Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse.
It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.
|Published||Covenant Communications 2019|
|Size||6 x 9|
|Audiobook Narrator||Abbigail Warren|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 9 hrs.|
I enjoyed her previous novel, "The Roses of Feldstone," but this was even better!
Esther Hatch has written a delightful, fun, and clean romance. Grace, an orphan, just wants a loving family to belong to once more. Due to a few unfortunate circumstances she finds herself with a timeline of two weeks to secure herself a husband. This brings about quite a few tricky and awkward encounters for her as she tries to ensnare the man she wants to marry. I really enjoyed this book. Grace’s character is young and a little naive but she’s not afraid to speak her mind. The situation that she meets her love interest in is one of my favorite moments of the book. I loved rooting for everything to work out for Grace and the man she loves.
Such a good romance book. Just the right amount of mystery, heartache, romance and redemption. I was riveted and couldn’t stop thinking about the story when I wasn’t listening. I loved the characters and the fact even though it is a romance book, it was appropriate enough that I didn’t have to worry of my children listened.
A Proper Scandal is such a fun new take on a Regency Romance. Grace is such a cute, naive girl that is thrown into a precarious situation to save herself from the clutches of a slimy step-uncle. I like how Grace stumbles about in her attempt to ensnare a husband. Nate never sees her coming. Between her stunning looks and her innocent charm, Nate never stood a chance. This romance was a fun one to watch unfold, with witty dialogue and humorous situations throughout. There is an element of danger and going against social norms if caught, but nothing too nefarious. This story does keep you guessing as secrets are revealed and you keep wondering how in the world everything will be resolved. I loved how the hero in this story is a wealthy businessman and not a member of the nobility.
This unique story-line is a very refreshing change in the world of Regency Romance.
A PROPER SCANDAL is definitely the proper title for this story. It's full of almost scandals as the heroine tries to have some control over her life and find safety. Romance readers who like their stories heavy on the romance will enjoy this one.
Grace was a really fun character. She is sweet, smart, and beautiful, but also quite naive. I had to laugh at some of the dialogue as well as some of the predicaments she gets herself into. The scene with the hat and parasol was probably one of my favorites from the book. Hilarious and swoon worthy at the same time. I loved Nate! He was a fabulous leading man and I loved how he interacted with Grace. Together, they made an entertaining couple. They faced some difficult things and when they did, that's when I felt my emotions engage. There was heartache and distrust, but thank goodness there was a happily-ever-after in the end.
Having read this author's last book and most historical romance from this publisher, this story surprised me a little. I wasn't quite expecting it to push the line with the romance so much. It's still clean, but I think because I started it with different expectations, that threw me a little. I also didn't quite buy the urgency and the way things played out for Grace, particularly that her cousin and aunt didn't confide in her more and that she went from a proper young lady to someone who would ask inappropriate questions and push scandal so easily.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this. I would have liked more development and not quite so heavy on the romance, but I really liked the characters and it was definitely an entertaining read. Recommended to romance fans.
Content: Attempted rape and innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
As many other reviews have said this is a fast pace book that keeps you hooked from the very beginning. I enjoy the witty humor and the fun dialog. I would however give a strong warning to anyone reading this book. She is extremely detailed about physical contact and there is tons of sexual tension. I know she is consider a proper romance writer, but I felt this book tried to walk so close to the line that it stepped over a couple times. Other then that the book was good.
Esther Hatch is a talented author, and I was excited for the opportunity to read her latest novel, A Proper Scandal. My attention was captured right off as Grace, an orphan, was told she would no longer be living with the vicar and his family who had taken her in years earlier when her parents died. The situation had been a good one for her initially, but as time went on and she became more beautiful, the vicar's wife seemed to resent her beauty as no one noticed her daughters. Grace worked hard around the vicarage, but it was never enough to be truly accepted. Although the idea of being invited to live with her only living relative had some appeal, she hated to leave the only town she'd ever known. And once she arrived in London she discovered that the invitation to live with her aunt and new step-uncle wasn't what it first appeared.
As the story unfolds Grace's safety is threatened and time after time she's made to feel that she is only wanted for her beauty and large dowry. Her only option for safety is to convince a certain man to marry her. The process goes against Grace's high morals, but she's unable to find a better alternative. The ensuing entrapment/courtship made for an entertaining story packed with varying emotions.
I liked the main characters and appreciated their depth. I also liked the bits of humor included that lighted the story up at times. This was a fast read for me, and I will definitely read more from this author.
Grace is in quite a mess! I loved her tenacity despite her discomfort with her circumstances. She desperately misses her parents, but realizes that nobody is there to save her, she must make the best of it and choose the path that will determine how the rest of her life turns out. She has her sights set on Nate, and even though he is determined to never be taken advantage of by a scheming woman again, he can't resist her sweet personality and genuine compassion. They had a fun meet-cute that set the stage for the informal banter they enjoy for the rest of the book. I loved the contrasts in the characters and story that makes them question what is real, what are everyone's secrets, and how on earth is everything going to turn out?! Strong characterization and the steady pace of the interesting plot made this a book I couldn't put down! Highly recommend!!!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I’m blown away. This story is a mega-winner. The plot, characters, and conflict are complicated and multi-layered. It’s not your typical, dry Regency romance. Grace Sinclair is sent to live with her aunt and step-uncle in London. All she wants is a family, since her parents died 6 years ago. She wants to be loved and accepted for who she is, not her sizable dowry. But when a terrible man on the train ride to London makes overt advances (after learning about her dowry), she strikes up a conversation with a stranger, calling him Uncle, to escape the man’s less than honorable intentions.
