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Tea and Scandal

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Exceedingly wealthy Lord Pargeter had married his housekeeper . . . then expired, leaving the woman an heiress. There was something havey-cavey about the whole business, especially when the woman's niece, Jane Lonsdale, arrived unexpectedly from her teaching position at Miss Prism's Academy.
Across the lake, neighbors at Sw
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Published May 1st 1996 by Ivy Books
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Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joan Smith is one of my favorite traditional regency writers. She is to go to author when I need some light and cozy story. Reading this book, as often with her stories, I felt like watching a play: delightful romp, amusing comedy of manners with laugh out loud moments.
Location: Wildercliffe and Swann Hall estates in Cotswold country.
Cast of characters:
Lord Fenwick, top of the trees gentleman who came to the country to escape a filly chasing after him.
His friend Mr. Swann who puts foot in mouth
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Like.. 3.5? It was an interesting read, can be called 'unique'. It was not overly touching nor thought provoking. Just a pleasant read.
Jodi Ralston
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like witty banter and funny characters
Good book. Some of the flirtations and banter are the best I have seen in a Regency, and there are quite a few funny moments with funny characters--Mr. Swann and Mrs. Swann (his mother). And I enjoyed the verbal cat fights between the heroine's aunt and Lady Sykes, who is a connection to the Swanns.

The downsides of Tea & Scandal are few compared to its strong charms. At times, the story diverts itself and forgets to keep up some of the clever bits it started. Such as, Lady Sykes's entertain
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Joan Smith writes light, funny romances set back at the in the Regency period—definitely comfort food.
This story gives us a governess who is dismissed in disgrace due to the behaviour of another teacher. She runs off to join her aunt, who has just had an unexpected change in her own situation.
Her aunt offers her a home and she meets the various eccentric people in the small neighbourhood, with the possibility of romance showing its head, of course, after the obligatory misunderstandings.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm thinning my library, looking for books to recycle. I have a few favorite authors for Regency Romances. Joan Smith happens to be one of them.

This was fun, frothy, light, and charming. It was everything I expect in a Regency. I liked the twist with the aunt. I liked the woman who was so malicious that she had to search for evil in others. I liked the Swanns. I think in many ways, the side characters made the book.

I'm keeping this one.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous, funny fun. Don't miss Joan Smith!!
Anne Glover
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny dialogue and rich cast of characters make this a fast paced, fun read

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Joan Smith is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the Ontario College of Education. She has taught French and English in high school and English in college. When she began writing, her interest in Jane Austen and Lord Byron led to her first choice of genre, the Regency, which she especially liked for its wit and humor.
Her favorite travel destination is England, where she res
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