Review: When Marrying A Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith

Filed in Kathryn Smith , Review , The Eclectic Lover Posted on May 31, 2010 @ 7:00 am 0 comments

Format Read: eARC
Number of Pages: 384
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Formats Available: MMPB, ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Author’s website

Book Blurb:

A lady must be prepared for anything . . . when marrying a scoundrel.

Sadie Moon once thought she was in love. Then her dashing husband left her to seek his fortune, and she had no choice but to transform herself from a heartbroken waif into London Society’s favorite fortune-teller. But even she could not have foreseen Jack’s return—until their paths cross in the last place either would have expected: London’s most exclusive house of pleasure.

Now wealthy and successful, Jack Friday has everything he’d ever dreamed of . . . except Sadie. He swears he will never trust the woman who broke her promise to wait for him, though his passion for her burns as hotly as ever before. But love, like the past, comes back to haunt them—drawing them into a web of intrigue and betrayal that could save or destroy them both.

My Thoughts:

Sadie is about to realize her long held dream of having her own tearoom where she can also read client’s tea leaves for them.  When her estranged husband, Jack, shows up at a meeting instead of her landlord, she finds out that Jack and her landlord are business partners.  It is a shock to both of them to meet again after so many years.  

Sadie’s fortune telling is central to the book.  She and Jack have opposite views on her tea leaf reading.  Jack has never believed in Sadie’s fortune telling abilities.  He believes it is fraud and taking money from gullible people.  Sadie believes in her fortunes because she has seen them come true.  Reading tea leaves is how Sadie has been making her living since her husband left.  Jack is against her fortune telling because he fears she might be arrested and punished for fraud.  He is not going to believe in her ability until he has proof.  

I admire the way Ms. Smith starts the book off with Sadie’s fortune telling and weaves everything together with it.  I can’t recall any other historical romances that I’ve read that have a full time fortune teller as the heroine.  It is an interesting change from governesses and heiresses.  Indara, the Indian assistant and friend to Sadie was another bright spot with her blending of English and Indian clothing styles.  I also enjoyed the historical facts that were interspersed throughout the narrative.

Sadie and Jack are both are both interesting characters and their story is engaging and entertaining.  This is book two of Ms. Smith’s Victorian romance series, following When Seducing A Duke.  Although When Marrying A Scoundrel works fine as a standalone I plan on reading the first book soon.  I thoroughly enjoyed When Marrying A Scoundrel and I’m looking forward to Ms. Smith’s next book.  

I give this book 4 bookies!

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