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Greeing to be Ross's temporary fiancée will grant her freedom for a little longer But with every kiss both Ross and Genna must face up to what they really desirea true matc. So I have actually read this book twice in two months Found this in the book store first read it loved it and then got the first two books in the seriesI loved this book for several reasons First Genna is so very normal She doesn t need to be anyone other than herself Then there is her art and Ross s wish to encourage it I LOVED their visit to Mr Turner I had to hop online to look up the actual paintings they were discussing Just wonderful Most important of all Genna made sure all those she loved benefited from her good fortune She may have thought it would not last forever but then love always finds a way

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A most shocking betrothal  The pleasure seeking Maruess of Rossdale has little interest in his birthright and even less in finding a bride So he comes up with the perfect p. I ve given this a C at AAR so that s 35 starsBound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston s current series The Scandalous Summerfields I haven t read either of the previous entries but this one works perfectly well as a standalone The Summerfield siblings three sisters and their half brother have been tainted by their late father s reputation as a drunkard and libertine and the scandal that arose as the result of their mother running off with her lover The first two books saw middle sister Tess and brother Edmund get their respective HEAs and now it s the turn of the youngest sister Genna a vivacious young woman who breezes through life somewhat na vely it has to be said and puts on a cheerful face regardless of the disappointments she has sufferedThe oldest Summerfield sister Lorene whose story is up next married the much older disagreeable but wealthy Lord Tin in order to save her siblings from having to marry for money She and Genna now reside at Tin Hall where Tin makes life thoroughly unpleasant through his constant criticism of Lorene and his obvious belief that neither young woman is capable of exhibiting proper behaviourOne December day Genna is out sketching their old home of Summerfield Hall when a gentlemen riding across the fields stops and introduces himself simply as Ross He is staying at the Hall for the Christmas period with his friend Lord Penford the son of the distant cousin who inherited the title and property on the death of Genna s father Ross is handsome charming and easy to talk to and to Genna s surprise doesn t seem to mind her own particular brand of animated conversationRoss is fascinated by Genna s openness and her eagerness to learn new things They meet a few times during his stay and in the course of conversation he discovers that Genna s real passion is art and that her ambition is to make a living as an artist They enjoy each other s company and strike up a genuine friendship which is cut short when Lord Penford departs unexpectedly for London and his friend accompanies himSome months later Genna and Ross meet again and very uickly rediscover their easy friendship He decides that he wants to help her to realise her dream of becoming an artist but they are both well aware that if they start spending a lot of time together tongues will wag So Ross whose father the Duke of Kessington has been pestering him to get married and produce an heir suggests to Genna that they become betrothed that way his step mother will stop pushing him towards eligible young ladies and he and Genna will be able to spend time together without causing gossip Once Genna reaches twenty one in October she will be able to do as she wishes without reference to Tin at which time she can cry off and she and Ross can go their separate ways Genna agrees to the idea with just the smallest pang of guilt over the fact that she will be deceiving her sisterRoss and Genna are engaging characters but they do come across as rather immature and it s difficult to believe that Ross could be so na ve as to believe that a young woman no matter how talented would find it easy to make a career as an artist in 1815 That said Ms Gaston does a good job of showing why Ross and Genna are the way they are Ross s mother was an outgoing vivacious woman who was slowly stifled by her marriage to his politically motivated father hence his determination to give Genna the freedom to be herself that his mother never enjoyed and his belief that marriage will rob her of her dream And Genna has the daily reminder of Lorene s unhappy marriage and the knowledge of their parents miserable union to caution her against entering into the married stateThat in essence is the extent of the conflict in the story and it s somewhat weak because there s never any uestion that Ross and Genna are perfect for each other The joy he gains from every new experience he offers her is sweet to see whether it s from taking her to see the Elgin Marbles or watching an artist at work and in Ross Genna has finally found someone who understands and accepts her who doesn t talk down to her or belittle her ambitions But ultimately I felt I was watching the growth of a strong friendship rather than a romance because while they are great together there s not much romantic chemistry there It s also a bit of a stretch to believe in that Genna could support herself by working as an artist when she is really little than a gifted amateurBound by a Scandalous Secret is enjoyable enough but there are some good ideas that aren t followed up on such as Ross s secret philanthropy and I was intrigued by the potential relationship between Lorene and Lord Penfold than by that between Ross and Genna Penfold is an intriguing character with a tragic past he lost his entire family in a recent fire and is struggling to adjust to life without them He is drawn to Lorene and sees how unhappy she is but knows he can do nothing to help He shows her a few small kindnesses but can t do for fear of heaping yet scandal upon her name and earning her the censure of her husband The author establishes a clear connection between them which I hope will be built upon in the next book But Ross and Genna s romance suffers by comparison it s never a good thing when a secondary couple eclipses the hero and heroine in a romance novelIf you ve been following the series then you might want to pick up Bound by a Scandalous