, but I was too bored to care much.

I was intrigued by the premise of this one. Women decides to pretend her brother is still alive (so she has access to his money to go to London for her sister's come-out) only to discover someone pretending to be her brother! So, they know each other is lying, but revealing it wo...more
*3.5 Stars, leaning towards 4*

Nice story and I liked the characters too, although I wasn't sure how they were going to get to the HEA. And even if it was a teeny bit contrived, I was OK with it. It felt a little dated, more than it should for being published in 2001, but I think it was more style than anything. I am interested in what happens to the other sisters now too!

I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed it quite a bit. I thought the narrator, Justine Eyre, did a very good job and...more
Este libro me está aburriendo un montón, me parece que por más que leo y leo no pasa nada, no llego a ningún sitio, y lo peor de todo, en cuanto empieza a pasar algo…no me gusta, no me lo creo, con lo cual, va a ser un dnf.
Lo dejo al 56%, creo que con más de la mitad del libro leída, debería haber habido una historia y no es así, no ha pasado nada que no haya leído en la descripción del libro, salvo que el protagonista (Marcus por ahora) se sigue recuperando del disparo que recibió a manos de la...more
Read this a while ago, here's what I put in the bookcrossing review:

From the Amazon review "England, 1810: When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family's riches will pass to the next male heir -- a distant cousin -- and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks fast.
Which she does. Pretending...more
3.5*. I did like a lot of it but would have liked to get more of the hero's POV and backstory. I have to say "the hero" because he don't even learn his real name until nearly the end of the book. Both he & Gabby were likeable, although Gabby is the more sympathetic if only because you know her so much better. They were fun together and even though there are some dark situation the book is thankfully short on angst. I liked the sisters as well and will read their stories in the future.
Read this again for the third time and really enjoyed it. My rating dropped by one star (vacillated this time between giving it 4 or 4.5), but it's still a wonderful read with two great leading characters. There are some very sweet and very funny moments between them and I loved the ending.

(Written on August 27, 2010)
Lady Gabriella Banning is in a pickle. After the death of her father, she sends word to her half brother Marcus, who has lived overseas, that he must come to London and take the title as the Earl of Wickham. Unfortunately, Marcus' precipitous death place her and her younger sisters at the mercy of a distant cousin who will gain the title. To ensure the future of her sisters, she fakes no knowledge of Marcus' death and provides her sister with a coming-out party so that she main gain a husband. S...more
Loved this series, I need to read Irresistable since I have read 1 and 3 of the books.
Ga kebayang, kok bisa adik kakak tapi ga tau gimana tampangnya...;)
Mar 14, 2013 ɑƨħŵɑɡ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance fans

Simply, this renewed my love for historical period dramas. My hands kept itching to go look up any new ones xD.

This story is about Gabriella Banning story. When she learns of the death of her half-brother, Earl of Wickham, she realizes that she and her younger sisters Claire and Beth are left with nothing. She has to do something about it. So, she keeps the news to herself and goes on to prepare Claire's "debut" party so that she marries to the best of men. But this is only short-lived,...more
novel Karen Robards pertama yg kubaca.
Gabriella Banning mendapat informasi bahwa Earl of Wickham, kakaknya yang bermukim di Srilanka tewas terbunuh. Demi bisa memberi kesempatan kepada adik2nya, Claire untuk mendapat season pertamanya di London dan Beth untuk keluar dari suasana desa yang terkungkung, juga agar hak waris tidak segera beralih kepada Thomas, sepupunya, maka Gabriella Banning (Gaby) tetap menganggap Earl of Wickham masih hidup.

Saat Gaby, Claire & Beth datang ke London , Gab...more

Hola mis queridos lectores! Espero que estén pasándolo bien en estas fiestas y San Nicolás o el Niño Jesús les hayan dejado muchos regalos debajo del árbol, ya estamos a solo horas de que el año finalice, este año ha sido muy gratificante. En mi caso he pasado el tiempo en alegría con mis sobrinos, extrañando a los seres queridos que ya no están y compartiendo con los que afortunadamente aun están con nosotros. Desde este lugar les hago llegar mis mejores deseos para este nuevo año 2012. Esta e...more
novel ini dibuka dengan pembunuhan terhadap Marcus Banning, Earl of Wickham.

kematian marcus membuat lady gabriella banning cemas, betapa tidak, jika marcus meninggal maka gelar serta seluruh properti wickham secara otomatis akan jatuh ke tangan sepupu mereka, thomas.
jika sudah jatuh ke tangan thomas bisa dipastikan nasib mereka akan berada dibawah belas kasihan thomas.
jika sudah begitu maka claire & beth tidak akan bisa diperkenalkan secara layak di kalangan ton.
maka dengan bantuan jem, pela...more
When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family's riches will pass to the next male heir--a distant cousin--and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks fast.

