GENRE: Regency Historical
RATING: 5 STARS
HEAT RATING: 2
PUBLISHER’S BLURB: What’s the harm in a little white lie?
Especially when it could carry so much good—a new life for a wounded soldier, catharsis after long years of war, and an opportunity for lady composer Olivia Delancey to finally hear her music played in public.Newspaper publisher Will Marsh refuses to compound the sins of his father’s generation by taking money to print propaganda. But with the end of the wars in France and America, he needs something new to drive Londoners to grab his paper first. Why not publish the score of the “Tune That Took Waterloo,” by a wounded vet, no less?As Olivia struggles to keep her secrets from this unsuitably alluring publisher, and Will fights to find the truth without losing his hold on this bright-eyed angel who has descended into his life, both discover another sort of truth.Being the talk of London can be bad—or very, very good.
REVIEWED BY: CLEO
I loved Nicky Penttila’s writing. She seamlessly weaves her extensive historical research into this story. The story is filled with great characters. Her knowledge of the Regency period, music and the press is impressive.
A NOTE OF SCANDAL is not your usual Regency romance. The hero, Will Marsh, while extremely attractive and eminently decent, is not an aristocrat, but the story-line handles this imbalance well. The heroine, Olivia Delancey is a baron’s daughter, and no longer a young society miss, her come-out was years ago. Now, at twenty-five, after her long engagement to her father’s heir ends, it looks increasingly likely that despite being a beauty, she will either be left on the shelf or married off to someone she loathes by her politically astute and ruthless father. Her eccentric parents are obsessed with each other – a nice touch by Penttila, for they are delightfully well drawn characters – and neglectfully affectionate to their daughter, allowing her more freedom than most young ladies of the period enjoyed, while sometimes becoming quite heartless and cruel.
Olivia struggles with her attraction to Will Marsh who carries a wound from his past, complicating matters. She is good-hearted and a highly talented composer who wishes to improve the lot for others while writing stirring musical scores, which as a woman, she can never claim as her own. This desire leads her into a decision which could bring her whole world crashing down, when she must lie to bring her music to the attention of society.
While this novel might be labeled more a historical with romantic elements, than a straight historical romance, there was enough romance to keep a lover of the genre like me interested.
About me: I’m a writer and an avid reader of historical romance and romantic suspense. After reading Georgette Heyer and Victoria Holt in my teens I developed a lifelong love of English-set historical romance.