Maya Rodale returns to the blog with the second book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series – and let me tell you
Some Like it Scandalous
This book is EVERYTHING I want in a read – a heroine to adore: determined, brainy, unapologetically herself and yet still curious and willing to take chances with a hero who, despite his appearances of not caring is actually kind, considerate and feeling a bit lost and guilty while still trying to gain recognition and approval from his father. But, when the two are pushed / cajoled / prodded together, the sparks fly and oh how wonderful it is to find the thoroughly open set of sensibilities in a man of the time!
Daisy has always been different to her sisters and mother, and even more importantly, she has taken that knowledge and used it to build her own dreams: a degree in chemistry, a life unencumbered by the debutante/marriage mart, and her eventual plans to lead a life that is self-supporting and single. She’s got plans and dreams, and there is nothing that she will allow to stop her. Until her mother, desperate to push her into a situation where she will be secure and her reputation protected from inevitable family scandal, uses the scandalous behavior and latest exploits of Theo (in conjunction with his father) to demand an engagement and marriage forthwith. Believing that the Prescott name and family money will secure Daisy’s place in society, her mother is full on, while both Daisy and Theo are feeling more chalk and cheese, and not at all enamored of the idea.
But something happens: Daisy is not one for holding her tongue, and Theo finds that he appreciates her honesty and clear speaking, and her ideas to create cosmetics (of all things) in an era where only actresses and prostitutes have use of them, death to a reputation of a ‘woman from a good family’ intriguing. And, fortunately as Daisy is a woman of thought and progress, she’s connected with others first met in this series who are, for better or worse, working to propel women’s issues, choices, opportunities and lives for the better. There’s so much for thought here – from Theo’s own issues with his father to Daisy’s curiosity and fragility, to the feeling that the two are so well matched both in temperament best seen in their bickering, that it is a couple that is meant to be together, even when they don’t see it themselves. Rodale has created another couple to love who feel very modern while still taking the opportunity to show the constraints placed on their behavior and choices, making this a historic novel and storyline to adore.
Title: Some Like It Scandalous
Author: Maya Rodale
Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club #2
Also in this series: Duchess by Design, An Heiress to Remember
Genre: Gilded Age, Historic Elements, Historical Romance, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: American
Published by: Avon
Published on: 18 June, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 32 minutes
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They are sworn enemies…
Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swan. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.
Pretending to be lovers...
Daisy Swan has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing to make all her dreams come true.
And now it’s time to kiss and make up…
Daisy Swan aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer’s flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses. And secrets. And discovering that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.