- File Size: 2266 KB
- Print Length: 266 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (July 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0741YXLBN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A chance meeting of Miranda and John, Jeremy's brother, led to the offer of employment for the destitute, newly-widowed Miranda. The job? Caring for a nine year old girl, the by-blow of the old earl and one of his mistresses. The girl, however, is blind, and has been since the night her home was destroyed by fire. The mistress died in the fire; the child survived without obvious injury, but unable to see. Caring for the child was the inevitable cause of Miranda and Jeremy once again meeting up.
The story was satisfyingly complex and did not totally hinge on the tired trope of two people who did not communicate. There were misunderstandings, to be sure, but I felt they were understandable, given the situations.
Sex: 2 petting scenes, 1 sex scene, lots of thoughts
Language: some Lord's name in vain
Violence: assault, drugging, slapping
Miranda and Jeremy had a miscommunication five years ago. He was sailing to Jamaica to oversee his father's estate there, and sent her a note to ask her to join him and marry him. His mother, who did not approve of Miranda, intercepted the letter and destroyed it. The Countess then told Miranda that Jeremy had left her. Miranda was pregnant with his baby, that he didn't know about, and so quickly married a dear elderly friend. The Earl dies and Jeremy is summoned home. Miranda's husband dies, and Jeremy's brother employees her to be their half-sister's governess.
This story dragged for me. It didn't get interesting until about 75%. The characters aren't well-developed, with very little background on their history, and very little interaction to show their personalities . All we really good about the characters as what they think in their heads, and it's repetitive. There isn't very much dialogue. The setting is well-researched and over described. The plot is insufficient for the length of the novel, and the pacing is slow.
When Jeremy returns he is furious with his brother, still desirous of Miranda, yet both cannot get past the perceived betrayal...through tons of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and loads of love for a sweet little girl...as well as dealing with a mebtally unstable, interfering and dangerous mother...Jeremy and Miranda navigate their way through a maze of doubt, confusion and mistrust and find their way right back where they started...to the place it all began, where they fell in love, and when the facts of that night meet the harsh light of day...and the unraveling of a teensy case of mistaken identity, or two come to light...these two characters wind up exactly where they should have been all along...in love, together, and living happily ever after. And I loved the entire journey!
The story revolves around Miranda, who is a governess to Phoebe, a 9 year old girl who lost her eyesight. She refuses to treat Phoebe as an invalid and is determined to help her function as normally as in any way possible. Jeremy, Phoebe's ward, is not always seeing eye to eye with Miranda. Miranda, Jeremy and his younger brother John grew up together and Jeremy and Miranda once fell in love. His mother intervenes without either of them knowing, but will true love prevail? Will they find themselves back in each others arms?
I couldn't put the book down, finished it in one day. I love how it ended too.
The author uses old style throughout the book, in speech and in descriptions, but unfortunately she uses the word c*** a couple of times. This really bothered me. I cannot for the life of me understand why she would do that. It doesn't add to the story, it takes a lot away from it in my opinion. Otherwise, this book I highly recommend!
Top international reviews
Miranda Comstock, a young widow, accepts a position in London as governess for a blind child, only to find that the child's guardian is her lover Jeremy, new Earl of Longley, who abandoned her 5 years ago. She wants to flee, but she has nowhere else to go, and what's worse, the sparks between them still sizzle.
Predictable? Yes, in a way. But so well told, with protagonists so likeable, that I could not help but fall in love with the story and with the characters. Add to that mystery and intrigue, and you have a book that you won't be able to stop reading until the last word.
Will have to look for more from this author.
After a fun beginning this book meanders into daytime soap territory. There is a blind child, a doppelgänger and an insane mother. One of the low points is the most hackneyed love scene ever. It’s teeth gritting stuff.
‘Scandal’ is not all bad. There are some promising sections and the writing style is engaging. But it’s not to my personal taste because I found the plot to be too corny.