The Year of Living Scandalously (The Secrets of Hadley Green #1)
In 1792, the village of Hadley Green executed a man for stealing the Countess of Ashwood’s historic jewels. Fifteen years later, questions still linger. Was it a crime of greed—or of passion?
When Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives at Hadley Green to meet with Lily Boudine, the new countess of Ashwood, he knows instantly that the lovely woman who welcomes him is no...more
Keria swaps places with Li...more
But when Lily, Kiera’s cousin, finds herself a new title her desire to travel abroad...more
Audiobook Length: 10 hours 23 minutes, unabridged
Performance Rating: 4 stars
I've listened to several books narrated by Justine Eyre and I think this is her best performance. Ms. Eyre captures the humor in the dialogue and her reading in this book is more nuanced and less melodramatic than her other readings. The Irish accents of the lead characters are charming and the timing and timbre of the male and female leads are perfect. The large and varied cast of characters in Had...more
My favorite of which is on pg 316 I want to say, where he asks Keira what she's afraid of and she says she's afraid of him, and then he...more
Historical Romance -Oct 19th 2010
The Year of Living Scandalously debuts a new Regency series by Julia London. The author writes a strong story with enthralling intrigue that kept me in suspense until the last page.
This novel starts out with the mysterious theft of the Countess of Ashwood’s famed ruby jewels. Young and mischievous Lily, the niece of the Countess is eager to point who she thinks may be connected to the theft and results in...more
ceritanya ttg keira hannigan, ce irish yang datang ke inggris buat gantiin sepupunya, lily boudine yag lagi pergi ke italia ....
lily tiba2 mendapat gelar countess of ashwood di inggris....tapi krn lily lagi fall in love sama seorang co yg akan ke italia, dia pergi jadi pendamping ibu co itu ke italia dan minta sepupunya, keira buat ke inggris...
keira yg awalnya ke ingrris cuma buat mewakilkan lily, karena ada hal medesak akhirnya terpaksa ngaku kalo dialah sang contess, lily boudine...
For much of the first part of the book I was doing a bit of teeth gnashing, as it seemed Keira could hardly endeavour to make things worse than she was already doing and the whole situation just seemed too irritating for words. Presumably at some point I did get sucked in because now I'...more
So, this book. I liked it; the story was interesting, and I did believe that Keira and Declan really loved each other. However, I just didn't love it. Ms. London's writing is good but not nearly as lyrical as others writing in the genre, which really needs that ebb and flow of words to set the tone. I debated with myself over how to rate it, wanting to give it 3.5 stars but then reminding myself that I don't give half stars because I should just be able to pick one or the ot...more
When Keira arrives, she´s mistaken for the duchess and pressing matters makes it impossible not to keep up the appearence. As luck will have it, a childhood friend is not far away. Declan is living near by and does what ever he can to help her. Old mysteries and...more
This book is well written and has an interesting premise, which is why I gave this book a two.
However reading a book that makes me miserable with dread is not a fun 3-4 hours. The lies pile upon lies and it is clear early on that there is not goi...more
To summarize, Keira takes the place of her English cousin, Lily, who has inherited an estate and is now a countess. Lily had lived with Keira's family for 15 years in Ireland. She was forced to leave Ashwood, her aunt's estate, because of a scandal involving the...more
The novel begins and ends with Lily Bodine’s story. When Lily was 8 years old, there was a theft of the family jewels at Ashwood estat...more
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four ti...more