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The Year of Living Scandalously (The Secrets of Hadley Green) [Kindle Edition]

Julia London
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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In 1792, the village of Hadley Green executed a man for stealing the Countess of Ashwood’s historic jewels. Fifteen years later, questions still linger. Was it a crime of greed—or of passion?

When Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives at Hadley Green to meet with Lily Boudine, the new countess of Ashwood, he knows instantly that the lovely woman who welcomes him is not who she pretends to be. In an attempt to avoid an unwanted marriage, Keira Hannigan has assumed her cousin’s identity and is staying at the estate while Lily is abroad. When Declan threatens to expose her, Keira convinces him to guard her secret, then enlists him in her investigation of the missing jewels, for she now believes an innocent man was hanged.

Unable to deny the beautiful, exasperating Keira—or their simmering passion—Declan reluctantly agrees. But neither is prepared for the dangerous stranger who threatens to reveal Keira’s lies . . . and Declan knows he must protect Keira at all costs, for she is the woman who now owns his heart.

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All Keira Hannigan has to do is fill in for her cousin Lily Boudine; she never meant to actually take her place. But once everyone at Ashwood mistakes Keira for the new Countess of Ashwood, and Keira realizes that the only way she can take care of some pressing estate duties is to pose as Lily, she simply assumes her place. For awhile everything goes as well as can be expected, until Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, unexpectedly shows up. Knowing both Lily and Keira from Ireland, Declan immediately realizes that Keira is perpetuating a fraud. Somehow he not only finds himself coerced into keeping her secret, but also ends up helping Keira unravel a past mystery involving the disappearance of some valuable ruby jewelry more than a decade ago. London skillfully weaves dangerous intrigue and deliciously sexy romance into the cleverly crafted plot of her latest Regency historical, the first in what promises to be a superbly entertaining new series. --John Charles


“London skillfully weaves dangerous intrigue and deliciously sexy romance into the cleverly crafted plot of her latest Regency historical, the first in what promises to be a superbly entertaining new series.”


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  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by Julia London, and about time too! October 19, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had pretty much given up hope that any of my must-read authors were going to come out with new books that I would actually enjoy (there have been many-a-dud lately) that I almost didn't buy this book right away. I'm really glad I did. I had been craving a good historical romance and this one didn't fail to delight. While quite a bit predictable at times it still restored my faith in Julia London as a writer.

Keira Hannigan has offered to leave her home in Ireland to help out her cousin Lily by taking care of an estate she has inherited while she is in Italy. Longing for adventure, Keira finds the estate in debt and instead of telling the people living in Hadley Green that she is herself she assumes the identity of her cousin. What starts out as a impetuous decision turns into a whole pile of lies and Keira is forced to continue the charade to keep the villagers out of debt. In the midst of her lies she finds an old friend from the village she grew up in (Declan O'Connor) and enlists him to help keep her secret and find a way to solve a mystery that happened in Hadley Green 15 years prior. While hesitant at first, Declan is unable to say no to Keira and begins to realize that she is not just the young girl he knew from his past. Declan and Keira are both determined to experience freedom to the fullest but they cannot help but be drawn to each other.

I couldn't put this book down, I had to know what happened in the end. Keira, while sometimes selfish and headstrong, is a perfect match for Declan's strong will and I couldn't help but want them to be together forever. An exciting subplot with Keira and Declan trying to solve a theft that involved Keira's cousin was also an added bonus to this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay & A Bit Morbid December 1, 2010
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This book was only so-so in my opinion. Keira, the heroine, was like the popular, pretty girl in high school that everyone adored even though she wasn't a very nice person. She struck me as being exremely selfish, flighty and irresponsible, and even her charming 'joie de vivre' and patronage of the local orphanage couldn't make up for her basic unlikeable-ness. The author tried to redeem Keira in the latter part of the book, but by the time her deception was discovered I really felt she deserved all the censure.

