The Book of Scandal
Julia London
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The Book of Scandal
Julia London
384 pages
August 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Nathan Grey, the Earl of Lindsay, has been living without his wife for the last three years. Following the death of their young son, Robbie, their relationship deteriorated, and Evelyn went to London and became a helper to Princess Mary. However, rumors of Evelyn's affairs with Lord Dunhill may have landed her in a great deal of trouble as a royal scandal is brewing and she may be implicated. In order to preserve his family's good name, Nathan abducts Evelyn from London and returns her to their country estate, Eastchurch. There Nathan and Evelyn have to get to know each other again, to come to terms with their shared history, and Evelyn must learn to deal with her distress over the death of Robbie. But someone has followed them to Eastchurch, and someone may be plotting against their lives.

The Book of Scandal is an enjoyable book with some tearjerker moments and amusing sideplay with the butler, Benson. Both Nathan and Evelyn are appealing characters despite their faults, and their reconciliation feels believable. Some inaccuracies in terms of dialogue for the period mar the historical aspect, but nothing too grating; the general impression of the book is positive. London's novel highlights the rather inequitable societal opinion about men and their mistresses versus women and their chastity, and there are, for this reader at least, a few question marks over Nathan's future faithfulness to his wife, but it is overall a good read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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