Feature book: Three Proposals and a Scandal
Marianne Seaton has been brought up to be good at being a lady of the Ton, and as such had an offer from none other than the Duke of Sedgemoor. Although it was not a love match, it was a good match. Marianne was content with her life, and of course her father was overjoyed. Marianne is an only child and lost her mother when she was young, and her father can be a tad overbearing at times. But things change quickly when the Duke rejects Marianne for the love of his life, Penelope Thorne. Being caring, Marianne is happy for them as she knows how much they love each other. Of course, this causes a scandal, and that is something that Marianne does not like. A lot of things are bandied around the Ton about her, and her father is pushing her to find someone to marry.
Elias Thorne has just become a Baron, Baron Wilmott, after the death of his brother, and the family coffers are bare due to his brother’s gambling problem. It is up to Elias to set things straight as he has a good head on his shoulders. He is confident that, in time, things will improve. He has been in love with Marianne Seaton for a while, and now that she is back on the marriage market, Elias is determined to win her over. He has some work to do to convince her, and how he goes about it will have you smiling.
When Marianne and her father are invited to a house party by Viscount Hillbrook, Jonas Merrick, at his estate, Ferney, to do business, her father sees this as a good opportunity to get his daughter betrothed to the suitor he prefers. Her father insists that Lord Desborough is invited to the party as well, leaving the other two suitors, Elias Thorne and Lord Tranter, who would love to marry Marianne, off the invitation list. Marianne is not happy, but her father has convinced her that Elias is after her dowry, and Marianne feels that Tranter is not for her. As for Lord Desborough, although he is a lovely man, he is much older than her and she is having a hard time deciding who she should choose. Her friends, Sidonie and Genevieve, are there helping Marianne with her choices, so when all three suitors end up at the party, this starts a rocky journey for Marianne.
This is such a great story—one that had me from the first page. I have read all of the books in this series, and it was lovely catching up with friends and seeing how much Elias loves Marianne. The way he shows her is just so sensual, and for all the talk about what an ice maiden Marianne is, this shows her strength, courage and her very sensual side. This is a story not to be missed. It is one that will be read over a few times. It had me smiling so much, and the epilogue is fabulous. Thank you Ms Campbell for another magical story.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.