I think I got this one right; it is Wednesday. Earlier today we had a guest post by Travis Hiltz on some graphic novel history (we usually reserve that for Friday) and tomorrow I am putting up a digital short story post we usually pop in on Saturday. Go figure, short week and another awesome holiday, Happy New Year to everyone; I hope you enjoy your festivities.
Okay business aside let’s get into Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle. Color me surprised, I am not sure what shade that may be, but that I am. I’m still getting used to reading romance novels and there seems to be a lot of territory the novels in this genre cover. This one is a historical romance with a twist; let’s get to the pertinent information shall we:
” Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London's gossip-hungry ton to secure her father's release from prison. But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught… “
To say that I had some fun with this is understatement. Justine is a really good character: filled with witty banter, right to the point, sharp tongue, and above all she’s a handful. Delilah Marvelle sets the time period well and makes the historical element of the novel blend in and be a piece of what we are engaging in, not the whole. The time she has spent researching the period and the patience she has devoted into bringing it to us is not lost, but a very subtle sub current.
Prelude to a Scandal is a nice way for me to close out the year on Romantic Wednesday. It is a strong, historical romance that is long on entertainment, well- crafted characters, great narrative and excellent sub-plots. I beseech you then, is there much more one could ask of this novel? I think not. Take a leap and have some surprisingly good fun whether you are a fan of this genre or not, let Lady Justine work her charms on you will not be wagering for naught.
Here is her website: www.DelilahMarvelle.com
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