Monday, May 20, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch

A Proper Scandal, by Esther Hatch
2019, 222p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse.

It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.

I love Regency romance and this one didn't disappoint! Grace Sinclair is in a tough situation and needs to get married quickly. She goes to live with her aunt and uncle and her cousin, Georgina, has the perfect man for her to marry, Nate Barton. Grace already had an awkward meeting with him at the train station but is highly motivated to leave her current situation, so she begins her quest to marry him.

The awkwardness of Grace and Nate's first meeting and several after that made me laugh out loud. Their interactions were definitely my favorite parts of the book. There were complications, as Grace kept secrets from him. Grace's uncle was odious and made my skin crawl, and I was ready for her to get away from him. I was mixed on Lord Bryant. He was a scoundrel, for sure, but had a couple of redeeming moments. There were some other great characters that I enjoyed getting to know.

I loved this book from beginning to end! Grace and Nate were easy to root for and had great chemistry. I loved the humor, secrets, and romance. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys clean Regency romance!

Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new, she started on her first novel that week.


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