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A Note of Scandal Paperback – March 25, 2013
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"Combine Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels with Jane Austen, add a touch of Dickens and a modern sex scene, then you'll have the flavor of Nicky Penttila's Note of Scandal. The notes and scandals are far from predictable, and the writing's smooth and intelligent."--Sheila Deeth
2013 RomCon Readers' Choice finalist
Nicky Penttila weaves a brilliant tale of a woman's place in post-Napoleonic England, the rise of the new middle class, the post war economy and of course, romance. There is romance, witty banter, and of course stolen moments of sensuality, which make this story sweet and steamy. Throughout the deception, the lies, and misunderstandings, Olivia and William find a way to make a life together without denying any part of themselves, and that is the kind of love we all aspire to have.--Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Nicky Penttila writes stories with adventure and love, and often with ideas and history as well. She enjoys coming up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then she *must* travel there, you know, for research. She lives in Maryland with her reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat. She's chattiest on Twitter, @NickyPenttila, and can also be found at nickypenttila.com.
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I listened to this book in audio format. Michelle Ford did a very good job at narrating this book. There were times that it moved a bit slow for my liking, but I'm not convinced that it wasn't a small lag in the book rather than a lack of excitement and attention by the narrator. It wasn't enough of an issue for me to warn anyone away from the audible version or the book in general.
Will Marsh has spent his entire publishing career trying to overcome his father's sins. His dad paid the ultimate price for his mistakes, but since Will went into the same field he's always been haunted. Trying to keep his newspaper afloat he decides to print a score written by a wounded vet. Although, he has a bad feeling about it he is assured by the vet himself and his friend Olivia that all is as they say it is. As things heat up in the publishing business and he is close to truly losing his newspaper he should be giving it his complete attention. However, he can not get his mind off of Olivia Delancey and the way she makes him feel.
Olivia is taken advantage of by everyone in her life. Her parents are so in love with each other, so bad at managing their money and so ambitious for a career in politics that Olivia is nothing more than a "tool" for them to use. Her closest friend is selfish and has made no secret of using Olivia to get ahead in social circles. Once she falls in love, she uses Olivia to hide her relationship with her beau and to solve the problem of convincing her father to approve the match. In an attempt to help the couple, Olivia convinces the beau to take credit for a score that Olivia herself had written. He can get money and notoriety for the piece. This all seems like such a good idea until Olivia finds herself falling in love with Will. It all started out so innocently. She didn't think anyone would be hurt over it all, but now she knows different. She has to find a way to tell Will the truth and convince him to forgive her.
I absolutely loved Will. He has his share of demons and is not perfect, but he is a good man. Did I mention he is sexy and all alpha male? It begs to repeated, he is hot! Olivia is likable, but she drove me crazy. She is sweet and selfless to the point of self sacrifice. I wanted to shake her and make her stand up for herself. It made me so sad to see everyone using her and she just let them. Even in the end, she never found her inner bitch. But, I never disliked her. She is a truly good person. I just wanted her to take charge of her own life instead of making sure everyone else's ran smoothly.
I would like to thank Vickie Dold at I.O. Book Tours for the loan of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I laughed at how the heroine fought against the constraints on women, especially women in the peerage, because I often think that would have been me. The story also reduced me to tears at times.
The characters were well rounded and "real" in this story, so that I almost felt as though I was watching a younger cousin or relative live through the story. The rich landscape of the fall of Napoleon, the end of the war, and its impact on the characters was fascinating.
I give this story 4.5 out of 5 clouds.
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My favorite scene is of newspaperman Will sketching the action in an age without photographers. Tourists stare at history in the making, and newspapers either report or devise the news. Meanwhile a pleasing marching tune keeps the story moving swiftly along. Olivia and Will have all the expected misunderstandings and more. And Olivia herself has to learn to recognize true friendship and become her own ally before story's end. Note of Scandal is an enjoyable romantic novel with that extra bit of historical backstory that brings an era as well as its people to life--a quick fun read.
Disclosure: I received an ecopy during the author's blog tour with a request for my honest review.
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