Christi Caldwell pokes fun at the stodginess of a certain English viscount!
Title: Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous Scandalous Seasons, Book 3
Author: Christi Caldwell
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Story Setting: London, England, 1818
Published By: Christi Caldwell
Published Date: July 5, 2014
Scandalous Seasons Series:
Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride Never Courted, Suddenly Wed
Always a Rogue, Forever Her Love
Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous
A Marquess for Christmas
Once a Wallflower, at Last His Love
About the Story: Geoffrey Winters, Viscount Redbrooke was not always the hard, unrelenting lord driven by propriety. After a tragic mistake, he resolved to honor his responsibility to the Redbrooke line and live a life, free of scandal. Knowing his duty is to wed a proper, respectable English miss, he selects Lady Beatrice Dennington, daughter of the Duke of Somerset, the perfect woman for him. Until he meets Miss Abigail Stone…
To distance herself from a personal scandal, Abigail Stone flees America to visit her uncle, the Duke of Somerset. She finds herself helplessly intrigued by the hard, too-proper Geoffrey. With his strict appreciation for decorum and order, he is nothing like the man she’s always dreamed of. Abigail is everything Geoffrey does not need. She upends his carefully ordered world at every encounter. As they begin to care for one another, Abigail carefully guards the secret that resulted in her journey to England. Only, if Geoffrey learns the truth about Abigail, he must decide which he holds most dear–his place in Society or Abigail’s place in his heart.
My Thoughts: Geoffrey Winters, Viscount Redbrooke is a man who has worked very hard to put his life in proper order. And he very nearly was able to convince himself he was happy living this stoic life of responsibility. He had been a man who smiled and laughed, enjoyed life, but when his father died, all changed for him.
I enjoyed how he made himself lists, because it made him so much more real and I think it helped give him a firm direction in life. It also tickled my funny bone since I, too, make lists. I mean, how many of us live off lists, going through the day, crossing things off our to-do lists?
Geoffrey suffered from a past he wasn’t able to get over emotionally. His way to cope, burying that part of him, was to be proper and in his ‘properness’ and his idea of what the very word entailed was very nearly his undoing.
Abigail Stone, escaping from ruination in America, came to visit her uncle, the Duke of Somerset, hoping to escape her past mistake. When Geoffrey met her at a ball, he was beguiled by her beauty—unfortunately she was American and in his idea of proper, she didn’t belong. He decided to find the perfect, suitable, proper and titled wife. Period. How come Abigail’s face kept reappearing in his mind?
When Geoffrey wanted to avoid Abigail, he could not, for the woman he had picked to woo and court was Abigail’s cousin. It was very apparent that Abigail was not the proper English maiden. She was a vibrant, sensual American woman who turned Geoffrey’s world up-side-down. It was most enjoyable watching him trying to keep to the plan of properness. It soon became the struggle what he should do and what he wanted to do. His chosen path for himself was his own worst enemy.
This story underlines the fact that love is not something you decide on. It just happens. When you truly love, it is not with the head, it is with the heart. Nor is it something that can be ‘switched off’, even when not reciprocated.
Through the story, the theme our lives are a string of events directly related to the preceding one gets reinforced. Where we are and do today, is because of something we’ve done yesterday and that is preceded by the previous days. For example, if it hadn’t been for my love of music, I wouldn’t have learned to play the piano and sing. If I hadn’t learned how to sing I wouldn’t have joined a choir that took a European tour. If I hadn’t been in Europe I wouldn’t have met my husband-to-be.
Geoffrey’s mother, a secondary character, was an interesting personality with surprises of her own. Sophie, Geoffrey’s sister was an extremely spirited woman adding humor to the story. I felt that Lord Sinclair was the kind of friend that Geoffrey needed and surely he has a story of his own.
This is the second of this series I’ve read, however, I am reading them out-of-order. It doesn’t seem to take away the pleasure of the read. Christi Caldwell continues to write entertaining stories with engaging characters in highly emotional conflicting situations, and ALWAYS with a happy-ever-after ending.