How to Survive a Scandal
In this whirlwind regency romance, perfect for fans of Netflix's Bridgerton, a near-death experience leads to a marriage of convenience for two unsuspecting strangers, but will their unusual meeting lead them to true love?
Lady Amelia was raised to be the perfect duchess, accomplished in embroidery, floral arrangement, and managing a massive household. But when an innocent mistake forces her and the uncouth, untitled Benedict Asterly into a marriage of convenience, all her training appears to be for naught. Even worse, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this man no finishing school could have prepared her for.
Benedict Asterly never dreamed saving Amelia’s life would lead to him exchanging vows with the hoity society miss. Benedict was taught to distrust the aristocracy at a young age, so when news of his marriage endangers a business deal, Benedict is wary of Amelia’s offer to help. But his quick-witted, elegant bride defies all his expectations . . . and if he’s not careful, she’ll break down the walls around his guarded heart.
A would-be-duchess turns dishwasher in Parish's delightful Regency debut. Benedict Asterly, a low-income member of the landed gentry, happens upon Lady Amelia Crofton half-frozen in an abandoned stagecoach and, in trying to revive her, unwittingly compromises her reputation, as they are discovered sitting together by a fire with Amelia in partial undress. Amelia's fianc , the Duke of Wildeford, calls off their engagement immediately, leaving her only one alternative to save her reputation: she must marry Asterly, a stranger. But can Amelia part with her dreams of becoming duchess for a life of cooking her own meals and cleaning up after herself in her titleless husband's modest country estate? Asterly and Amelia are charming protagonists, and their growing affection for one another plays well against their mutual misconceptions about each other's lifestyles. Amelia discovers there's more to herself than her social graces as she helps Asterly save his manufacturing business and the livelihoods of his workers, while Asterly learns to value those same graces, along with Amelia's savviness and spirit. The country setting and reversal of fortunes plot set this debut apart. With the perfect combination of drama, sensuality, and emotion, this refreshing story is sure to make a splash.
HOW TO SURVIVE A SCANDAL is an enjoyable book. I liked the characters, their growth, and the romance between them.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.