Secret for completeness but I ve read better by this author and can t give it a ringing endorsement I was however sufficiently intrigued by Lorene and Penford to want to read the next in the series which I believe will be coming out next Spring The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, up with the perfect p. I ve given this a C at AAR so that s 35 starsBound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston s current series The Scandalous Summerfields I haven t read either of the previous entries but this one works perfectly well as a standalone The Summerfield siblings three sisters and their half brother have been tainted by their late father s reputation as a drunkard and libertine and the scandal that arose as the result of their mother running off with her lover The first two books saw middle sister Tess and brother Edmund get their respective HEAs and now it s the turn of the youngest sister Genna a vivacious young woman who breezes through life somewhat na vely it has to be said and puts on a cheerful face regardless of the disappointments she has sufferedThe oldest Summerfield sister Lorene whose story is Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, up next married the much older disagreeable but wealthy Lord Tin in order to save her siblings from having to marry for money She and Genna now reside at Tin Hall where Tin makes life thoroughly Hope Street unpleasant through his constant criticism of Lorene and his obvious belief that neither young woman is capable of exhibiting proper behaviourOne December day Genna is out sketching their old home of Summerfield Hall when a gentlemen riding across the fields stops and introduces himself simply as Ross He is staying at the Hall for the Christmas period with his friend Lord Penford the son of the distant cousin who inherited the title and property on the death of Genna s father Ross is handsome charming and easy to talk to and to Genna s surprise doesn t seem to mind her own particular brand of animated conversationRoss is fascinated by Genna s openness and her eagerness to learn new things They meet a few times during his stay and in the course of conversation he discovers that Genna s real passion is art and that her ambition is to make a living as an artist They enjoy each other s company and strike Burkes Christmas Surprise up a genuine friendship which is cut short when Lord Penford departs A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, unexpectedly for London and his friend accompanies himSome months later Genna and Ross meet again and very Just Wars and Moral Victories uickly rediscover their easy friendship He decides that he wants to help her to realise her dream of becoming an artist but they are both well aware that if they start spending a lot of time together tongues will wag So Ross whose father the Duke of Kessington has been pestering him to get married and produce an heir suggests to Genna that they become betrothed that way his step mother will stop pushing him towards eligible young ladies and he and Genna will be able to spend time together without causing gossip Once Genna reaches twenty one in October she will be able to do as she wishes without reference to Tin at which time she can cry off and she and Ross can go their separate ways Genna agrees to the idea with just the smallest pang of guilt over the fact that she will be deceiving her sisterRoss and Genna are engaging characters but they do come across as rather immature and it s difficult to believe that Ross could be so na ve as to believe that a young woman no matter how talented would find it easy to make a career as an artist in 1815 That said Ms Gaston does a good job of showing why Ross and Genna are the way they are Ross s mother was an outgoing vivacious woman who was slowly stifled by her marriage to his politically motivated father hence his determination to give Genna the freedom to be herself that his mother never enjoyed and his belief that marriage will rob her of her dream And Genna has the daily reminder of Lorene s Two Paradigms for Divine Healing unhappy marriage and the knowledge of their parents miserable Kenget e Milosaos union to caution her against entering into the married stateThat in essence is the extent of the conflict in the story and it s somewhat weak because there s never any Early Chinese Religion, Part Two (220-589 Ad) uestion that Ross and Genna are perfect for each other The joy he gains from every new experience he offers her is sweet to see whether it s from taking her to see the Elgin Marbles or watching an artist at work and in Ross Genna has finally found someone who At Europes Borders understands and accepts her who doesn t talk down to her or belittle her ambitions But We are the Ship ultimately I felt I was watching the growth of a strong friendship rather than a romance because while they are great together there s not much romantic chemistry there It s also a bit of a stretch to believe in that Genna could support herself by working as an artist when she is really little than a gifted amateurBound by a Scandalous Secret is enjoyable enough but there are some good ideas that aren t followed Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang up on such as Ross s secret philanthropy and I was intrigued by the potential relationship between Lorene and Lord Penfold than by that between Ross and Genna Penfold is an intriguing character with a tragic past he lost his entire family in a recent fire and is struggling to adjust to life without them He is drawn to Lorene and sees how Studies on Steinschneider unhappy she is but knows he can do nothing to help He shows her a few small kindnesses but can t do for fear of heaping yet scandal Fantasies of Cross-Dressing upon her name and earning her the censure of her husband The author establishes a clear connection between them which I hope will be built Commanders Little Surprise upon in the next book But Ross and Genna s romance suffers by comparison it s never a good thing when a secondary couple eclipses the hero and heroine in a romance novelIf you ve been following the series then you might want to pick The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 up Bound by a Scandalous Secret for completeness but I ve read better by this author and can t give it a ringing endorsement I was however sufficiently intrigued by Lorene and Penford to want to read the next in the series which I believe will be coming out next Spring

