The Summer of Wine and Scandal Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : January 31, 2017
- File size : 1327 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 97 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01N9Y1ZSD
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #828,937 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Book 1 - A MADNESS IN SPRING by Kate Noble
Book 2 - THE SUMMER OF WINE AND SCANDAL by Shana Galen
Book 3 - THOSE AUTUMN NIGHTS by Theresa Romain
Book 4 - THE SEASON FOR LOVING by Vanessa Kelly
I really enjoyed this touching little novella, though at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Lochley, who was a little too dandified and pompous for my taste. He did end up growing on me though, and then there was Caroline who my heart about broke for. She's still paying for a mistake made three years prior, and while her secret was not totally unexpected, it did have a twist I didn't see coming. And though the first half was good, I ended up loving the second half more and just thought it was lovely. The story does contain what I consider some serious subject matter, but doesn't have any actual sex scenes. There are instances with sexual references and undertones, but nothing detailed.
Overall this story was both well written and engaging, but I don't think everything was entirely believable. Still, it was such a poignant tale that I was willing to overlook any obstacles. The ending was absolutely beautiful and while it felt somewhat fairy-tale like, I was just so overjoyed to see this couple get the HEA they both deserved. For some inexplicable reason this was my first time reading anything by Shana Galen, although I have more than a dozen of her books. She's obviously very talented though and I look forward to more from her =)
Caro has secrets, there is much speculation about the village about what happened to her 4 years ago after the town's fair, most people think she was sent away to give birth to a child, but the truth of her time away is much more heartbreaking. She is ruined and her family is avoided and have not been invited to any events since she returned. She knows that once Lochley learns of her scandal, the invitation to dinner will be recalled. But to her complete shock, it isn't! They go to dinner and she learns that Lochley is known for his ability to pick wine, in fact, he will be judging the wine tasting at the upcoming fair. An event that her family's vineyard will be entered in. When talk turns wine, Lochley goes to his room to retrieve a bottle and is shocked to find Caro wandering the halls, turns out the host's sister is a bit of a matchmaker and set them up, but Caro believes the worst of Lochley and thinks he is trying to seduce her and gives him an earful.
Days later their paths meet again and this time she helps him find his way back to his friend's estate, when they arrive, he kisses her and to her surprise, she likes it - too much. But this begins a friendship of sorts and he meets her again and again. Lochley is falling for her, but when a chance meeting in Tunbridge Wells has him learning the truth of her scandal, he is taken aback and is not sure he can accept the truth. It will take some wise words from his friend Gage and some soul searching, before he comes to a decision, but is it too late? Did his initial reaction hurt Caro too deeply for her to believe his feelings are sincere?
I thought this was a well written, fast paced novella about overcoming the past and learning to forgive yourself. It is filled with a lot of emotion, forgiveness, heartache, acceptance and sweet kisses. I liked Lochley and Caro, but I am not a big fan of the story's ending, if felt incomplete and a bit unfinished. Overall this was a good story and completely different than your typical Regency but be warned, there are some trigger issues (attempted rape, survivor shame) that might upset some readers.
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