This Regency series gets a spot on book cover for the second time. I absolutely love it! Then you have the actual story, which is awesome!! Then again, if you knew Amanda Weaver, wouldn’t be a surprise.
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, and couldn’t be more excited. I absolutely adore the first in The Grantham Girls books, and this one didn’t disappoint, either.Amelia Wheeler has always been a rebel, in a way. She loves her family dearly, her sickly mother, especially, which dictates her intentions throughout the story. However, Amelia can’t really ignore her defying streak, especially when she’s reunited with her childhood best friend, Nate Smythe.
Nate (Natty when they were children on the docks of Portsmouth) has risen in the business world and made a name for himself. He left Portsmouth and Amelia a poor teenager and promised to come back as a successful and rich man. He did just that, only to find his whole world turned up side down.
Amelia also can’t ignore her growing attraction to him, despite resolving herself to her mother’s wish: pursuing a title. Nate isn’t a titled gentleman, and despite being a self-made man and a very successful one, he’s not up to her parents’ standard as a match for her.
Just as Victoria is in A Duchess in Name, so Amelia is determined, strong, stands for herself and will take on anything and anyone. She is hell bent on making the best of a situation she doesn’t want to be in, and she does.
Most of the story takes place in a house party she attends, along with a few socialites from the London circles and, of course, Nate. Amelia is convinced she was invited as the resident clown, the one to make fun of, but she’ll soon learn the truth.
Surprisingly to her, Amelia has friends in unexpected corners, and when she finds herself in trouble, she’s not alone.
It’s beautiful to read, how throughout the book, Amelia puts herself in precarious situations, and still manages to pull herself out of trouble. And this trend follows her through the very last page.
One of the things I love about Amanda Weaver’s writing is that her heroines are rarely the damsels in distress. And even more amazing is that in doing so, the heroes are still never weak. Add to it her exceptional writing style, the well thought of plot development and general cleverness… you just cant beat that.
I think the angst in A Duchess in Name has had an effect on me to the point where it’s still my favorite of the two, but I can’t find it in me to give A Common Scandal a lower rating than 5 stars. The humor and life loving Amelia, and Nate as a counter to her mischief is what makes the book so much fun to read.
Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it’s time for Amelia to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.
That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.
Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia’s problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she’s promised to become?