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Quick and Entertaining Read
on April 27, 2011
I read this book through NetGalley and I am sharing my thoughts with Amazon readers.
"A Tale of Two Lovers" is a very intriguing story with strong characters that do not always meet the definitive "good" or "bad" guy. Lady Julianna Somerset is a young widow whose deceased husband was a irresponsible and a profligate. Lady Somerset never wants to be dependent on another man so she gets a job as a gossip columnist. She has a rival whose column has been running for over 40 years in another newspaper.
In trying to scoop her rival, Julianna comes upon Lord Roxbury in a provocative position with a person apparently wearing trousers. Without confirming what she sees, Julianna insinuates in her column that Lord Roxbury has ran through so many women that now he may be having a tryst with the opposite sex. As you can imagine, this launches a major scandal and Lord Roxbury wants a retraction. Unfortunately for him, his father gives him an ultimatum to marry within 30 days. After reading the gossip column, no presentable lady of the ton would even entertain a proposal from him.
After a few run-ins, Lord Roxbury practically blackmails Julianna into marriage. Not giving away any spoilers, the couple go through plenty of ups and downs before happy ever after triumphs. This story was interesting because the heroine wasn't that likeable a character. You would not want to invite her in as a friend. She did not mind creating gossip about anyone else and destroying their lives but as soon as Lord Roxbury turned the tables on her, she had problems with someone making harming her reputation. I really enjoyed her getting her comeuppance although I still don't think she ever saw the errors of her ways. If you want to find a book that doesn't subscribe to the same old characterizations, this story will be enjoyable for you.