Scandal on Half Moon Street

Vivian Roycroft
Scandal on Half Moon Street
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Astraea Press
Release Date
November 2012
Book 1 of The Scoundrel of Mayfair
Historical Romance

All the Honorable Anne Kirkhoven wants is to be wrapped in the arms of the man she loves, Frederick Shaw, Esquire, barrister, solicitor, writer of the best Gothic romance novels in England, and surely a future Member of Parliament. But despite Frederick's many perfections, Anne's mama has forbidden her to speak with him, much less marry him, and until Anne attains her majority, all they can do is wait.

But now the most notorious duke in the ton, Ernst Anton Oldenburg, the First Duke of Cumberland (and some say a foreign prince), is making a public point of assessing her… attributes, sending shivers to portions of her anatomy she'd rather not name. Who's the right man? And will her reputation survive the Duke's assault long enough for her to find out?

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Apr 06, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
90 people found the following review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed SCANDAL AT HALF MOON STREET. It weaves an enchanting tale of love and romance.

Ernst Anton Oldenburg, His Grace, the Duke of Cumberland seems a most accomplished rake but all is not what it seems. He is quite delicious and full bodied and fleshed. His character is all together enchanting and terrifying. He has the power to accomplish about anything he wishes. His wishes are the challenge.

The Honorable Anne Elizabeth Henrietta Kirkhoven, youngest daughter of Baron Wotton of Boughton Malherbe, Kent is this rake's next victim. She is totally innocent except for her heartwrenching love for a writer/barrister named Frederick Shaw. Her mother vows she will not wed him but looks higher.

The Duke of Cumberland pursues Anne. Her mother realizing the rise to glory his person could be for her daughter and family encourages the suit. Suddenly, she sees that in His Grace's smile, all is not as it seems and tries to disengage from the fiasco. However, the folly is seen and tongues start to wag. Mrs. Wotton is too late to stop the progress the Duke sets in motion.

The descriptive phrases are delightful. I found myself amid an enchanting world of 1812 England. The plot was a mystery until the end and was very exciting. How all this could be accomplished by one man was mystifying. I found the characters had pride, honor and a deep sense of purpose.

I would recommend this story to anyone that loves this time period and enjoys an escape into that world of long-ago England. I give this tale five stars out of five, an excellent piece of work. Thank you so much for the privilege of reading it.
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