Welcome to my stop with Amanda Weaver and the second book in The Grantham Girls historical romance series. Please read on for my review, an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought about the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $30 Amazon gift card. But first …
A Common Scandal
I really enjoyed the first in this series, A Duchess in Name, where an American Heiress moved into English Society. In this story, Amelia is also out of finishing school and has determined she will make good on her promise to her mother. Far slower to start than I expected, the story seemed to bounce from ball to party to ball with nothing particularly challenging happening, even after Amelia had reacquainted herself with a childhood friend.
The book is far more conventional and were it not for Amelia showing her true talent and preference for the unconventional later in the book. With her promise to seek a titled husband, the wealthy yet untitled Nate is not the right choice, particularly with titled suitors showing interest. For his part, while Nate is enjoying the moments with Amelia, he too is seeking a titled wife to make his mark. These two are wholly unsuitable given their intentions and promises, but their relationship and interactions show the true compatibility.
I just wish that the story had been more evenly paced: it meanders early on with very steady but slower pacing and not a ton of conflict or obstacles for either character. Later on in the story, Amelia has several wonderful moments in quick succession that move the pacing up to quickly bring the arc to a climax to end the story. I would have appreciated and enjoyed a bit more action and display from Amelia earlier in the book, while she didn’t disappoint or step wrongly, her true personality was shuttered under the pacing, and did her a disservice as this was a heroine that brought forth some true originality and was entirely likeable as the story came to a close.
In contrast to the first book in the series, this was one suffering from a sophomore slump of sorts, but still enjoyable nonetheless.
Title: A Common Scanda
Author: Amanda Weaver
Series: The Grantham Girls #2
Also in this series: A Duchess in Name
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Carina Press
Published on: 30 May, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it's time for Amelia to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.
That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.
Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia's problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she's promised to become?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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