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Venetia Flaxton, an intelligent but desultory young woman, details her affair with the 61-year-old dean of Starbridge Cathedral in this fourth of Howatch's Church of England series. "A commanding novel of substance and heart," said PW. Howatch "treats romance, sex, love and religion with the seriousness and humor of the best 19th-century novelists."
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'Rich in human interest, sex, scandal, moral crises and a good deal of humour, it is a book to keep you hooked throughout' Sunday Times 'Howatch writes thrillers of the heart and mind ... everything in a Howatch novel cuts close to the bone and is of vital concern' New Woman 'A mesmerising storyteller' Daily Telegraph 'One of the most original novelists writing today' Cosmopolitan 'Susan Howatch may well become the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century. Howatch is more than just a novelist of ideas... She is a skilled storyteller who makes the reader wonder and care about her people.' Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is the 4th in the series of 6 of the Howatch series. All are deeply interrelated, but with each one derives a much more complex view of each of the characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Philip Wells
The whole series is tremendous and 'unputdownable' for anyone with even the slightest theological interest in the Anglican Church. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Julia D
"SCANDALOUS RISKS", the fourth novel in the Starbridge Series set in the English town of Starbridge, begins in 1988 with the reappearance there of Venetia Flaxton, a woman... Read morePublished 12 months ago by KOMET
Really like this entire series, which I am rereading. Psychological mysteries with theological history and Church of England settings. Great reading for Anglophiles.Published 15 months ago by Litfan
All of Susan Howatch books are in the end potboilers featuring Christians and academics losing themselves then coming back for redemption. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Schwindt
Susan Howatch is a master story teller. Her entire six book series, including "Scandalous Risks" is a extremely well written. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Karen Hunter
I read most of Susan Howatch's books back in the 90's but gave it a break then found her when I was looking for something different to read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Margaret
The only other book in the series that I read was Ultimate Prizes which I enjoyed. This book is not as good, it is told from the perspective of a sheltered 26 year old woman who... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kingston Reader
I have enjoyed this entire series by Susan Howatch. Being a minister, I have enjoyed the theological insights and historical perspective of the Church of England.Published on August 20, 2013 by Patrick N. Stotu