by Heather Cullman

January 2003
ISBN: 0-451-20767-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Gideon Harwood returned from India having built his fortune, he had only two objectives; raise the station of his family and find his missing brother. The former was done easily enough, save acceptance from the ton. The latter was not so easy to accomplish. The search for his missing sibling brings him to the very village where he grew up and he stumbles across a horrible secret of one of the most influential men in London, Lord Stanwell.

Stanwell knows that Gideon is a hard-nosed businessman, and makes a proposition that Gideon, for the sake of his family, could not refuse. Stanwell offers the hand of his daughter, Julia, giving Gideon and his family entrance to society, something that Gideon would not get without help because of his common blood.

Gideon accepts on one condition; Lady Julia has to convince society that their engagement is from love alone.

Lady Julia is very much suspicious and attracted to the commoner that all of London is whispering about. Gideonís motives for the marriage are totally clear to her and for that she hates him but at the same time she is intrigued by the real man beneath his cool manner. All the while Julia is questioning her burgeoning feelings for the man who has become her husband.

Ms. Cullman has created a stellar story of deceit, lies, and misconception that only a rock solid love can conquer. For many years, people told me that the best historical books to read were those of the Regency period. Until Scandal I didnít see the attraction. But Ms. Cullman has painted an intricately detailed picture of what it was like to live in those times, to be one of the society heiresses.

The characters left a lasting impression on my mind for their spirits, not dwelling on their sorrows and deciding to make the best of the situations. The dialogue was witty and funny at the appropriate times and the story progressed smoothly with each paragraph.

Do not miss out on this wonderful tale of love and all that it can conquer!

Reviewed in December 2002 by Lucy.

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