Two years after the death of her husband, Sophie Mercer Evans still has no use for Banallt. It’s true she knows him better than anyone, and that’s why she’ll never forgive him his past and the mortal insult he dealt her. And yet, when her life is falling apart, it’s Banallt who stands by her.
This book took my breath away.
WOW. Simply, wow. That is the only word I can use to describe this masterpiece. It has been such a long time since I have read such a rich, emotional and tension filled romance. Not only did Scandal have me hooked from the very first page, but this is the first book, in a very long time, where I had to read straight through into the wee hours of the night because I couldn’t put it down. When an author can write such a book, that book is destined for greatness. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scandal becomes one of the favorites of 2009, and perhaps placed on most reader’s lists for all time favorite historical.
– Romance Novel TV
Readers looking for a deeply emotional and very well-written book will love this one. I have a certain weakness for flawed but redeemable characters, and this tale very much hit the spot. I cannot wait to see more historicals from this author in the future.
–All About Romance
Jewel plays readers’ emotions like a virtuoso, ensuring they will eagerly follow her characters into dramatic, intensely passionate and gripping love stories that will steal your heart and make you beg for more. She grabs you at the first word and never lets go.
– Kathe Robin RT Book Reviews
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Carolyn Jewel, Author (May 31, 2012)
I won’t sum up the plot, which you can read in the synopsis and in the other reviews. What drew me in was the authors wonderful way with words, and her realistic characters! Both Sophie and Banalt were so memorable and TRUE.
Sophie is an eccentric bookworm and romantic. Against her very nature and instincts, constant betrayals by her first husband force her to raise a high wall around her heart. Her pain and strength are both palpable things in her life. Banalt is a rather typical, jaded, and yes – irredeemable – nobleman. However, his exposure to Sophie’s innate strength, goodness, and “beautiful blue-green eyes”, inspire a desire in him to become his better self. I felt that I knew them and was very invested in their lives and happiness. Ms. Jewel has done a marvelous job of showing and telling us about these two people. As readers, we understood their instincts, desires, and motivations. I was frequently moved to tears, on both their behalves, because I understood them.
The secondary characters were equally well and honestly portrayed. I will not soon forget Sophie’s brother, John.
Bravo to wonderful characters and a wonderful story of second chances!