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Lan to survive the Season unscathed a fake engagement to a most unsuitable girl Outspoken Genna the youngest of the scandalous Summerfields has no wish to marry either So a. This is actually a pleasant surprise all the satisfying because it was unexpected It is wellwritten with an easy enough flow to the story so as not to bore the reader The characters are fairly credible and relatable and I love that they fight for what inspires them or for the things most precious to them and what gives them purpose But like most things in life there is also compromise and the intent to please the beloved so that it would not be such a sacrifice Except perhaps for the great sacrifice that Lorene made so her siblings won t go into service and later on find love in their respective unions Like most of us in the same situation we find something to anchor us and for her it is her music and she still has her family and HOPE For some that is enough


10 thoughts on “Bound by a Scandalous Secret

  1. says:

    I've given this a C at AAR so that's 35 starsBound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston’s current series The Scandalous Summerfields I haven’t read either of the previous entries but this one works perfectly well as a standalone The Summerfield siblings – three sisters and their half brother – have been tainted by their late father’s reputation as a drunkard and libertine and the scandal

  2. says:

    Plot 35Characterisation 355Prose 45How much I enjoyed it 35

  3. says:

    Good book Genna is the youngest of the Summerfield siblings living with her sister Lorene and her husband Years ago when they were kicked out of their home by the new heir Lorene had married a much older man as a way to make sure h

  4. says:

    A third sibling in the Scandalous Summerfields miniseries gets the chance to possibly find love though her trait for being blunt along with her

  5. says:

    Well done from the beginning scene of Genna painting in the snow meeting Rossdale the guest of Lord Penford who i

  6. says:

    This is actually a pleasant surprise all the satisfying because it was unexpected It is wellwritten with an easy enough flow to the story so as not to bore the reader The characters are fairly credible and relatable and I love that they fight for what inspires them or for the things most precious to them and what gives them purpose But like most things in life there is also compromise and the intent to please the belov

  7. says:

    The Maruees of Rossdale enjoys his life as it is He has little interest in his birthright or in securing a wife He wishes

  8. says:

    So I have actually read this book twice in two months Found this in the book store first read it loved it and then got the first two books in the seriesI loved this book for several reasons First Genna is so very normal She doesn't need to be anyone other than herself Then there is her art and Ross's wish to enco

  9. says:

    Damaged reputations lie at the heart of Gaston’s Scandalous Summerfields series but this time Genna seems to have beaten the rest of her infamous family to respectable ground Gaston puts a little shine on the well used make believe engagement theme with Genna’s artistic passions and secondary characters who dare forbidden desires RT Book ReviewsMiniseries The Scandalous Summerfields

  10. says:

    The story is set in 1815 during the London SeasonWhile in the country Rossdale the heir to the Duke of Kessington almost

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