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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal

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ISBN13: 9781451606935
ISBN10: 1451606931
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IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE . . .

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earls house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity hes a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, hell help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.

A NOTORIOUS LADIES MAN COULD TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE . . . BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over—provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult—until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love. . . .

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"Duran (Wicked Becomes You) takes an unusually close look at poverty and class in this fairy tale Victorian romance. The rakish Simon St. Maur, earl of Rushden, was deliberately cut out of the previous earl's will. Factory worker Nell Whitby seeks out Rushden at her dying mother's command and learns that she's the long-lost heir to the Rushden fortune. The handsome new earl offers a stunning bargain: he will make her into a lady and help her claim her inheritance if she will share it with him as his wife. Well-developed lead characters and a perceptive portrayal of a poor woman's reaction to the lush lifestyle of the nobility highlight a top-notch romance undermined only by an implausible setup. Nell's strong personality and practical attitude make her more than a match for the cynical, arrogant Simon, and their erotic encounters neatly balance the humor of Nell's Pygmalionesque transformation. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A doctoral student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her website at meredithduran.com.

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SuzG, September 13, 2011 (view all comments by SuzG)
An excellent Pygmalion inspired story with all the classic hurdles: Our heroine must be taught to speak, look and act like a "true" lady in every conceivable situation. The way the main characters meet in this romance is wonderful and I thought the development of their relationship was well done. This was a hard book for me to put down each day. I also liked that Duran does a great job of keeping this question central throughout the book: Is it really that great a thing to go from rags to riches? (Beyond a safe place to live and work and always having clean food available to you, of course.) But after those basic needs are met how much does a person give up to fit in with the strictures of society?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451606935
Publisher:
Pocket Star Books
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Author:
Duran, Meredith
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 400 pages Pocket Star Books - English 9781451606935 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Duran (Wicked Becomes You) takes an unusually close look at poverty and class in this fairy tale Victorian romance. The rakish Simon St. Maur, earl of Rushden, was deliberately cut out of the previous earl's will. Factory worker Nell Whitby seeks out Rushden at her dying mother's command and learns that she's the long-lost heir to the Rushden fortune. The handsome new earl offers a stunning bargain: he will make her into a lady and help her claim her inheritance if she will share it with him as his wife. Well-developed lead characters and a perceptive portrayal of a poor woman's reaction to the lush lifestyle of the nobility highlight a top-notch romance undermined only by an implausible setup. Nell's strong personality and practical attitude make her more than a match for the cynical, arrogant Simon, and their erotic encounters neatly balance the humor of Nell's Pygmalionesque transformation. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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