Saturday, January 26, 2013

Edelweiss Review: A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

A Most Scandalous Proposal
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
352 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2013
Publised by: Ballantine Books

After watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton’s Golden Boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly-named Earl of Clivesden…the man of Sophia’s dreams.

Since resigning his Cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has set Julia in his sights, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover more than friendship driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when she refuses him and her father announces her betrothal, he fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society…

…and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.

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A Most Scandalous Proposal is the story of sisters Julia and Sophia.
Sophia has been in love with a man who doesn't give her the time of day for 5 years, she has turned down several marriage proposals because she is hoping he will one day see how much she loves him and ask her.
Julia is scared to love because of a childhood trauma and so she has turned down proposals because the men might expect her to love them.

I enjoyed the story line of this novel telling the often intertwining stories of both sisters and the three men who would be their husbands. You love to hate the girls mother because she doesn't seem to care about the girls or the feelings they have she is more about position and prestige. I felt this was a historic romance where the heroine(s) are given a more modern way of thinking so if that is a turn off for you be aware. That being the case Ms. Macnamara tells a good story with a splash of steam and a plot that twists and turns but in the end it ends up where you expected it would.

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From Ashlyn Macnamara Amazon Page:
They say that once you reach your forties, you undergo some sort of mid-life crisis. That must have been what happened to Ashlyn Macnamara when she finally made up her mind to set down some of the stories that had been accumulating dust in the dark recesses of her brain for years. As space becomes available, other plots and characters have developed the pesky habit of moving in to take their place.

Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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