Nate Barton is attracted to the beautiful woman who uses him to escape another man at the train station while she waits for her real uncle and aunt to arrive, but he’s been betrayed by a beautiful woman before and has no use for women. Though of noble birth, he works with a railroad laying tracks and doesn’t need a distraction. But when circumstances throw the two together days later, and the beautiful Grace tries to get him alone to compromise him and force his hand to marriage, he refuses to succumb to her charms. She will not win this game. He knows a woman like her could never love him for himself, and he won’t be played again.
I won’t give more of the story, because it is so delicious you need to experience each twist and turn of the plot for yourselves without being warned. But I read it in 2 days, though I had given myself a week to get through it. To me, that shows the beauty and brilliance of this story. The author basically hijacked me and held me ransom until the end. And I have Stockholm syndrome and will applaud my literary hijacker’s skill and authority. Bravo, Ms. Hatch. Thanks for kidnapping me and taking me along for Grace and Nate’s marvelous ride.
I love it when I find a great book that I don’t want to put down. This was definitely one of those! I loved everything about it from page one. The characters were amazing, the plot was perfect, and the little trains in each chapter were adorable. And I can’t even tell you how much I love the cover!
Let’s start with Grace. She’s gone through some hard times. Her parents died, leaving her to live in the vicarage in her town. But now it’s time for her to move on. One thing about Grace is that she just wants to have a place for just her. She’s been removed from her home by the man who inherited her father’s estate. The vicar and his wife wanted her to move on. She just wants to be loved.
It’s a bit ironic how she escapes the crazy man on the train only to be in her uncle’s household. I loved this aspect of the plot. For Grace, it’s kind of just one unfortunate event after another. And she must work to get herself free of them.
That’s where Nate comes in. I loved Nate. He’s a gentleman, even when Grace is not quite acting as a lady ought. I loved his humor. And the way he goes out of his way to watch over Grace, even when he has no idea why.
This book is amazing! Make sure to go grab your own copy. It’s a perfect summer read.
Beautiful inside and out! Both Nathaniel & Grace are gracious, principled & conscientious individuals. She has frustratingly found herself at the mercy of her guardians since the early death of her parents. No matter who they are, her life has not been her own. Finding herself in a situation that goes against all of her inner morals, it is no surprise that she cannot bring herself to follow through - without confiding in Mr Nathanial Barton to some degree.
A man of gentleman standing, and heading up a newer faster way of railway building - Nate is heavily focused on attracting investments for his business. He has no time nor the inclination to become involved in the marriage scene, that London is so famed for. A chance meeting on a train station with a beautiful young lady will turn his carefully orchestrated world upside down.
I loved everything about this story. Fresh & original plot line mixed with a carefully detailed story. There is none of the skipping and jumping around, and it keeps you engaged as the reader.
Esther Hatch has yet again, captured the imagination perfectly and beautifully.
I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book & then proceeded to purchase my own paperback copy. I love the matt texture and the cover artwork. This is my honest review.
I have read The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch and knew I wanted to read her second book, A Proper Scandal, as soon as I heard about it. I went into reading A Proper Scandal with high hopes, and I was not disappointed! I even stayed up until 5am reading it, and then I had to tell myself to stop thinking about the book so I could get some sleep.
Grace Sinclair never wanted someone to be interested in her only for her beauty and dowry. She is forced to leave the home she grew up in, and she is taken in by her Aunt and Uncle Bell. Uncle Bell gave off a creepy vibe from the very beginning and only got worse. Grace has to choose between staying with her uncle who wants to take advantage of her or going against her morals by compromising someone into marriage.
The meet-cute between Grace and Nate was unusual and adorable. Before she is even properly introduced to Nate, she asks him the most random, inappropriate, and funny questions. Grace has no idea how to attract a man which leads to the most hilarious conversations. I will always think of these two when I have something in my eye.
A Proper Scandal is funny, sweet, and romantic and it has a large twist that I never saw coming. I really enjoy Esther Hatch’s writing style. I love her characters; even the side characters are interesting and well developed.
Speaking of side characters, I don’t usually like stories where the hero is a rake, but I would love a redeemed rake story for Lord Bryant. He seems like he has a great sense of humor and despite being a rake, I liked his character. He seems to have a good heart underneath it all.
I do not know what Esther Hatch’s next story will be about, but I do know that I look forward to reading it.
I was immediately captivated by this charming novel by Esther Hatch. The setting in England, the cast of memorable, vividly-drawn characters, and the creative, complex plot of this book drew me right in. Grace and Nathaniel’s story reminded me a little of a comedy of errors. It seems like they were at cross purposes much of the time and victims of misunderstandings. Nathaniel, reluctantly and unwittingly, was drawn into Grace’s necessary scheme of finding a husband quickly. Grace, with little experience at dealing with attractive young men, finds herself in the middle of several misadventures. The relationship between Nate and Grace was delightful and funny. I loved the banter and the humorous ways that Grace tried to capture his interest.
The premise of this story is very creative, and it was refreshing to have the hero be a builder of railroads, instead of a titled nobleman. I loved the imaginative story line and Hatch’s clear, well-crafted writing. This novel has a bit of everything—intrigue, history, suspense, romance, and a dash of humor to round things out. I’ll definitely be looking forward to more books by this writer.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.