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Bound by a Scandalous Secret

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. A third sibling in the Scandalous Summerfields miniseries gets the chance to possibly find love though her trait for being blunt along with her family s tainted reputation will surely keep any respectable man from getting close to her Determination to choose her own destiny is also a big factor as marriage is not really important to Genna Summerfield But after meeting the charming Maruess of Rossdale her belief of what will make her future happy might end up changed I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two spirited individuals realize what they truly wanted out life and Diane Gaston definitely takes them on a very adventurous journey of self discovery BOUND BY A SCANDALOUS SECRET is captivatingly enjoyableWhile the Maruess of Rossdale is visiting with his good friend in Lincolnshire he comes in contact with Genna Summerfield on several occasions The young woman was displaced from the estate where he is staying because of the actions of her parents yet he finds her to be delightfully refreshing When she learns that the man with whom she has been conversing will one day be a duke she is stunned by his friendly behavior toward her especially when considering how most people think of her familyAlthough it is the wish of Genna s guardian to see her married or at least engaged by the conclusion of the current Season it is not what she wants There are countless women who would like to wed Ross and one day become a duchess but he also has no desire to marry anytime soon Since he wants to spend time with her yet must not cause a scandal he devises a scheme in which they will pretend to be betrothed The plan goes well until their emotions become involvedDuring the Regency period in England women often had little say in what would happen to them and Genna is being pressured to find a husband But her plan with Ross will let them both have the freedom they crave without actually getting married I really liked this couple who are so honest with each other despite their vast differences in social status Their discussions are lively and packed with much sincerity as they freuently convey what is in their hearts But when things become all too real between Ross and Genna tough choices must be made I felt Diane Gaston gave them plenty of lifelike dilemmas to face and their reactions were always genuine Family matters play a big part in what takes place in the story and those scenes are constantly believableBOUND BY A SCANDALOUS SECRET is an entertaining historical romance From daily activities to moments filled with fun events portray what it was like to live during 1815 1816 in London and surrounding areas Diane Gaston expertly brings every situation to life with much realism as terms pertaining to this era are accurately used There are also factual historical figures featured from time to time along with political concerns and any problems of ordinary citizens are convincingly depicted The author cleverly shows how difficult it would be for a woman to be an artist at this time without their profession being frowned upon and Genna shows her enthusiasm for painting in numerous ways There are some new characters introduced in the story while uite a few from past books also make an appearance and I hope to revisit with many of them in the next releaseCopy received to review

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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. 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 her siblings were cared for It is not a happy marriage as Lord Tin never lets any of them forget what he has done for them The Summerfield siblings are also known as the Scandalous Summerfields because their parents created uite a scandal when their mother ran off with another man Sister Tess created scandal when forced to marry her husband though it turned out well and their brother Edmund is illegitimate Genna has no intention of marrying What she has seen of marriage doesn t inspire her to try it herself Instead she plans to hold out against Lord Tin s plans to marry her off until her twenty first birthday then make her own way in the world as a painter One day while painting she meets the Maruess of Rossdale and they strike up a friendship Ross is also under pressure to marry and is putting it off for as long as he can Ross is visiting his friend Dell who is a distant cousin to the Summerfields when he meets Genna He is intrigued by her and wants to get to know her better His few encounters with her over his visit only increase his fascination A few months later they meet in London during the Season Ross is intrigued by Genna s determination to make her own way in the world as an artist and is determined to help her But because of the rules of the time spending much time with her is difficult He comes up with the idea that they pretend to be engaged enabling them to spend time together and as a bonus getting their matchmaking families off their backs Neither one thinks about the drawbacks to the planI loved the development of their relationship All Ross wants to do is make it possible for Genna to fulfill her dreams He remembers back to his childhood and his mother s unhappiness and doesn t want the same thing to happen to her It was sweet to see the joy he got from each new experience he gave her As the weeks went on Ross freuently found himself wondering what it would be like if they actually got married but he s afraid it would kill her chances to make her dreams come true Genna loves the time she spends with Ross who she feels is the only one who really understands what she wants in life She finds that her feelings for him are changing but she knows very well that there is too much of a gulf between them for a marriage to be possible She also has no confidence that she would even be capable of doing what is reuired of a duchess When the attraction that has been building between them has his honor butting up against her fears Genna flees telling Ross he needs someone better than she is It s up to Ross to decide if he wants to break the unhappy pattern set by his father and grandfather and go for the life he wants for himself I loved his big moment at the end and the epilogue was sweetThere were several secondary characters that played important roles Lord Tin is a nasty piece of work I didn t like the way he always put Lorene down In this book he was also uite the suck up Once he found out who Ross s father was he was determined to take advantage of the relationship I also didn t much care for the Duke and Duchess He was far too focused on politics to the detriment of having a real relationship with his son The Duchess was just plain manipulative and snobby I hated her attitude about Genna and loved seeing Genna stand up to her Most fascinating were Lorene and Dell Lorene is married to Tin and constantly doing whatever she can to keep the peace between him and her siblings Dell has recently inherited Summerfield under tragic circumstances and is still trying to recover There is an instant connection between the two of them I ached for Dell as he saw what she is going through and can do nothing about it The subtle attention he pays her seems to soften her a bit toward others and bolsters her confidence as seen in the epilogue I m looking forward to seeing if something comes of it

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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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  • Bound by a Scandalous Secret
  • Diane Gaston
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  • 25 March 2019
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About the Author: Diane Gaston

Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full time Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats Diane loves to hear from readers and friends



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

  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 mak

  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 family’s tainted reputation will surely keep any respectable man from getting close to her Determination to choose her own destiny is also a big factor as marriage is not really important

  5. says:

    Well done from the beginning scene of Genna painting in the snow meeting Rossdale the guest of Lord Penford who inherited the Summerfield's estate Eldest sister Lorene married elder Lord Tins to give Genna a future while being subjected to Tins's disparaging insults and overlordship Dell Lord Penfield is stuck by Lorene but that is left simmering through this story The romance between Ross and Genna is ostensibly friend

  6. says:

    This is actu

  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 to enjoy life in London without everyone trying to arrange a match for him When he is pressured he decides to set up a phony engagement with a girl his family would never consider appropriateAs the youngest sister of the s

  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 b

  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 inf

  10. says:

    The story is set in 1815 during the London SeasonWhile in the country Rossdale the heir to the Duke of Kessington almost runs over Genna SummerfieldWhen the two meet again in London the two develop a close friendshipIn order to put off debutantes seeking his hand Ross convinces Genna to join himin a false betrothalTheir freuent meetings spark warmer feelings making Ross wonder if he should make Genna his bride

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