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The Book of Scandal by Julia London
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Dec 14, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010-read, 2010-keepers

This is far from typical Regency fare, and isn't even a "romance" as much as it is a haunting portrait of grief in the wake of losing a child and how that grief eroded and eventually washed out a marriage. Three years later, the couple is wandering around this changed landscape together for the first time. This isn't really new territory--the loss of a child is fairly familiar territory in fiction, but what sets this novel apart is how beautifully London showcases the difference between male and female grief and loss and the little nuances to her tale that set it apart from others along these lines. As a parent, this book was a little hard to read at times because the story is just that haunting and griping.

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