Miscellanea and Ephemeron
07/25/2005 Archived Entry: "Book review: Marriage Most Scandalous"
Review By Ida Vega-Landow
I've been addicted to Regency Romance novels since I was twelve. Growing up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City, where you traditionally got new clothes only three times a year, at Christmas, Easter, and on your birthday (if at least one of your parents was working, that is!), it was a delightful piece of escapism for me to read about beautiful young noble ladies making their coming out in tailored gowns of exquisite materials like silk, satin, and organdy, trimmed with lace or shiny buttons of gold, or silver, or jet. Not to mention the pretty hats they wore, trimmed with ribbons, feathers and fake fruit. And all the accessories like gloves, scarves, shoes, fans, muffs and so on, all lovingly described in great detail by imaginative authors like Georgette Heyer, the foremost among Regency Romance writers, in my opinion.
I've read a great many romances in the intervening years, but none has ever made as great an impression on me as the ones written by Ms. Heyer. Until this one, that is. Johanna Lindsey has succeeded in writing a romantic whodunit in the spirit of my beloved Ms. Heyer, as well as the late, great Agatha Christie, that gives us not romance, scandal, and mystery, but a convoluted plot with a surprise twist near the end that leaves you breathless!
I never saw it coming; one moment, I'm enjoying the sexy, steamy love scenes between the practical but pretty heroine, Lady Margaret Landor, and the hero, her old childhood friend, Lord Sebastian Townsend -- now known as The Raven, a mercenary who has lived on the continent since being exiled from his ancestral home after killing his best friend, Giles Wemyss, in a duel -- the next minute I'm going "Wha-a-at?" as I discover that the real mystery isn't "Who's trying to kill the Earl of Edgewood?" (Sebastian's father and Margaret's guardian), but "Who is this woman, Juliette Poussin, who Sebastian's brother Denton married after Sebastian shot her husband in a duel over her dubious honor?" It seems the lovely Frenchwoman, Lady Juliette, is no lady at all (as proved by her seduction of Sebastian the night she met him in London, before he learned she was his best friend's new bride), but a professional gold digger with a new angle. It involves false identification and blackmail, sending her own brother to prison in France to keep him from spilling the beans, and trying to nag her husband into killing his brother so that Denton will be the sole heir to the Earl's title. But is she trying to kill the Earl as well?
The Wapshott Press
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