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    Perfection!

    A STUDY IN SCANDAL is absolutely wonderful, full of suspense, exquisitely written, and features some of the most engaging characters I have ever read. Seven years ago, when she was barely sixteen, Lady Samantha Lennox made a grave mistake, and she has kept quiet since then, even though the guilt has been eating at her all this time. None of this would have happened were her father not such a terrifying man. Now, Sebastian Vane, the man she thought she loved at the time is getting married, and Samantha needs to rectify the situation. The whole family is scared of her father, the Earl of Stratford, and when Samantha confesses her mistake, the Earl reacts in a most surprising manner. But the worse was yet to come: as a punishment, the Earl is arranging a marriage for Samantha to a man who sounds even more horrid than her father, and the wedding is to happen within the month. What’s a girl to do? While on her way to see a friend, Samantha sees a coach going to London, and she hops in. Caroline Linden accomplished what I thought impossible: right from the start, she describes the setting so precisely and the characters are so meticulously defined, that I immediately cared about Lady Samantha Lennox’s fate. What Samantha had done was wrong, it was done in good faith, but Sebastian’s life was ruined in the process. However had Samantha’s father not been such a tyrant, none of it would have happened. Seldom have I felt more for a fictional character; Ms. Linden conveys the emotions, the actions of the characters in such a way, that you cannot help but become involved, and to this extent, it is rare. Samantha’s disastrous outing and subsequent rescue by Lord George Churchill-Gray are clever, entirely believable and absolutely brilliant. The writing is smooth and elegant, the dialogues are perfectly in tune with the times, and the descriptions are so crisp and clear, I felt I was in London; the attention to historical detail is breathtaking. Ms. Linden’s understanding of artists and painting is also remarkable, and the romance is simply sublime. I adored Samantha and George, separately and together; they’re wonderfully complex characters, they feel genuine; and George is the type of hero I always hope for in a book, but seldom see. A STUDY IN SCANDAL is a work of art in itself; this is a book that spoke to my heart. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Delightful, yet short book

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. Although not a fan of novellas, it’s always a pleasure to read the one written by Caroline Linden. The hero, Lord George, is an artist, and the way the author describes his works, and his portraits of Lady Samantha, is so good you can visualize them perfectly when reading. I liked the chemistry and spark you could feel between the main characters. And how easy it was to hate/really dislike Samantha’s father, and therefore support Samantha and George in their love. A forced proximity kind of trope, I would say. A short review for a delightful, yet short book.
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    Loved it!

    Great read, a pity it wasn't longer as it was quite tongue-in-cheek in places, causing me to laugh out loud!
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    A runaway Lady

    Lady Samantha’s father is upset that she stole money from him seven years ago and is owning up to it now. Her punishment is to wed a nasty lord who is known for treating women poorly. In desperation she flees and makes her way to London. She is set upon by some ne’er do wells looking to profit by selling her. Lord Grey sees her struggles in the river and jumps in and saves her. She is very evasive about who she is and where she’s from. Grey, an artist ends up bringing her to his lodging where his landlady gets her out of her wet clothes, gives her a tisane to ward off cold and they put her into his bed. She ends up staying on in his rooms while he sleeps upstairs in his studio. She knows her father is in London looking for her so she stays in her lodging to avoid her father. This story held my attention and I recommend it.
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    Destined to be

    I voluntairly read and reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A Study In Scandal, by Caroline Linden, is part of the Scandalous book series. As a novella it's book 3.5, I've also now found it listed as book 6. Having never read any of the Scandalous series I went into this prepared for a standalone story. As it turns out, it works both ways. Originally published in 2016, I found it to be just as fresh as a tale from 2019. I caught a whiff of Snow White woven into this story. I've always liked Snow, for the most part she saved herself. I didn't find a love-to-hate character so it left me 100% on our couples side. They're so cute together! Our heroine is Lady Samantha Lennox, downtrodden daughter of an Earl. I percieved the Earl to be a monster, wouldn't have cried if he fell off his horse. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and that's how Samantha landed in this pickle. Everyone in the family does what they're told but it becomes too much, marry a monster? No. Our girl get up the gumption to run away, wants to find her brother, and finds adventure and love instead. Lord George Churchill-Gray is not only the son of a Duke but he's an accomplished painter. Pretty content with his life, on the way to making it in the art world. When he rescues a damsil in destress he's facinated, she becomes his muse, and he's gone to love land quickly. He's a good guy, easy-going, has a terrific sense of honor, and isn't afraid of his feelings. I liked him right away. A Happily Ever After was written in the stars for these two lovebirds. Everything works out and Samantha a Grey are very grateful. If this was a game of poker, Duke beats Earl everytime. Happy reading. #CarolineLinden #AStudyInScandal #Scandalous
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