A scandalous proposal Mass Market Paperback – 2000
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What happens when good people try to make the right decisions--and end up having what they want most in direct conflict with what they feel they must do? Emily and Evan think they have all their priorities in order...until a passion neither can ignore clashes with duty, honor and a deathbed promise.
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Emily Spencer eloped with her first husband and had a son. Both of them were disowned by their families but she was happy with him, following the drum during the Peninsular campaign. After his death, Emily returns to England and, to avoid her husband's family, she does not use his name and sets herself up as a designer and maker of hats. This makes her beyond the pale and a social outcast.
Until she is threatened with extortion by her landlord her life is as she wishes, her son safe and being privately educated by a priest. However, when her world is shaken by threats, she is rescued by the son of a customer, Evan Mansfield, the Earl of Cheverley. In order to "repay" him, she offers the only currency available to her - her body. He accepts, for he is terribly attracted to her, and they embark on a secret affair which becomes a "marriage blanc".
Unfortunately, a deathbed promise to his best friend means that Cheverley must marry his friend's sister, Andrea, and so the affair must end although, with reluctance but with helpless attraction, they continue to meet. Eventually, Cheverley goes abroad on government espionage business and eventually returns, injured and ill. Emily returns to nurse him and is discovered by her family, being taken into the family home, protected by the new head of the family, her husband's middle brother and one of her close friends from her army days.
Eventually Emily and Evan are reconciled although their path is not smooth. Both are full of self-doubts and both have been hurt by their pasts. However, their deep and abiding love help them to overcome the odds and their passion is finally satisfied.
This book is very well done; the plot is carefully executed, the descriptions of the ton, clothes, etc, are well done. The secondary characters are also good. I particularly liked Emily's brother and sister in law and Andrea. If you like adult characters with grown up emotions, behaving in a manner in context with the times in which the author places them, then you will enjoy this book. I look forward to trying some of the author's other work.
This story is from beginning to the very end-a true rollercoaster ride of emotions. Julia's characters are so well written you will actually feel the anguish and dispair, the joy and ecstasy rolling off the dialogue in waves.
Emilie-For all her secrets-she is the most surprisingly refreshing heroine I think I have read to date!
Evan-A Lord of Happiness-One of the Regency Era's best written generous and most chivalrous Hero's!!This man expresses his every emotion-and his passion comes thru in his pillow talk. Every encounter will have you sighing if not swooning.........................not over done-just right.
P.S. I could have read a thousand more pages!
This will be a very recommended read for all my friends!
The characters were strong and likeable. No whimpy female here waiting for a big strong man to rescue her. The male was a good guy. He wasn't a bully or sadistic. He was a gentleman. There weren't too many misunderstandings and those that were there, were sensible and you didn't feel like shaking the characters.
I enjoyed the story. Ms Justiss is a fine writer and I appreciated the love story with a very real backdrop of Regency England.