Title: Lessons from a Scandalous Bride
Author: Sophie Jordan
First published July 31, 2012
344 pages, Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780062033000 (ISBN10: 006203300X)
From rags to riches, Miss Arabella Rose finds herself in a similar situation as Cleopatra Hadley. After a sudden inheritance, Arabella is thrust into the world of the wealthy and must secure her place in society by marrying a man of title.
Enter the brooding and handsome Lord William Blackwood, who needs a wealthy bride to save his crumbling estate. Despite their differences, Arabella and William are drawn to each other in ways they never thought possible.
But as they explore their passion, they must navigate the scandalous world of the upper echelons of society and the secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Can they overcome the odds and find true love, or will their scandalous lessons be their downfall?
About the Author
Sharie Kohler, also known as Sophie Jordan, began writing historical romance as a teenager during her high school Spanish class. She followed her passion by pursuing a degree in English and History.
After briefly attending law school, Sophie realized that literature was much more interesting than case law, and decided to become an English teacher.
Sophie taught high school for several years before leaving to start a family. She decided to pursue her dream of writing, and within three years, her first book was published.
This book, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, was a great success. Her second novel, released in March 2007, also became a bestseller, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride by Sophie Jordan is a historical romance novel that was first published on July 31, 2012. Jordan, an American author from Texas, has written numerous novels in the historical romance genre, and has been a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
Set in early 19th century England, Lessons from a Scandalous Bride is a captivating story of love, betrayal, and redemption. The novel’s protagonist, Lady Sophie, is an infamous figure in society, having been the subject of numerous scandals and gossip column features.
When she meets the handsome and charming Harry, the Duke of Vane, she believes that he may be the key to helping her restore her damaged reputation. However, as the two become closer, they begin to uncover secrets from their pasts that threaten to destroy their newfound love.
The strength of Lessons from a Scandalous Bride lies in Jordan’s skillful characterization and her ability to create a vivid and atmospheric setting. Her portrayal of society life in Regency England is both authentic and compelling, with a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the customs and manners of the time period.
The chemistry between Lady Sophie and Harry is palpable, and the tension and conflict that their respective secrets create is expertly woven into the fabric of the story. While the pacing of the novel can be somewhat slow at times, Jordan’s beautiful prose and descriptive language keep the reader engaged throughout.
The novel also touches on important themes such as societal expectations of women, the importance of reputation, and the struggle for acceptance in a world that prizes conformity. However, one criticism of the novel is that the resolution of the central conflict feels somewhat rushed and improbable, which may disappoint some readers.
Additionally, some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out more fully, which would have added depth and complexity to the story. Overall, Lessons from a Scandalous Bride is a well-crafted and enjoyable historical romance novel that will appeal to fans of the genre.
Jordan’s writing is evocative and emotionally resonant, and her characters are engaging and memorable. If you are looking for a captivating and romantic read that takes you back to another time and place, this book is for you.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.