SCANDALS Author:PENELOPE NERI VICTORIA HAWTHORN WAS MERELY STEALING A KISS IN THE HAYFIELD WHEN HER FATHER CAUGHT HER. BUT TO HAVE THE GOSSIPS OF THE TOWN TELL IT, SHE WAS NO MORE THAN A COMMON STRUMPET. WHAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WAS THAN SHE AND NED THOMAS WERE IN LOVE--AND SHE INTENDED TO RUN AWAY WITH HIM AS SOON AS SHE RETURNED FROM HER LONDON SEASON. — ALTHOUGH HER DANCE CA... more »RD WAS BLANK, THE RUMORS COULD NOT KEEP ONE HANDSOME SUITOR AT BAY; STEEDE WARRING, EIGHTH EARL OF BLACKSTONE. CONDEMNED BY SOCIETY FOR HIS WIFE'S TRAGIC DEATH, KNOWN BEHIND HIS BACK AS THE BRUTE, HE WOULD HAVE VICTORIA AS HIS BRIDE, EVEN IF HE HAD TO TRICK HER INTO ELOPEMENT.« less
How a rumor almost ruined their lives., November 28, 2005
Reviewer: J. Peyton (Pittsburgh Pa) - See all my reviews
Both Victoria and Steede were having to live down rumors. Steede decided to take a great leap of faith and ignore the rumors about Victoria and the miner Ned and believe that Victoria was a lady perfect to be his wife and the mother of his daughter Mary. Victoria on the other hand, wrestled through the whole story with the rumor of Steede killing his first wife. I still am not sure exactly why she had such a hard time believing in him, when he was nothing but kind and wonderful towards her. Even though there were many bizarre happenings - no one could really think Steede could have had anything to do with them. If she truly looked at the accident with the horse she would have to know he was not responsible. Perhaps it was more that she feared his rejection and a broken heart. But I did like this book. It might not have been as emotionally developed as others I have read recently - but it was still very very good. Victoria and Steede truly needed each other and their happy ending makes you smile!