I also felt like the author killed off an awful lot of people to make this story happen (even if they were minor characters), and in some disturbing ways. Having a young girl throw herself off a cliff after a brutal rape seemed a bit extreme to me, as did killing off an estate employee by spearing him with a pitchfork.

But more than the selfish heroine or the plethora of dead bodies strewn about, it was the contradictory or questionable details of the book that really irked me. Keira was supposed to be an expert horsewoman, but she didn't know what it meant when Declan thought his horse was foundering? That's like having a car with a flat tire - who would be in that situation and not know its significance? Also, who hired Mr. Fish, the wonderful estate manager, if he wasn't around until after the earl died? How was Keira able to turn the estate around when she had absolutely no knowledge of estate management? Why didn't Ashford have its own team of solicitors to handle any issues of the estate's entail? Why were there so few people around to answer any questions about Mr. Scott's wrongful conviction when Hadley Green was such a thriving little village?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dimbulb heroine and cliffhanger ending June 26, 2012
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The heroine was an idiot. The horse breeder hero really needed to ask himself if he'd breed his prize stallion to a mare as dumb as this woman.

Cousins Lily and Keira concoct a farcical scheme worthy of 13 year olds who've grown up on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody.Tthey decide Lily will not travel to England to take up her inherited earldom, but instead will travel as a paid companion so that she might spend time with a man on whom she has a crush. Keira will travel to England and take up the reins. When Keira arrives at the earldom, a servant mistakes her for Lily and rather than simply correct him, she blithely assumes Lily's identity.

Declan meanwhile happens to arrive at the neighboring estate as part of his horse breeding hobby and discovers the impersonation and rightly castigates Keira for her fraudulent assumption of Lily's identity and authority. Keira continues to ignore any hint that deceiving an entire village is morally wrong because she's rebuilding the mill and is playing Lady Bountiful at the orphanage, as well as any concern that she might be arrested. Declan regularly reprimands Lily as if she were a particularly dimwitted child, but nonetheless can't keep his hands off of her.

Meanwhile Declan and Keira investigate a long-ago theft that led to a hanging and Keira deals with a mysterious Danish count who owns the neighboring estate and who seems determined to ruin the earldom.

I honestly had to check the cover a few times to see if Julia London really was the author. I cannot believe such a good author wrote this annoying book that seems like a throwback to the 1970s Harlequin Romances in which a young and stupid virgin needs a big, strong, smart man to save her from her own idiocy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
As always Julia London delivered a great book. I would highly recommend it. I was unable to put it down!
Published 3 months ago by ajmeredith2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful!
After reading this book I realized that I've been away from this author's work, and this genre, for FAR too long. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anna Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Julia London...Could not put it down til done..Wonderful and entertaining read.
Published 8 months ago by Tracy G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous and emotional
Oh my! Couldn't hardly put it down. The history, description and narrative was beautifully done. Very well written and the drama is very emotional.
Published 17 months ago by Rebecca L. Homan
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give this less than one star.
I have never put a book down before finishing it until now. The characters don't even like each other, and quite frankly I don't blame them. Read more
Published on March 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely lacking
I am looking forward to reading the sequel, just out, but I don't think this book is worth 7.99 so I won't buy the next one. Public Library here I come. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Booklady1
5.0 out of 5 stars Ross
I live in Houston Texas and for those of you who have live here or have been here know that you can drive an hour and still be in the same side of town. Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
I've read all of London's historicals and this is the best one so far.

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Published on November 28, 2011 by M. Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Deceptive Packaging Issue
The amusing title and my enjoyment of the bungling Highlanders in London prompted me to buy this book. However, I couldn't get past the first chapter. Read more
Published on June 8, 2011 by Omnivorous Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars ...
Brilliant! Addictive from start to finish. Wonderful story the whole way through! Lovely characters, steamy intimate scenes, perfect writing - I don't read Julia London for... Read more
Published on May 13, 2011 by Not Telling
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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters historical romance series, and the Homecoming Ranch contemporary romance series. She is a six time finalist for the presitigous RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance for Dangerous Gentleman. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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