The story begins wonderfully. I love the three sisters--Gabby, Claire, Beth. And Claire, although being the most beautiful of the three, i...more
I've read this book three times, and I've finally gotten around to reviewing it, so yay me.

I really enjoy this book a lot - obviously, since I've read it five times.

I'll say it over and over again, I love a book with good characters. This one, for me, has great characters. I love Gabby - she's so regal and proud, and she's really smart. Instead of feeling contrived, I thought the plan to save her sisters was brilliant and sly. And I love Nick, he's a good man who gets into a rough spot when Ga...more
Orphaned Lady Gabriella is left penniless with two younger sisters in her care. Hoping for funding, she writes to her estranged half-brother, who resides across the world and is now the heir to the estate. The day after he writes a letter of approval to Gabby and his lawyer, he is murdered. In desperation to provide a future for her sisters, Gabby pretends her brother isn’t dead and takes her sisters to London for the season in hopes of marrying off her beautiful sister, Claire, before everyone...more
Yulia Anggraini
ceritax jauh dari harapanq...agak down juga pas tiba bagian yang menghancurkan harapan dan asumsiq tentang ceritax...rasax diri ini tertipu habis2an... ;p
alhasil terpaksa berhenti sebentar cz udah terlanjur kesal...mengapa oh mengapa ceritax tidak sesuai bayanganq.... ><
klo dipaksa melanjutkan saat sedang emosi,ni cerita bakal aq nilai jelek... ;p

dari sinopx aq berasumsi dan berharap klo kedok marcus palsu tidak akan terbongkar secepat itu...n gabby pun tutup mulut ttg penipuan yg dilakuka...more
Sharon (A Book Barbie)
(Review originally posted here at Fictionally Inclined.)

I ran across Scandalous at our university used book sale a few months ago, read the summary, and was thoroughly intrigued. After all, you get the "pose as my girlfriend/boyfriend/fiancée" storyline all the time, but how often do the love interests pose as SIBLINGS? To my recollection, I've never read another book where that happened. But if you have a good one where they did, pretty please leave a comment, because I would love to read it. A...more
Listened for fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 2.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought When Finished: I really loved the leading lady but I couldn't fall in love with the hero *sigh*

Speed Date Review

First Date: Oh Gabby you are very brave or very stupid--either way I think you and I could totally hang out with a glass of wine! We could stir up some trouble in the name of making our siblings lives better! You go girl!

Second Date: Oh...more
This might have been good, but we didn't find out the hero's identity - not even his name! - until fifty pages from the end of the book. I also felt that it was much, much too long and that the pacing was atrocious. None of this helped with the actual romance aspect of the plot, which seemed to be founded on a very, very naive Gabby being shocked by sex over and over with nothing deeper to make the rest of the nonsense worth it.
 Spanxmcb (Yovanka)
This was a fairly typical Robards read. Fairly entertaining but lacking some depth of character and the scenarios the characters find them selves in are downright preposterous, but we accept them in a Robards world. I actually preferred this to some of Robards' recent contemporary fiction. I felt it was lacking a proper epilogue, but as it's the first in a trilogy, I'm willing to see where it goes.
Nancy Sutphin
As this is my first book that I have read by this author, I am very pleasantly surprised. I wasn't sure how the premise of the heroine falling in love with her "brother" would work. Ms. Robards surprised me. I thought that she showed true ingenuity in reuniting the hwro and heroine. I am truly looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
I liked both of the characters but can't say I care enough for the other two sisters to continue on with this series. I'm still glad that I read this one though.

Gabriella is a very strong character. She rarely goes down without a fight. She is a very level headed woman. I enjoyed reading from her POV. "Marcus" isn't that bad of a man either, even though he does do and say some things that deserves all the evil eyes and scathing remarks that he gets from Gabby, you eventually see that there is a...more
Heroine got on my nerves. Too many plot points resolved at the very end that could have made the story more interesting if they had been part of the narration earlier. However, I did want to finish it, so I guess there was something to it.
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Karen was born on 24 August 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was a teenager. She sold her first short story, when was very young, and was published in the December 1973 Reader's Digest, but she cannot sold her first romance novel until 1981, when she was 24. After it, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today, a regular on the New York Times...more
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