How to Survive a Scandal (Rebels with a Cause, 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2021
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- Publisher : Forever (May 25, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 153870448X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538704486
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.75 x 0.75 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #189,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are several reasons why I gave this book four stars instead of five. There were excellent sections, and there were themes that became tiresome. This is a start to a new series, and I think it will improve with each installment. The book had exceptional writing; it also had ideas that I wish would have been handled differently.
Benedict and Amelia are forced into marriage after a misunderstanding compromises Amelia. The couple is night and day different. Their clashing chemistry was electric. Being so different, it is reasonable that they would fight. This tension between the pair was believable. However, they fought every few pages. I found the constant fighting and confrontation somewhat overwhelming at times.
The separation between the aristocracy and working class is highlighted splendidly. The growing affection between the couple is honest. The love built slowly, which gave the relationship validity. As different as they were, it would take time for the love to grow, and I felt this plot point reflected that concept. The only negative point I felt was that the romance took second place to the action and backdrop of the plot. Sometimes the couple’s dynamic got lost in turmoil around them. The locations of the factory and house party kept the story moving quickly. The unrest of the villagers and laborers gave a realistic feel. The conundrum in the plot of who we are versus who we have the potential to be is well executed.
Amelia’s good qualities were buried deep, but she blooms into a self-sufficient person with purpose. Benedict’s prejudices with the upper class run deep, but he slowly realizes nothing is set in stone. The couple created strength within each other’s weaknesses. The secondary characters were vividly written and carried the plot at times. Amelia’s previous suitor was selfish on the surface but had hidden layers as the plot unfolded. Benedict’s business partners had strong personalities. Cassandra, Benedict’s younger sister, stole the scenes with her sweet spirit. The aristocracy, which was the antagonist the majority of the book, still proved helpful at times. Amelia was excellent at navigating between the two classes, which helped her achieve the desired outcome. The secondary couple who are the focus of the second book is set up well, and I look forward to reading their story.
I enjoyed this book. I would have loved this book if the confrontational aspect had been toned down a little. That is a personal preference. The plot was sharp and intelligent. The dialogue could be both loving and vicious. I think the novel conveyed its themes of class differences and the world’s expectations versus a person’s true worth superbly. I desperately wanted the couple to succeed. I cared about these characters, and the ending was excellent. Overall this was a fun, thought-provoking, well-executed read.
The story is wonderful. It is interesting and gripping with a slow boil into the love and lives of the 2 main characters, Lady Amelia and Benedict Asterley, who soon try desperately to change each other after being found in a rather unusual compromising situation.
Definitely one of those books which I just have to recommend!
This is the first book I have read by Samara Parish, and it certainly won't be my last! Her storytelling is spectacular! She truly knows how to bring the world of her story and characters to life, and I was so immersed from the first page to the last. Her characters all feel like such real people, and their interactions and conversations feel so authentic to who they are. Moreover, I can only imagine the amount of research Ms. Parish must have done, as she truly includes so much in this book that is imperative to the story: what was expected of upper class women in society, the building of steam engines, tension between upper and lower classes, and much, much more.
Lady Amelia has been brought up since a very young age believing she will marry a duke. She has been told her worth is based on who she marries, and she has never imagined anything different for herself. Benedict Asterly is hard-working, passionate about helping others, and caring. Though he often puts up a cold exterior, he truthfully is very warm and loving. From experiences in his own life, and of those he cares about, Benedict despises the aristocracy. When Amelia is found by Benedict on a freezing night alone in a carriage, Benedict brings her home to keep her alive. The two are soon seen in what seems to be a compromising position (though it is not in any way) by Amelia's father, the Duke of Wildeford (the man she is supposed to be marrying), and an awful older man who likes to spread gossip, whether true or not. When the man who Amelia is supposed to marry refuses to marry her, Amelia and Benedict are soon told they must marry. Never could Amelia have imagined how this night will change her life forever, and how it could possibly lead her to a different happiness than she had imagined. Never could Benedict have imagined how this one night will alter his life, and how it will open his heart in a completely different way.
This marriage-of-convenince story is such a great read! Watching Benedict and Amelia truly realize how much they have come to love one another is simply beautiful to read! They truly learn from each other, grow together and apart, and come to realize that, though they are different in many ways, they are more similar in others than either could have imagined.
Moreover, I absolutely adore Fiona and Cassandra! Benedict's relationship with his sister (Cassandra) is so sweet, and truly shows a softer side to him that Amelia slowly begins to see from the start.
If you enjoy Regency Romance, I highly recommend this book! It had me turning the pages to see what would happen next and how everything would work out. There are twists and turns to this story, and poignant messages. Many moments had me on the edge of my seat holding my breath to see what would happen, and many moments had me simply swooning. I so hope we see Amelia and Benedict again in future books!
Thank you so much to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for the ARC of this book, it is amazing! All opinions expressed in this review are my own.