When Albert, Lord Greyling, dies in Africa he begs his twin brother, Edward, to care for Lady Greyling (Julia). Julia is in her fourth pregnancy, theWhen Albert, Lord Greyling, dies in Africa he begs his twin brother, Edward, to care for Lady Greyling (Julia). Julia is in her fourth pregnancy, the first three ending in miscarriages. Fearing that grief would cause another miscarriage, knowing that the baby is the potential heir to the Earldom, Edward perpetuates a horrible fiction and pretends that he is Albert. That Edward died instead.
The problem is that every day he spends with Julia is tortuous. During his brother's marriage he allowed society believe that he hated Julia, when in truth he admired her a little too much. Now he falls a little more in love with her each day.
What will happen when the baby is delivered, and it's time to tell Julia the truth? Will she accept him in his brother's stead, or will he be relegated to doting uncle, watching Julia remarry and have another man's children from afar?
I was a little confused at the beginning of this book, but that kind of set up the entire duplicitous plot. I hadn't read the first book in this series, so I never really knew Albert, or his rapscallion brother either, for that matter. Over the course of The Earl Takes All I came to adore Edward, and I dreaded the moment when he told Julia the truth, even though I knew it must be done. Though I'd already figured it out, I cheered when the characters deciphered Albert's last words: "Take her to Switzerland."
I recommend this novel to fans of historical romance with unique plotlines and wonderfully interesting characters. ...more
The bones of the plot are good, and the characters qre interesting, but the relationships are not well developed. Additionally, the plot threads are tThe bones of the plot are good, and the characters qre interesting, but the relationships are not well developed. Additionally, the plot threads are too quickly wrapped up, and done with bad guy confessional speeches instead of the detective work that has been going on throughout the novel. This was a big letdown.
Fans of Quick's other novels may enjoy this new series, but I was hoping for more....more
This was my first Bridgerton novel, and despite Quinn's best efforts I still felt a little lost at the beginning. Once I got to know the characters aThis was my first Bridgerton novel, and despite Quinn's best efforts I still felt a little lost at the beginning. Once I got to know the characters a bit better I got caught up in the novel, finding excuses to stop whatever I was doing to read "a few more pages."
The storyline - gently but suddenly finding love with someone you've known your entire life - was well done. I do wish that there had been a little more substance to the plot. It felt like filler - a transition novel to bridge the gap between the last book and the story of Edward's disappearance....more
This fourth novel in the Scandalous series features Jamie Weston and Olivia Townsend. They were sweethearts once, before a miscommunication sent OliviThis fourth novel in the Scandalous series features Jamie Weston and Olivia Townsend. They were sweethearts once, before a miscommunication sent Olivia into the cold marriage bed of Henry Townsend. Sold into marriage by her father, Olivia kept Jamie at arm's length, both as punishment for his transgression and because her heart was broken.
Henry has been dead for two years now, and Olivia's situation has become precarious. It seems her husband had been a smuggler who couldn't hold on to money - even her widow's portion. Lord Clary, Henry's old smuggling conspirator, is pursuing Oliva, desperate to claim her and the last object Henry had smuggled into England. Clary's threats are becoming more violent, and he simply won't give up the chase.
As soon as Jamie hears of Olivia's predicament he rushes to her side to help. In his heart, he hopes she still loves him, though he can't bear to ask for fear of rejection.
Almost a year ago I read my first Scandalous novel (Love in the Time of Scandal), and I absolutely loved Linden's writing style. Six Degrees of Scandal was just as delicious. The heroine was often helpless but never weak; the hero had secrets; and the supporting characters felt very real. The story moved quickly and pulled me along for the ride. Finally, the satisfying ending left the door open just a smidge for the author to potentially revisit the characters I've grown to love.
I highly recommend Six Degrees of Scandal, and plan to return to the series to read the books I missed (Love and Other Scandals and It Takes a Scandal).
An Advance Reader's Copy of this title was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own....more
This novel started off on the wrong foot for me, with the hero being a staid, lackluster vicar who caves in to his father instead of reaching for whatThis novel started off on the wrong foot for me, with the hero being a staid, lackluster vicar who caves in to his father instead of reaching for what he really wants in life. On the other hand I really enjoyed the heroine, who took what she wanted out of life despite the potential danger to her reputation.
Overall the book was well written, though overly melodramatic for my tastes. I might pick up another title by this author in the future, but not for awhile....more
I really enjoyed this historical romance. The heroine, Clarissa, was strong and quirky - two of my favorite qualities in a female lead. Edwin, her romI really enjoyed this historical romance. The heroine, Clarissa, was strong and quirky - two of my favorite qualities in a female lead. Edwin, her romantic interest, was delightfully stuffy and realistically enamored of Clarissa. Situations were believable and created tension without being overly dramatic. Mild trigger warning on this one, but overall very, very well done....more
I usually love Eloisa James' novels, but this one fell flat. The writing was good, but the heroine was really annoying. She must be the world's worstI usually love Eloisa James' novels, but this one fell flat. The writing was good, but the heroine was really annoying. She must be the world's worst judge of character, and comes across as incredibly fickle. The brother-in-law is so smarmy that he's unbelievable. It wasn't my favorite of her titles. ...more
This fascinating book, geared toward ages 10 to 14, is a great introduction to history. Without talkiLincoln's Spymaster: A fascinating history lesson
This fascinating book, geared toward ages 10 to 14, is a great introduction to history. Without talking down to her readers, Seiple conveys Pinkerton’s intriguing and complex career, which spanned the years just before, during, and after the Civil War.
Pinkerton stumbled into his career when he alerted local law enforcement of a suspicious campsite, which turned out to be the lair of counterfeiters. He moved up through the ranks, eventually accepting a detective’s position in Chicago. The restrictions faced by police forces, particularly state lines, prompted Pinkerton to set up shop as a private eye. With a network that stretched across the nation, Pinkerton was in the perfect position to spy for Lincoln, uncovering and foiling Confederate plots. In later years, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency was involved in the pursuit and capture of renegades robbing the banks and railroads of the newly reunited country. Throughout his career Pinkerton pioneered techniques that are now standard operating procedure in the CIA, Scotland Yard, and police departments and detective agencies worldwide.
Lincoln’s Spymaster focuses less on biography and more on the more thrilling aspects Pinkerton’s career, reporting both the successes and the scandals. This career provides a framework for the Civil War, the Reno and James Younger gangs, and the Great Chicago Fire - all of which Pinkerton lived through and played a part in. A well-written page turner, this is, for me, the best way to learn history - through the people who lived it....more