- A. Smith
- Release Date
- November 2013
Miss Hyacinth Grey has had a quiet life, managing her father's household in Gibraltar. Then she learns that she's heir to a small fortune, left by her grandmother, an infamous courtesan. She sets sail for England with plans to found a charitable school for girls. Her father warns her away from her fellow passenger aboard the Whistler, saying that he's a black sheep from a family of scoundrels.
Thomas Pently, alias Smithson, made his fortune in the East India Company. Then his mistress was murdered, and his aristocratic family summoned him home. He's now second in line to his uncle's duchy, after his aging father.
One stormy day, Thomas leaps into the sea to rescue Hyacinth's young brother. As the storm clears, they kiss on the moonlit decks. Thomas, heartbroken from his lover's death and wary of his future, makes a half-hearted offer of marriage. Hyacinth refuses.
They meet again in London, where Hyacinth discovers Thomas's true identity. Her fashion-obsessed aunt reiterates her father's warning – Thomas can only embroil her in scandal. Thomas's mother urges him to choose a bride fit for a duke – which Hyacinth most certainly is not. Memories of their shipboard friendship and that stolen kiss draw them together again and again, as they find their footing in an unfamiliar home country.
Nov 23, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
81 people found the following review helpful
Romantic and endearing.
Sir Thomas Smithson Pently returns home to England from India to reluctantly assume his position in society after his brother's death. His father is on his deathbed too and the situation is dire.
Thomas left over ten years ago with bad blood between them. The only reason he decides to heed the call home is the recent death of his love.
Hyacinth Grey lives in Gibraltar with her widowed father, Captain Grey, and her brother, George. She takes on the role of mother and governess to George. George is actually illegitimate but Hyacinth doesn't care. Her father gets word that Hyacinth inherited all of her grandmother's properties and assets, and he wants his daughter to have a proper introduction to society. His sister, Lady Talbot, lives in London and will see to her niece's presentation so he decides to send her to London. He decides his son can go to a school there, too. Maria, Hyacinth's maid, will be their chaperone.
Thomas and Hyacinth are on the same ship. Her father can't accompany her and he warns her away from Thomas, but the trip takes longer than anticipated and they are thrown into each other's company. She is determined to not like him but she finds herself indebted to him and drawn to him.
SCANDAL'S HEIRESS is such a romantic and inspiring story. You really feel like you know these two characters before the book ends. They become very real and alive to you and you are so hopeful for their future. I could not put the book down after a few pages, as I was hooked.
The descriptions were breathtaking, like when Thomas dives into the water after George. The waves were frightening in a fierce storm at sea but swimming in them was almost impossible. Thomas and George were in horrendous danger and you felt it.
I am a Regency nut and I love all things of this period and these two characters are now on my list. I truly loved them.
I give this superb story five Stars and wish I could give it six. It is excellent. And I recommend it to all who want a good clean Regency read.
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